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City Council in Ridgecrest, Calif., to Discuss Organics Recycling Program

The City Council will consider amending its current agreement with Waste Management.

The Ridgecrest City Council in Ridgecrest, Calif., is considering an amendment to its current solid waste contract with Waste Management that would establish a recycling program for organic waste in order to follow California’s AB 1826.

The bill mandates that business and multifamily residences with five or more units adopt some sort of organic waste recycling program.

Failure to comply with AB 1826 could mean that the city is vulnerable to fines of up to $10,000 per day after July 1, 2018.

The Daily Independent has more information:

Jan. 1, 2019, is the threshold to arrange for organic waste recycling services for businesses/ multi-family residential dwellings that generate 4 cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week. Jan. 1, 2020 is the threshold for businesses/ multi-family residential dwellings that generate 2 cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week, but this requirement only takes effect if CalRecycle determines in 2020 that statewide disposal of organic waste has not been reduced by 50 percent of 2014 levels.

April 1, 2016, was the threshold to arrange for organic waste recycling services for business/multi-family residential dwellings that generate 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week and Jan. 1, 2017 was the threshold for businesses/multi-family dwellings that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week.

The city has been working with consulting firm HF&H, Waste Management and Kern County on planning to meet AB 1826 requirements.

Read the full story here.

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