According to CalRecycle, in California about 50% of landfilled materials come from the commercial sector. As a governmental agency dealing with solid waste, the CCCSWA recognizes the importance of increasing recycling to support the larger statewide effort.
Currently, the commercial sector throughout the CCCSWA service area is only recycling about 23% of the waste they produce. That means, as community partners, we need to put more focus on helping businesses recycle.
We know that you may have questions about Mandatory Commercial Recycling. Click on the brochure to get more information about these services or listed below are some “Frequently Asked Questions” that will hopefully provide you with the how’s and why’s of recycling.
Q. Why are businesses being required to have a recycling program?
A. The State of California is requiring recycling to significantly decrease the amount of materials going to the landfill. Most of the materials businesses generate are readily recyclable. More information on this topic can be found at http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Recycle/Commercial/default.htm.
Q. What materials can I recycle at my business?
A. The majority of materials generated at your business are recyclable. Specialty items like electronic waste, office furniture and accessories, etc. that is reusable and/or recyclable can also be collected on an “as-needed” basis for an extra fee. Common recyclables that should be collected and recycled on a regular basis are:
- glass bottles
- aluminum (scraps and cans)
- junk mail
- white and mixed paper
- chip and cardboard
- telephone books
Q. I am concerned about the costs for adding an additional service. What can I expect to pay for recycling?
A.The CCCSWA does not set rates for recycling services. The cost for recycling depends on various factors: 1) the hauler you choose, 2) the types of materials you have to recycle, the amount of recycling you generate, etc. Many times businesses can actually save money by starting a recycling program.
Q. My business is located in a shopping center. Who is responsible for recycling, me or the shopping center?
A. Recycling activities are the responsibility of whoever pays for garbage collection. If you have your own garbage collection service and are receiving a bill from Allied Waste Services, then you will be responsible for setting up a recycling program at your business.
Q. Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns?
A. The CCCSWA staff is ready to help you and your business get started recycling, or even improve an existing program. Your questions, comments, and input are encouraged. You may email the CCCSWA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-906-1801.
Small Business Program
Eligible small businesses that produce two yards or less of garbage per week can receive recycling services at no additional cost from Valley Waste Management. Call Valley Waste Management at (925) 935-8900 for more information or click here for their brochure.