Mojave Desert & Mountan Recycling Authority

Recycling at Work

Recycling isn’t something we just do at home. Workplace recycling is good for our community, our environment, and the bottom line.

Recycling at Work

Recycling isn’t something we just do at home. Workplace recycling is good for our community, our environment, and the bottom line.

Why Your Business Should Recycle

Recycling is Economical

RECYCLING IS ECONOMICAL

Businesses may be able to cut costs for trash disposal after they start recycling.

Recycling keeps the environment beautiful

RECYCLING HELPS THE ENVIRONMENT

By recycling, you conserve valuable natural resources. Using recycled materials to make new products saves energy and reduces the amount of air and water emissions produced during the manufacture of new products. 

Recycling Creates Jobs

RECYCLING SUPPORTS BUSINESS & CREATES JOBS

Recycled materials make up a significant portion of our nation’s resource base. By recycling, you provide industry with the raw materials it needs to make new products. This, in turn, supports business and jobs.

Recycling is good for business

RECYCLING IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

Recycling makes good business sense. Your customers will appreciate your participation, and you will be sending the message that your business cares about its community and the future. 

Recycling is the Law for Many Businesses

IT’S THE LAW

For many California businesses recycling and organics recycling isn’t just good practice, it’s the law. Learn more here.

Waste Reduction

WASTE REDUCTION

Some recurring business waste is a non-productive asset. You spend money on unnecessary or over stocked items that go unsold or unused. Looking at waste as a business inefficiency can save you money and reduce your waste size.

Get Started with a Workplace Recycling Program

Every business should consider setting up a recycling program to cut down on waste and the overhead of disposal.
Setting up recycling is a simple matter of organization and commitment. Take the initiative and get a program started in your business today by following these four simple steps.

Step 1: Perform a Waste Assessment

Survey what recyclable materials are discarded and where. Walk through your office and grounds and record what types of waste are discarded in each area. This walk-through lets you figure out what containers you’ll need.

  • Copiers, Printers, Fax Stations – office paper, mixed paper, toner cartridges, transparencies
  • Work Stations – office paper, mixed paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, books
  • Food service Areas – glass, metal, cans, plastic containers, cardboard (food waste can be separated and composted; grease and oil may be converted into biodiesel)
  • Outdoor & Public Areas – newspaper, magazines, bottles, cans
  • Computer Support – computers, monitors, cables, other electronics

Step 2: Setup Recycling Containers

​Based on the results of the waste assessment, put recycling containers for each material in each area.

To begin, you might want to focus your efforts where you have found the most waste. For laser paper, consider setting up a system for printing drafts on second sides.

Location and good labeling are critical to every recycling program. Be sure that containers are well-marked. For public areas, you might want to consider special containers that indicate the type of recyclable with a hole or a slot. This will reinforce the goals of your program and reduce contamination (mixing) of recyclables.

Step 3: Publicize Your Project

Publicize your recycling programOnce your containers, labels, and collection procedures are in place, communicate your program to managers and employees. You might consider a kick-off party for managers and supervisors. For staff, consider talking to each department or work group. You might also consider discussing recycling at all-company meetings.

 

But one presentation is not enough. Be sure to reinforce the goals, principles, and procedures of your program. This will ensure that your procedures are being followed, will help people remain interested, and provide a forum for questions and new solutions. You can also put information or notices in e-mail, on the company’s internal web site, or in the company newsletter.

 

Don’t forget to include recycling information in your orientation for new employees. Be sure that your custodial staff or provider makes recycling part of their orientation as well.

Monitor the Results of Your Recycling Program

Step 4: Monitor Your Results

Create a system for keeping track of the amount of materials your program collects. This will help you know you’re receiving proper compensation for your materials and will help you take appropriate action if volumes decrease. Be sure to get your custodial staff involved in this process, and develop a feedback system so that they can let you know where contamination is a problem.

What Your Business Should Recycle

Much of what your business currently throws “away” can be recycled.

