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Sort It Sonoma! Commercial Property Owner Requirements

State and local waste sorting requirements for commercial property owners include:

  • Organic materials (compostables) include all food scraps (vegetable and fruit ends, meat, bones, dairy, grain etc.), yard debris (leaves, plants, grass clippings, etc.), food-soiled paper without any plastic coatings or linings (napkins, tissue, paper towels), and untreated wood.
  • Provide or arrange for the collection of organic materials (compostables) in addition to recycling and trash for employees, contractors, tenants, and customers.
  • Ensure access to the adequate number, size, and location of collection containers for organic materials, recycling, and trash.
  • Ensure containers are properly colored and labeled: green for organic materials, blue for recycling, and gray/black for trash.
  • Provide information on an annual basis to employees, contractors, tenants, and customers about properly sorting recyclables and organic materials out from the trash.
  • Provide information to new tenants within 14 days of the occupation of the premises.

Reference: California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 14, Divison 7, Chapter 12 “Short-lived Climate Pollutants” Section 18984.10 Commercial Business Owner Responsibilities -

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