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Peninsula Cities Drafting Commercial Recycling Ordinance


The cities of San Mateo and San Carlos, with assistance from the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA), are drafting language for a mandatory commercial recycling ordinance.

A mandatory commercial recycling ordinance could affect businesses, commercial and multifamily property owners/managers, non‐profit organizations, public agencies, and other entities with commercial garbage accounts.

As a large generator of solid waste, the commercial sector has been identified as a key greenhouse gas contributor. The State of California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32) will require cities to adopt mandatory commercial recycling ordinances. San Mateo and San Carlos are acting early on this future mandate. By enacting an ordinance now, San Mateo and San Carlos will ensure mandatory recycling provisions are tailored to their businesses, organizations, and property owners/managers.

Upcoming Public Workshops Scheduled in January.

San Carlos Meetings: January 7, 12, and 20
San Mateo Meetings: January 13 and 20



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