In 1989, the State of California signed into law landmark environmental legislation, which has and continues to shape the industry of recycling and refuse. Assembly Bill 939 (AB939) requires every city and county in the state of California to divert at least 50% of their entire waste stream from landfills. In order to do so, the City of Stanton calls upon the assistance of all valuable business members and residents in their communities to participate in waste reduction and recycling efforts.
Since the early 1990's, the City of Stanton partnered with CR&R to recycle the City's residential waste. Single-family residential properties are currently provided three carts: trash (black), mixed recycling (blue), and organic recycling (green).
Assembly Bill 341 directed CalRecycle to enforce regulations for mandatory commercial recycling in order to reduce greenhouse gas by diverting commercial waste & to expand the opportunity for additional recycling services and recycling manufacturing facilities in California. Please see the CalRecycle page for additional information,
SIMPLE RECYCLING TIPS
- Collect and use plastic food storage containers.
- Recycle your plastic bags, find a location here.
- Invest in rechargeable batteries and a battery charger.
- Buy Recycled Products
- Select products that use minimal packaging
- Buy only what you know you will use. Prevents waste and spoilage
- Use towel, rags and cloth napkins to reduce waster
- Place recyclables is a different bag than regular trash. It prevents contamination of recyclables stock.
- Divert 50% of your waste. Remember to place all food waste and yard clippings in you organic recycling bin.
- Pass it on-electronics, cloths, and other goods can be given away for someone else’s use.
ORGANIC WASTE RECYCLING
In September 2016, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1383 establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP). According to California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), "Methane emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic waste (green waste and food waste) in landfills are a significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contributing to global climate change. Organic materials–including waste that can be readily prevented, recycled, or composted–account for a significant portion of California’s overall waste stream. Food waste alone accounts for approximately 17-18 percent of total landfill disposal. Increasing food waste prevention, encouraging edible food rescue, and expanding the composting and in-vessel digestion of organic waste throughout the state will help reduce methane emissions from organic waste disposed in California’s landfills."
SB 1383 establishes targets to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025. The law establishes an additional target that not less than 20 percent of currently disposed edible food is recovered for human consumption by 2025.
Consequently, the State requires that all cities and counties ensure all residents and businesses participate in organics recycling. Stanton residents with cart service already have green waste carts which accept green waste and food waste. Starting in the 3rd quarter of 2022, businesses and multi-family residential properties will be contacted by CR&R to subscribe to organics (and mixed) recycling carts and dumpsters. Automatic roll-out of carts and dumpsters will be complete by December 31, 2022.