Commercial Recycling

Commercial Recycling Businesses and Multi-Family

According to a 2008 waste characterization study, the commercial sector generates nearly three-quarters of the solid waste in California. To increase recovery of recyclable material and reduce greenhouse (GHG) emissions from materials being sent to landfills, Governor Brown signed AB 341 in 2011, requiring the following to arrange for recycling services by July 1, 2012:

  • Any business that generates 4 cubic yards or more of waste per week; and
  • Multi-family properties with 5 or more units 

Requirements of Woodland’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling (MCR) Program

Businesses and multi-family properties that meet the thresholds above are required to do one of the following:

  • Arrange for recycling services through Waste Management
  • Reduce the amount of waste generated to under 4 cubic yards or less per week (businesses only)
  • Submit an annual exemption form for one of the qualifying reasons:
    • Lack of available space
    • Lack of available markets for recyclable materials
    • Alternative recycling methods
    • Self-hauling recyclable materials

Click here to apply for a Mandatory Commercial Recycling Program Exemption

Exemptions will only be granted to those with qualifying proof of a reason listed above. Site visits may be needed for exemption approval. Exemptions will need to be renewed on an annual basis. Failure to renew exemptions may result in non-compliance to the MCR program.

Resources for Successful Recycling at Your Business/Multi-Family Property

City of Woodland and Waste Management staff are here to help your business/multi-family property make recycling as successful as possible. We offer site visits, waste assessments, employee/tenant training or presentations, and can provide additional resources to help facilitate recycling at your property.

Additional Resources

Contact Us

City of Woodland Recycling Coordinator
(530) 661-2059

Waste Management of Woodland
(530) 406-4332