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State Recycling Requirements for Businesses and Multi-Family Communities

Assembly Bill 341 directed CalRecycle to develop and adopt regulations for mandatory commercial recycling.  On July 1, 2012 the Mandatory Commercial Recycling law went into effect and shortly thereafter the City of Fortuna began an outreach and education program with flyers, print materials available at City Hall, a presentation to the Chamber of Commerce and ultimately this webpage.  Below is some information to help you understand and comply with the new Mandatory Commercial law.

State law requires the following businesses to arrange for recycling services:

  • Any business that generates 4 cubic yards or more of waste per week
  • Multi-family communities with five or more units.

How to Arrange for Recycling Services
Call Eel River Disposal and Resource Recovery at 725-5156 and they can help you choose the best option for your needs.

Opportunities to Save Money by Recycling

In Fortuna, you can save money by recycling more and disposing less.  This is because recycling fees are less than waste disposal fees.

Opportunities to Save Resources and Help the Environment

Recycling conserves resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It extends the life of our landfills and helps create a healthy environment for our community and future generations.

Be Sure to Educate Your Employees

Employees are key to a successful business recycling program.  Please make sure your employees know which materials can be recycled and where to place the recyclable materials for temporary storage and ultimate collection.  Copies of the flyer on this website may be useful to help educate and inform employees about proper recycling procedures.

What Not to Place in Recycling Bins

Some hazardous waste can be recycled if handled properly. Other types of hazardous waste must be sent to a special facility.  Of course, no hazardous waste should be placed in trash containers. Below is some information and contact numbers for local resources dealing with hazardous waste.

Hazardous waste such as batteries, paint, antifreeze, chemicals and cleaning products should not be mixed in with your recyclable materials set out for collection. Instead, these hazardous wastes should be recycled or disposed of properly.  For more information about proper handling, call Eel River Recology at 725-5156, the City of Fortuna at 725-1466, or call the Household Hazardous Waste Hotline Tues – Thurs 9:00am to 11:00am at 707-441-2005 for more information.

  • Electronic devices such as old computers, monitors, TVs, and cell phones are recyclable but also contain hazardous materials.  They should not be placed in recycling bins or in trash bins either.  For more information about how to manage these items, call Eel River Recology at 725-5156, or the City of Fortuna at 725-1466 for more information.
  • Got old tires?  Make sure they end up in the right place by calling Eel River Recology at 725-5156, or the City of Fortuna at 725-1466 for more information.
  • Click Here to view helpful resources on what items can be recycled and where you can take it.

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