Although Palm Springs Disposal Services (PSDS) is continuing regular recycling and waste management services, they issued a Customer Relief Package on March 19th. Eligible businesses (hospitality, cannabis lounges, and gyms) are eligible for a 20% discount applied to their March billing. Businesses should contact PSDS to apply for the discount. Businesses can also work with PSDS to optimize their bins and collection schedule to potentially reduce their monthly bill. PSDS can be reached at 760-327-1351.
Recycling and Organics Requirements
Assembly Bill 341 made recycling mandatory for all businesses that generate four or more cubic yards of waste per week. All Palm Springs’ businesses and multifamily dwellings that generate this amount of waste per week and do not already have a recycling service should contact Palm Springs Disposal Services as soon as possible to subscribe to a recycling service. If you are unsure if you meet this waste threshold, Palm Springs Disposal Services can assist you in clarifying the amount of waste generated on-site to determine if you need to subscribe.
Assembly Bill 1826 requires businesses that generate organic waste materials to separate the material for composting. Organic waste includes food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, clean wood waste and food-soiled paper. The requirements to divert organic material depend upon the amount of material a business generates per week (4 cubic yards or more per week as of January 1, 2019). If you meet the threshold, please contact Palm Springs Disposal Services if you don’t already have a collection service.
Please follow up directly with Palm Springs Disposal Services at 760-327-1351 or visit www.palmspringsdisposal.com for additional information, to verify your organics recycling program, or to subscribe to any of these recycling services.
New Requirements Effective July 1, 2020
At the end of 2019, the State passed AB 827 that modified its requirements for those businesses that must comply with mandatory organics management and recycling requirements under AB 341 and AB 1826 (as described above). As of July 1, 2020, those affected businesses that provide customers access to the business must provide customers with a commercial solid waste recycling bin or container to collect material purchased on the premises and an organic waste recycling bin or container to collect material purchased on the premises for immediate consumption, as appropriate. The containers must all be appropriately labeled and adjacent to each other.
This requirement would not apply to full service restaurants that have a recycling and organics management system established for employees to use with appropriately labeled receptacles. It would also not apply to take out services.
The City has reached out to the State to ask if they are extending this deadline given the current state of pandemic response. Unfortunately, the deadline is a statutory deadline and cannot be extended. The State did say they are working on additional informational materials for businesses and should have those available in June. In the meantime, businesses can review the Frequently Asked Questions on AB 827, which can be found on the CalRecycle website. They start at Question 26.
For questions about this new requirement and for compliance assistance support, please contact the Office of Sustainability at 760-323-8214.
- Frequently Asked Questions regarding CalRecycle’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling regulation.
- Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling. Requirement that California local jurisdictions implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste generated by businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units (Note that multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program).
- Other Resources for Business and Industry. CalRecycle interacts with California's business community on several fronts, with programs and services geared toward a variety of business groups. This page is continuously updated with resources to help businesses in California to make waste management and purchasing choices that minimize waste, maximize the purchase of recycled content products, increase the use of recycled content materials in manufacturing, and reduce environmental impacts of doing business.
- The California Green Business Program is a network of local governments working with the Department of Toxic Substances Control to help companies make the switch to green business practices. Businesses earn a seal of certification from their local city or county by meeting rigorous criteria established by the California Green Business Program.
- Examples of successful waste reduction techniques from CalRecycle's former Waste Reduction Award Program (WRAP), which California businesses may adopt as their own.