Solid Waste Cooperative Program
SB 1383 Short-Lived Climate Pollutants – Organics Recycling
Organic waste accounts for more than a third of the material in California’s waste stream. Greenhouse gas emissions caused by the decomposition of organic material in landfills contribute to global climate change. SB 1383 establishes targets to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025. On January 18th, 2019, CalRecycle began the formal rulemaking process for the Proposed Organic Waste Reduction Regulations to implement the organic waste landfill reduction requirements of SB 1383 Short-lived climate pollutants. (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016). For more information please view this presentation designed for local government recycling coordinators to use in educating local decision makers about the law and the rulemaking process.
The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, also known as AB 939, facilitates efforts to "reduce, re-use and recycle," thus diverting recyclable materials from landfill. AB 341 adopted in 2011 requires that businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week or are a multifamily residential dwelling of five units or more must now arrange for recycling services. For more information please visit: https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Recycle/
Construction & Demolition Recycling
Construction and Demolition (C&D) materials are estimated to account for between 21.7 to 25.5 percent of the disposed waste stream. Common include lumber, drywall, metals, masonry (brick, concrete, etc.), carpet, plastic, pipe, rocks, dirt, paper, cardboard, and green waste related to land development. Many of these materials can be reused or recycled, thus prolonging our supply of natural resources and potentially saving money in the process. For more information please visit: https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/condemo
Computer & E-Waste Recycling
Electronic waste (E-waste) refers to electronic products nearing the end of their useful lives. The law mandates that electronic waste be disposed of in a manner that will protect the environment. Many electronic products (computers, cell phones, PDAs, etc) are used to store personal information. Before donating or recycling your equipment, remember to remove all sensitive and personal information from its memory. To find the nearest E-waste center please visit: https://www2.calrecycle.ca.gov/Electronics/eRecycle/
Solid Waste Committee Meetings
Representatives from WRCOG member agencies and stakeholders meet quarterly to discuss solid waste, environmental, and recycling issues.
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