Below is a list of general items that can be recycled in most Business Recycling Programs.  It’s important to follow your town or county’s recycling rules, so be sure to check with your hauler to make sure your business is recycling right.

PAPER

  • White and colored office paper
  • Photocopy paper
  • Computer paper
  • Junk mail/Catalogs
  • Phone books
  • Newspapers/Magazines
  • All other clean, dry paper
Paper Recycling at Work
Recycle Cardboard at Work

CARDBOARD

  • Corrugated cardboard
Paper and Cardboard Recycling Tips
  • Clean, dry, and free of food waste
  • Flatten boxes and remove tape
  • Remove liners from cereal/food boxes
  • Plastic window envelopes and staples are okay
  • No spirals from notebooks

PLASTIC CONTAINERS

  • Rigid containers (#1, #2, #5)
  • PET (#1) plastic bottles
  • HDPE (#2) plastic bottles
  • Commercial film
Recycle Plastic Containers
Plastic Bottles & Container Recycling Tips
Recycle Metal Cans and Trays

METAL CANS & TRAYS

  • Tin cans
  • Aluminum cans and foil
Metal Cans & Trays Recycling Tips
  • Clean, dry, and free of food waste
  • Aerosol cans must be empty of pressure and product

GLASS BOTTLES & JARS

  • Glass bottles and jars of any color, shape or size
Recycle Glass Containers
Glass Bottles & Jars Recycling Tips

Download our Recycle Bin Flyer

Download our handy printable flyer and post it near your recycling bins to remind everyone about what belongs there.

Where Does Our Recycling Go?

Most communities in the High Desert and Mountain area are served by the Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

How Recycling Works at the MRF

The MRF is an intermediate processing center— sorting mixed recyclables into separate categories: newspaper, cardboard, other mixed papers, glass, steel cans, aluminum cans, PET plastics, HDPE plastics, and more. Once the recyclables are sorted (and compacted into bales), they are then ready to be shipped to businesses to be made into new products.

The MRF is the “middleman” between residents who separate recyclables, and the industries which use recyclable materials to make new products.

The MRF is owned by the Town of Apple Valley and City of Victorville; administered by the Mojave Desert and Mountain Recycling Authority; and operated by Burrtec Waste Industries.

Get the Victory Valley MRF Guide

This guide introduces you to the MRF and how recycling materials are processed at the facility.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Victor Valley MRF

Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)

17000 Abbey Lane, Victorville, CA

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm

Saturdays 8am – 12pm

Phone: (760) 241-1284

Web: www.VictorvilleRecycles.com

Recycling Drop Off Center

Recycle Alley is a community drop-off site open to all residents and businesses of the High Desert.

Visit Recycle Alley before you go to the landfill!

Recycle Alley is a community drop-off site at the Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility. You can bring clothes, plastic bags, electronics and scrap metal as well as traditional recyclables (bottles and cans, paper, rigid plastic). Check out the buy-back pricing for bottles and cans, newspaper and cardboard.

By recycling these items at the MRF, residents and businesses reduce the amount of trash going to the landfill. This helps reduce landfill disposal costs and saves valuable resources.

Free Drop-Off Items

  • TVs,Computers,Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Mattress & Box Springs**
  • All Scrap Metal— except car parts
  • All clean, dry Papers
  • Cardboard* & Newspaper*
  • Glass Bottles & Jars
  • Mixed Plastic
  • CRVs*
  • Clothing & Shoes

Buy Back Redeemable Items

  • CRV Aluminum*
  • CRV Glass*
  • CRV PET Plastic*
  • CRV Water Jugs*
  • HDPE—Milk Jugs (CRV only)*
  • Newspaper*
  • Corrugated Cardboard*

Call for current pricing.
(760) 241-1284

*Indicates buy-back redeemable item
** Free to residents—businesses pay $5 each piece to accept

Recycle Alley

17000 Abbey Lane in Victorville

Just off Stoddard Wells Road heading north toward the Landfill.

