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FAQAB 341 (CHESBRO) – “JOBS AND RECYCLING BILL”

Mandating Commercial & Multi-Family Residential Recycling Expansion

Frequently Asked Questions:

• What is AB 341?
• Is my business AB 341 Compliant?
• Who is affected?
• What is the compliance deadline?
• What are my recycling options?
• Is Athens Services “certified” AB341 compliant?
• What are the benefits to “mixed waste processing?”
• Is “mixed waste processing” comparable to source separation?
• As a business what do I need to do to prepare?
• Is my business required to divert 75% of its waste?
• As a resident, does AB 341 affect me?
• RESOURCES & LINKS

What is AB 341

In October 2011,Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 341 (AB341) into law, setting a 75% recycling goal for California by Year 2020. The Assembly Bill is expected to create new green jobs by expanding upon the existing recycling infrastructure. This landmark piece of legislation requires expansion of recycling services to all commercial and public entities that generate 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week, and for those multifamily dwellings of 5 or more units. Recycling services must be arranged by and following July 1, 2012.

Is my business AB 341 compliant?

Yes! If you are serviced by Athens Services you are compliant with AB 341 requirements. Athens Services is working with the cities they service to ensure compliance.

Who is affected?

ALL California Business, Commercial or Public Entities who generate 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week, and/or Multifamily Family Dwellings of 5 or more units.

The recycling mandate included schools, events, malls, airports, municipal entities, and temporary services that generate 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week. Industrial waste is excluded.

What is the compliance deadline?

By and Following July 1, 2012. State Agency, Cal Recycle has not yet published enforcement strategies per local municipalities.

What are my recycling options?

For details on the recycling services approved by CalRecycle please refer to their website: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/climate/recycling/

Is Athens Services “certified” AB 341 compliant?

Currently neither the Jurisdictions nor the State have created an AB 341 “certification.” Although, “certification” does not exist at this time, Athens Services pledges that they are in full compliance with the requirements of Assembly Bill 341.We are an original sponsor of the bill and are closely involved in all Jurisdiction decisions which will be promptly communicated to our clients.

What are the benefits to mixed waste processing?

By participating in a mixed waste processing program, clients can look forward to the following benefits:

Is “mixed waste processing” comparable to source separation?

Yes, Athens Services provides mixed waste processing that yields comparable diversion results and is in full compliance with AB 341. To read how CalRecycle defines comparable please see their FAQs http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/climate/recycling/faq.htm#Business)

As a business what do I need to do to prepare?

If your business is contracted with Athens Services there is no preparation necessary. The contents of Athens Services’ bins are processed at their mixed waste processing facility. There is no additional preparation, training, or paperwork to complete. Athens Services does the job for you!

Is my business required to divert 75% of its waste?

“AB 341 does not mandate a diversion goal for businesses - it simply requires that they implement a commercial recycling program.” (CalRecycle, AB 341 FAQs) The 75% statewide recycling goal is not written as a mandate for either the jurisdiction or business

As a resident, does AB 341 affect me?

No, residents are not affected by AB 341 only business or multifamily units of 5 or more units.
Also see question: “Who is affected?

HELPFUL RESOURCES & LINKS

Frequently Asked Questions on AB 341(CalRecycle)
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/climate/recycling/faq.html

AB341 Legislative Council’s Digest
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0301-0350/ab_341_bill_20111006_chaptered.html

CalRecycle
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/

City of LA Bureau of Sanitation, AB341
http://www.lacitysan.org/solid_resources/recycling/AB341/AB341.htm

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