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CA Makes Recycling Mandatory For Renters

State hopes to increase overall recycling rates by including rental properties in state recycling ordinances.

Rental properties traditionally lag far behind single-family homes in state-wide California recycling rates.  But a recently enacted law now requires property owners to provide recycling facilities for renters.

The Renter’s Right to Recycle Act, authored by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, was signed into law in September by Governor Jerry Brown.  The law mandates that all rental properties now make recycling services available for tenants.

Fewer than 40% of California’s seven million renters have access to recycling facilities.  The result is a meager 15% recycling rate among renters.  By contrast, according to the LA Times, 70% of single-family homes have access to some form of curb-side recycling.

Although the law is mandatory, it does have a provision for  properties to receive a waiver, if the property meets certain qualifications that make it impossible to recycle within the property.  Recycling service providers will work directly with landlords to determine whether their properties can accommodate recycling, and to set up recycling facilities where appropriate.

Since California usually leads the way in recycling statistics, this is good news.  A program like this one will certainly act as a pilot program for other states to begin enacting their own renter’s recycling programs.

About Sebrina Zerkus Smith

Professional writer, foodie. Lupus survivor. Loves pugs, wine, days at the beach and good movies. Takes recycling seriously, but not much else. Sebrina Zerkus Smith is a Southern Gal that has been scratching the writer’s itch for nearly 30 years. Her career began in Washington, D.C., in 1987, fresh out of collage and full of ideals. While plying her trade by day on congressional reps and senators, at night she burned the candle writing features for local newspapers and national magazines. She quickly realized that her southern upbringing gave her a unique and humorous voice that resonated with her readers. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles where she pursued her dream of becoming a novelist and screenwriter. She paid her bills by working as a freelance writer for major marketing projects from studios such as CBS, NBC and Disney. Realizing that the future of writing lay with the internet, she was bitten by the blogging bug back in the 90’s, back before it was even called “blogging.” Then it was still just writing and trying to make a living. Through those early blogging years, Sebrina found passion and purpose. Over the past 10 years she has written articles for clients such as LightCues.com, MatterMore.com, Greenopolis, MacAddict, Yahoo, CNN and more. Today, Sebrina writes about a variety of topics including the Southern Experience, sustainability, clean water, food, gardening, sleep and her obsession with pugs. She is a regular paid contributor to WildOats.com as well as other entities. She now lives in Houston with her husband Jeff and their pug Newton. She hopes one day to complete her opus, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed.


One thought on “CA Makes Recycling Mandatory For Renters

  1. It’s a pity that there has to be a law enacted. One would hope that most landlords would provide recycling facilities for renters voluntarily, without being forced to.

    Posted by Autumn Jeffcoat | October 14, 2011, 2:51 pm

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