Businesses and Multi Family Complexes

General Information For Businesses

This page has been exclusively created to businesses and multi-family dwellings in Los Angeles County comply with the requirements of AB341. The contents of this site were compiled and the site developed by students of the California Resource Recovery Association Professional Certification in Sustainable Resource Management. It is the goal of this site to assist cities, haulers, businesses and multi-family dwellings comply with the mandates of AB341 by providing useful information and links to other online resources. The following compiled data is specific to the needs of businesses and multi-family dwellings.

Do You Need to Start Recycling?

The following websites provide information to businesses and apartments on how to start recycling and implement useful waste reduction practices that can save your home and business money. Most of the sites have FREE templates, flyers, information, booklets and other useful resources to help you implement the most efficient program. Reducing waste disposal can reduce disposal costs, reduce pollution to the air, land and water, and reduce our dependence on natural resources, including oil.

County of Los Angeles' SmartBusiness Recycling web site - The site is designed to help businesses reduce the amount of waste they generate and throw away – practices that will save your company money, conserve landfill space, and protect the environment by conserving natural resources. The site features a Recycler Locator which searches by zip codes to access more than 350 recyclers that recycle or reuse everything from bottles, cans, papers and plastics, to computers, concrete, textiles, tires and wood.

CleanLA - This site contains a list of programs and Free Services that are specifically designed for businesses. Please visit each of the Program's websites and learn how you can benefit from the free service offers, or be added as a resource.

Institute for Local Government - The Institute for Local Government recently released a new resource to help cities and counties increase business recycling in their community. The sample flyers for businesses and apartments are available in English and Spanish and may be modified to fit the needs of individual cities and counties. In addition to the sample flyers, cities and counties will also find an accompanying sample cover letter to connect with stakeholders and instructions for modifying the flyers. The flyers will help cities and counties meet the “education and outreach” requirements of the proposed new commercial recycling regulations being developed by CalRecycle.

Additional Institute resources related to commercial recycling include:

Small Business Tool Kit:

Become a Certified Green Business in LA and attract environmentally-conscious consumers! While the program is not yet in operation, you can be one of the first to get in on the action by complying with this criteria.

You can also find specific information for the following businesses at the links below:


Auto Repair


City Specific Information

Click below to find the specific website for the city you live or work in. The links go directly to each city's recycling/waste management page so you can access specific information for the city you need. If you are looking for general information on recycling program, view other city sites to compare information, or come back to for compiled resources

Specific Websites

City of Los Angeles Resources

AB 341 Guide - Everything you want to know about the law! More importantly find resources to help LA City business and residents get on board, such as free business waste assessments to help businesses identify how they can implement their own recycling programs

LA Department of Sanitation- Download official flyers about AB341 and get other useful information about recycling.

The Official City of LA Multifamily Recycling Guide

City of LA Multifamily Residential Recycling Program

  • FREE recycling services once a week
  • FREE blue bins for storage of recyclables
  • FREE educational materials for residents about the types of materials accepted in blue bins
  • CONVENIENT SERVICE which does not require tenants, managers or owners to take the blue bins to the street for service

Choosing a Hauling Company - Asking about Recycling Service:

These questions should be asked in addition to general questions about costs, level of service and if the hauler is permitted in your city. Remember to get the name of who you speak to at the company.

  1. Do you offer recycling?
  2. Do I need to keep recyclables separate from other waste?
  3. What materials do you accept for recycling?
  4. What containers do you provide for recycling, if any?
  5. Where exactly do you take the recycling and what happens to it?
  6. Who owns the recycling facility? Where is it?
  7. What are the costs for recycling service?
  8. Is there a discount cost for regular waste service if we recycle?
  9. Do you have any signs or materials I can use?
  10. Can someone from your company visit my site to help us get set up for recycling?

Additional Resources for Businesses

Various Publications and Resources
Multilanguage Educational Materials, including handouts, flyers, education materials, door hangers, kids trifolds, owner and manager guides all in English, Spanish, and Korean!

How to do a waste audit- A Manager's Guide- This page has a specific booklet on how to do a Multifamily Apartment waste audit

Recycling Services Publications for home and businesses to everything in between. Comprehensive guides to everything recycling and composting.


California is a state rich in natural resources and has an environment unlike any other, and those resources need to be protected. In that effort, Zero Waste California stretches beyond our previously imagined goals.

Answers and resources for the most common business waste issues.

Business Waste Reduction Resources Index

Electronic Product Management

California Materials Exchange (CalMAX)

Opportunities may exist to save a significant amount of money for your business and simultaneously protect the environment through P2.

Pollution Prevention Resources - Fact Sheets


Eliminating Fats, Oil and Grease From Our Sewers /wastewater/industrial_waste _management/fog.htm


Commercial and Office Recycling Information /solid_resources/special /services/office_recycling.htm

Special Materials | Hazardous Waste /solid_resources/special /services/index.htm

Hazardous Waste for Business /solid_resources/special /business_hazardous_waste /index.htm

General Information For Multi-family Complexes/Apartments

Los Angeles County Residential Recycling Program- Find common answers to questions such as: How much does it cost to establish a recycling program for the owner and tenant? What can be recycled? Is our building going to have scavengers coming on to the property? Who creates the recycling program?
Earth911- Earth911 helps consumers find local recycling information through the largest and most accurate recycling directory in the U.S. It also has top green lifestyle tips and ideas.
Clean LA for Residents- This website has comprehensive information on every LA County program specifically for residents/community members. You will find great information on the following program:

  • Countywide Smart Gardening Program
  • Tire Recycling Program
  • Countywide Waste Tire Recycling Program and free Tire Collection Events.
  • Single Use Plastic Bag Ban
  • Residential Recycling Program
  • Find out about the County's Residential Recycling Program here.
  • Los Angeles County Materials Exchange (LACoMAX)
  • Construction and Demolition Debris
  • Junk Mail reduction
  • Beverage Container Recycling
  • Trash Collection
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Franchise Solid Waste Collection System
  • Garbage Disposal Districts
  • Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Waste
  • HHW/E-waste Program and Events
  • Sharps Waste Management Program
  • Medication/ Drug Disposal Program
  • Make your own Alternative Household Products
  • Used Oil Recycling
  • Conversion Technology- waste into renewable energy
  • Solid Waste Information System (SWIMS)-
  • Solid Waste Committee/Integrated Waste Management Task Force
  • Stormwater Prevention
  • Water Conservation
  • Waterworks
  • Youth Education

Property Owners with questions about AB 341, check out this article from the Apartment Association Greater Los Angeles.

Certified Used Oil Recycling Center- Locate used oil recycling centers in your area by using the form below to search by city, county, or ZIP code. You can also call the Earth's 911 hotline (1-800-CLEANUP). Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for recycling!

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