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Mandatory Commercial Recycling
State law requires all businesses that generate 4 or more cubic yards of waste weekly to recycle.
Sixty percent of landfill waste is generated by businesses. Promoting commercial recycling helps keep recyclable materials out of landfills. This conserves resources, extends the life of the landfill, saves businesses money and reduces the potential generation of methane, a greenhouse gas that is released from improperly managed landfills.
State laws require the following businesses to arrange for recycling services:
- Any business that generates 4 cubic yards or more of waste per week.
- Multi-family communities with five or more units.
How to Arrange for Recycling Services
- Businesses that meet the threshold must place source-separated recyclable materials in the bins or containers provided by the City of Redding waste and recycling bins.
- Business may also donate, sell and/or make other arrangements for pick up and recycling of the materials. This includes self-hauling the materials to recycling facilities.
Opportunities to Save Money by Recycling
In Redding you can save money by recycling more and disposing less. This is because recycling fees are less than waste disposal fees and are often even free of charge.
Opportunities to Save Resources and Help the Environment
Recycling conserves resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It extends the life of our landfills and helps create a healthy environment for our community and future generations.
Be Sure to Educate Your Employees
Employees are key to a successful business recycling program. Please make sure your employees know which materials can be recycled and where to place the recyclable materials for temporary storage and ultimate collection.
Enforcement and Compliance Requirements
Additional fees may be assessed if other items have contaminated recycling bins. The State is starting to look closely at jurisdictions, businesses and multi-family residential units that are non-compliant with the law.
How to Keep Your Recyclables From Being Stolen
Recyclables have a value and therefore are desirable. The only way to keep your garbage from being rummaged through is to lock the lids. City of Redding offers gravity locks for the 1.5 to 6 yard containers. There is a small fee to have your container changed out to one that locks and you will need to supply the lock.
What Not to Place in Recycling Bins
Some hazardous waste can be recycled if handled properly. Other types of hazardous waste must be sent to a special facility. Of course, no hazardous waste should be placed in trash containers.
- Hazardous waste such as batteries, paint, antifreeze, chemicals and cleaning products should not be mixed in with your recyclable materials set out for collection. Instead, these hazardous wastes should be recycled or disposed of properly.
- Electronic devices such as old computers, monitors, TVs, and cell phones are recyclable but also contain hazardous materials. They should not be placed in recycling bins or in trash bins either.
Where to Go for More Information
- Information about California’s business recycling requirements is available from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
- Information about business recycling is available from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) at www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Business/.
- Information about local business recycling requirements is available at http://www.ci.redding.ca.us/solwaste/about.html . 530-224-6201
- City of Redding Recycling Process
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NopdqzorTDo&feature=youtu.be http://www.ci.redding.ca.us/solwaste/Video/rrg.wmv
- Kids version of the City of Redding Recycling Process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1VaE-yIHIk
About Robin Birmingham
Robin joined Haedrich & Co.,Inc. as Property Manager with over 20 years of property management experience. She has worked for companies such as K2 Properties, Inc., Shaw and Associates, Inc., and Shasta Land Services, Inc. Robin is a licensed real estate salesperson. This, along with her extensive experience in property management, has made her a valuable asset for the property management portion of the current real estate sales, leasing, and consulting divisions of the firm.