Business and Multifamily Recycling

​ Frequently Asked Questions​

All businesses as defined in Public Resources Code 42649.8 Subdivision A with four (4) or more cubic yards per week of garbage collection service are required to have recycling service.  

Check your garbage bill to see what size containers are on-site, and then multiply that by how frequently it is picked up each week to determine how many cubic yards of garbage are collected per week to determine if your business meets the requirement to have mandatory recycling service.​

All multifamily properties with five (5) or more units are required to have recycling service.

Haulers differ in what recyclable items are accepted. Generally, it includes paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, aluminum and metal containers, and hard plastics.  Acceptable recyclables must be empty and dry (no liquids or food residue) before placing them in the recycling bin.  

Check with your hauler for more detailed information on acceptable items. Items like flimsy plastic (plastic bags, bubble wrap, food wrappers) and polystyrene (StyrofoamTM) go in the garbage.

State law (AB 939 and AB 341) requires that 50 percent of waste generated must be reduced or recycled. Recycling is the third and most recognizable of the “Three Rs"--Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. By recycling, and buying recycled-content products, every business can make a vital contribution to environmental stewardship.

Contact your hauler, or any franchised ​hauler​ who offers this service, to add recycling service, and begin collecting your recyclable material, or utilize one or more alternative recycling services by completing and submitting the Alternative Service Verification section in the Organic Material Recycling Compliance Form

Alternative recycling services include:

a) Third-party recycler – Your business contracts with a recycler, who is not a franchised hauler, who collects and recycles your recyclable material.

b) Self-haul – You take your recyclable materials to a local organics recycling facility yourself.

c) Back-haul - Your business hauls its recyclable materials back to a central or corporate location to be collected for recycling, and,

d) Shared Container- Your recyclable material is placed in another business' recycling container to be recycled under mutual agreeance with both parties.

Once your service is set up, start using your recycling bin! Check with your hauler for detailed information on what items are accepted in the recycling bin.  You will need to notify and educate your employees about the new recycling program. Let them know what is accepted, how recyclables must be prepared – empty and dry --  and how to properly separate their recyclables, and where collection containers are located. Contact your hauler for educational material you can provide to your employees and janitorial staff.

Once your service is set up, start using your recycling bin! Check with your hauler for  detailed information on what items are accepted in the recycling bin.  You will need to notify your tenants of the new program. Let them know what is accepted, how recyclables must be prepared – empty and dry --how to properly separate their recyclables, and where collection containers are located. This Tenant Brochure should be helpful, and your hauler may have educational material for you to use.

Each business must prominently post signs and provide labeled recycling containers so employees and customers know what and where to recycle. Good places to post recycling notices include copy rooms, mail rooms and break rooms. Placing recycling containers next to garbage bins will reduce contamination. Contact your hauler for label templates.

In any business where customers or clients regularly discard garbage, a recycling collection container must be provided for them to keep recyclable materials separate from the garbage. Post signs and place labeled recycling containers near garbage bins in customer areas, same as for your employees. For example, recycling bins should be provided in a copy store for customers to use to recycle office paper. 

If a business is found non-compliant with mandatory recycling services, Sacramento County Code Officers will conduct an inspection and issue Notices of Violation (NOV) to the business or property owner responsible for providing the mandatory services. Fines will only be initiated if business fails to meet the requirements in the NOV to come into compliance.

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