Link to Commercial Recycling Guide

Recycling services available within Merced County:


AB 341 - Mandatory Commercial Recycling

Information from CalRecycle

Assembly Bill 341 (Chesbro, AB 341) was signed on October 6, 2011, to enact a statewide program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste from landfills.

According to a 2008 Statewide Waste Characterization, the commercial sector generates more than half of the solid waste disposed of in California (approx. 68% of disposed waste), with much of the waste being recyclable materials.

Wtih AB 341, eligible businesses are required to recycle, thus resulting in an expansion in commercial recycling activities and recycling manufacturing.

Prior to the passage of AB 341, CalRecycle and the Air Resources Board were engaged in a joint rulemaking process to implement a Mandatory Commercial Recycling Measure within AB 32 (CA Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006) to increase commercial waste diversion (recycling/reuse/composting) as a method to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


1) To reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste to recycling efforts, and
2) To expand the opportunity for additional recycling services and recycling manufacturing facilities in California.

Local Jurisdictions:

On or after July 1, 1012, each jurisdiction shall implement an education, outreach and monitoring program. Efforts may be phased in over time.

Businesses, Public Entity Locations, Multi-Family Dwellings:

On and after July 1, 2012 the following will need to implement a recycling program:

1) a business or public entity location that generates more than four cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week, or

2) a multifamily dwelling of five units, no matter the amount of waste disposed of per week.

See table below for examples of how much you may be disposing of per week, based on your level of weekly bin service.

Your solid waste bins are measured in the amount of cubic yards. Your solid waste service bills/statements may tell you what size bin you have and how often it is serviced. If it is not listed, contact your solid waste hauler HERE.

Different examples of what equals at least 4 Cubic Yards (cuyd) of trash:

One1-cuyd bin serviced four times a week

One 2-cuyd bin serviced twice a week

One 4-cuyd bin serviced once a week

Two 1-cuyd bins serviced twice a week

Tip for City of Merced customers: the first number on your dumpster is the size of the bin. [Example: #-1234: the first number (#) would be the size of the bin]



Recycling Programs are any of the following, or a combination of the following:

  1. Self-hauling recyclables to a recycling drop off or facility (ex: taking CRV containers to a buyback center, or dropping off recyclables at either of the two regional landfills);
  2. Having a service provider/hauler pick up the materials to have the materials recycled;
  3. Donating recyclables to a non-profit organization

Other examples include:

  1. Having a landscape contractor transport your yard trimmings to a compost facility,
  2. Having shredded paper recycled through a service provider (please check to confirm that the service provider recycles the material and does not dispose of it)

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Local Workshops/Outreach

In the Fall of 2011, workshops were held throughout the county region to inform commercial businesses what this measure means to them,
and how they can plan for it before it is implemented in 2012.

Starting July of 2012, the Merced County Regional Waste Management Authority will continually inform businesses and multifamily dwellings of AB 341.

If you would like a presentation at your place of business, apartment complex or local Chamber of Commerce, please contact our Public Programs Specialist at (209) 723-3153 ext. 315 or

If you would like an on-site waste assessment, please contact your waste hauler HERE.


Links to Resources

The California Air Resources Board (ARB)
Latest update (July 15, 2011) to the commercial recycling regulation.

The California Department of Recycling Resources and Recovery (CAlRecycle)
Main website for the Mandatory Commercial Recycling measure.

The Institute for Local Governments
Outreach and educational resources for businesses and property owners.