In recent months, the same question has come up with multiple Recyclist Program Tracker customers: how should we be tracking and reporting on mixed-use generators? The CalRecycle Electronic Annual Report separates out questions about businesses and multi-family properties. So what do you do about a mixed-use property (the most common version being commercial businesses on the ground floor, and multi-family dwellings above)?
To recap the mandatory commercial recycling and organics recycling regulations:
AB 341: A business (includes public entities) that generates four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week or is a multifamily dwelling of five units or more shall arrange for recycling services.
AB 1826: A business that generates four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week or is a multifamily residential dwelling of five units or more shall arrange for organic waste recycling services. However, multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program.
Because mixed-use generators don’t fall squarely into either category, we asked CalRecycle to clarify how they should be reported. In response, new information has been posted to the AB 1826 FAQs, #58 under Businesses.