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Laws and Ordinances that Affect Waste Handling

Local Ordinances

    • Who is affected: drug stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, and food marts 
    • The ordinance adds Chapter 8.62 to the municipal code of Long Beach, which prohibits all stores from distributing plastic carryout bags and requires that any store that provides a recyclable paper carryout bag to a customer must charge the customer 10 cents ($0.10) for each bag provided. 
  • Expanded Polystyrene Ordinance

    • Who is affected: foodservice 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

  • SB 270: Solid Waste: Single-Use Carryout Bags (Effective 7/1/2015)
    • Who is affected: supermarkets, convenience food stores, food marts, and large stores that have a pharmacy 
    • The bill prohibits affected stores from distributing lightweight, single-use plastic bags and requires that all paper and reusable bags meet specified reusability, recycling, and recycled content standards. Stores covered under SB 270 shall also only sell, reusable grocery bags and recycled paper bags that meet all requirements of the law for a minimum of 10 cents ($0.10).  
  • 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.