Mandatory Recycling and Disposal Bans Fact Sheet
Updated: July 2023
Some states and municipalities have enacted legislation mandating the recycling of certain commercially generated items and/or banning the disposal of certain items in landfills or waste to energy facilities. This is an effort to drive a higher recycling rate, increase the capture of recyclable materials, and promote the development of markets for recyclable materials. Mandated commercial recycling legislation can take different forms, for example:
- Require generators to recycle;
- Require haulers to provide recycling services; or
- Require local governments to implement recycling programs.