California is now experiencing the effects of a climate crisis: world record-breaking temperatures, even more devastating fire seasons, more extreme droughts, and rising sea levels that erode our coastlines. Scientists tell us that greenhouse gases released by human activities, like landfilling food, paper products and yard waste, cause climate change.
Several laws related to waste reduction, resource conservation, and greenhouse gas emission reduction have been passed over the years. Below you’ll find a summary of the laws that impact our customers.
Upper Valley Waste Management Agency (UVWMA) has a contract with Upper Valley Disposal & Recycling (UVD&R) to provide collection service for garbage, recycling, and compostable materials in the Town of Yountville, Cities of St Helena and Calistoga and the surrounding unincorporated areas. You may find more information on the Upper Valley Waste Management Agency on the Napa County website. As partners, we are here to help you be in compliance with recycling laws.
You can contact UVD&R or UVWMA for more information.
SB 1383 went into effect January 1, 2022. Businesses (including public entities) and single/multifamily residents are required to keep organic materials out of the landfill and can receive fines if they do not comply.
Some businesses will be required to divert edible food that would otherwise be landfilled, to a food recovery service or organization for human consumption.
For all the details about SB 1383, visit CalRecycle’s website. For an abbreviated version of the law and how it affects you, SB 1383 Information Sheet for Customers
We’re here to help you successfully comply with SB 1383, so we can divert organics from the landfill and reduce emissions! Below are a few of the resources we can provide.
Our Community Outreach Coordinator is available for a free site visit to analyze your waste streams, right size your services, train your staff, and more!
AB 341 requires business (including public entities) that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week and multifamily residential dwelling of five units or more to arrange for recycling services.
Arrange for recycling service with Upper Valley Disposal & Recycling. This is the easiest and most often cost-effective way to comply with the law. Visit Commercial Services Information for offerings.
AB 1826 requires businesses, including multifamily dwellings, that generate 2 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week to separate organic waste from garbage for composting. Organic waste includes food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, clean wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste.
Arrange for organics (compost and or food scraps) service with UVD&R or self haul organic material to a compost facility, such as Clover Flat Resource Recovery Park, for composting. Visit Commercial Services Information for offerings.
AB 827 is intended to educate and involve consumers in achieving the state’s recycling goals by requiring businesses to make recycling and/or organic recycling bins available to customers.
Business that generate 2 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week and sell food that is consumed on site must provide containers for recycling, organics, and trash for your customers to use. These containers must be located next to each other, clearly labeled, color coded, and easily accessible.
Print out labels to clearly mark your landfill, compost, and recycling containers.
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