Recycling & Waste Disposal

The City contracts with a private hauler, Green Waste Recovery, through an exclusive franchise agreement, to provide commercial businesses with trash, recycling and food waste services. All subscription-based weekly collection services are provided up to six (6) times per week, Monday through Saturday, and not less than once per week, at the customer’s request. The size of the carts and the frequency of collection determine the rates. Collection services are also available for source-separated and mixed construction and demolition debris (C&D) as drop box services with different roll-off rates.

The State of California also requires businesses to subscribe to recycling and organic collection services. The Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law (AB 341) became effective on July 1, 2012 and requires all businesses that produce four cubic yards or more of garbage per week to recycle. GreenWaste Recovery offersrecycling services that can help businesses ensure compliance and may also help businesses reduce their collection costs and can provide additional information on the commercial recycling regulatory requirement.

California’s Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law (AB 1826) was signed into law October 2014 and will require businesses to recycle their organic waste on or after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate. Businesses that produce two or more cubic yards of garbage per week are required to subscribe to an organic material collection service by the year 2020. Organic waste, or organics, means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. Mandatory recycling of organic waste is the next step toward achieving California’s recycling and greenhouse gas emission goals as the State disposes approximately 30 million tons of waste in landfills each year, of which more than 30 percent could be used for compost or mulch. GreenWaste Recovery is able to assist businesses in meeting this requirement by providing a food waste recycling program

There are several resources available to help businesses in meeting these mandates including the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery Business Assistance, the Central Coast Recycling Market Development Zone that combines recycling with economic development to fuel new businesses, expand existing ones, create jobs and divert waste from landfills and the Monterey County Green Business Program that offers technical assistance and best practices to help businesses get certified "green," by being in compliance with regulatory agencies and meet program criteria for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. Visit Protect Your Central Coast to learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle at your business.

The City is a member of the Monterey Regional Waste Management District that manages solid waste from the Monterey Peninsula region by operating the Monterey Peninsula landfill located in Marina, managing reuse programs like the Last Chance Mercantile and other successful waste diversion programs related to recyclingcomposting and construction and demolition recycling. Businesses can take advantage of these programs as well.

The Monterey Regional Waste Management District also provides for the proper disposal of certain items that cannot be put in the trash, recycle or yard or food waste carts such as electronic wastehousehold hazardous waste like paint and cleaning products, and unused medications.

To report a litter problem, please contact Keep Monterey County Clean.

Construction and demolition (C&D) accounts for nearly 30% of waste generated in California. The California Green Building Code, or CALGreen, requires all permitted residential and non-residential construction, demolitions, and additions/alternations projects to recycle or salvage a minimum of 50% of non-hazardous construction materials from the project. CALGreen suggested compliance includes using the Monterey Regional Waste Management District’s Materials Recovery Facilityor using a drop box provided by GreenWaste Recovery.

The City has restrictions on the use of single use plastic carryout bags per Chapter 8.74 of the Municipal Code.  Specifically, no retail establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer shall provide a single-use plastic carryout bag to a customer at the check stand, cash register, point of sale or other point of departure for the purpose of transporting food or merchandise out of the establishment except as provided in this section. A reusable bag or a recycled bag may be provided to the customer. In addition, the City has prohibited the use of chlorofluorocarbon -processed food packaging and polystyrene foam food packaging by restaurants and retail food vendors per Chapter 8.68 and requires at least 50% by volume of each restaurants and retail food vendor’s packaging to be degradable and recyclable or reusable.

The City’s Municipal Code also includes specific requirements regarding the location of receptacles. Per Section 8.16.030, all garbage, commingled recyclable materials and yard waste receptacles in the commercial districts shall be fully contained on private property and screened from public view. No garbage, commingled recyclable materials or yard waste material receptacles in the commercial districts shall be placed at curbside for collection at any time unless on-site garbage, commingled recyclable materials or yard waste receptacles storage is not available. If on-site garbage, commingled recyclable materials and yard waste receptacles storage is not available, receptacles in the commercial districts shall be placed at curbside the morning of or the evening preceding scheduled pickup and removed immediately following collection. The City provides public waste containers on the City sidewalks, beaches and other public lands for the convenience of the public and are intended for the deposit of such waste and litter as is generated in and upon the public streets, sidewalks, and lands of the City, such as cigarette and candy wrappers, waste paper, garbage and waste incident to picnic meals consumed on the beaches. Per Section 8.24.030, it is unlawful for any person to deposit in a public waste container any garbage or waste generated in or accumulated on any occupied premises within the City.