Business & Commercial

Solid Waste Coll​ection Services

Sacramento County's Department of W​aste Management & Recycling (DWMR) regulates commercial solid waste collection services and recycling requirements for businesses and commercial properties located in the unincorporated areas of Sacramento County. DWMR does not provide commercial waste and recycling collection services. Contact DWMR's local franchised waste haulers to sign up for commercial waste, recycling, and organics collection services. Please note that all commercial properties are required to have their garbage collected at least once every seven days pursuant to Sacramento County Code 6.20.115

Non-Local Entities

While they are subject to Mandatory Recycling and Organic Recycling requirements, DWMR does not regulate Non-Local Entities. Non-Local Entities are instead regulated by CalRecycle and include: special districts, federal facilities, prisons, state park facilities, public universities and community colleges, county fairgrounds, and state agencies. For more information on the requirements of Non-Local Entities, please visit CalRecycle's Resources for Non-Local Entities page. For information on waiver eligibility and submission, visit CalRecycle's Department-Issued Waivers page. Questions concerning the waiver process can be emailed to slcp.organics@calrecycle.ca.gov. ​​

Local Education Agencies

Local Education Agencies are subject to Mandatory Recycling and Organic Recycling requirements and regulated directly by CalRecycle. Local Education Agencies include:

  • K-12 public and charter schools
  • School Districts
  • County offices of education that are not regulated by the city or county

For more information on the requirements of Local Education Agencies​, please visit CalRecycle's Resources for Local Education Agencies page. For information on waiver eligibility and submission, visit CalRecycle's Department-Issued Waivers page. Questions concerning the waiver process can be emailed to slcp.organics@calrecycle.ca.gov.

Please note that private schools and private colleges in Unincorporated Sacramento County are regulated by Sacramento County, Department of Waste Management and Recycling, not CalRecycle. ​

Recycling Laws

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 are required to separate the waste they generate into recyclables, organics, and trash. Below lists more details about these laws and how to comply.

Organics​   ​

Law: All businesses are required to arrange for organic material recycling services. ​​

Organic Materials: Food waste, food-soiled paper, green waste/landscaping trimmings and “clean wood" (no paint, no stain, etc.). ​Download the Organic Material Recyc​ling Flyer for a quick and easy reference document on commercial organic recycling requirements.​​

Food Waste, Green Waste, and Food Soiled Paper Imageterials  

How to Comply: Organics recycling services are mandatory. ​If you have not complied, your waste hauler will provide advance notice before delivering an organic recycling bin and starting the State-mandated collection services. Busi​nesses must select one or more of the following option​s to comply with the law:​​

  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 M​aterial Recycling Co​​mpliance Form if your business utilizes one or more alternative organic material recycling services:

    • Landscaper: The business contracts with a landscaper, who collects and recycles green waste/landscape trimmings off-site to a facility that recycles the green waste properly. (Note: Landscaper only verifies the green/landscape trimmings waste portion of organics and does not constitute full compliance for organics recycling as a stand-alone alternate service). ​​​​​​​​

    • Third-Party Recycler: The business contracts with a recycler, who is not a franchised hauler, who collects and recycles all generated organic material. All contracts between the business and each alternative service recycler must be submitted in form and retained on-site for verification during inspection.

    • ​​Self-Haul: The business hauls its organic materials collected to a local organic recycling facility. Receipts must be submitted in form and retained on-site for verification during inspection.

    • ​​​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 submitted in form and retained on-site for verification during inspection.

    • ​​On-Site Composting: All organic material that is generated on-site is composted on-site. Photos of the on-site composting will be required when submitting form and will be verified during inspection. ​​

    • Shared Container: The business places its organic materials in another adjacent 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 uploaded in the form and retained on-site for verification during inspection; or, 

  3. Waiver​s:
    • 20 Gallons or Less Waiver: If your ​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 Wa​​iver. These include, but are not limited to, restaurants, theaters, hotels, school​s, event centers, gas stations, and coffee shops. A complete list​​​​ of all ineligible business types are listed in the Sac​ramento County Policy #2022-01​​.​​ ​ 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.​​​ 

    • ​​​​Physical Space Waiver (not commonly used)​: ​If the business does not have adequate space for an organic material container, complete the Physical Space Waiver portion on the Organic Material Recy​cling Compliance FormNote: 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. 

​Still have questions? Visit the FAQs or contact commercialwaste@saccounty.gov.​

Recycling​​

Law: Businesses with four or more cubic yards of garbage per week are required to arrange for recycling services. Check your bill to see what size containers are on site, and service frequency each week.

Recyclable Materials:  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 recycling collection hauler to learn more about acceptable/unacceptable items.

Newspapers/Cardboard-Glass Bottles/Jars-Metal Cans/Containers-Hard Plastic Containers
​How to Comply:
 Recycling services are mandatory. ​If you have not complied, your waste hauler will provide advance notice before delivering a ​​recycling bin and starting the State-mandated collection services. Busi​nesses must select one or more of the following option​s to comply with the law:​​

  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 section in the Recycling Compliance Form  because your business utilizes one or more alternative recycling services:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Shared Container: The business​ places their recyclable material in another adjacent business' recycling container to be recycled. 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; or,
  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 section on the Recycling Compliance Form​. Note: Supporting documents are required as evidence that the multifamily 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. 

​Still have questions? Visit the FAQs or contact commercialwaste@saccounty.gov.​

Bin Labels​​

Contact​​s​

County Commercial Solid Waste Correspondence: commercialwaste@saccounty.gov or call DWMR Commercial Phone​ Line (916) 874-4200. Please provide your service address, business name, and phone number.

​​​Commercial Hazardous Waste​

Businesses that produce ​less than 220 pounds (approximately 27 gallons) of hazardous waste or 2.2 pounds of extremely hazardous waste per month are classified as Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQGs). VSQGs must call (916) 876-9458 to make an appointment for material disposal and must pay VSQGs fees, depending upon the material type. Cash, check, or credit cards are all accepted. For more information on VSQG requirements, review our Solid Waste Acceptance Policy or contact NARS HHW center at 916​-876-9458. 

​​​VSQGs are required to obtain a permit from the Environmental Management Department (EMD) for waste generation and apply for an EPA ID number from the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to dispose of the waste. Contact EMD at 916-875-8550 or cupapermit@saccou​nty.gov​ for more information and permitting.

For more information about how to obtain an EPA ID Number, visit DTSC websit​e​​​.   

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