AB 341 What You Need to Know

Mandatory Commercial Recycling

Is Your Business or Multi-family Residential Dwelling Affected?

State legislation (AB 341) mandates business’ and public entities generating four (4) cubic yards or more of waste per week, and multifamily residential dwellings with five (5) units, or more to recycle.

This regulation went into effect on July 1, 2012, and it is important for business and multi-family residential dwellings to be proactive and contact their solid waste recycling service provider to ensure they are receiving the recycling services necessary to comply with AB 341.


(909) 798-7655 or email jsantacruz@cityofredlands.org


All business’ and multifamily residential dwellings can take advantage of recycling programs provided by the City, and select any combination of the following to divert commercial solid waste from disposal:

  • Subscribe to recycling services with the City of Redlands
  • Arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials
  • Utilize mixed-waste processing services

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How will compliance be monitored?

Jurisdictions (cities & counties) are required to assess whether affected generators (businesses/multifamily residential dwellings) are complying with the requirement to recycle. They are also required to identify and notify businesses that are not in compliance, and inform them of the requirement to recycle and how they can recycle.

Let your City Assist You in Establishing Your Recycling Program!

Starting a recycling program is not the same for everyone; however the first step is to assess the materials (or waste) that your business or multifamily residential dwelling generates. Then choose the right size of both trash and recycling bins that will suit your needs. Finally, and most importantly, educate your staff or tenants on the right materials for each bin. While the steps can be few, they are important.

The City of Redlands Recycle Coordinators can assist in establishing a program, along with providing the necessary education and outreach. Call The Quality of Life Department (909) 798-7655 or email jsantacruz@cityofredlands.org today to schedule a free Recycling Assessment.

Recycling Considerations: Make Your Program a Success!

Ensuring that your recycling program is successful depends on a few key elements; most importantly assistance from employees and residents. Here are a few pointers to get you started in the right direction.

  • Emptying recycling bins into the proper recycling dumpster will ensure that your business or multifamily residential dwelling is doing their part to lower costs and reduce landfill waste.
  • Placement of recycling cans next to trash cans increases the chances of getting more recyclables into the correct container.
  • Post signage to remind employees or residents to recycle specific items (cardboard, paper, etc.). Communication is essential. Newsletters and flyers also reinforce the message.

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Recycle. Everybody's Doing It




  • Milk, juice, soda and water bottles
  • Yogurt, dairy and margarine tubs
  • Shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • Detergent and fabric softener bottles
  • Clean garden pots or flats
  • Styrofoam food containers
  • Disposable plates and cups
  • Newspaper (with inserts)
  • Magazines/ catalogues
  • Junk mail (remove free samples)
  • White & colored paper
  • Brown paper bags
  • Telephone/ paperback books
  • Envelopes with plastic window
  • Wrapping paper

ALUMINUM & TIN (labels may stay on)


  • Steel or tin cans (e.g. tuna cans)
  • Pie tins
  • Aluminum foil
  • Aluminum food & soda cans
  • Cardboard
  • Cardboard (soda/beverage carriers)
  • Binboard (e.g. cereal boxes)
  • Milk cartons


  • Glass bottles/ jars (any color, remove lids from jar, labels may stay on)
  • Mason jars


- Soiled paper or cardboard

- Plastic children's toys or pools

- Pizza boxes with food residue

- Aerosol or paint cans

- Hoses or lawn furniture

- Window glass

- Disposable diapers

- Flooring or carpet

- Clothing or shoes

- Rags

- Food waste

- Ribbon

- Bathroom waste

- Carbon paper

- Wax paper

Please do not contaminate your recycling cart with trash and/or yard waste.
All materials placed in your blue cart should be relatively clean, dry and empty.

PLASTICS…What does it all mean?

You know you need to recycle your plastics. Your intentions are good. And if you’re confused by the recycling symbols, you’re not alone. Did you know that it’s important to keep certain types of plastics together – and other kinds apart? A raised number (1 through 7) in a triangle on the bottom of most plastic containers tells you what type of plastic it is and if recycled properly what it can be turned into.


PET symbol  

(PET) Polyethylene Terephthalate includes beverage bottles, frozen food boil-in-the-bag pouches and microwave food trays. PET makes up about 7% of the plastics stream.

Recycled to make carpet, furniture, new containers & fleece.

HDPE symbol  

(HDPE) High Density Polyethylene includes milk jugs, trash bags, detergent bottles, bleach bottles and aspirin bottles. HDPE makes up about 31% of plastics stream.

Recycled to make detergent bottles, fencing, floor tiles, pens, etc.

PVC symbol  

(PVC) Polyvinyl Chlorine includes cooking oil bottles and packaging around meat. PVC makes up about 5% of plastics stream.

Recycled to make cables, mud-flaps, paneling & roadway gutters.

LDPE symbol  

(LDPE) Low Density Polyethylene includes grocery store produce bags, bread bags, food wrap and mustard squeeze bottles LDPE makes up about 33% of the plastics stream.

Recycled to make envelopes, floor tiles, lumber and trash can liners.

PP symbol  

(PP) Polypropylene includes yogurt containers, shampoo bottles, straws, syrup bottles and margarine tubs. PP makes up about 9% of the plastics stream.

Recycled to make battery cables, brooms, ice scrapers and rakes.

PS symbol  

(PS) Polystyrene. Plastic foam (better known by trade name Syrofoam.) Includes hot beverage cups, fast food clamshell containers, egg cartons, and meat trays. PS makes up about 11% of plastics stream.

Recycled to make foam packaging, insulation, light switches and rulers.

OTHER symbol  

(OTHER) All other plastic resins or mixes of those above in the same product. Includes 3-5 gallon water jugs, nylon and some food containers. These plastics make up about 4% of plastics stream.