Recycling for Multi-Family and Commercial Buildings

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State law requires recycling services for businesses and apartment complexes with 5 or more units.  Please keep in mind that businesses and multi-family units in Norwalk are already in compliance since waste collected from these locations goes through a materials recovery process where recyclables are sorted and removed from the waste stream.

How to Arrange for Recycling Services if you wish to do so

If businesses and multi-family units wish to further increase recycling efforts, you can do so by separating your recyclable materials and taking them to a recycling center. Business may also donate, sell, and/or make other arrangements for pick up and recycling of the materials, so long as the business is not being charged for the service.  This includes self-hauling the materials to recycling facilities. Businesses and property owners-managers of multi-family units wishing to secure a separate bin for recyclables and who have sufficient space to store all trash and recycling bins within the existing trash enclosure should contact their hauler (Republic Services 800-299-4898; CR&R 562-944-4716).  If there is insufficient space within the existing trash enclosure to store an additional bin, please contact the City’s Planning Division at (562) 929-5744 to evaluate site options.   

How to Educate Employees and/or Tenants

Employees and tenants are instrumental to a successful commercial recycling program.  Please make sure your employees and tenants know which materials can be recycled and where to place the recyclable materials for temporary storage and ultimate collection.  Copies of the attached flyer may be useful to help educate and inform them about proper recycling procedures.

What Not to Place in Recycling Bins

Hazardous waste such as batteries, paint, antifreeze, chemicals, and cleaning products should not be mixed in with your recyclable materials or trash bins. 

Electronic devices (e-waste) such as old computers, monitors, TVs, and cell phones are recyclable, but also contain hazardous materials.  These items should not be placed in recycling bins or in trash bins either.  You can contact your trash hauler for a free pick up. 

For more information about proper handling and disposal of such items, please call (888) CLEAN-LA or visit the Los Angeles County website www.CleanLA.com to drop off such items at an upcoming County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and E-waste roundup event free of charge.

Haulers may also offer a bulky item pick-up service for a fee.  Please contact your hauler directly for more information.

Where to Go for More Information

Information about California’s commercial recycling requirements is available from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) at http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Recycle/Commercial/

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact the City of Norwalk at (562) 929-5964 or recycling@norwalkca.gov.

 

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