Recommit to Recycle

By: MADISON DAVIS, President/CEO, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, madison@brisbanechamber.org, 415-467-7283

As CalRecycle focuses more and more on keeping organic matter out of landfills and reducing waste, businesses are encouraged to re-familiarize themselves with existing requirements and new laws surrounding its disposal. Effective July 1, 2020, AB 827 will add to the requirements already laid out by AB 341 and AB 1826.
Under AB 341 and AB 1826, all businesses and facilities that generate 4 or more cubic yards of waste per week must separate recyclables and organics (compostables) from their garbage. Multifamily commercial properties with 5 or more living units, must also separate recyclables and yard trimmings from garbage (the separation of food waste is encouraged but not yet required).
The new bill, AB 827, requires that recycling and organics bins accompany garbage bins used at businesses and facilities where food is served, and patrons clear their own table when finished. These bins must be visible and easy to access, clearly labeled to indicate what belongs in each bin, and placed next to each garbage can. Full-service restaurants that bus tables for guests must have these bins available for employees to dispose of waste appropriately. At this time, AB 827 does not provide any exceptions for businesses with space limitations and suggests providing smaller bins if space is of concern.
For more information about these laws or for questions about how your business should come into compliance, please contact Teresa Montgomery of South San Francisco Scavenger Company at: teresa@ssfscavenger.com. Read Teresa’s article and take look at the South San Francisco Scavenger ad on page 4 for more important information.