City hesitantly adopts mandatory commercial recycling and organics collection ordinance

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Murrieta City Council discusses the difficulties associated around passing or not passing the mandatory commercial recycling and organics collection ordinance. Valley News/Courtesy photo
A mandatory commercial recycling and organics collection ordinance was introduced at the Murrieta council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 19. According to the presentation, the state of California has targeted landfills as a key source of greenhouse gas emissions. The state has passed a series of laws aimed at reducing the quantity of waste being sent to landfills. Assembly Bill 341 mandated commercial waste recycling and established the statewide diversion goal of 75%. Assembly Bill 1826 required local jurisdictions like the city of Murrieta to implement an organic waste recycling program to defer organic waste generated by businesses, which include multi-family that consists of five or more units. AB 1826 utilized a tier implementation schedule which phased in requirements on businesse
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