Commercial/Multi Family/Businesses (Garbage, Recycling, and Greenwaste)
Service information for garbage, recycling and greenwaste collection. Resources for business incentives, green building practices, material exchange programs, and more.
New Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law (AB 341)
Beginning July 1, 2012, commercial businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week are now mandated to recycle, per Assembly Bill (AB 341). Oakley Disposal Services will be assisting commercial businesses to get started on new recycling programs or improve existing programs which will make customers aware of the recycling options they have available. Customers can contact Oakley Disposal Service at (925) 757-7660 from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for a recycling compliance review. The City is responsible for providing education and outreach to customers affected by the new mandates and for monitoring customers to ensure compliance with AB 341. Jurisdictions have flexibility to conduct education/outreach/monitoring that meets their needs. The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) website has additional information on the mandatory commercial recycling law. http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/
Free business waste audits are available to businesses. Call Oakley Disposal at (925) 757-7660 to have your businesses waste stream analyzed and recommendations provided for increasing recycling efforts. There is no charge for this service and you may be able to reduce your garbage bill by increasing recycling.
In order to help business and residents recycle more C&D waste, the City of Oakley adopted a local C&D Materials Recycling Ordinance which states the following:
Construction and Demolition Recycling
4.20.324 Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling.
For the purpose of this chapter, "construction and demolition debris" shall be abbreviated as "C&D debris" and shall mean used or discarded materials removed from premises during construction or renovation resulting from construction, remodeling, repair, or demolition operations on any pavement, house, commercial building or other structure.
a. Any construction, demolition and renovation project within the City as follows:
1) Any residential or commercial remodeling or building project where total costs are valued at $30,000 or greater; or
2) Any City-owned or City-sponsored project regardless of permit value; or
3) Any residential or commercial demolition project regardless of permit value; or
4) Any newly constructed residential building three stories or less, and nonresidential occupancies (CalGreen Sections 4.408 and 5.408); or
5) Any residential or commercial roofing or re-roofing project regardless of permit value.
b. Upon applying for a building permit, the applicant shall describe, on forms provided by the City, how the applicant will divert fifty percent (50%) or more of all C&D debris from the wastestream to a processing facility as defined in Section 17402 of the California Code of Regulations. Pursuant to CCR Title 14, Article 6, Section 17402(a)(20), "processing" means the controlled separation, recovery, volume reduction, conversion, or recycling of solid waste including, but not limited to, organized, manual, automated, or mechanical sorting, the use of vehicles for spreading of waste for the purpose of recovery, and/or includes the use of conveyor belts, sorting lines or volume reduction equipment. Processing does not include disposal at a landfill.
c. The applicant may, on the form provided by the City, explain why it is infeasible to divert from the wastestream the amount of C&D debris specified in subsection (b) of this section.
d. If the Building Official determines that the applicant has not made a good faith effort to comply with this section for C&D debris which is feasible to be diverted, he/she shall notify the applicant of such determination. An administrative citation may be issued if the applicant continues to fail to comply with this section or if the applicant refuses or fails to divert C&D debris from the wastestream as indicated on the form completed by him or her.
The following tool will assist businesses and residents in locating proper C&D disposal/recycling options:
Reuse and Recycling Options Search by Material
Waste Reduction Awards Programs
The Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) program is administered by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), and provides California businesses and other nonprofit organizations an opportunity to be recognized for efforts in waste reduction. Winners of the WRAP awards are recognized for their outstanding source reduction efforts by CalRecycle and receive authorization to use the WRAP logo on business advertisements and products
Recycling Market and Development Zone (RMDZ)
An innovative program for businesses in Contra Costa County, to provide incentives to manufacturers who produce recycled-content products. A primary incentive of the program is low-interest loans. The Contra Costa County RMDZ follows the Industrial Shoreline of the county, starting in El Cerrito, following to San Francisco and San Pablo Bay, through Richmond, San Pablo, Pinole, Hercules to Martinez, Concord, Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley and Brentwood. Also included are the unincorporated areas of El Sobrante, Rodeo, Crockett, Port Costa, Pacheco, Bay Point, and Byron. The RMD Zone is effective until 2013.
Use the link below to find a program overview, list of incentives and services, business loan information, green building information and resources such as the Referral Team (R-Team).
Contra Costa County Materials Exchange Program
A free service designed to match the discards of businesses and other entities throughout Contra Costa County with potential users. Any business, school, nonprofit group or government agency can list materials they have available or would like to acquire.
The City of Oakley encourages all homeowners and builders to consider Green Building materials and techniques for residential projects. The Contra Costa County adopted Green Building Guidelines contain cost-effective suggestions to minimize construction-related waste, create healthier and more durable homes, reduce operating costs for homeowners and support local manufacturers and suppliers of resource-efficient building materials.
Green Building Guidelines
Bottle and Cans Recycling Center Locator