Today’s post comes from ILACSD’s Hotline Manager, Amanda Sweet.
Do you recycle at your home or business? For most of you the answer is probably yes. However there are many businesses and multi-family properties around San Diego who are still not recycling.
Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 341 (AB341) into law this past October, requiring all businesses that generate four cubic yards of solid waste per week, multi-family properties of five units or more (four units in the unincorporated San Diego County areas), as well as public entities to recycle. The law will go into effect July 1, 2012.
Legislators recently set a goal to increase the state’s recycling rate to 75 percent by 2020 and AB341 is part of this broader push to conserve natural resources in California.
According to the state, approximately 75 percent of our waste stream comes from businesses, and while the residential recycling rate in the county’s unincorporated areas is 47 percent, commercial businesses are recycling less than 20 percent of their solid waste.
In addition to businesses, approximately 29 percent of San Diego’s multi-family complexes have five or more units in them, and many do not have recycling set up for their residents. A study done in 1999 found that an average multi-family complex recycling program diverted 15 percent of the residents waste through recycling. Every multi-family complex is different and programs can be tailored to meet the needs of the community, diversion rates can be even higher than 15 percent with a little effort by residents.
Recycling at your work or home can help save our natural resources and dwindling landfill space. If your place of work or home does not currently offer recycling, you can visit WasteFreeSD.org or call I Love A Clean San Diego at 1-800-237-BLUE to find out what options are available for you.