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Recycling Requirements - MIXED RECYCLING

Businesses must meet state mandates for diverting recyclables 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. Information on mandatory organics recycling for all businesses is here

Which materials must 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

How Do I Comply?

Recycling services that meet State Mandates and Sacramento City Code are mandatory. If you are required to have mixed recycling service and have not complied, your waste hauler will provide advance notice before delivering a mixed recycling bin and starting the state mandated collection services. Your property may also be subject to fines and fees for non-compliance issued by the City of Sacramento. There are three ways which you can be considered in compliance with the law.

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 licensed recycler, who is not a franchised hauler, who collects and recycles all generated recyclable material. RequiredAll valid contracts between the business and each alternative service recycler must be submitted with your alternative recycling service form and retained on-site for verification during inspection.
2. Self-Haul: The business hauls the recyclable materials collected to a local recycling facility. Required: Copies of weigh ticket or receipts from a licensed recycling facility must be submitted with your alternative recycling service form and 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. Required: Evidence that all mixed recyclable material is being backhauled, and a copy of the contract showing mixed recyclables are being properly recycled from the backhaul location must be submitted with your alternative recycling service form and retained on-site for verification during inspection.
4. Shared Container: The business places its recyclable material in another business' recycling container to be recycled. Required: Evidence that all parties agree to sharing the container and a copy of the recycling collection services contract  must be submitted with your alternative recycling service form and 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.

Questions? Contact wastecompliance@cityofsacramento.org.

 

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.