Will airports be included in the regulation, and how will air carriers be affected by the rule?

The regulatory definition of a business includes airports. Therefore, airports would be required to recycle solid waste generated on the airport’s premises using one or more of the methods outlined in the regulation.

In addition, airports can require airlines to handle the waste that is removed from the aircraft in California in a prescribed manner. The airlines would be required to comply with the airport’s requirements, provided there is no conflict with federal requirements for solid waste handling (e.g., the United States Department of Agriculture requirement that food waste from international flights be incinerated or sterilized).

In cases of conflict, federal law preempts state, local or private regulation.

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1. What is the definition of a “business” and which businesses are required to comply?
2. What is “commercial solid waste?”
3. Are industrial facilities/sites and waste generated at industrial facilities/sites subject to the regulation?
4. Are State facilities subject to the regulation?
5. Can you clarify what is meant by a four cubic yard threshold?
6. What activities constitute business diversion?
7. What materials do businesses need to recycle under the regulation?
8. Are school districts and municipal entities required to recycle?
9. Will airports be included in the regulation, and how will air carriers be affected by the rule?
10. Will cruise ships be affected by the regulation?
11. Are strip mall complexes that a business resides in required to recycle at a minimum level, even if many of the businesses within that complex share recycling services?
12. Is there an exact minimum amount of recycling that is required of a business or complex with shared services?
13. If there is a business that has an extensive recycling program located in a strip mall, would that business be held liable if the other tenants in the strip mall are not recycling?
14. Our sites periodically have special events, for example construction projects, that would generate more than four cubic yards for that week. Are these sites subject to the regulation?
15. My business usually generates 3 cubic yards of refuse per week, but occasionally uses a 6 cubic yard container to collect its own street sweepings. Is my business be expected to recycle this material?
16. What is meant by subscribing to a service that includes mixed waste processing that diverts recyclable materials from disposal and that yields diversion results comparable to source separation?
17. Does self-hauling include taking recyclables from a business to an employee’s or owner’s residence to recycle?
18. Can a business donate or sell its recyclables and still be in compliance?
19. What information will businesses need to provide and who will it be provided to in order to demonstrate compliance?