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The City of Turlock contracts with Turlock Scavenger for the collection and disposal of solid waste. Turlock Scavenger introduced automated waste hauling to our city and pioneered the three cart collection system. The residential three cart system, which includes a blue cart for commingled (non-sorted) recyclables, and a green cart for organic and garden material, has assisted our efforts to comply with State of California mandates to reduce the amount of solid waste that is buried of in landfills.

All calls regarding garbage service should be made directly to the Turlock Scavenger Company at (209) 668-7274.

What to put in the blue bin

  • Cardboard & Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Cans (rinsed clean)
  • Glass (rinsed clean)
  • Plastic Bottles & Jugs

Notes:
  • Clean recyclables only. Materials contaminated with food cannot be recycled.
  • Don't place plastic grocery bags in the blue cart

What to put in the green bin

  • Lawn Trimmings
  • Shrubs
  • Weeds
  • Leaves
  • Food Waste
  • Garden Prunings
  • Tree Prunings
  • Scrap Lumber (no more than 24 inches long)
Remember: No ashes, concrete, garbage, processed wood or rocks

AB: 341 Mandatory State Recycling Requirements for Businesses and Multi-Family Communities

In July of 2012, the State of California enacted AB 341, a mandatory commercial recycling provision affecting businesses and multi-family communities.

WHO MUST RECYCLE
California State law requires the following businesses to have a recycling program in place:
  • Any business that generates 4 cubic yards or more of garbage per week; and
  • Multi-family communities with 5 or more units

HOW TO ARRANGE FOR RECYCLING SERVICES
Businesses and multi-family communities that meet the threshold are required to have a recycling program in place. If you do not have a recycling program in place, you may contact Turlock Scavenger to sign-up for recycling services at (209) 668-7274.

INFORMATION FOR APARTMENT OWNERS-MANAGERS
It is important that both apartment managers and tenants understand the requirements to recycle, which materials can be recycled and where to place them for collection.
  • State law requires multi-family communities with 5 or more units to recycle.
  • State law requires apartment owners to provide recycling services, and residents are required by law to recycle.
  • Materials are available to assist in educating tenants about proper procedures for recycling. See the quick links box on this page for links to educational materials and publications.
  • Consider placing information in areas such as laundry rooms or at garbage collection locations.
  • Consider providing information to new tenants when the lease is signed and annually to all other tenants.
  • Consider including recycling requirements in tenant leases.
  • Information about multi-family recycling is also available from the California Apartment Association at www.caanet.org/caarecycling.

*The City of Turlock has individual collection totes available for multi-family communities for free, provided upon request. To take advantage of this service, contact the Municipal Services Department at 209-668-5590 or email municipalservices@turlock.ca.us. This program is based on a first-come first-served basis as the City has limited inventory.

Links:
AB 341 FAQ
Posters and Signs

AB 1826 MANDATORY COMMERCIAL ORGANICS RECYCLING

California's Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law, AB 1826, requires certain businesses to arrange for organic waste recycling services.

WHO MUST RECYCLE?
California State law requires the following businesses to have an organics recycling program in place:
  • Commercial businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste (garbage + recycling + organics) per week
  • Multi-family communities with 5 units or more
On or after January 1, 2020, if CalRecycle determines that the statewide disposal of organic waste has not been reduced to 50 percent of the level of disposal during 2014, the organic recycling requirements on businesses will expand to cover businesses that generate 2 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week. Additionally, certain exemptions may no longer be available if this target is not met.

WHAT IS ORGANIC WASTE?
Organic waste as defined in the law includes the following material: food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and certain food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. Please see a list of all acceptable organic waste materials on the City's or Turlock Scavenger's website.

Multi-family communities that consist of 5 or more units are only required to recycle their green (yard) waste, and are not required to separate for recycling food waste, including food-soiled paper.

HOW TO ARRANGE FOR ORGANIC RECYCLING SERVICES
Businesses and multi-family communities that meet the threshold are required to have an organics recycling program in place. If you do not have an organics recycling program in place, you may contact Turlock Scavenger to sign-up for services at (209) 668-7274.

SELF-HAUL
Your business or multi-family community may already have a landscaping service which collects your yard waste and delivers it to a local facility for recycling. If yard waste is the only type of organic waste generated on your property, and you have a third-party service or are taking organics to a local facility for recycling yourself, please fill out and submit the self-haul portion of the AB 1826 Exemption and Self-Haul/Backhaul form to the City to document your compliance with State law

AB 1826 Exemption and Self-Haul/Backhaul

EXEMPTIONS
The State allows exemptions to be approved by the City of Turlock on a case-by-case basis. If you believe your business or multi-family community meets one on the AB 1826 Exemption and Self-Haul/Backhaul form, please fill out and submit the form to the City to document your compliance with State law.
  • Lack of sufficient space to provide additional organic material recycling containers.
  • The current implementation of actions (such as food donation) that result in the recycling of a significant portion of organic waste.
  • Limited-term exemptions for extraordinary and unforeseen events.
  • The business or group of businesses subscribes to 2 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week and generates less than 20 gallons of organic waste.
  • The business or group of businesses subscribes to less than 2 cubic yards of solid waste per week and generates less than 10 gallons of organic waste.
AB 1826 Exemption and Self-Haul/Backhaul

More Information

Tri-Fold Mandatory Organics Recyling Brochure
www.calrecycle.ca.gov

For more information or concerns about your utility bill, please contact:

Accounts Receivable
156 S. Broadway, Ste. 114
Turlock, CA 95380-5454
(209) 668-5570
finance@turlock.ca.us
Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

For more information or concerns about your water or sewer service, please contact:

Municipal Services
156 S. Broadway, Ste 270
Turlock, CA 95380
(209) 668-5590
municipalservices@turlock.ca.us
Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

For more information or concerns about your garbage service, please contact:

Turlock Scavenger
1200 S Walnut
Turlock, CA 95380
(209) 668-7274
(877) 942-7224
tscinfo@turlockscavenger.com







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