Multi-family and Commercial Recycling Program Information:
State law (AB341) requires apartment complexes/multi-family housing
communities with five or more units and businesses to recycle. These
properties receive trash collection services from the City of
Pasadena's franchised haulers. The franchise agreement with these
haulers and Chapter 8.61.175 of the Pasadena Municipal Code (PMC)
requires each franchised hauler to collect recyclable materials at
least once per week and meet a minimum recycling diversion rate of
60% on a monthly basis and on an annual basis.
majority of recycling for apartment buildings and businesses happens
behind the scenes. Instead of separating trash and recycling
collection containers, customers commingle waste in the same
collection container. The franchised hauler sends the commingled
waste to a material recovery facility (MRF) where manual and
mechanical sorting processes separate out recyclable materials.
The sorted recyclable materials undergo further processing
required to meet technical specifications established by
end-markets. Recovered materials include paper, cardboard, and
chipboard, plastics (1-6), glass bottles and jars, metal and
aluminum cans, bundled plastic bags and dry cleaner bags and
Styrofoam. The remaining balance of the mixed waste stream is sent
to a disposal facility such as a landfill.
franchise agreement and PMC Chapter 8.61.170 requires franchised
haulers to provide education and informational literature to its
customers describing the recycling services provided, materials to
be recycled, participation instructions, and the franchisee's
telephone number. This must occur at intervals no greater than six
Apartment property managers and business owners may
request dedicated recycling bins on site. Franchised haulers can
provide separate recycling receptacles upon request for an
additional fee. Dedicated recycling bins may yield a higher
percentage of material recovered and increase customer awareness and
satisfaction with the program.
WHAT IS AB341?
UPDATE (10-06-2011): Governor Brown signs AB 341.
UPDATE: Recycling industry efforts help preserve rights of
businesses and recyclers.
Introduced on February 10, 2011, AB
341 would make some notable changes to California law. Currently,
businesses are not directly subject to the requirements of the
Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB 939, Sher) to divert
waste from landfills. AB 341 would change that by, among other
things, requiring businesses to recycle.
After input from the
recycling industry, amendments were made to AB 341 that expressly
preserve the existing right of a business to sell or donate its
More specifically, the bill now provides,
among other things, the following:
(a) On and after July 1, 2012,
a business that generates more than four cubic yards of commercial
per week or is a multifamily residential dwelling of
five units or more shall arrange for recycling services, consistent
with state or local laws or requirements, including a local
ordinance or agreement, applicable to the collection, handling, or
solid waste, to the extent that these services are
offered and reasonably available from a local service provider.
(b) A commercial waste generator shall take at least one of the
(1) Source separate recyclable materials from
solid waste and subscribe to a basic level of recycling service that
collection, self-hauling, or other arrangements for the
pickup of the recyclable materials.
(2) Subscribe to a recycling
service that may include mixed waste processing that yields
diversion results comparable to source separation.
chapter does not limit the authority of a local agency to adopt,
implement, or enforce a local commercial solid
requirement that is more stringent or comprehensive than the
requirements of this section or limit the authority of a local
agency in a county with a population of less than 200,000 to require
commercial solid waste recycling.
(b) This chapter does not
modify, limit, or abrogate in any manner any of the following:
(1) A franchise granted or extended by a city, county, or other
local government agency.
(2) A contract, license, or permit to
collect solid waste previously granted or extended by a city,
county, or other local
(3) The existing
right of a business to sell or donate its recyclable materials.
Additional recycling containers, capacity and frequency, will be
offered at a fair price for the same type of trash collection
At AAA Rubbish zero percent of the trash we collect
is land filled.How can I arrange for recycling service?
Please contact our customer service department at 562-927-9669
between 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday to arrange for recycling
services. Also, we will conduct a free on-site evaluation aimed at
starting or enhancing recycling activities on your premises.. The
visit will help customize recycling service and containers to meet
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