Beginning July 1, 2012, businesses and multi-family property owners in Alameda County are required to recycle. Ordinance 2012-01 requires recycling service be sufficient to handle the amount of recyclable material they produce. This includes paper, cardboard, and recyclable food and beverage glass containers, aluminum and metal containers, and HDPE and PET plastic bottles
This new law applies to the following businesses and multi-family property owners:
- Businesses generating four or more cubic yards of garbage per week
- Multi-family residential buildings with five or more units
The cities covered under the new law are:
- San Leandro
- Union City
- Unincorporated areas of Alameda County (except those within the boundaries of the Oro Loma and Castro Valley Sanitary Districts)
The ordinance is designed to help the Alameda County Waste Management Authority reach its long-term goal of reducing waste by ensuring that recyclables and compostables make up less than 10 percent of material in the landfill by 2020.
For more information, please visit RecyclingRulesAC.org.