Frequently Asked Questions


Assembly Bill (AB) 341 (Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011 [Chesbro, AB 341]) directed CalRecycle to develop and adopt regulations for mandatory commercial recycling. CalRecycle initiated the formal rulemaking with a 45-day comment period beginning October 28, 2011, and a subsequent public hearing will be held on December 13, 2011. Stakeholders have asked the following questions about the mandatory commercial recycling regulations (some questions were received during an initial rulemaking that was conducted jointly by CalRecycle and the Air Resources Board and was cancelled due to the passage of AB 341, and some have been asked since then, but all are relevant ).

This FAQ provides CalRecycle’s responses to frequently asked questions from stakeholders about the requirements of the commercial recycling regulation under AB 341. Please note that the questions and responses are subject to change pending final approval of the regulations. In addition, CalRecycle recognizes that businesses and jurisdictions may have specific needs that are not addressed in the responses provided below. Please contact your Local Assistance and Market Development (LAMD) representative to discuss situations specific to a jurisdiction. Additional resources, including sample ordinances and commercial recycling case studies, can be found on the Institute for Local Government’s website.

CalRecycle will be conducting workshops throughout the state in 2012 once the regulations are finalized to provide up- to-date information to stakeholders.


The FAQ is broken down into the following categories:

  1. General
  2. Business Requirements
  3. Jurisdiction Requirements
  4. Reporting
  5. Compliance
  6. Enforcement