The City of Coronado Municipal Code Chapter 62 requires that Coronado businesses separate all recyclable materials from other solid waste. Additionally, the State of California regulations require all California businesses to participate in SB 1383 Climate/Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, AB 1826 Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling and AB 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling.
SB 1383 Climate / Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
SB 1383 requires the City to provide automatic organic waste collection services to all businesses. In California, food waste accounts for over 40% of materials in waste streams. Because food waste cannot properly breakdown in landfills, food waste emits large amounts of greenhouse gases. The City's Organics Recycling Program will help to increase the diversion of organic materials away from landfills and toward the production of value-added products such as compost, fertilizers, and biofuels.
EDCO Disposal Corporation provides solid waste disposal and recycling services to residences and businesses in the City of Coronado. EDCO's Organics Collection Program will collect food scraps and yard waste mixed in your Green Cart. EDCO's Anaerobic Digestion Facility will transform food waste into natural gas and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Visit the Comment Coronado website to view frequently asked questions, educational videos, and more.
Self-Hauling and Waivers: As an alternative to the City's collection service, regulations allow for Self-Hauling of organic waste or recyclable material. Additionally, if certain conditions are met, the City may issue waivers to businesses (including multi-family residential dwellings) that exempt them from some or all of the organic waste collection requirements. Upon receipt and approval of an application, a waiver may be issued for period of up to five years. The City can issue two types of waivers to organic waste generators:
- De minimis: generating a very limited amount of organic waste
- Physical space: lacking space for separate or additional Green Containers
If these options are chosen, there are specific reporting requirements that must be followed. Businesses must ensure that recyclables and organic waste materials are kept out of the trash and must keep and submit records to show that this is occurring. To request more information about self-hauling and City-issued waivers, please email Environmental Services.
Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (AB 1826)
In October 2014, AB 1826 was signed into law requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. A business that meets the 2 cubic yard waste generation (recycling, organics recycling, and disposal) threshold is required to recycle their organic waste in addition to other recyclables.
Organic waste means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, non-hazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. EDCO will be contacting businesses regarding the State's mandatory commercial organics recycling requirements. For more information, please visit CalRecycle's Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling website.
To learn about preventing and diverting wasted food, visit Organic Waste Prevention and Source Reduction page.
Mandatory Commercial Recycling (AB 341)
Effective July 1, 2012, California State law AB 341 requires that all California cities to divert a minimum of 75% of waste from landfills by 2020. This law also requires both businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of solid waste weekly and multifamily complexes with 5 units or more to participate in recycling programs.
The City of Coronado cannot reach these goals without each business doing its part. Recycling is the right decision for your business and your community. Establishing recycling programs may also help lower your total cost for waste collection services since recycling service fees are substantially lower than waste collection fees. For more information and to initiate service, contact the EDCO Customer Service call center at 619-287-7555 or visit EDCO's website.
"Recycle Right" Newsletter
Approximately 20% of what some residents and businesses put in their recycling bins is not recyclable in the blue bin. By eliminating materials that don't belong (contamination), you'll help ensure recyclables remain valuable, are actually recycled, and do not create a hazard for workers or machinery at the recycling facility.
Stopping contamination begins with knowing how to recycle as well as what to recycle. Read the Recycle Right Newsletter (PDF).
Recycling Right means your items are:
- Empty: No or very little food residue remaining.
- Dry: No liquids remaining. Liquids can ruin paper, cardboard and other materials in the recycle bin, making them unrecyclable.
- Loose: Do not bag your recyclables; place them loose in the recycling bin.