Mandatory Commercial Recycling and Organic Waste Recycling

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Mandatory Commercial and Organics Recycling

AB 341 MCR – Mandatory Commercial Recycling

Mandatory Commercial Recycling (MCR) was one of the measures adopted in the Assembly Bill 32 Scoping Plan by the Air Resources Board (ARB) pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act (Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006). The MCR Measure focuses on increased commercial waste diversion as a method to reduce GHG emissions. The regulation was adopted at CalRecycle’s January 17, 2012 Monthly Public Meeting. This regulation reflects the statutory provisions of AB 341 (Chesbro, Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011).According to 2008 Statewide Waste Characterization data, the commercial sector generates nearly three fourths of the solid waste in California. Furthermore, much of the commercial sector waste disposed in landfills is readily recyclable.  The regulation requires a business that generates 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week to arrange for recycling services. 

Visit CalRecycle's AB341 webpage 
Click here to view AB 1826 & AB 341 Handout!
Click here to view acceptable Recyclables Handout
Click here to view Most Common Recycling Contaminants Handout
Free Your Recyclables – No Plastic Bags!

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery released revisions to the proposed regulations to reduce organic waste in landfills. 

AB 1826 MOR – Mandatory Organics Recycling

In October 2014 Governor Brown signed AB 1826 Chesbro (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014), requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. This law also requires that on and after January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions across the state implement a Mandatory Organic Recycling (MOR) program to divert organic waste generated by businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units (please note, however, that multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program). Organic waste (also referred to as organics) means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. 

Visit CalRecycle's AB1826 webpage
Click here to view an AB 1826 handout!
Click here to view Inland Empire's Organic Solutions handout!
Click here to view a AB1826 & AB 341 Handout!
Watch a video explaining AB 1826

Exception Process

Assembly Bill (AB) 341 and AB 1826 require businesses and multifamily complexes (5 units or more) that generate a specified amount of solid waste per week to arrange for recycling and organics recycling services, respectively. However, the law allows for case-by-case exemptions if businesses and multifamily complexes meet specific criteria. Click on the application below for details.

AB341 & AB1826 Exemption Form

SB 1383 SLCP - Short-lived Climate Pollutants: Organic Waste Methane Emissions Reductions

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery released revisions to the proposed regulations to reduce organic waste in landfills. Senate Bill 1383 directed CalRecycle to adopt regulations to reduce organic waste by 50 percent from its 2014 baseline level by 2020 and 75 percent by 2025. SB 1383 also requires the regulations to recover, for human consumption, at least 20 percent of edible food that is currently thrown away. 

Visit CalRecycle's SR 1383 webpage
Watch a video explaining the main requirements of SB 1383





Adopt the 3 R's of Recycling to minimize harmful effects on the environment: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. 


Beverage Recycling in Corona 

Look for the SmartBellys trash and recycling cans at your local parks, and even at the entrance of the Skyline Trail. Take advantage of these public cans that use solar energy to compact trash!Recycling

Meet Cal and Cali, they are your local recycling buddies. You might find them in your local elementary school or at a City facility. Cal and Cali are here to encourage young children to start recycling. The goal is to have them start at school and bring this practice home.

Have you seen the bottle shaped bins around town? These bins can be found at city facilities and are part of a Coca-Cola Public Space Recycling Bin Grant Program. The city uses these at the community centers and for major events. Recycle your bottles and cans instead of throwing them in the trash.

Battery Recycling

Recycle Batteries28% of consumers throw their batteries in the trash, which definitely is not very green. 81% of consumers agreed that they would recycle their batteries if it was more convenient. Fortunately, the City of Corona has made battery recycling a piece of cake. The Department of Water and Power has established battery collecting bins at Corona City Hall and the Corona Public Library. Drop off your used/old batteries today!


Used Oil Recycling Program

Did you know that motor oil that is thrown away or poured into the ground can pollute the soil, groundwater, and much more? Recycling used oil can help reduce the risk of polluting Corona’s natural resources.


The City of Corona Department of Water and Power (DWP) now offers free recycled used oil kits to help residents reduce the pollution of motor oil. Kits include rags, funnels, containers and more! Call Corona DWP at (951) 736-2234 or email the Water Resources Team at to find out more or fill out the Free Used Oil Recycling Kit Online Form.

To recycle your used oil, you can contact Waste Management at 1-800-423-9986 to schedule a pickup. If you are interested in recycling your used motor oil for an incentive, you can visit to find a Certified Used Oil Collection Center nearest you and find out more. Certified Used Oil Collection Centers will pay residents 40 cents per gallon for used motor oil.



Waste Prevention Tips

To help reduce the environmental impact of human activities, adopt the hierarchy - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.


Household Hazardous Waste

Click here to learn about Household Hazardous Waste and view the next collection event. 



At Home

  • Buy in bulk when possible.
  • Buy only what you need.
  • Buy and use cloth shopping bags instead of plastic or paper bags.
  • Purchase durable items that will last a long time like rechargeable batteries and compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  • Use dish towels instead of paper towels.
  • "Grass-cycle" your lawn trimmings by leaving them directly on the lawn after mowing.
  • Compost your landscape trimmings and kitchen scraps with a backyard composting bin.
  • Turn off all water taps promptly; don't waste water.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry.
  • Have your name removed from mailing lists of companies you don't purchase from.

At Work

  • Make a few copies of a document to share instead of making one copy for each individual.
  • Use electronic mail to communicate or to send messages.
  • Replace styrofoam cups/plates with ceramic or paper items.
  • Proofread documents on screen before printing.



At Home

  • Donate usable but unwanted items to charitable organizations.
  • Convert scrap paper into memo pads.
  • Reuse plastic food containers.
  • Use old clothing as a cleaning cloth.
  • Donate wire coat hangers to participating dry cleaners.

At Work

  • Reuse used envelopes for sending internal mail.
  • Use the other side of used paper for drafting, printing, and taking notes.



  • Newspapers, cardboard, mixed paper, junk mail, cereal boxes, magazines, phone books, aluminum cans, tin/steel cans, plastic bottles, glass/plastic food and beverage containers.
  • Receive cash back for your beverage recyclables at participating buy back centers in Corona. Find a Recycling Center.
  • Grass clippings, leaves, weeds, tree limbs/branches and small cuttings from bushes and shrubs.
  • Used motor oil can be recycled in the City's residential curbside collection program or at participating recycle centers that can be found online at Cal Recycle's website.
  • Recycler Starter Kits



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