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State of California Solid Waste & Recycling Info

California is a recycling leader

California is among the strictest states in the country when it comes to recycling. The landmark AB 939 recycling law mandates that cities achieve at least a 50% recycling rate.

Other recycling-related legislation includes “The Bottle Bill” and several e-waste recycling statutes issued over the past two decades.

Commercial businesses must recycle by law

Commercial recycling is mandatory in California. Apartment buildings, retail shops and commercial entities are required to recycle. Commercial wastes make up about 75% of the waste trucked to landfills. Any business that generates 4 cubic yards or more waste per week must adhere to the commercial recycling law.

Lofty goals…

California’s current goal is quite ambitious. It hopes to achieve a 75% recycling, composting and waste diversion rate by 2020. To reach this goal the State plans to introduce new recycling legislation and expand upon current programs

Where to recycle various materials and debris in CA

The majority of debris and waste sent to landfill is recyclable and/or compostable. Things like carpet scraps, construction/demolition (C&D) debris, mattresses, e-waste and food scraps can be recycled in one way or another.

Find out where to recycle items that won’t fit in your curbside container by checking out this link:


C&D debris makes up about 29% of the solid waste stream in CA

That’s a big chunk of the waste trucked to landfills each year. The thing is that C&D debris is almost entirely recyclable. Materials like asphalt, concrete, roofing shingles, and lumber can be broken down and recycled into new materials.

If renting a dumpster for a home renovation or roofing project, ask the dumpster rental provider if they recycle construction debris. That way you can source separate debris as necessary.

TIP: This may actually save you money in the end since it’s less expensive for the waste hauler to drop off at a recycling facility compared to the tipping fees at landfills.

To find a C&D recycler near you, check out CalRecycle’s C&D Debris Recyclers Database.

Become a recycling advocate in your community

There are many organizations across the State of California helping to promote recycling and introduce legislation aimed at improving the public and environmental health.

You can become involved in any or all of the organizations below to do your part in helping to shape the future of your community:

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in California

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.