Solid Waste and Recycling Services
Coachella strives to maintain a beautiful, clean city. In 1989, the State of California passed legislation known as the California Integrated Waste Management Act (Assembly Bill 939) requiring cities to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce waste going into landfills. This act has been updated with the following two measures to further increase recycling:
Assembly Bill 341 set forth requirements for a statewide mandatory commercial recycling program. A business (including public entities) that generates four (4) cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week must have a recycling program. This also includes Multi-residential housing complexes with five (5) or more units. CalRecycle, the State agency that monitors compliance, advises businesses to contact their local recycling coordinator to find out how to recycle in their communities. Visit https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial for more information about recycling.
Assembly Bill 1826 (Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling) requires businesses that generate organic waste materials, which include food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, clean wood waste and food‐soiled paper, to separate the material for composting. This currently affects any business generating four (4) or more cubic yards of solid waste each week. As of January 1, 2020, these rules will apply to businesses generating 2 or more cubic yards of solid waste each week. Please note the city urges all customers to participate in the composting program. For more information about organics recycling visit http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/organics/.
These initiatives are the next important steps toward achieving California’s aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals. California disposes approximately 30 million tons of waste in landfills each year, of which more than 30 percent could be used for compost or mulch. GHG emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic wastes in landfills have been identified as a significant source of emissions contributing to global climate change. Reducing the amount of organic materials sent to landfills and increasing the production of compost and mulch are part of the AB 32 (California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006) Scoping Plan. In addition, this program is necessary to reach California’s goal of at least a 75% recycling rate by 2020.
The City of Coachella contracts with Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services to provide regular trash, recycling, and green waste pickup.
For more information, call (760) 674-1026, or click here.