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Laws and Ordinances that Affect Waste Handling

Local Ordinances

+ Expanded Polystyrene Ordinance

Who is a affected: All Food Service businesses, Events, Schools, and Government

The ordinance adds a 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.

+ AB 1826: Mandatory Organics Recycling

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.

+ California Green Building Standards Code

Who is affected: Contractors, 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.

+ Assembly BILL 2176: Large Venues and Events Recycling

Who is affected: Large Venues and Events

Venues and events with an average of 2000 attendees and workers per day are required to have recycling services. Events that charge admission or are run by a local agency, and have at least 2000 attendees and workers each day are also 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.

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