Hours: Monday – Friday 8am -4pm 
Phone: (760) 241-1284
Web: www.VictorvilleRecycles.com

Download the Recycle Alley flyer: English | Spanish

Recycling Laws

Mandatory Commercial Recycling Laws

We could talk all day about the benefits recycling provides for the environment and your business, but it’s also the law.

The two laws covered below, AB 341 and AB 1826, apply to a “business” defined as any commercial or public entity including but not limited to, a firm, partnership, proprietorship, joint-stock company, corporation, or association that is organized as a for-profit or non-profit entity, strip mall (e.g. property complex containing two or more commercial entities), industrial facility, school, school district, community colleges, special district or a federal, state, local, regional agency or facility.

If your business qualifies, please read through these carefully and contact your local recycling coordinator to make sure your business is in compliance.

Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law AB 341

If your business produces four (4) cubic yards or more of solid waste per week, California law requires that you recycle.
California Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law

In 2012, California adopted AB 341, the Mandatory Commercial Recycling Measure to expand programs to recover recyclable materials from the commercial sector. The purpose of the law is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste from landfills and expand opportunities for recycling in California. It also creates jobs by providing materials for recycling manufacturing facilities, provides opportunities for businesses or multifamily complexes to save money, and creates a healthy environment for the community and future generations by recovering natural resources.

Assembly Bill 341 requires California businesses, including public entities, and multifamily complexes of five (5) units or more that generate four (4) or more cubic yards of solid waste per week to recycle.

How can your business comply with AB 341?

Under the AB 341 law, businesses can take one or any combination of the following in order to reuse, recycle, compost or otherwise divert solid waste from disposal:

  • Self-haul.
  • Subscribe to a hauler(s).
  • Arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials.
  • Subscribe to a recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that yields diversion results comparable to source separation. (A property owner of a commercial business or multifamily residential dwelling may require tenants to source separate their recyclable materials to aid in compliance with this section.)

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law AB 1826

If your business produces four (4) cubic yards or more of solid waste per week, California law requires that you recycle your organic waste.

In 2014, California adopted AB 1826, the Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Measure to divert organic waste generated by businesses and multifamily dwellings of five or more units. Mandatory recycling of organic waste is the next step toward achieving California’s aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas emission goals. Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic wastes in landfills have been identified as a significant source of emissions contributing to global climate change.

Assembly Bill 1826 requires California businesses, including public entities, and multifamily complexes of five (5) units or more that generate four (4) or more cubic yards of solid waste per week to arrange for an organic waste recycling service.

What is Organic Waste?

Organic waste (or organics) means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. Please note that unlike businesses, multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program.

mixed organic recycling

How can your business comply with AB 1826?

Under the AB 1826 law, businesses can take one or any combination of the following actions as long as it is in compliance with local ordinances and requirements:

  • Separate organic waste from other waste and subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that specifically includes collection and recycling of organic waste.
  • Recycle organic waste on-site, or self-haul organic waste for organic recycling.
  • Subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that includes mixed-waste processing that specifically recycles organic waste.
  • Sell or donate the generated organic waste.

Get the Flyer

Download our two-page AB 341 and AB 1826 information flyer. It’s great for reference or to print and share at your office. 

Contact Your Local Recycling Coordinator

Your community may have mandatory commercial recycling ordinances with different thresholds or more specific business recycling requirements than the state law. Reach out to your hauler’s local recycling coordinator for specific requirements and resources to help your business become successful recyclers under the law.

Buy Recycled

Buy Recycled! Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP)

Try these resources to find greener resources for your business.
Businesses can help create markets for recycled products — and often save money — buy purchasing furniture, office supplies, and other materials that have at least some percentage of recycled content. For example, there are several high quality paper companies providing 100% post-consumer recycled-content paper at or very near the cost of typical office paper.

