Commercial Recycling and Disposal

Commercial Recycling
Business Recycling Opportunities
Solid Waste Ordinance Code

Why Require Commercial Recycling?

Every city and county in California is already required by state law to divert solid waste from our local landfills. However, with Governor Brown’s signing of Assembly Bill 341, all businesses generating four or more cubic yards of waste per week and all multi-family complexes of five or more units, regardless of waste generation, must also recycle.  Similarly, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1826 in 2014, the most recent effort by the state to achieve a goal of diverting 75% of solid waste from California landfills; AB 1826 requires organics recycling by California businesses as early as April 2016.

Organics waste includes green waste, such as grass or flower cuttings, hedge trimmings, landscape and pruning waste and other nonhazardous wood waste. While the current focus is green waste, in the not too distant future, food waste and food-soiled paper waste will likely be included in this program.

How AB 1826 affects your business is based on the amount of weekly organic waste you generate (see chart below). As you can see, the threshold for organic waste generation decreases over time, thereby increasing statewide commercial recycling involvement in coming years.

Date

Thresholds requiring organic waste recycling services

April 1, 2016

   Businesses generating 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week

January 1, 2017

   Businesses generating 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week

January 1, 2019

   Businesses generating 4 cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week

Summer/Fall 2021

  *Businesses generating 2 cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week

        (*May take effect if 2020 statewide organic waste disposal has not decreased to 50% of 2014 levels.)

Through the passage of AB 341 and AB 1826, California will preserve local landfill space, prevent pollution, save energy in the manufacturing sector and conserve resources for future generations. In addition, businesses can frequently lower their monthly trash disposal costs by implementing a recycling program, thus making this a “win win” for everybody!

Unincorporated area businesses in Ventura County can freely choose any solid waste collection company from the County-approved collector list for service. Since the collection services provided, as well as the rates charged, can vary significantly among the various companies, it is important for you to take the time to find out which company offers the best fit for your business needs. (Note: Due to transportation expenses, some collectors currently CHOOSE to service only particular areas.)

The County requires all solid waste collection companies to offer recyclables collection service at a lower cost than refuse collection. In some cases, you may even be paid for your recyclables. However, simply adding recycling service, without a corresponding decrease in refuse service, may increase your total refuse bill. Also, you are not limited to using the same company for both your refuse disposal and recycling needs, although, depending upon the type and volume of recyclables your company generates, it may be more cost-effective to do so.

For a complete list of County-approved commercial solid waste collectors in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County, please click here.

For information on commercial solid waste disposal, including collection agreements and rates, click here.

Businesses with small amounts of recyclables may choose to recycle through a “commingled bin program” which allows the business to mix various types of recyclables into a single bin for regular collection. Since the cost of sorting the contents of such a bin generally exceeds the value of the recyclables, collection companies charge to collect them. If you do not have enough of any single type of high-value recyclable to attract a company that will collect free-of-charge or pay you for your material, you may need to use the first list of solid waste collectors in the link below, which includes all “contracted solid waste collectors” legally operating in the unincorporated areas (outside city limits) of Ventura County. Charging for the collection of comingled bins can be legally done only by contracted solid waste collectors.

In addition to the collectors listed in the link above, the following companies will pick-up and, depending upon current markets, pay for recyclables from sufficiently large accounts.

BUILDING MATERIALS:

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
121 S. Rice Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93030
805/981-2268
www.habitatventura.org
Materials: This is a building materials thrift store, benefiting a non-profit organization that builds homes for low-income families. They will pick up only high value material. They do not pay but provide receipts for tax deduction purposes.

FIBERS: PAPER, CARDBOARD, ETC.

Camarillo Recycling
532 Dawson Drive #2
Camarillo, CA 93012
805/987-0226
www.camarillorecycling.com
Materials: Collects and pays for material if the value is over $100. For example, four cardboard bales reaches this threshold.  No minimum if brought in.

Golden State Fibres Recycling
5585 E. 61st Street
Commerce, CA 90040
818/713-9330
Materials: Collects and pays for office paper, loose or baled. Also picks up, but does not pay for, mixed paper, including cardboard, coated paper, and glossy. Provides destruction service for confidential paper.

Rincon Recycling
720 Pacific Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93030
805/240-3444
Materials: Picks up and pays for bales of paper or cardboard. Will also pay for cardboard banded to pallets (eight pallets minimum). Paper minimum is four three yard bins once per month.

Cintas
1920 Eastman Avenue

Oxnard, CA 93030
805/247-0147
www.cintas.com
Materials: Picks up without charge only from non-profits, charges others for confidential records shredding and recycling.

Simi Valley Recycling Center
400 W. Los Angeles Avenue #A
Simi Valley, CA 93065
805/527-4033
Materials: Collects and pays for most types of paper, loose or baled.

Standard Industries
1905 Lirio Avenue 
Ventura, CA 93004 
805/643-6669
www.standard1.com
Materials: Picks up and pays for any type of paper if valuable enough and generated in sufficient quantities.

FOOD:

FOOD Share
4156 Southbank Road

Oxnard, CA 93036
805/983-7100
www.foodshare.com
Materials: Reusable food, including backyard produce and leftover catered food.

H Cattle Co.
3462 Almond Drive
Oxnard, CA 93036
805/988-2267
Materials: Generally charges to collect foodwaste that can be fed to cattle, but will collect free in some cases.

