Commercial Recycling Information
Valley Vista Services is the city's solid waste collection service provider for residential and commercial service.
For more information about Valley Vista Services, please visit https://www.valleyvistaservices.com/ or call (800) 445-6454; to set up online bill pay please visit https://myvvs.com/
Below are the commercial guides from Valley Vista Services about waste collection services to Huntington Park commercial businesses.
Huntington Park Commercial Guidelines English V.V.S.
To maintain compliance with the State, on December 7, 2021, the Huntington Park City Council passed the City’s Mandatory Organic Waste Disposal Reduction Ordinance (Ordinance No. 2021-03) requiring all residential, commercial, and multi-family premises in the City to participate in the City’s Organic Waste Reduction Program. The City of Huntington Park will be implementing various measures to achieve the state-mandated waste diversion goals. Included in this Ordinance are mandatory requirements and penalties for non-compliance. The State will also fine the City if they do not provide all required recycling and organic waste recycling programs. It is the City’s intent to implement the regulations as efficiently as possible to minimize any additional impacts to the business community. More information on SB 1383 can be found at the State website https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/slcp.
Reason for Changes
In 2016 Senate Bill (SB) 1383 established a goal of reducing the volume of organic waste disposed in California landfills by 75% by 2025. As defined by the law, organic waste includes lawn and landscaping debris, wood and lumber, food, food-soiled paper and other paper and cardboard products. Currently, two-thirds of this material is landfilled. As organics break down in landfills, they create methane, a powerful greenhouse gas which the State of California has identified as a factor in climate change. In addition, SB 1383 establishes a goal of increasing edible food recovery by 20% by 2025.
This law expands upon the goals of AB 341: Mandatory Commercial Recycling and AB 1826: Mandatory Organics Recycling. However, SB 1383 is unique in that it impacts residents in addition to businesses, and it requires some businesses to donate excess edible food to feed people in addition to composting organic materials. Unlike previous laws, there are significant penalties for non-compliance.
The regulations also specify that certain food- related businesses must donate the maximum amount of edible food they would otherwise dispose to food recovery organizations. Starting January 2022, wholesale food vendors, food service providers, food distributors, grocery stores and supermarkets, must donate surplus edible food to food recovery organizations. Starting in 2024 this will include hotels, restaurant facilities, health facilities, state agency cafeterias, large venues, events and educational facilities. California is working towards a 2025 goal to redirect and donate 20% of edible food to those in need.
Collection and Recycling
Starting in 2022, the City and the Franchised Waste Hauler, will expand organic waste collection services for residents and businesses. You will be notified prior to the start of this program. Food and yard waste collected in green carts will be recycled using:
● Composting facilities that make soil amendments, materials that are added to soil to change and improve it.
● Anaerobic digestion facilities, technology and microorganisms break down organic waste in closed spaces where there is no oxygen and create renewable natural gas.
Who is Affected?
The new organic waste law affects all Californians, including single family residences, multi-family complexes, commercial entities, and schools. The City of Huntington Park launched its organic recycling program in January 2022. Residents and businesses will be notified prior to implementation of the new recycling rules through mailed notifications.
Residential and Multi-Family (1-4 units)
Upon notification, carts will be used for all “organics,” including lawn and garden debris, food scraps and food-soiled paper, such as pizza boxes and paper plates.
Items Not Accepted in organics carts: recyclables (plastic, glass, metal) styrofoam, crustacean shells, meat bones, pet waste, palm fronds and trash.
If you operate a business in the City of Huntington Park, you are required to participate in the organics (including food waste) collection service via Franchise Waste Hauler, or self-haul organic waste (including food waste) to a specified composting facility, community composting program, or other collection activity or program. Please note that Self-Haulers must keep a record of the amount of Organic Waste delivered to each Solid Waste facility, operation, activity, or property that processes or recovers Organic Waste. This record along with delivery receipts/weight tickets must be submitted to the City quarterly.
Starting in 2022, the City and Franchised Waste Hauler, will expand Organic Waste Collection Services for businesses. The Franchised Waste Hauler will deliver Carts to all businesses to be used for all “organics,” including landscaping, food scraps and food-soiled paper. If you have space constraints or produce less than 20 gallons of organic material, you may apply for a waiver. Assistance with on-site food scraps recycling and setting up a food recovery program is available.
To reduce food waste and help address food insecurity, SB 1383 requires that by 2025 California will recover 20 percent of edible food that would otherwise be sent to landfills, to feed people in need. The law directs that Food Generators must arrange to recover the maximum amount of their edible food that would otherwise go to landfills and to maintain records of their food donation activities. SB 1383 places mandated food donors into two tiers. This tier system allows businesses and jurisdictions more time to prepare to expand or build new food recovery infrastructure and capacity to donate foods that are harder to safely store and distribute. If you are a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Generator, this applies to your business, please click on the link or QR code shown below and fill out the SB 1383 Survey for Food Generators:
Tier 1 and Tier 2 Food Generators Annual Report
Tier 1 and Tier 2 Food Generators are required to file an Annual Report with the City every April 1st for the previous calendar year. Below are the items that must be contained in the annual report.
- The name, address and contact information of the Food Recovery Service or Food Recovery Organization and if you have a contract with them
- The types of food that will be collected by or self-hauled to the Food Recovery Service or Food Recovery Organization
- The established frequency that food will be collected or self-hauled
- The quantity of food, measured in pounds recovered per month, collected or self-hauled to a Food Recovery Service or Food Recovery Organization
- A copy of Donation Receipts
Please scan the QR code below for access to complete the report.
For instructions on completing the report please clink the link below,
Food Donation Resources
Process to Apply for Waivers from Automatic Service
SB 1383 regulations allow waivers to be granted to locations that generate 2 cubic yards of waste per week and generate less than 20-gallons per-week of organic waste or that generate less than 2 cubic yards of waste per week and generate less than 10-gallons per week of organic waste. These are referred to as “De Minimis” Waivers and can only be granted by the City.
SB 1383 also allows for a limited number of “Space Constraint” Waivers, if a property cannot physically house a required container. These waivers must also be approved by the City and require an architect or similar professional, or the Franchised Waste Hauler to agree with the property’s space constraint claim.
Please contact the City’s franchised hauler to review your waiver request. Locations that are granted waivers, as allowed by the State, will be exempt from mandatory service requirements for a period of 5 years or until the qualifying exemption is no longer compliant. Businesses that do not qualify will be notified and must start their required program immediately.
Your participation is mandated and vital in protecting California’s environment and economy from the impacts of climate change.
OTHER REQUIRED RECYCLING LAWS
Mandatory Commercial Recycling Bill (AB 341)
California passed Assembly Bill 341, requiring mandatory commercial recycling, starting July 1, 2012. Commercial businesses and Multi-Family complexes that produce 4 cubic yards or more of waste, must source separate trash from recyclables. For more information, please visit this link for AB 341
Mandatory Organics Recycling Law (AB 1826)
California passed the Mandatory Organics Recycling Law AB 1826 (effective April 1, 2016) to reduce the number of compostable materials sent to landfills. AB 1826 currently requires businesses that generate waste of 2 cubic yards or more per week, to arrange recycling services for that material. If you require further information, please visit this link for AB 1826