The law applies to businesses that generate four or more cubic yards of waste weekly, including strip malls, school and non-profits, as well as multifamily dwellings of five or more units. It requires the separation of recyclable materials and solid waste, and disposal through self-hauling or subscription to a hauling or recyclable pick-up service.
“The intent is to reduce the amount of solid waste going to landfills by 75 percent by 2020,” says Richard Shaw, Folsom’s recycling supervisor. “The mandatory program will help conserve resources and extend the life of California’s landfills, as well as help create a healthy environment for our community.”
Shaw notes that the City is sending notices to all impacted businesses and multifamily dwellings this month to explain the new law and offer assistance. Those impacted may request a free waste audit to determine the best option to comply with AB 341.
“In recent years, Folsom has significantly increased our recycling with the enthusiastic support of residents and businesses,” says Shaw. “However, commercial businesses and multifamily housing still generate a lot of waste that is not being recycled. We look forward to providing assistance in order to reduce local waste.”
Call the City’s Public Works and Utilities Department Recycling Division at (916) 355-8367, ext. 4, to learn more.