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County of San Diego Mandatory Recycling Requirement

Effective July 1, 2021, the County of San Diego required all single-family households, businesses, and multi-family complexes to recycle. This recycling effort targets single-stream recycling, where all recyclable materials are mixed together. The County passed a new ordinance that amended the Solid Waste Regulatory Code relating to solid waste and recycling collection. This amendment to the code now requires all residential and commercial generators to have recycling services.

DPW New and Renew Recycling Notice

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Business Recycling in Densely-Populated Areas

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Recycling Requirements for Sparsely-Populated Areas

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Businesses diverting recyclable materials from rubbish containers can potentially reduce trash collection costs. If your company or multi-tenant property is serviced on multiple waste collection days or has more than one trash dumpster, you may be able to save money by recycling. Retail businesses, office buildings, restaurants, convenience stores, industrial centers, apartments, and condominiums can all set up our simple and convenient recycling program.

EDCO offers recycling programs that allow your employees and/or tenants to collect a variety of recyclable materials. To ensure program success, your Service Representative can provide bilingual educational materials to support your program.

Please DO NOT recycle:
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Cups
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Bags
  • Ceramics
  • Drinking Glasses
  • Mirrors
  • Tissue
  • Carbon Paper
  • Plastic Bags (NO plastic grocery sacks or newspaper delivery bags)
  • Disposable Cups/Plates
  • PVC Pipe
  • Vinyl Siding
  • Styrofoam Packing Peanuts

How much paper and cardboard is your business tossing into its trash container?

An average office worker can dispose of 1/2 pound of waste paper daily. Use the following equation to see how much paper you could be recycling:

___ number of employees x 0.5 lbs. of paper per day x 240 working days รท 2000
= ___ tons of paper your company discards annually


Global Recycling Crisis Puts Greater Focus on Recycling Contamination


Over recent years, there have been global concerns over the quality of recyclable materials, and these expectations are not going away.

China no longer accepts 26 types of recyclable materials into their country. Nearly 60% of recyclable materials generated in California are currently exported to China and other Asian markets. As a result, processing mills worldwide demand that recycling facilities ship only recyclables with less than one percent contamination, a significant change in material requirement standards. A minimal amount of contamination, such as garbage, green waste, or other debris, can ruin a complete load of recyclable material. The quality of recyclable material can impact your costs should contamination require recycling to be dumped as trash.

Please help us prevent and reduce contamination of recyclable material by reviewing the guidelines below and seeing what materials are accepted in our residential recycling program.

Additional Recycling Resources

Additional recycling resources, including videos, guides, and mandates, can be found in our Resource Center.

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