Resources for Businesses

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AB 1826 - Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Program

As of January 1, 2019, all businesses that generate four or more cubic yards of commercial solid waste each week must enroll in services to collect organic material separately from other waste. Four cubic yards is about the size of a small dumpster. Organic material includes food waste, landscape trimmings, clean wood and lumber, and unlined paper like cardboard and paper towels. Click the link above to learn more. 

Foodware regulations

Disposable Foodware Regulations

On February 5, 2020, the City of Arcata City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1527 to establish regulations related to single-use foodware disposable foodware items. The ordinance is meant to reduce the use of single-use plastic foodware that contribute to street litter, marine pollution, harm to wildlife, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste sent to landfills. The ordinance is applicable to all food service establishments including but not limited to: restaurants, grocery stores, bars, cafes, food vendors, and cafeterias. Click the link above to learn more. 

Carryout Bag Ban

Single-Use Carryout Bags 

On December 4, 2013, the Arcata City Council voted to prohibit the distribution of single-use carryout bags and regulate the use of recyclable paper carryout bags in Arcata retail establishments. Click the link above to learn more.