The commercial recycling resource center includes a sample commercial recycling ordinance, a sample outreach and education flyer, examples of local commercial recycling programs, links to past webinars and other resources to help local officials increase commercial recycling in their communities.
These resources were developed under a contract with the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), formerly known as the California Integrated Waste Management Board.
This sample commercial recycling ordinance, prepared in 2009 by the Institute for Local Government’s climate change program, offers policy choices to consider. It can be modified to reflect unique community circumstances and issues.
The sample commercial recycling flyer template can help local agencies educate businesses about new state requirements to recycle, and about any local requirements that may apply. The flyer template may be modified to reflect local resources, including adding the agency’s logo, local requirements, and contact information. English and Spanish versions of the template are provided for both apartments and businesses.
Cities and counties are leading by example and undertaking a range of activities to create more sustainable communities. These case stories demonstrate the depth and richness of local agency waste reduction and recycling activities.
Many cities and counties have established commercial recycling ordinances. ILG has compiled several examples you can review to see how they are structured, and explore ideas that may be appropriate for your jurisdiction.
The Institute for Local Government hosted a series of webinars in 2010 and 2011 in collaboration with CalRecycle on adopting commercial recycling ordinances. This series provides information and resources tailored to local agencies interested in adopting a commercial recycling ordinance.