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Recycling Ordinance


Businesses and City government buildings must now meet certain recycling requirements.

The requirements will be phased in over the next two years depending on the size of the facility:

Photo Collage of Recyclable Materials
  • February 18, 2008 - 20,000 square feet or more
  • January 1, 2009 - 10,000 square feet or more
  • January 1, 2010 - All businesses

Requirements for Businesses

  • Property managers and owners are responsible for providing:

    • Recycling services including:
    • Education including:
      • Types of materials accepted in recycling program
      • Location of the recycling containers
      • Employee/tenant's responsibility to comply with the City ordinance
        (Education must be provided annually, upon occupancy and when there are changes to the program.)
  • Educational Toolkit

Business employees are responsible for separating recyclables from trash and depositing each in the appropriate provided containers.

Successful Commercial/Business Recycling Programs in San Diego: