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The City’s Solid Waste Ordinance and You!

Waste Management RecyclingTruckHow the City deals with residents’ and businesses’ trash is governed by its Solid Waste Ordinance, which is contained in Chapter 2 to Title 6 of the Thousand Oaks Municipal Code. Previously amended in 2010, in January City Council approved a major update to the ordinance to ensure compliance with a suite of new policies and legislation from the State regulating waste recycling and disposal. Some of the new rules that may affect you or your business are:

AB 341 – Mandatory Commercial Recycling: Requires recycling for businesses and multi-family complexes generating 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week.

AB 1826 – Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling: Requires organic waste recycling for businesses and multi-family complexes generating 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week. “Organics” includes food waste and “green” (or landscape) waste.

SB 1383 – Organics Diversion and Food Recovery: Establishes goals and programs to reduce organic waste disposal, including a City-established food recovery program, and mandatory organics recycling for all businesses and residents beginning in 2022.

Besides ensuring compliance with these regulations, the ordinance update defines the roles of “Exclusive” Franchise (regularly scheduled waste collection), “Non-Exclusive” or “Limited” Franchise (temporary dumpsters for construction or clean up projects), and Commercial Recyclers (permits to serve businesses with free recycling service for specific materials) and the rules governing each of these services.

Other changes to the ordinance that might affect you include:

  • Residential carts may now be placed at the curb for collection service starting at 4:00 p.m. the day before collection and must be removed from public view by 8:00 a.m. the day after collection.
  • A new provision allows businesses to explore other means for recycling materials that the Exclusive Franchise is unable to recycle.

For more information about solid waste and recycling in the City visit www.toaks.org/RecycleTO.