Curbside Organics Frequently Asked Questions

  • Food waste is the largest single item in our waste stream and makes up about 30% of what we throw away. 
  • All of the organic material (food scraps, food-soiled paper, and green waste) collected in the curbside Organics cart is sent to a composting facility where it is made into compost.
  • Compost is a valuable product used by landscapers, farmers, and gardeners.  It increases soil quality, water retention and crop yield, and reduces the need of fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Food waste emits more methane than any other material in the landfill.  Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2). Composting reduces greenhouse gases.
  • Composting organics helps save valuable landfill space.
  • All food waste and scraps such as fruit, vegetables, breads, cereal, dairy, meat (including bones), coffee grounds, paper coffee filters, and tea bags. This includes food scraps, moldy food, left-overs, and rotting food.
  • Food-soiled paper such as dirty paper towels, dirty paper plates, dirty paper napkins, greasy pizza boxes, and dirty paper lunch bags.
  • All green waste such as branches, grass, leaves, tree trimmings, and pruning's​.

Items not accepted in the Organics cart include plastic (bags, Styrofoam, take-out containers, utensils), glass, metal, liquids, and pet waste.

No. Please do not add your food scraps, food waste or food-soiled paper (dirty napkins, greasy pizza boxes, etc.) to the Green Waste cart until July 2022. The County is working with their organic processors to ensure their facilities are prepared to accept this material for composting.

No. The Organics cart will be serviced weekly beginning July 2022 on the same day as your Garbage cart. ​The Recycling cart will continue to be serviced every other week.​​​​

Yes, it’s required by law. For our customers who do not currently have a Green Waste cart, in early 2022, the County will send notices via direct mail and email (where available) to each customer notifying them that they will be required to participate in weekly organics collection service beginning in July 2022. To prepare for the July 2022 start date, the County will plan to deliver a 30-gallon Organics cart to those customers currently without one, beginning May 2022.

A physical space c​onstraint waiver application (BB1] is available to customers who are currently exempt from green waste collection services and who cannot accommodate a 30-gallon Organics cart at their residence. Customers must complete and submit the physical space waiver request form that includes documentation (such as photos) to support the request. Staff will review the request and conduct a site assessment where necessary to either approve or deny the waiver request.  In some circumstances, such as a mobile home park setting, shared cart service may be an option. Additional details regarding the application process will be available early 2022.

Yes. All food scraps, food waste, food-soiled paper, and green waste must be placed in the Organics cart starting July 2022. Organic materials will no longer be accepted in the Garbage cart starting July 2022.​

Residents can put their food scraps and food waste in a brown paper bag or a compostable bag (must meet ASTM D600 standard) before placing it in the Organics cart for collection.  To avoid odors in your home, empty your food scraps container daily, or store food waste in your refrigerator or freezer and fill your Organics cart on a day that is close to curbside collection time. Also, lining the bottom of your Organics cart with paper bags, newspaper or leaves will help reduce odors in your Organics cart.

Yes. Residents have the option to purchase and use compostable bags to collect food waste. Residents can also use brown paper bags or newspaper to collect food waste and food scraps. Compostable bags must meet the ASTM D6400 standard. Look for “ASTM D600” on the packaging label to ensure it meets this standard. ASTM D600 is the standard specification to make sure the material used in the bag is compostable at local facilities.​

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Compostable bags must meet the ASTM D6400 standard. Look for “ASTM D600” on the packaging label to ensure it meets this standard. ASTM D600 is the standard specification to make sure the material used in the bag is compostable at local facilities.

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Only items that cannot be recycled or put into the Organics cart should be put in the Garbage cart. If you are unsure which cart an item should be disposed in, use our easy “How Do I Get Rid Of…” search tool​ on our website or mobile app. Items include, but are not limited to plastic bags, diapers, paper milk and juice cartons, pet waste, Styrofoam, etc.

Yes, the 30-gallon Garbage cart is the smallest size available.

If you want to downsize your Garbage cart, please contact Customer Service at 916-875-5555, M – F, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., or email: utilities@saccounty.net

30, 60, and 90-gallon carts are available for all three services. If you want to change your cart sizes, please contact Customer Service at 916-875-5555, M – F, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., or email: utilities@saccounty.net.

Organic carts will be collected weekly starting in July 2022. Until then, the County will continue to service the Green Waste cart every other week, as indicated on the January – June 2022 Service Calendar. The Garbage cart will continue to be serviced weekly. You will receive an updated service calendar the closer we get to July that will indicate weekly Organics service.

No. Pet waste goes into the Garbage cart.

Yes. Please remove the food waste from the packaging. Packaging is not accepted in the Organics cart and should be placed in the Garbage cart.

The County, and surrounding jurisdictions, will begin residential organics weekly curbside collection in July 2022.  Until then, please consider backyard composting this material, or if that is not an option, it should be put in the garbage cart, or take it to food scraps drop-off sites in the Sacramento area:
  • Find Out Farms - Friday's 2pm-7pm: 4712 Parker Ave, Sacramento, CA 95820 
  • Gardens Reclaimed​ - Saturday's 9am-1pm: 69th St & 18th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95820 
  • Resoil/GRAS - Saturday's 9am-1pm: Midtown Farmers Market, Jazz Alley & 20th St, Sacramento, CA 95811
  • Resoil/GRAS​ - Wednesday's 3pm-7pm: 1616 28th St, Sacramento, CA 95816 
  • Park Delta Bay​ - All week at 8am-4pm: 922 W Brannan Island Rd, Isleton, CA 95641 - find them on Facebook @parkdeltabay
  • Oak Park Eggery Community Garden - 44th St & 11th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95820 - find them on Instagram @Oak_Park_Eggery and @tanamagarden
 



​​If you have any further questions about this service, please email SacGreenTeam@saccounty.net.

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