Why is the amount of trash limited to only the three containers (or in some areas two)?

One of the goals of California State Law AB939 was for its cities to divert 50% of its waste from landfills by the year 2000. One of the methods to encourage residential recycling is through either a multi bin recyclable system or a single commingled recyclable system. In either event, the goal is to maximize the amount recycled and to reduce the amount of waste generated. Limiting the amount of waste generated to two or three containers encourages consumers to maximize the use of the recycling carts and to explore other techniques to minimize the amount of household waste generated.

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