Many businesses in Riverside County already do a great job of recycling. They are helping to keep reusable resources out of the landfill and are reducing their own disposal costs. According to 2018 Statewide Waste Characterization data, the commercial sector generates more than half of the solid waste in California.
Recyclable material types can include, but are not limited to: paper, plastics, glass, metals, cardboard, green waste, food waste, and construction and demolition materials. While significant commercial recycling already occurs, much of the commercial sector waste disposed in landfills is clean enough to be recycled.
With the passage of AB341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling, AB1826 Mandatory Organics Recycling, and SB1383 Short-lived Climate Pollutants, California is one of the first states in the nation to enact a statewide program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste and organics from landfills.
All businesses can benefit from recycling,and the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources wants to help you recycle as much as possible. Click on the links above to find additional information. Additional business waste reduction tips and resources can be found on CalRecyle’s website.
NEW Service Rollout Information
California businesses are required to participate in recycling and organic recycling programs to minimize waste going to the landfill. Your solid waste hauler, will be implementing these services and deploying new collection containers in 2021. These new services may affect your service date and your hauler will alert you to any changes in the coming weeks. Rates for these services will go into effect once collection services begin. These program changes are mandated by State and County laws.
County Ordinance 745requires all commercial businesses and multifamily residential dwellings within the unincorporated county to subscribe to a three bin collection service, which consists of trash, recycling and organic recycling. This ordinance requirement is supported by Assembly Bill 341(passed in 2012) requiring recycling services and Assembly Bill 1826 (passed in 2016) requiring organic recycling. There are potential waivers for self-hauling, de minimis waste, or lack of space for bins. If you feel you qualify, please contact Riverside County Department of Environmental Health Solid Waste Program at (951) 955-8980 or LEA@rivco.org.
Presentations for unincorporated county accounts (links below) will be conducted virtually so that you have the opportunity to hear more details about the new services and ask questions of the hauler and Riverside County. Assistance in evaluating your overall solid waste needs is available through your waste hauler. A free waste assessment and assistance is available to you in making any necessary changes in service to comply with the law. For unincorporated business and multifamily dwellings only.
Desert Valley Disposal
Five R’s of Responsible Waste Management - REDUCE, REPAIR, REUSE, RECYCLE, AND ROT.
If you commit to these five actions, there is little that must be thrown away. Choosing to follow the Five R’s ensures that resources are saved and/or reused, and the volume of waste is reduced. By keeping these actions in mind when purchasing, using, and disposing of materials, you will have done more than your share to keep our county clean and beautiful.