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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.

WHAT TO RECYCLE AT WORK

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 Recycling Examples in Workplace

Paper

Cardboard Recycling Examples in Workplace

Cardboard

  • Corrugated cardboard

Paper and Cardboard Recycling Tips

  • Clean, dry, and free of food waste
  • Flatten boxes
  • Remove liners from cereal/food boxes
  • Plastic window envelopes and staples are okay
  • No spirals from notebooks
Glass Containers for Recycling

Glass Bottles & Jars

  • Glass bottles and jars of any color, shape or size

Glass Bottles & Jars Recycling Tips

  • Clean, dry, and free of food waste
  • Remove lids
Metal Cans for Recycling

Metal & Aluminum Cans 

  • Tin cans
  • Aluminum cans, foil, and trays

Metal & Aluminum Recycling Tips

  • Clean, dry, and free of food waste
  • Aerosol cans must be empty of pressure and product
Plastic Containers for Recycling

Plastic Bottles & Containers

  • Rigid containers (#1, #2, #5)
  • PET (#1) plastic bottles
  • HDPE (#2) plastic bottles
  • Commercial film

Plastic Bottles & Container Recycling Tips

  • Clean, dry, and free of food waste
  • No Styrofoam™
  • No plastic bags or plastic wrap of any kind
  • Lids are okay to leave on

Download our Recycling Flyer

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

Signage for Your Collection Containers

Print these posters and place with your recycling, organics, and garbage collection containers so everyone knows what belongs in what container.

Why Your Business Should Recycle

RECYCLING IS ECONOMICAL

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

Earth Hand

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.

How Recycling Works

Recycling is circular. A material is manufactured into a product which goes to a store, where you buy it. You use the product — and hopefully reuse it — then put it in your recycling cart. From there it is collected and taking to a processing plant where it turned back into base materials which a manufacturer uses to create something new. And the cycle starts again.

How Recycling Works

Where Does Our Recycling Go?

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.

Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility 

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

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.

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

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

 

Find Your Hauler

The best place to start for information about your local curbside recycling service is to contact your hauler.

Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility 

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

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.

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—fees apply for businesses

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

California Commercial Recycling Laws

The laws covered below 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 Organics Recycling Law SB 1383

SB 1383 is a new law that requires the state to dramatically expand its composting abilities and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.

 

The law sets the following targets to be achieved by 2025:

  1. DIVERT ORGANICS FROM LANDFILL – Reduce statewide disposal of organic waste by 75% from 2014 levels.
  2. RECOVER EDIBLE FOOD – Rescue at least 20% of currently disposed of edible food (food intended for human consumption) to feed people in need.

 

Why Diverting Organic Waste from Landfill is Important

Compost ExamplesOrganic waste (organics) such as food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, and nonhazardous wood waste make up half of what Californians dump in landfills. When organic waste is sent to landfill, it decomposes anaerobically (without oxygen) which creates methane — one of the most potent greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere. Methane is a short-lived climate pollutant that is 84 times stronger than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. NASA recently captured satellite images
of California landfills and published an inventory showing them as super emitters of methane.
Keeping organic material out of landfills will slow the rate of greenhouse gas accumulation and begin to reduce their impacts.

 

Edible Food Recovery

Food recovery means collecting edible food that would otherwise go to landfill and redistributing it to feed people in need. Californians send 11.2 billion pounds of food to landfills each year, some of which was still fresh enough to have been recovered to feed people in need. One in 5 children go hungry every night in California – redirecting perfectly edible food to feed those in need can help alleviate this. Feeding hungry people through food recovery is the best use of surplus food and a vital way for California to conserve resources and reduce waste thrown in landfills.
To reduce food waste and address food insecurity, surplus edible food will instead go to food banks, soup kitchens, and other food recovery organizations and services to help feed Californians in need.

 

How can your business comply with SB 1383?

Everyone: cities, trash haulers, processors and generators like businesses and single/multifamily residents are required to keep organic materials out of the landfill and can receive fines if they do not comply.

If you own a business or apartment/condo complex (of five units or more), you are required to:

  • Divert organics from the landfill by arranging for organics collection service (likely provided by your current garbage and recycling hauler) OR self-haul organic waste to a specified composting facility,
    community composting program, or other collection activity or program.
  • Provide collection containers for recycling and organics to customers, tenants, and employees.
  • Provide education to employees and customers on proper sorting of recyclables and organic materials. We offer free printable posters to help with this.
  • Some commercial food generators are required to recover edible food. Contact your city’s recycling coordinator to find out more.

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Get Signage

We offer free 8.5×11 pdf downloadable signage for front and back of house use. Find them here.

Printable signage is also available free online from CalRecycle’s PR Tool Kit.

CalRecycle Logo

Learn more about SB 1383 by visiting the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery website.

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.

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.)

CalRecycle Logo

Learn more about AB 341 by visiting the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery website.

 

Download the AB 341 Flier

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Customer Access to Recycling AB 827

Example of 3 Carts

Effective July 1, 2020, businesses that sell products meant for immediate consumption must provide recycling and organics containers at front-of-house to collect waste generated by customers from products they purchase and consume on the premises.

AB 827 is intended to educate and involve consumers in achieving the state’s recycling goals by requiring businesses to make recycling and/or organic recycling bins available to customers.

AB 827 requires California businesses that generate two or more cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week and sell products meant for immediate consumption* provide recycling and organics containers alongside trash bins at front-of-house to collect waste generated by customers from products they purchase and consume on the premises.

* Full-service restaurants do not have to provide properly labeled containers for patrons but must provide properly labeled containers next to trash containers for employees to separate post-consumer recyclables and organics for customers.

 

How can your business comply with AB 827?

Place containers for recycling and organics adjacent to trash containers where they are visible and easily accessible to customers. Containers must be clearly marked.

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GET SIGNAGE

We offer free 8.5×11 pdf downloadable signage for front and back of house use. Find them here.

Printable signage is also available free online from CalRecycle’s PR Tool Kit.

 

 

Download the AB 827 Flier

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Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law AB 1826

If your business produces two (2) 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 two (2) or more cubic yards of solid waste per week to arrange for an organic waste recycling service.

 

What is Organic Waste?

Compost ExamplesOrganic 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.

 

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.

CalRecycle Logo

Learn more about AB 1826 by visiting the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery website.

 

Download the AB 1826 Flier

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Contact Your Hauler

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 for specific requirements and resources to help your business become successful recyclers under the law.

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.

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.

Household 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.

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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)

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

Tue – Closed
Thur – 9am-1pm
Sat – 9am-2pm

Also accepts e-waste & sharps

Joshua Tree

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

 

January 2021 – August 2021

1st & 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

Sat 7:30am-12:30pm

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

Free Material Reuse Products Available

Upcycle with FREE Material Reuse Products available from the San Bernardino Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Product availability not guaranteed, but the more we can reuse and repurpose, the better.

Call 909.382.5401 or 1.800.OILY.CAT (1.800.645.9228) for more information.

Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG)

The San Bernardino County Household Hazardous Waste Division offers a hazardous waste disposal service for small businesses that qualify as “Very Small Quantity Generator” (VSQG)

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 “Very Small Quantity Generators”.

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

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

How to Get VSQG Service

VSQGs 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 VSQG Program, call 1.800.645.9228 or 909.382.5401. 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 VSQG waste.

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

Get the San Bernardino County Hazard Waste For Small Businesses Brochure

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 

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

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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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