Mandating recycling

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A Cost Study on Commercial Recycling documents the costs, savings, and net costs associated with the expansion of commercial recycling in California. The Commercial Climate Calculator was developed as part of the Cost Study on Commercial Recycling.This calculator is designed for virtually any California business or multifamily complex to assess the financial, climate change, and waste reduction/environmental benefits of reducing and recycling their discarded materials.The regulation was approved by the Office of Administrative Law on May 7, 2012 and became effective immediately.On June 27, 2012 the Governor signed Senate Bill 1018 which included an amendment that requires a business that generates 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week to arrange for recycling services.The methodology for their development can be found at: Recycling Emission Reduction Factors and Composting Emission Reduction Factor.An important consideration in implementing commercial recycling is the cost of such programs.

The other is the Plant Debris Landfill Ban Ordinance.

Multi-family property owners as well as businesses and institutions that generate food waste, such as restaurants and grocery stores, must also sort compostables from their trash.

These requirements are effective within participating areas of Alameda County.

A cobenefit of increased recycling is avoided methane emissions at landfills from the decomposition of organic materials.

Use of composted organic materials also provides environmental benefits such as carbon storage in soils and reduced use of fertilizers, pesticides, and water.

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