Mandatory Commercial Recycling
Businesses generate nearly 70% of the solid waste in California*. In October 2010, Beaumont City Council approved an ordinance (Municipal Code Chapter 8.12) which requires recycling, including food waste, at all commercial businesses.
The purpose of this Chapter is to establish requirements for the recycling of recyclable materials generated from commercial facilities. These requirements are intended to increase the diversion of recyclable materials from landfills, conserve capacity and extend the useful life of landfills utilized by the City, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and avoid the potential financial and other consequences to the City of failing to meet State law diversion requirements.
The State of CA also requires businesses and multifamily complexes of five or more units that generate a specified amount of waste materials, to maintain recycling and organics recycling programs. Organic waste means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste mixed in with food waste. These requirements are designed to move California to its statewide goal of a 75% recycling rate, including a reduction in the level of organic waste disposal by 50% from its current levels.
To help ensure your business complies with the City's ordinance and State laws, the City's franchise waste hauler, Waste Management, offers source separated recyclables, green waste and food waste collection services. For more information, please call 1-800-423-9986.
- Owners, landlords, tenants and occupants of commercial facilities, jointly or severally, shall recycle recyclable materials and organic materials, such as food waste, by depositing the same in recycling containers provided by the City's designated recyclable materials waste hauler.
- Occupants of commercial facilities shall designate, for the convenience and use of occupants' employees and independent contractors, recycling and organics recycling collection and storage areas and shall place appropriate signs in and in the proximity of such areas.
- Occupants of commercial facilities shall ensure that their employees and independent contractors are educated about recycling and organics recycling services available at the site. Information, including the types of recyclable and organic recyclable materials accepted, the location of recycling containers, and the employees' responsibility to recycle shall be distributed periodically, and all new employees when hired, and independent contractors when retained, shall also be given such information and instruction. All employees and independent contractors shall also be given appropriate information and instructions concerning any change in recycling services to the commercial facility.