AB-341 State Requirement to Recycle has taken effect on July 1, 2012, stating the mandatory implementation of a recycling plan by businesses, public entities, and multi-family units in California. To read about the bill and what you can do to stay compliant, please visit our AB-341 page.
AB-1826 State Requirement to Recycle Organic Waste took effect on April 1, 2016. As of September 15, 2020 this law requires businesses that generate 2 cubic yards or more of organic waste a week to arrange for organic waste recycling services. To read about the bill and what you can do to stay complaint, please visit our AB-1826 page.
4 Good Reasons Why it Makes Business Sense to Recycle
1. Net operating costs can be reduced because recycling is less expensive than garbage disposal
2. Buying re-manufactured goods and those with recycled-content saves money
3. After starting a recycling and waste reduction program, cost savings continue for as long as the program is in place
4. Customers, employees, and the community notice when businesses are environmentally friendly
- Take advantage of the Business Recycling Assistance Program
Contact Irvine Recycle Hotline at 949-724-7669 to schedule a FREE consultation. We will help you identify opportunities to reduce, reuse, recycle, and save money.
- Educating Your Employees
Employees are key to a successful business recycling program. Please make sure your employees know which materials can be recycled and where to place the recyclable materials for temporary storage and ultimate collection.
- What Not to Place in Recycling Bins
Some hazardous waste can be recycled if handled properly. Other types of hazardous waste must be sent to a special facility. Of course, no hazardous waste should be placed in trash containers. Visit this page to learn about hazardous waste disposal and find a list of disposal companies.
What Can I Recycle?
- Aluminum cans - take to these locations for cash back (CRV)
- Empty aerosol cans (must be empty)
- Paint cans (must be empty or dry)
- Tin (Pie tins; Cans from soup, tuna, vegetable, juice, coffee)
- Beverage Containers – juice, soda, water – OR, take to these locations for cash back (CRV)
- Bags – grocery, dry cleaning, newspaper sleeves (bundle inside a plastic bag, tie and place in cart) - OR, eliminate plastics by taking your own bags to the store.
- Buckets (#1-#7)
- Containers (#1-#7) laundry detergent, ketchup, mustard, hair products
- Toys (#1-#7) – OR, donate to a local charity.
- Tubs (#1-#7)
- Bulk/junk mail, envelopes, catalogs
- Cardboard Boxes (flattened)
- File folders
- Mixed paper (printer, color, all types accepted)
- Newspapers, magazines – OR, use to make wrapping paper and envelopes. Click here for more reuse ideas.
- Paper board cereal boxes, tissue boxes, shoe boxes, egg cartons, beverage boxes, dry food boxes, milk cartons
- Paper towels (must be clean and dry)
- Paper towel and toilet tissue rolls
- Pizza boxes (no food residue)
- Shredded paper (must bag before placing in cart)
- Soft bound books, hard bound books (inside only, no cover) – OR, donate to the Irvine library. Click here for more ideas.
- Telephone books, directories
- Food Jars – sauce, mayo, pickles (no residue)
- Beverage glass bottles wine, beer, liquor, juice – OR, take to these locations for cash back (CRV)