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Mandatory Commercial Recycling

As of July 1, 2012, the State adopts mandatory commercial recycling to improve air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) that are produced in landfills.  This new law affects the commercial sector (businesses, schools, non-profits, industrial facilities) that generates four cubic yards or more of solid waste per week and multifamily residential dwellings of five units or more.   In order to comply with this new law, businesses and multifamilies will need to apply good faith efforts in recycling through the following options:
  • Subscribe to a recycling service through Garden Grove Disposal
  • Drop off recyclable materials at recycling centers.
The City’s recycling efforts include subscribing to a recycling service for all City-owned facilities and contracting with Republic Waste Services of Southern California, LLC, dba Garden Grove Disposal (GGD) for implementing a citywide mixed waste collection program that sorts out more than half of the recyclable materials.  Although the businesses and multifamilies benefit from this program, the program does not have the capability to sort 100% recyclable materials.  Therefore, the City is encouraging businesses and multifamilies to adopt additional recycling efforts.   Listed below are available resources on recycling and detailed information on the new law:

  • To improve recovery, GGD asks that you “bag” and tightly secure “wet” garbage to avoid contamination of recyclable material and empty dry waste into your collection container “loosely.”
  • Sign up for recycling service with GGD, call (714) 238-3300 or visit their website.
  • For a list of local recycling centers, please see list. *Please note, the City has an exclusive franchise with GGD to provide solid waste collection and process end services.  Please contact GGD at (714) 238-3300 to discuss recycling services available