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Proposed Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulation

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As a result of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32, Núñez, Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006), the California Air Resources Board developed a Scoping Plan that was adopted with a Mandatory Commercial Recycling Measure. The stated goal is to achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents by increasing the recovery of recyclable materials in order to divert more material from landfills. These measures are expected to result in the following benefits:

  • reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing process, including the extraction of raw materials

  • avoided methane emissions at landfills from the decomposition of organic materials

  • increase use of composted organic materials

The commercial sector is not presently directly subject to the requirements of the Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, (AB 939, Sher, Chapter 1095, Statutes of 1989), to divert waste from landfills. Note, however, that a number of local jurisdictions have already implemented commercial recycling ordinances.


CalRecycle's Efforts

In order to achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by increasing recycling, CalRecycle is concentrating its efforts on increasing the commercial recycling rate by directly regulating commercial recycling activity. To that end, CalRecycle has taken steps to draft a Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulation.

CalRecycle's Mandatory Commercial Recycling Website


CalRecycle's Informal Stakeholder Workshops


Select CalRecycle Documents

Draft Proposed Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulation ("Draft Proposed Regulation")

CalRecycle's Summary of the Proposed Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulation