In May 2022, CalRecycle issued a state-wide directive requiring jurisdictions to implement a plan to achieve full compliance with two recycling laws: Assembly Bill 341 (AB 341) and Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826).
In response the State’s directive, the City of Vacaville has begun implementing automatic deployment of recycling programs to covered generators. Impacted businesses were notified by mail and by phone of the upcoming changes to their waste service.
Here’s what businesses need to know about these laws:
What it is: Assembly Bill 341 requires all businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of trash per week to have a recycling program in place for traditional recyclables, including paper, plastic, metal, and glass. The law also requires multifamily dwellings with 5 or more units to provide recycling service for residents, regardless of weekly waste generation.
Requirements: In order to meet the requirements of AB 341, covered generators must subscribe to a mixed recycling service. Recology Vacaville Solano offers free mixed recycling services for commercial customers. To enroll in these services, call Recology Vacaville Solano at (707) 448-2945.
IMPORTANT: If no action is taken, businesses will be automatically enrolled in mixed recycling services. Recology Vacaville Solano will begin delivering 96-gallon blue carts (the minimum service option available) to non-compliant covered generators beginning July 2022.
What it is: Assembly Bill 1826 requires businesses that generate 2 cubic yards or more of total solid waste (includes trash and recycling) to recycle organic waste. This requirement also applies to multifamily complexes with 5 or more units.
Organic waste includes food waste such as fruit and vegetable scraps, meat & poultry, fish, shellfish, bones, eggs, rice, pasta, and grains. Also included is food-soiled paper such as napkins, paper towels, uncoated paper plates, wood chopsticks and coffee stirrers, and greasy pizza boxes.
Requirements: In order to meet the requirements of AB 1826, covered generators must subscribe to an organics recycling service. Recology Vacaville Solano offers several service options to meet the needs of every business. To enroll in organics recycling service, call Recology Vacaville Solano at (707) 448-2945.
IMPORTANT: If no action is taken, businesses will be automatically enrolled in organics recycling services through Recology Vacaville Solano. Recology will begin delivering 32-gallon green organics carts (the minimum service level option) to non-compliant businesses in the coming months: July 2022 for businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of weekly solid waste; and October 2022 for businesses that generate 2 cubic yards or more of weekly solid waste. The service will be added to your bill at a monthly rate of $36.74.
The City of Vacaville has developed a Small Quantity Generator Exemption Program for AB 1826-covered generators that produce less than ½ cubic yard of organic waste each week. If you believe your business qualifies as a Small Quantity Generator, complete the Waste Assessment Form and submit it to the City of Vacaville – Solid Waste & Recycling Office, 1001 Allison Drive, Vacaville, California 95687, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, per State law, exemptions for AB 341 – Mandatory Commercial Recycling are not available.
For more information about these laws and what is required for your business, please contact the City of Vacaville Solid Waste & Recycling Office at (707) 469-6507 or email us at email@example.com.