Businesses and City government buildings must now meet certain recycling requirements.

The requirements will be phased in over the next two years depending on the size of the facility:

Photo Collage of Recyclable Materials

  • February 18, 2008 - 20,000 square feet or more
  • January 1, 2009 - 10,000 square feet or more
  • January 1, 2010 - All businesses

Requirements for Businesses

  • Property managers and owners are responsible for providing:

    • Recycling services including:
    • Education including:
      • Types of materials accepted in recycling program
      • Location of the recycling containers
      • Employee/tenant's responsibility to comply with the City ordinance
        (Education must be provided annually, upon occupancy and when there are changes to the program.)
  • Educational Toolkit

Business employees are responsible for separating recyclables from trash and depositing each in the appropriate provided containers.

Successful Commercial/Business Recycling Programs in San Diego: