Business Trash & Recycling
Trash, recycling, and green waste pickup for businesses in Lakeport is provided by Lakeport Disposal Company. The City has a franchise agreement with Lakeport Disposal to provide these mandatory services within the Lakeport City limits.
Curbside pickup of garbage, recycling, and green waste has been mandatory within Lakeport since 2003. See Lakeport Municipal Code Chapter 8.16 for more information.
Business Recycling Requirements In 2012 the State of California adopted SB 1018 which established the requirement for certain businesses to recycle some of their solid waste. This requirement is a component of California’s statewide mandatory commercial recycling (MCR) program which is regulated by CalRecycle. Like all other California cities, Lakeport is required to implement a commercial solid waste recycling program that consists of education, outreach and monitoring of businesses subject to the MCR requirements.
The key provision of this regulation requires any business that generates four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week or is a multifamily residential dwelling of five units or more to arrange for recycling services. Recycling (plus solid waste and green waste) pickup for businesses in Lakeport is provided by Lakeport Disposal Company.
Please contact us to find out more about how to work with Lakeport Disposal to recycle as much solid waste as possible!
Recycling benefits identified by CalRecycle include:
- Opportunities for businesses or multifamily complexes to save money.
- Creating jobs in California by providing materials for recycling manufacturing facilities.
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Keeping valuable materials out of landfills.
- Creating a healthy environment for the community and future generations by recovering natural resources.
The City of Lakeport is doing our part too! In 2022 the City updated our recycled-content procurement policy to include strict purchasing requirements for recycled-content paper products for all of our Departments and Divisions. The policy update was needed to comply with the State's SB 1383 paper procurement regulations that went into effect on January 1, 2022. We are committed to procuring environmentally preferred products, promoting waste reduction and recycling activities and requiring the procurement of recycled and recycled-content products when possible and practical.
Edible Food Recovery Program
The City of Lakeport adopted Edible Food Recovery regulations in 2022 to comply with the requirements of SB 1383 which requires all California cities to facilitate a food recovery program that creates a 20% increase in the recovery of currently disposed edible food from large food generators. The recovered food will then be routed to those who are experiencing food insecurity. Under SB 1383, the food recovery target must be met by January 1, 2025. This component of SB 1383 will save landfill space and lower methane emissions, a climate super-pollutant that is emitted by organic waste in landfills.
Please see our Food Recovery Program webpage for more details about the City of Lakeport’s efforts to prevent food waste and encourage the redistribution of edible food that would otherwise be landfilled to local residents in need. This webpage also includes contact information for the Clear Lake Gleaners and Redwood Empire Food Bank, the local Food Recovery organizations that serve the Lakeport community with edible food assistance.
More Recycling Information!
Please visit Lakeport Disposal's website for the current commercial rates for waste toters and larger bins. If you are planning a remodel or construction project, click this link for information about obtaining a City of Lakeport Building Permit. Also, please be aware that most remodel and construction projects are subject to the waste diversion requirements that are a part of the State's CalGreen Building Standards Code.
Business owners are reminded to maintain the waste toters, place them out on collection day only, and to pull them in within 18 hours after they have been emptied. Toters and other trash & recycling receptacles are also required to be stored and screened from public view and not be visible from the sidewalk, streets, or roadways.
Fees for commercial waste collection are billed by the City as part of the monthly sewer and water utility bills.
Check out this link for helpful tips on how to properly sort recycling and green waste materials.
The County of Lake's Public Services website features excellent information on recycling and composting including a helpful and comprehensive list of recyclable materials. Check it out if you want to know "What can I do with ____?" The County of Lake also coordinates regular household hazardous waste drop off events-- see this link for the current schedule.
Also visit Lakeport Disposal's website to learn more about recycling, local service areas and schedules, hazardous material collection and other waste disposal-related information.