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Recycling SymbolBusinesses that divert recyclable materials from rubbish containers can potentially reduce trash collection costs. If your company or multi-tenant property is serviced on multiple waste collection days, or has more than one trash dumpster, you may be able to save money by recycling. Retail businesses, office buildings, restaurants, convenience stores, industrial centers, apartments and condominiums can all set up our simple and convenient recycling program.

EDI offers recycling programs that allow your employees and/or tenants to collect a variety of recyclable materials. To ensure program success, your Service Representative can provide bilingual educational materials to support your program.

Here's What You Can Recycle

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Please DO NOT recycle:

  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Cups
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Bags
  • Ceramics
  • Drinking Glasses
  • Mirrors
  • Tissue
  • Carbon Paper
  • Plastic Bags (NO plastic grocery sacks or newspaper delivery bags)
  • Disposable Cups/Plates
  • PVC Pipe
  • Vinyl Siding
  • Styrofoam Packing Peanuts

How much paper and cardboard is your business tossing into its trash container?

An average office worker can dispose of 1/2 pound of waste paper each day. Use the following equation to see how much paper you could be recycling:

___ number of employees x 0.5 lbs. of paper per day x 240 working days ÷ 2000

= ___ tons of paper your company discards annually
 

AB 1826 - California’s New Commercial and Multi-Family Organics (Green Waste) Recycling Mandate

In October of 2014 California adopted Assembly Bill 1826, requiring all businesses to recycle their organic waste beginning April 1, 2016. The phase-in of this mandate helps California to achieve its overall waste diversion (75% by 2020) and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

Requirements for Businesses:
Businesses, including public entities, that generate organic waste (food or green waste) are required to arrange for organic waste recycling services. See Implementation Dates below.

Business Organic Waste Includes:

Food, including but not limited to: fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, bones, poultry, seafood, bread, rice, and pasta; coffee filters, tea bags, cut flowers and herbs.

Green Waste, including but not limited to: grass clippings, brush, weeds, hedge trimmings, leaves, palm fronds, ice plant, ivy and nonhazardous wood, like branches, untreated wood and clean wood waste.

Compostable Paper, including but not limited to: uncoated paper that is soiled with liquid or solid food waste, like napkins, paper towels and tissues, paper plates, and paper cups.

Requirements for Multifamily Properties: Multifamily properties of 5 units or more are required to arrange for organic waste recycling services.

Multifamily Organic Waste Includes:

Green Waste, including but not limited to: grass clippings, brush, weeds, hedge trimmings, leaves, palm fronds, ice plant, ivy and nonhazardous wood, like branches, untreated wood and clean wood waste.

Implementation Dates for Businesses and Multifamily:

April 1, 2016 Businesses generating 8 cubic yards per week of organics and multifamily properties of 5 units or more shall arrange for organics recycling service.

January 1, 2017 Businesses generating 4 cubic yards per week of organics shall arrange for organics recycling service.

January 1, 2019 Businesses and multifamily properties generating 4 cubic yards of commercial solid waste (trash) shall arrange for organics recycling service.

EDI can conduct free on-site visits to help businesses and multifamily properties comply with the state’s new mandatory recycling requirements. Contact our Customer Service office by phone or submit a fast and easy online request to arrange for organic waste recycling services.

Currently in San Diego County, there is adequate capacity for recycling landscape and clean wood; however, the infrastructure needed to meet the demand for diverting all food waste is still under development. Therefore, we will be working closely with food waste generating customers through the following tiered approach:

Prevention of Food Waste: First and foremost this helps your business improve your bottom line.

Donation of Edible Food: Nearly one in seven San Diego County residents (approximately 500,000 people annually) do not know where their next meal is coming from. Regionally, almost 500,000 tons of food waste is sent to the landfill. EDI can assist you in setting up systems to donate food to help end hunger throughout San Diego County.

Collection of Non-Edible Food: After all possible means of food waste prevention and donation of edible food have been pursued, remaining food waste material will be collected for recycling.

AB 341 - California’s Commercial and Multi-Family Recycling Mandate

What Does It Mean for You?

AB 341 requires that effective July 1, 2012, all commercial businesses generating four cubic yards or more of solid waste per week or multifamily residential dwellings of five units or more, must provide recycling services at their establishments.

In 1989 the State of California adopted AB 939, which required that municipalities divert at least 50% of their waste from being landfilled. After exceeding this goal and diverting 64% in 2011, the State of California adopted AB 341 and has increased the diversion goal to 75% by 2020. The initial requirement in the process is the implementation of a mandatory commercial and multi-family recycling program that became effective July 1, 2012.

Commercial and multi-family complexes that are not in compliance with AB 341 can take the first step by contacting EDI and “We’ll Take Care of It!” Whether you are a retail business, restaurant, apartment complex, convenience store or industrial center, contact EDI and we will perform a personal site visit and set up our simple and convenient recycling program:

  • EDI will evaluate the benefits and costs of a recycling program for your business with a FREE Waste Assessment.
  • EDI will develop a recycling collection program tailored to your specific need.
  • EDI will offer on-site recycling presentations for users supported by bilingual education materials.

Contact Escondido Disposal today to ensure you are in compliance with AB 341 and “We’ll Take Care of It!”

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