Multi-Family Recycling

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State law now requires that apartment and multi-family communities with 5 or more units must recycle. This means that communities must provide recycling carts/dumpsters for their residents. Skip to the topics below to find out more.

Multi-family / Apartment communities in Thousand Oaks are served by one of two types of solid waste and recycling service - commercial dumpster service or individual cart service. The service received depends on the unique space and capacity characteristics of each community.


Mandatory Apartment/Multi-Family Recycling Info and Resources

State law now requires that apartment and multi-family communities with 5 or more units must recycle. This means that communities must provide recycling carts/dumpsters for their residents.

The City of Thousand Oaks has tools to help - Multi-Family Recycling Toolkit:

City of Thousand Oaks
Environmental Programs
(805) 449-2400
or e-mail: gogreen@toaks.org

To modify your current solid waste service to comply with State law, please contact:

Waste Management
Commercial / Multi-Family Services
(805) 955-4346

For more information and assistance with multi-family recycling in Thousand Oaks, contact Environmental Programs at gogreen@toaks.org.

* Printed Multi-Family Recycling Guides and Laminated Posters are available for free from the City Public Works Department. To request copies for your community, e-mail gogreen@toaks.org - be sure to include the property location, contact information and quantity of materials requested.


Mandatory Apartment / Multi-Family Organic Waste Recycling

California’s Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law (Assembly Bill 1826) requires that multi-family complexes of 5 units or more recycle their green waste (grass clippings, leaves, branches, flower trimmings, hedge trimmings, etc.) and non-hazardous wood waste.* The law is phased in over time, with organics recycling required at more complexes each year, depending on the amount of organic waste created per week.

Additionally, the law requires covered multi-family complexes that contract for green waste services to stipulate in the landscaping contract that the landscaper will recycle the green waste it collects from the complex.

Multi-family Compliance Schedule

  • April 1, 2016 - Complexes that generate 8+ cubic yards of green waste (2 large dumpsters) and/or nonhazardous wood waste per week must have it recycled
  • January 1, 2017 - Complexes that generate 4+ cubic yards of green waste (1 large dumpster) and/or nonhazardous wood waste per week must have it recycled
  • January 1, 2019 - Complexes that generate 4+ cubic yards of solid waste (including recyclables) per week must have their green waste/nonhazardous wood waste recycled
  • Summer/Fall 2021: If CalRecycle determines that the statewide disposal of organic waste in 2020 has not been reduced by 50 percent of the level of disposal during 2014, the organic recycling requirements will expand to cover complexes that generate two cubic yards (1 small dumpster) or more of commercial solid waste per week.

*Important Note: Organics recycling requirements are different for other types of commercial entities. Visit our mandatory commercial organics recycling webpage for information about how the law applies to other businesses.

How to Comply

There are a variety of ways for a multifamily complex that is covered by the law to comply. The first step will be to update any landscaping contract to stipulate that the landscaper will recycle the green waste it collects from the complex.

To recycle green waste, a number of options are available:

  • Landscapers can be required to haul green waste collected from a complex away to a recycling location.
  • Property managers can haul green waste from the complex to a recycling facility, or other location that collects green waste to be recycled.
  • Complexes can have a dedicated container (provided by Waste Management) on site to collect green waste from the property.**
  • Complexes can adopt on-site solutions like grasscycling and composting to manage the green waste generated at the complex.

The best option will depend on the unique circumstances of each complex. Free waste assessments are available to help property owners and managers determine how best to comply with the law. To schedule a free waste assessment, contact City Environmental Programs at gogreen@toaks.org or (805) 449-2400.

**Green waste dumpster service is coming soon. Contact the City at gogreen@toaks.org for more information and to be placed on the interest list.

For More Information

Visit our mandatory commercial organics recycling webpage for background information on the law, the city’s role in enforcement and links to more information.


Multi-Family / Apartment Service Options

(Type of service depends on the unique characteristics of each community)

Commercial Dumpster Service

Required for centrally-located trash and recycling dumpsters where community residents deposit trash and recyclables. Laminated flyers suitable for posting in common areas such as laundry and meeting rooms are also available. To request copies for your community, e-mail City Environmental Programs at gogreen@toaks.org . Be sure to let us know the property location, contact information and the quantity of Multi-Family Recycling Guides and/or laminated flyers requested.

Individual Cart Service

Residents receive two 64-gallon carts, one for trash and one for recyclable materials carts. Green waste service is not provided. Service guidelines are the same as those for residential curbside service.


Additional Free Programs for Residents

 

For more information and assistance with multi-family recycling in Thousand Oaks, contact Environmental Programs at gogreen@toaks.org.