environment - solid waste cooperative program

Solid Waste Cooperative Program

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Under the leadership of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), the state is nearly two-thirds of the way toward achieving ambitious waste diversion goals set forth by the Legislature. Since 1990, the partnership of the State, local governments, the waste industry, businesses, environmental groups, and millions of committed Californians has diverted more than 100 million tons of materials from landfills, and nearly 60 cities and counties have already met or exceeded the mandate to cut their trash in half.

Business Recycling

The State enacted the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, also known as AB 939. Since that time, local agencies, the solid waste and recycling industries, along with local residents and businesses throughout California, have jointly embraced efforts to “reduce, re-use and recycle,” thus diverting recyclable materials from landfill. In 2011 the State adopted  AB 341 requiring that not less than 75% of solid waste generated be source reduced, recycled, or composted by the year 2020.

Construction and Demolition Recycling

The average new home generates about four pounds of waste per square foot, or four tons for a 2,000 square foot home. Over 50% of those materials are recyclable at area construction and demolition recyclers.

Computer and E-Waste Recycling

E-waste refers to electronic products nearing the end of their useful lives. The law mandates that electronic waste be disposed of in a manner that will protect the environment. Televisions, computers, stereos, copiers, and fax machines, are examples of electronic products that may contain components that are considered hazardous. In addition some televisions and computer monitors have Cathode Ray Tubes, or CRT displays, which require special handling.

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