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School Waste Reduction Laws

Mandatory Commercial Recycling (AB 341) 

The Mandatory Commercial Recycling (MCR) law went into effect in June 2012 and requires public entities that generate a certain threshold of solid waste per week to reuse, recycle, compost, or otherwise divert solid waste from disposal.  

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (AB 1826) 

Mandatory Organic Recycling (MORe) requires regulated entities to implement an organic waste recycling program to divert food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. 

AB 827 

Effective on July 1, 2020, AB 827 supports  AB 341 and AB 1826 covered generators by making recycling and organic recycling containers available to customers. Wherever recycling or organic waste is generated, a school must provide an appropriate container adjacent to the solid waste container to capture and divert recycling and organic waste. Containers must be easily accessible, visible, and clearly labeled. CalRecycle has customizable labels available for download

Short-Lived Climate Pollutants: Organic Waste Methane Emissions Reduction (SB 1383)

Effective on January 1, 2022, schools and local education agencies will be required to prevent, reduce the generation of, and recycle organic waste. Additionally, effective on January 1, 2024, schools and local education agencies with an on-site food facility will be required to recover edible food. Information on these requirements can be found on the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP): Organic Waste Methane Emissions Reductions website for schools and local education agencies.

School Waste Reduction Laws (PDF)

Our Services

Request a Speaker

Speakers are available at NO COST for classroom discussions (grades 3 -12) about recycling, composting, vermicomposting, or managing food waste. Presentations are grade/age appropriate and interactive! We offer in-person and virtual presentations.

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Free Worm Bin Kit or Composting Bin

Schools with gardens may request a FREE composting or vermicomposting bin each year. The maximum number of bins a school can request is TWO in TOTAL: one composting bin or a vermicomposting (worm) bin kit. Staff will provide a class presentation upon delivering each donated bin. To request a bin, submit a letter on school letterhead signed by the school principal.
Address the letter to:
Ryan Ross, Planning Division Manager
Riverside County Department of Waste Resources
14310 Frederick Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

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Landfill Tours

Visit the Marion Ashley Education Center at the Lamb Canyon (Beaumont) Landfill by scheduling a tour! Landfill tours are FREE for all groups (10-42 visitors) and available March 1 - October 31, Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm only.

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School Recycling

Reduce landfill waste, keep your campus clean, and protect the planet by launching a school recycling program! The Department of Waste Resources provides FREE program assistance and recycling tools such as containers.

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Schedule an Exhibitor Table

Need vendors for an upcoming event? The Department of Waste Resources is available to participate in community events throughout Riverside County.

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Composting Mentor

Got compost? We can assign an Outreach Volunteer to help with your school’s composting program.
Email inquiries to [email protected] or call 951-486-3200 and ask to speak to a Recycling Specialist.

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