Recycling at Work - It's Good Business!
Make a Difference
Claremont generates more than 34,000 tons of solid waste every year and approximately half of that amount comes from businesses. The Solid Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB 939) requires that each municipality reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfills to 50%.
Mandatory Commercial Recycling
Assembly Bill 341, which went into effect July 1, 2012, requires all businesses that generate four or more cubic yards of waste per week and all multifamily complexes with five or more units to implement a recycling program. To be in compliance, businesses must recycle, compost, or divert recyclable material. Businesses can comply by placing recyclables in the City-provided bin, self-hauling recyclables to a recycling center, or donating reusable material.
Businesses can arrange for convenient recycling services through the City of Claremont Sanitation Division. A representative from the City will assist you with developing a program for your business to recycle. Staff will analyze the amount and type of recyclables in your waste stream and recommend a recycling program that meets your needs.
Your business could reduce disposal costs and protect natural resources by recycling and practicing waste prevention.
Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling
The California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 1826 in September 2014. This law requires all businesses that generate a certain amount of organic waste to begin recycling this waste. Organic waste includes food scraps, vegetable trimmings, plate scrapings, and spoiled food.
To assist Claremont businesses comply with this law, the City of Claremont recently developed a convenient Commercial Food Waste Recycling Program. The program was developed based upon business and community feedback. Under the new program, the City will provide 64-gallon food waste recycling cart(s) for collecting separated food waste. Food waste must be “clean” and free of trash, glass, metal, and plastics. Food waste carts will be serviced Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
The rate structure for your trash and recycling service is based upon the frequency of trash pickups. The cost to collect recycling and food waste is built into current trash rates. Businesses may find that recycling segregated food waste reduces the amount of trash that the business generates, which can reduce the overall trash bill by reducing the number of weekly trash pickups.
Businesses that wish to participate in the City’s Commercial Food Waste Recycling Program may contact the Sanitation Division at (909) 399-5431 to arrange for a collection cart.
Waste prevention is something your business can do today that can significantly reduce the amount of waste that is landfilled. Waste prevention is any practice that causes a reduction in the generation of waste. Here are a few simple and inexpensive ideas:
- Make double-sided copies
- E-mail or post information on an announcement board
- Use ceramic mugs for coffee
- Use non-glossy fax paper that does not need to be copied
- Reuse large envelopes, boxes and packaging materials
- Use scrap paper for notes
- If available, buy products that can be recycled
Please contact the Community Services Department for more waste prevention ideas for your business.
Close the Loop
The term "close the loop" refers to purchasing products with recycled content. Starting a recycling program in your business is the first step in making a difference. Another equally important step is to purchase recycled content products.
When you purchase goods with recycled content, you help to create a demand for the materials collected in our recycling program. Buying recycled content products is important to develop and maintain markets for the materials diverted from landfill disposal. A wide variety of recycled content products are available.
If you need assistance starting a recycling or solid waste reduction program at your business, please contact the City of Claremont.
The City will work directly with businesses to establish programs that meet your needs. In addition, the City provides a wide variety of educational materials to support your recycling efforts. Together, we can make a difference!
City of Claremont
1616 Monte Vista Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711