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Recycling and Organics Recycling Requirements

Businesses must meet state mandates for diverting recyclables and organic material (food waste and green waste) from landfill disposal in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Businesses in Sacramento are required to separate waste generated on site into recyclables, organics, and trash.

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Recycling
Organics
Compliance Forms (Waivers)

Recycling

What is the law? Businesses with four or more cubic yards of garbage per week are required to arrange for recycling services.  

Which materials should be Recycled?  Paper, cardboard, hard plastics (numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7), aluminum/metal containers, and all colors of glass bottles and jars. Contact your hauler to learn more about what is acceptable/unacceptable, and how acceptable items must be prepared.

Cardboard, Glass Bottles & Jars, Metal Containers, Hard Plastics

How to Comply - Recycling

Businesses must select one or more of the following options:

1) Sign-Up for Recycling Service with Waste Hauler - Enter into a recycling collection service agreement with a Franchised Hauler to collect and haul your recyclables; or,

2) Alternative Recycling Service - Complete and submit the Alternative Service Verification portion in the Recycling Compliance Form if your business utilizes one or more alternative recycling services:

1. Third-Party Recycler: The business contracts with a recycler, who is not a franchised hauler, who collects and recycles all generated recyclable material. All contracts between the business and each alternative service recycler must be retained on-site for verification during inspection.
2. Self-Haul: The business hauls the recyclable materials collected to a local recycling facility. Receipts must be retained on-site for verification during inspection. Note: If the business is only recycling aluminum cans, all other recyclable materials must also be collected and recycled through self-haul or another option listed here.
3. Backhaul: The business hauls its recyclable materials back to a central or corporate location to be collected for recycling. Contracts or other proof of evidence must be retained on-site for verification during inspection.
4. Shared Container: The business places its recyclable material in another business' recycling container to be recycled. Note: Evidence that all parties agree to sharing the container and a copy of the recycling collection service contract must be retained on-site for verification during inspection. 

3) Physical Space Waiver (not commonly used) - If the business does not have adequate space for a recycling material container, complete the Physical Space Waiver portion on the Recycling Compliance Form. Note: Supporting documents are required as evidence that the business does not have space for a 90-gallon cart, one of the smallest carts available. 90-gallon carts are approximately 27" wide x 36" deep x 45" high.

For more information visit the FAQs or contact wastecompliance@cityofsacramento.org.

Organics                          

What is the law? All businesses that subscribe to two or more cubic yards of garbage and recycling service combined per week are required to arrange for organic material recycling services. 

What are Organic Materials? Food waste, food-soiled paper, green waste/landscaping trimmings and “clean wood" (no paint, no stain, etc.). 

Food & Composted Materials

How to Comply - ORGANICS

Businesses must select one or more of the following options:

1) Sign-Up for Organic Service with Waste Hauler - Enter into a service agreement with a commercial solid waste Franchised Hauler to collect organics material; or,

2) Alternative Organic Service - Complete and submit the Alternative Service Verification section in the Organic Material Recycling Compliance Form if your business utilizes one or more alternative organic material recycling services:

1. Third-Party Recycler: The business contracts with a recycler, who is not a franchised hauler, who collects and recycles all generated organic material. This may include landscapers who recycle your green waste/landscape trimmings. All contracts between the business and each alternative service recycler must be retained on-site for verification during inspection.

2. Self-Haul: The business hauls its organic materials collected to a local organic recycling facility. Receipts must be retained on-site for verification during inspection.
3. Backhaul: The business hauls its organic materials back to a central or corporate location to be collected for recycling. Contracts or other proof of evidence must be retained on-site for verification during inspection.
4. Shared Container: The business places its organic materials in another business organic material recycling container to be recycled. Evidence that all parties agree to sharing the container and a copy of the organic recycling collection service contract must be retained on-site for verification during inspection; 

3) Waivers - 

1. 20 Gallons or Less Waiver: If the business generates less than 20 gallons of organic material per week; apply for a 20-Gallon or Less Waiver in the Organic Material Recycling Compliance Form. Businesses who sell or produce food are ineligible to receive a 20-Gallon or Less Waiver. These include, but are not limited to, restaurants, theaters, hotels, schools, event centers, gas stations, and coffee shops. Here is a complete list of all ineligible business types. IMPORTANT: To submit waiver, separate your organic material from your garbage into a bucket for at least a week and measure how much material is collected. Your findings will need to be submitted in the waiver request.
2. Physical Space Waiver - If the business does not have adequate space for an organic material container, complete the Physical Space Waiver portion on the Organic Material Recycling Compliance Form. Note: Supporting documents are required as evidence that the business does not have space for a 64-gallon cart, one of the smallest carts available. 64-gallon carts are approximately 25" wide x 32" deep x 42" high. 

For more information visit the FAQs or contact wastecompliance@cityofsacramento.org. 

Recycling Waiver* Requests and Alternative Service Verifications

Organics Waiver* Request and Organics Alternative Service Verification - Organic Material Recycling Compliance Form
Recycling Physical Space Waiver Request (Rare) and Recycling Alternative Service Verification  - Recycling Compliance Form

*Ineligible Businesses (20-Gallon Organics Recycling):

The following businesses are ineligible for a 20-Gallon or Less Waiver:

1. All businesses that require a permit from Sacramento County Environmental Management Department (EMD) under their Retail Food Protection Program

2. Businesses that make food, examples include:

  • Restaurants
  • Food service business (caterer, food pantry/closet, or any business that sells or serves food)
  • Food manufacturer
  • Wholesale food vendor
  • Grocery store
  • Supermarket
  • Market / mini mart serving coffee and/or selling food

3. Businesses that serve food, examples include:

  • Gas station serving coffee and/or selling food
  • School
  • Office campus with cafe on-site
  • Hotel / motel providing food service
  • Cinema
  • Theater
  • Child care facility
  • Senior care facility
  • Hospital
  • Event venue
  • Convention center
  • Arena
  • Community center
  • Training facility

4. Other businesses

  • Plant business (nurseries, landscapers, florists, cannabis)
  • Multifamily property with five or more units

Commercial Services

As of July 1st, 2021, the City of Sacramento Commercial Waste Compliance team will regulate commercial solid waste collection services and recycling requirements mandated by the State of California. The City of Sacramento does not provide commercial waste and recycling collection services. The City of Sacramento has issued commercial solid waste collection franchise agreements to waste haulers who provide commercial waste, recycling, and organics collections in the City of Sacramento effective 7/1/2021.

Franchised Haulers - Please visit the franchised hauler page for a full list of current City of Sacramento commercial franchised haulers and their contact information.

Hazardous Waste

Visit the City of Sacramento Commercial Hazardous Waste page for information on Commercial Hazardous Waste.

Contact US

City of Sacramento Commercial Waste Compliance Email: wastecompliance@cityofsacramento.org
Phone: (916)808-4846 . Note: callers must leave a voicemail with business name, caller name, and phone number. The Commercial Waste Compliance voicemail is checked twice daily. Callers will receive a response within three (3) business days.

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