More Red Tape: California Recycling and Disposal Reporting System Regulations To Take Effect
Assembly Bill 901, signed by Governor Brown in 2015 and codified as California Public Resources Code section 41821.5, requires that disposal, recycling, and compost facilities submit information directly to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (“CalRecycle”) on the types, quantities, and destinations of materials that are disposed of, sold, or transferred inside or outside of the state.
The bill authorized CalRecycle to adopt regulations governing how organics, recyclable material, and solid waste are reported to CalRecycle. CalRecycle issued the first draft of the recycling regulations in June 2016 which underwent public review and additional drafts were released. The eighth draft of the regulations have been formally approved, effective March 5, 2019 (codified as 14 CFR §§ 18815.1 – 18815.13).
The regulations require that entities that recycle in excess of 100 tons of varied materials or 2,500 tons of construction and demolition inert debris register themselves and report according to the regulations. The regulations also require quarterly reporting of the tonnage of material sent off-site by material type. All documents associated with the reporting must be kept at the place of business for at least 5 years. Registration begins on April 1, 2019 and all entities that are required to report must complete registration by April 30, 2019.
Final regulations will be posted here by March 15, 2019.