California Resources

CalRecycle offers several programs within the state that feature environmentally preferred purchasing. Visit their Buy Recycled Program or Environmentally Preferable Purchasing page for more information on how your business can benefit. Their Recycled-Content Product Manufacturers (RCPM) directory showcases innovative recycled-content products made by California manufacturers who use recycled waste as a feedstock. Whether you are a wholesale buyer, Procurement and Contracting Officer (PCO), or an individual consumer, use this listing to find recycled-content product manufacturers who make products, or intermediate products, designed with your needs in mind!

EPA Resources

The US EPA maintains a Sustainable Marketplace with extensive resources supporting greener products and services. Try their Sustainable Purchasing Guidance page to help you find the resource that is right for your organization.

Other Recommended Resources

Green Seal
Green Seal is a nonprofit organization that provides environmental certification standards for a wide range of products and services; maintains lists of certified products; and publishes product guides.

McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC)
MBDC sets environmental standards and awards a “Cradle to Cradle” certification to products considered healthy for humans and the environment throughout their lifecycles, and products that are sources of high-quality materials for perpetual cycles of assembly, use, disassembly and recycling or composting.

Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN)
Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) is an international network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing.

Scientific Certification Systems
SCS is a third-party provider of certification, auditing and testing services, and standards on food safety and quality, environmental protection and social responsibility.

Household Hazardous Wastes

Business Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste (HHW) is any chemical-based material discarded from homes which may threaten human health or the environment when disposed of improperly.

Don’t let the word “household” mislead you, businesses produce items that are considered household hazardous waste too. How many batteries or cleaning supplies does your office go through? A lot!

It is important for the health and safety of our community that the items listed below are disposed of properly at a hazardous waste collection facility.

Does your business qualify as a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators? Find out here.

Household Hazardous Waste Items

Household Hazardous Waste Items

  • household generated motor oil & oil filters
  • auto & household batteries
  • antifreeze
  • cooking oil
  • pesticides
  • fertilizers
  • paint products
  • chemical cleaners
  • pool supplies
  • personal medications (excluding controlled substances; must separate solid & liquids)

Get the San Bernardino County Hazard Waste Location Brochure

For more information download the HHW Brochure.

Where to Take Your Hazardous Waste

San Bernardino County residents may use any of the collection facilities in the areas listed below.

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities in San Bernardino County are run by the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Call 909.382.5401 or 1.800.OILY.CAT (645.9228) to verify operating hours prior to visiting a collection center.

Collection Facilities that only accept antifreeze, batteries, oil and oil filters, and (Latex) paint are called ABOP facilities and are noted as such. 

Apple Valley

THE TOWN OF APPLE VALLEY HHW FACILITY
13450 Nomwaket Road, Apple Valley, CA 92308

Sat, 10–2

Also accepts e-waste & sharps

Big Bear Lake

PUBLIC SERVICE YARD
42040 Garstin Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Sat, 9–2

Also accepts sharps

Big River ABOP

COUNTY FIRE STATION 17
150260 Capistrano Way

Call to verify, 909.382.5401

1st Saturday of the month, 8-12


ABOP facilities accept the following household items only:

  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries (automotive and household)
  • Oil & Oil Filters
  • Paint (latex only)

Barstow

CITY OF BARSTOW CORPORATION YARD
900 South Avenue H, Barstow, CA 92311

Sat, 9–2

Also accepts sharps

Chino

CHINO CITY PUBLIC WORKS SERVICES CENTER
5050 Schaefer Avenue, Chino, CA 91710

2nd & 4th Sat, 8–1

Also accepts e-waste

Havasu Lake ABOP

County Fire Station 18
148808 Havasu Lake Rd.

1st Saturday of the month, 8-12

ABOP facilities accept the following household items only:

  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries (automotive and household)
  • Oil & Oil Filters
  • Paint (latex only)

Hesperia

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE FACILITY
17443 Lemon St., Hesperia, CA 92345

Tues & Thur, 9–1 and Sat, 9–3 

Also accepts e-waste & sharps

Joshua Tree

WEST OF TRANSPORTATION / FLOOD CONTROL BUILDING
62499 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

3rd Saturday, 9–1

Also accepts sharps

Lucerne Valley ABOP

Behind Fire Station 8
33269 Old Woman Springs Rd.

