Mandatory Commercial Recycling and Composting
Recycling service in Pleasant Hill is mandatory for commercial business and multi-family complexes, per City Ordinance and state law AB341. When you set up garbage service, you MUST also set up recycling service. The cost of recycling service is included in your garbage rate and so is available at no extra charge. We encourage you to request as much recycling service as you need, with no increase in your garbage bill.
Composting, otherwise known as organics or food scrap recycling, is mandatory for commercial business that generate a certain amount of waste per state law AB1826. Multi-family complexes that generate a certain amount of landscape waste are required to compost or otherwise recycle as well. The cost of composting service is included in your garbage rate and so is available at no extra charge. We encourage you to request as much recycling service as you need, with no increase in your garbage bill.
Please call Anne Baker, Recycling Coordinator, at (925) 671-5806 if you have any questions about the program. Anne can provide free waste audits, information for tenants, and indoor recycling receptacles for recycling and composting.
How & Where to Recycle in Contra Costa County
The Contra Costa County Reuse & Recycling website has a complete guide to recycling countywide. The website is full of ways to reuse and recycle almost any type of household material, from aluminum cans to zippers.
Hazardous Waste Disposal for Small Businesses
Businesses that have small quantities of hazardous waste can participate in the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Program (CESQG). Businesses that meet the CESQG eligibility requirements can, for a low fee, legally and properly dispose of small quantities of hazardous waste.
Construction & Demolition Recycling Required in Pleasant Hill
The City of Pleasant Hill’s Construction and Demolition (C&D) Ordinance requires that 50% of project waste materials be diverted from landfills. A construction, demolition, or renovation project must comply with the Ordinance if the project is expected to cost $50,000 or more, or if it will involve 5,000 or more square feet of space. In order to comply, each permit applicant for building, demolition, or encroachment must submit a Waste Management Plan (WMP).
Pleasant Hill C & D Ordinance Links:
- Pleasant Hill Construction and Demolition (C&D) Ordinance
- C & D Ordinance Waste Management Plan
- Building Permits Web Page