Recycling laws in some states have now expanded to encompass all businesses, places of worship and workplaces.
Some cities, such as Seattle, have created laws that enforce fines upon citizens who throw away certain recyclable materials. There are also voluntary programs and educational programs to increase recycling where it is not mandated by law.
Mandatory recycling is the standard e.g. across all European Union since the 1990s. Recyclables are prohibited from households, businesses and apartment garbage. With businesses that would include cardboard, paper and yard waste which would be prohibited from their garbage. For apartments and houses, glass, paper, cardboard, aluminum and plastic would be prohibited. With businesses and apartments, if garbage collectors find more than e.g. 10 percent of the container filled with recyclables, they will leave a tag. On the third tag they will then leave e.g. a $50 fine. However, with households there can be no fining. If they do find garbage though, they will leave a tag and ask you to sort out your garbage that they will then collect the next week.
The new recycling ordinance requires:
- Regular recyclable collection (minimum of twice each month) of all on-site recyclable materials. This includes jars, glass bottles, plastic bottles, metal cans, cardboard and paper.
- Placement of containers for recycling
- Posting or distribution of written information on recycling, as well as detailed instructions for tenants or employees.
- Creation of written recycling plans
- Proper recycling of all Electronic Equipment. This includes computers, printers, copiers, phone equipment, network equipment as well as radios and stereo equipment.