Recycling and AB 341
Over 75% of what is being thrown away at work in San Mateo County could be recycled! Most landfill comes from businesses. Reducing this waste not only helps the environment, but can also result in cost savings. Garbage service can cost a business thousands of dollars every year. Here are ways to reduce waste and help lower your operating costs.
The State of California’s recycling law, AB 341, requires businesses that generate four or more cubic yards or more of waste per week to recycle on site. A local ordinance requires all Colma businesses to recycle, however! Recycling compliance reduces waste and potentially saves money. For example, if your garbage container is picked up two times per week, decrease it to one time per week and increase your recycling service.
California’s recycling law, AB 341, also compels all businesses to provide recycling information to employees, which is the only way to ensure compliance. The good news is that Colma’s recycling/garbage haulers have resources that can help improve recycling at your business by providing free posters, technical assistance and training. For more information please click here.
More steps to green your business:
- How to start a recycling program
- Useful samples of memos, letters, announcements
- Free posters and other resources
- Get recognition for making your business green
- Adopt an Environmental Purchasing Policy
- Move towards sustainability
Effective July 1, 2012, individuals or organizations (non-franchised) that collect and transport recyclable material in Colma are required to obtain a Recycling Permit from the Town of Colma. For more information on the Recycling Permit Program and to download forms, click here.
 Non-franchised haulers are haulers that do not have a franchise agreement with the Town of Colma. There are three franchised haulers in Colma: Allied, Recology and South San Francisco Scavenger.