R&A Cattle Co.
3820 San Simeon Ave.
Oxnard, CA 93033
805/443-0686
Materials: Generally charges to collect foodwaste that can be fed to cattle, but will collect free in some cases.

METAL:

Camarillo Recycling
532 Dawson Drive #2
Camarillo, CA 93012
805/987-0226
www.camarillorecycling.com
Materials: Primarily handles cans, bottles, and non-ferrous metals, but collects and pays for materials on pallets or in barrels or gaylords that can be loaded with a forklift.

SA Recycling 
1441 Mountain View Ave.
Oxnard, CA 93030
805/483-0512
www.sarecycling.com
Materials: Accepts other materials for drop-off, but picks up and pays for only scrap metal and only in “roll-off quantities” (about six tons per collection).

Standard Industries
1905 Lirio Avenue

Ventura, CA 93004 
805/643-6669
www.standard1.com
Materials: Specializes in scrap metal but collects and pays for any material if valuable enough and generated in sufficient quantities. For non-ferrous metals, will collect in Gaylords or other small containers.

PLASTIC:

Rincon Recycling
720 Pacific Avenue

Oxnard, CA 93030
805/240-3444
Materials: Picks up and pays for a wide variety of plastics, including baled stretch film, stamped vinyl, die cut plastic, DVD sleeves and CD cases.

Standard Industries
1905 Lirio Avenue
Ventura, CA 93004 
805/643-6669
www.standard1.com
Materials: Collects and pays for many types of plastic if baled. If loose, collects only CRV bottles in bin quantities.

PLASTICS BROKERS AND RECYCLERS WHO ARRANGE TRUCKING FROM VENTURA COUNTY:

Oregon Brokerage - Roger Finnell: 503/452-8882
Ming's Recycling - Kenny Luong: 916/421-5054
Environ Industries - Fred Ng: 323/462-9888
Trex Corp (film plastic) - Nick Candela: 540/542-6300

TONER CARTRIDGES:

Precision Business Machines
2965 E. Hillcrest Dr. #302
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
805/496-4480
Materials: Will pickup and recycle toner cartridges - no payment.

For more information please contact your City Recycling Coordinator, or contact:

Tobie Mitchell
805/658-4315
Tobie.Mitchell@ventura.org

Law Books and Gavel

 

 

                Ventura County Solid Waste Ordinance Code
                & State Law

 

 


There are three primary sections of Ventura County ordinance code and two state assembly bills impacting the management of solid waste in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County.

VENTURA COUNTY ORDINANCE NO. 4421 

The Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance 4421 on November 23, 2010 and it took effect December 23, 2010.

This ordinance requires the recycling and diversion of construction and demolition (C&D) debris from commercial and residential projects.

Ordinance 4421 is 7 pages. A PDF is available by clicking here or see the contact information at the end of this page to request a hard copy.


VENTURA COUNTY ORDINANCE NO. 4445
 

The Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance 4445 on April 24, 2012

This amended County ordinance code regulates solid waste collection, disposal and recycling within the unincorporated areas of the County, as required by state Assembly Bills 939 and 341.

Ordinance No. 4445 is 36 pages.  A PDF copy is available by clicking here or see the contact information at the end of this page to request a hard copy.

For a English PDF version of the Director's List of Commercial Recyclables as described in Ordinance 4445 Section 4770-2.2 click hereEspañol Lista Del Director de Articulos Reciclables (PDF formato).


VENTURA COUNTY ORDINANCE NO. 4156

The Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance 4156 on December 9, 1997. Effective July 1, 2004, the current CIWMP fee is $0.05 per ton.

This ordinance provides for the assessment and collection of the County Integrated Waste Management Plan Fee (CIWMP Fee). The CIWMP fee was established to defray the costs associated with the preparation, adoption and implementation of regional integrated waste management plans for the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Ventura County.

The fee is paid by city and County solid waste collectors on all Ventura County solid waste disposed at landfills inside and outside the county. It is also paid by in-county solid waste facilities on waste brought in by self-hauls and on disposed waste originating outside the county.

Ordinance No. 4156 is 8 pages.  A PDF copy is available by clicking here or see the contact below at the end of this page to request a hard copy.


STATE ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 341

Assembly Bill 341 (AB 341) was enacted July 1, 2012 to help the state achieve its goal of diverting 75% of solid waste from California landfills.

AB 341 requires recycling by all businesses and non-residential properties generating four (4) or more cubic yards of solid waste per week and multi-family dwellings of five (5) or more units. The law also requires every jurisdiction, including the County of Ventura, to ensure such recycling programs are implemented and maintained on an ongoing basis.

AB 341 is thirteen (13) pages. A PDF copy is available by clicking here or contact the staff person below to request a hard copy.

STATE ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 1826

Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826) was enacted April 1, 2016 in an ongoing state effort to divert 75% of solid waste from California landfills.

AB 1826 requires businesses, including commercial or public entities such as schools, hospitals, stores, restaurants, industrial businesses, for profit or non-profit organizations, multi-family dwellings with five (5) or more units and others, to recycle their organic waste, based on the amount and type of waste the business produces on a weekly basis, with full implementation realized by 2019.

AB 1826 is six (6) pages.  A PDF copy is available by clicking here or contact the staff person below to request a hard copy.

For more information please contact:
Gloria Silvestri-Whitcomb
805/658-4319
Gloria.Silvestri-Whitcomb@ventura.org