Recycling is not only good for the environment of Lake Forest, it can be great for your bottom line too! By exchanging a trash bin with a recycle bin, your monthly bill may be significantly reduced. Getting started with CR&R is as easy as being green. CR&R will structure a program for your business, and provide training and assistance to your employees. To start a recycle program for your business, contact CR&R at (949) 625-6735.
Recycling contributes to the overall well being of the City of Lake Forest, and your business. Additionally it is the law! View the following information to learn about recycling legislation, and how to ensure your business complies with mandates.
Senate Bill 1383 and Assembly Bill 1826 (PDF) require all businesses that generate organic waste (food waste, landscaping waste) to subscribe to and/or participate in a program to recycle the waste. Organic waste includes food scraps, vegetable trimming, plate scrapings, spoiled food, and landscaping waste.
1. Recycle your organic material.
2. Provide organics and recycling service to employees, contractors, tenants, and customers.
Large food generating businesses are required to donate excess edible food. For more information on businesses subject to this part of SB 1383, please visit the City's Edible Food Recovery information page. Of course, anyone can donate edible food and is encouraged to participate in these programs too.
Effective July 1, 2020, Assembly Bill 827 (AB 827) mandates food service establishments to provide customers with disposal containers for three (3) types of materials - food scraps, recyclables, and trash - generated from products purchased and consumed onsite.
Businesses may create their own signage or utilize examples from CalRecycle's website.
Assembly Bill 341 (PDF) (AB 341) was signed into law in October 2011 and requires certain types of commercial and multi-family complexes to subscribe to recycling services. Specifically, businesses that generate four (4) or more cubic yards of trash per week and multi-family complexes with five (5) or more units are required to recycle. For more information on the requirements of AB 341, visit CalRecycle.
CR&R offers programs for both Commingled and Source Separated Recycling. For assistance in implementing a recycling program, please contact CR&R at (949) 625-6735.The CR&R Commercial Recycling Brochure (PDF) has some helpful information on recyclable items, green waste, bulky items, E-waste, and household hazardous waste.
AB 341 SELF-REPORTING FORM: If your businesses has been identified as a non-compliant property, you are required to submit the following self-reporting form to the City: Click here.
The City of Lake Forest implemented a Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Recycling Program (Ordinance No. 320) to divert C&D material from California landfills and to assist the City in achieving diversion requirements mandated by Assembly Bill 939 and the California Building Standards Code. This program requires that at least 65% of C&D waste generated at “covered projects” in the City be diverted from landfill disposal through reuse and recycling. C&D material typically consists of waste generated during construction, renovation, or demolition of buildings, pavements, or other structures.
The links below provide detailed information about the City of Lake Forest’s C&D Program including the forms and reports necessary to comply with the ordinance.
Hazardous wastes are products that are flammable, corrosive, reactive or toxic. They are dangerous to the public and the environment. It is illegal to dispose of hazardous wastes in your CR&R containers. Hazardous wastes must be disposed of properly. For more information about the disposal of hazardous waste, check out the Orange County Landfills website.