State and Local Mandatory Recycling Law
AB 341 and the County of San Diego Solid Waste Ordinance require that businesses and public entities (such as schools and government agencies) that have trash service levels of four cubic yards or greater or multi-family units with four or more units shall arrange for recycling service. You may also donate or sell your recyclable material, however if you do not use a county approved franchise hauler for recycling service, you must provide the County with proof that you are participating in a recycling program. Please contact the Recycling Section at 858-694-2468 for details. County of San Diego Solid Waste Ordinance (Section 68.571) requires that residents and businesses shall only place designated recyclables in a recycling container and keep them separate from trash.
Noncompliance is subject to an Administrative Citation with escalating penalties.
The County of San Diego offers promotional equipment to unincorporated county area apartment and condominium complexes at no cost, including trash and recycling enclosure signs, brochures, door hangers, and recycling containers for tenant units, mail areas and common rooms. Technical assistance may also be available.
Printable version of recyclable materials sign.
The Commercial Climate Calculator is designed for a business or multifamily complex to assess the financial, climate change, and waste reduction/environmental benefits of reducing and recycling their discarded materials. In doing so, businesses can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and keep reusable and recyclable material out of landfills. Recycling may also reduce trash disposal costs.
Residents are prohibited to put the following items in the trash:
GLASS BOTTLES & JARS
PLASTIC BEVERAGE BOTTLES
TIN & BI-METAL CANS
Don’t have recycling at your complex? Want to do something about it? Consider becoming a block leader and help bring recycling to your complex. The County’s Recycling Section can provide you with bins for your apartment and brochures for fellow tenants. Click here for a guide to recycling at Apartments & Condos.
Resources for Property Managers
County of San Diego Commercial and Residential Recycling Container Guidelines
List of free equipment and promotional materials available
Green Waste Guide for Multifamily Property Owners and Managers
Sample Lease Agreement
Sample Program Announcement Letter
Signature Page for Residents
Private recycling and franchised waste companies provide curbside recycling and trash collection services throughout the unincorporated area. For a list of service providers for your area, click here for franchised waste haulers, and click here for recycling haulers.
Drop-off recycling centers
Many private and public recycling centers are available throughout the county. Click here for a location near you or call the County’s Recycling Hotline at 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784).
To find out where to recycle these materials and more, search our online database at www.wastefreesd.org or call 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784) to speak with our bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline representatives. Hotline staff can also schedule appointments for you to properly dispose of your household hazardous waste.