Welcome to the City of Folsom Recycling Division web page. Our mission is to develop sustainable practices that reduce the amount of solid waste going to our landfills. State law (AB 939) requires that every jurisdiction in California divert (recycles) a minimum of 50% of its waste from the landfill. This mandate takes the form of cost-effective programs that ensure efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Folsom generates approximately 200 tons of waste per day and recycling reduces waste going to our landfills and helps conserve our natural resources. It's estimated that 50% of the world's annual wood harvest will be used for paper production. Therefore, it's imperative that we become less wasteful and focus our efforts on conserving these valuable resources through reducing, reusing and recycling our waste.
How is Folsom Doing in Meeting the State's Recycling Requirements?
Since the implementation of it's Curbside Recycling Program in 2005, the City of Folsom has consistently met or exceeded the State's 50% landfill diversion requirements. On July 1st 2012, State Assembly Bill 341 was enacted which includes a state-wide goal of 75% recycling by the year 2020. In order to achieve this goal, the City will be reviewing new opportunities to recycle additional items from the landfill.
Beginning next year, certain businesses and multi-family developments must begin recycling their organic waste required under a new state law that goes into effect on April 1st 2016. Under the law (AB 1826), organic waste is defined as food waste, food soiled paper waste, green waste and wood waste but multi-family developments will not have to recycle their food waste under the law.
The law will be phased in over a period of three years and participation will be based on the amount of waste that's generated per business or multi-family complex. The City will be sending out notifications regarding program participation later this year. For more information, contact the City's Recycling Division at 355-8394.