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Laws and Ordinances that Affect Waste Handling

Local Ordinances

  • Expanded Polystyrene Ordinance

    • Who is affected: food service businesses, events, schools, and government facilities
    • The ordinance adds Chapter 8.63 to the municipal code of Long Beach, which prohibits the use of single-use food and beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, rigid polystyrene #6, and non-recyclable and non-compostable material for prepared food distribution.

State Laws

  • AB 341: Mandatory Commercial Recycling
    • Who is affected: businesses and apartment buildings 
    • All businesses that produce 4 yards or more of waste per week and apartment buildings that have 5 or more units are required to have recycling service.
    • Who is affected: businesses and apartment buildings
    • All commercial properties, including apartment buildings with 5 or more units that produce 4 yards or more of trash per week are required to have organics recycling service.
    • Who is affected: contractors and builders
    • The Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Recycling Program is managed by the Office of Development Services. This program encourages permit applicants to recycle C&D material through a refundable performance deposit. Only permitted haulers may be used to haul C&D in the City of Long Beach.
    • Who is affected: large venues and events
    • Venues and events with an average of 2,000 attendees and workers per day are required to have recycling services. 
    • If your venue or event falls into this category, you must set up waste and recycling services with one of our permitted private waste haulers. Waste haulers that do not have a permit through the City of Long Beach cannot be used.
    • Visit the Office of Special Events website for more information regarding large venues and special events.