Call to verify, 909.382.5401

3rd Saturday of the month, 9-12

ABOP facilities accept the following household items only:

  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries (automotive and household)
  • Oil & Oil Filters
  • Paint (latex only)

Needles

NEEDLES CITY YARD
112 Robuffa Street, Needles, CA 92363 

call 1.800.OILY.CAT (645.9228) to verify dates and hours

Also accepts e-waste & sharps

Ontario

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION CENTER
1430 S. Cucamonga Ave, Ontario, CA 91761

Fri & Sat, 9–2

Also accepts e-waste & sharps

Rancho Cucamonga

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE FACILITY
8794 Lion St, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Sat, 8–22

Also accepts e-waste

Redlands

REDLANDS CITY YARD
500 Kansas St at Park Ave, Redlands, CA 92374

Sat, 9:30–12:30

Also accepts e-waste & sharps

Rialto

CITY MAINTENANCE YARD
246 South Willow Avenue, Rialto, CA 92376

2nd & 4th Fri & Sat, 8–12

Also accepts sharps

San Bernardino

S.B. INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
2824 East “W” Street, Bldg. 302,
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Website: https://www.sbcfire.org

Mon–Fri, 9–4

Also accepts e-waste & sharps

Trona

COUNTY FIRE STATION 127
83732 Trona Road, Trona, CA 93562

2nd Sat in Mar, Jun, and Dec, 8–12 (call for Sept)

Also accepts e-waste & sharps

Upland

COUNTY FIRE STATION
1370 North Benson, Upland, CA 91786

Saturday, 9–2

Also accepts e-waste and sharps

Victorville

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
East of Desert Knoll Drive on Loves Lane
14800 7th Street, Victorville, CA 92392

Wed & Sun, 9–4

Also accepts e-waste & sharps

​Small Quantity Generators (CESQGs)

The San Bernardino County Household Hazardous Waste Division offers a hazardous waste disposal service for small businesses that qualify as “Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators” (CESQG).
Hazardous Wastes

Businesses that generate no more than 27 gallons or 220 pounds of hazardous waste, or 2.2 pounds of extremely hazardous waste per month are “Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators” or CESQGs (pronounced “squee-gee”).

The San Bernardino County Household Hazardous Program provides hazardous waste disposal service for eligible businesses in San Bernardino County. 

The most common CESQGs in San Bernardino County are painters, print shops, auto shops, builders, agricultural operators and property managers, but there are many others.

How to Get CESQG Service

CESQGs are encouraged to transport their waste by appointment to the San Bernardino County collection facility, provided it can be done safely and in compliance with all regulatory requirements. They also provide a mobile service for qualified businesses.

To arrange an appointment for the CESQG Program, call 1.800.645.9228 or 909.382.5401 and speak to a CESQG Program. Be prepared to describe the type and amount of hazardous waste your business is ready to dispose of, and the types and size(s) of waste containers. Only the San Bernardino collection facility is permitted to accept CESQG waste.

There is a small handling fee involved in the collection of hazardous waste from your business. Costs depend on the type of waste.

Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ)

The Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) program combines recycling with economic development to fuel new businesses, expand existing ones, create jobs, and divert waste from landfills.

This program provides attractive loans, technical assistance, and free product marketing to businesses that use materials from the waste stream to manufacture their products and are located in a zone. The zones cover roughly 88,000 square miles of California from the Oregon border to San Diego.

RMDZ Resources 

CalRecycle Logo

 

CalRecycle administers the RMDZ program and has a wealth of information about the program and how to participate.

CA RMDZ Association

Another good source about RMDZ can be found at the California Recycling Marketing Development Association’s website: rmdzcentral.org.

RMDZ News

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