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City offers assistance on recycling-law compliance

Posted: June 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Free recycling containers for businesses are available from the city of Santa Clarita, in partnership with Burrtec Waste Industries, to help businesses comply with a new state law.

Assembly Bill 341 requires all California businesses that produce more than four cubic yards of commercial solid waste a week to establish and maintain recycling services, effective July 1. The law also applies to multifamily residential dwellings with five units or more.

In an effort to conserve landfill space and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the state raised the waste diversion goal from 50 percent to 75 percent by the year 2020.

In September 2011, the city announced that its waste diversion rate was one of the best in Southern California, with an all-time high of more than 67 percent.

“By offering free, commercial recycling containers, the city is hoping to make it easier for businesses to transition to the new state mandate so they can better recycle, reduce and reuse materials that would otherwise be sent to landfills,” said Mayor Frank Ferry.

Recycling containers are available in 1.5-cubic-yard and 3-cubic-yard sizes, or a 90-gallon cart for smaller businesses that want to save space.

Materials eligible for recycling are paper, cardboard, plastics Nos. 1-7, and glass bottles and jars.

Local businesses are encouraged to get their recycling containers before the July 1 deadline by contacting the Burrtec Waste Industries Inc. customer service department at 661-222-2249.  

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