Multifamily

​Recycling and Organics Recycling Requirements

Multifamily properties – those with five or more units on one parcel -- must meet state mandates for diverting recyclables and green waste from landfill disposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Multifamily properties in the Sacramento region must separate their waste into recyclables, organics (green waste only), and trash.  Starting January 1, 2022, multifamily properties will be required to also recycle their food waste and food-soiled paper, as part of their organic material, per State law SB1383. 

Need Trash, Recycling or Organic Collection Services?

Contact a franchised hauler to obtain services. Sacramento County's Department of Waste Management & Recycling (DWMR) regulates commercial solid waste and recycling collection services, but does not provide commercial waste and recycling collection services. DWMR issues commercial solid waste collection franchise agreements to waste haulers who provide commercial waste, recycling, and organics collections in the unincorporated areas of Sacramento County. 

Organ​ics

Law: Multifamily properties ​that subscribe to two ​or more cubic yards of garbage and recycling service combined per week are required to arrange for organics (green waste only) material recycling services. Check your bill to see what size containers are on site, and service frequency each week. Starting January 1, 2022, all Multifamily properties are required to arrange for organics recycling services.

Organic Materials for Multifamily: Gree​​n waste/landscaping trimmings and “clean wood" (no paint, no stain, etc.). Starting January 1, 2022 this will also include food waste and food-soiled paper.

Green Waste, Landscaping Trimmings, and Clean wood
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Food waste, bread, fruit, meat, bones, and food soiled paper, dirty napkin& plate, greasy pizza box, coffee filter
 


 

​How to Comply: Multifamily properties 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 (green waste only until January 1, ​2022); or,
  2. Alternative Organic Service- Complete and submit the Alternative Service Verification portion in the Organic Material Recycling Compliance Form if your multifamily property utilizes one or more alternative organic material recycling services:
    • ​Third-Party Recycler- The multifamily property 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 multifamily property and each alternative service recycler must be retained on-site for verification during inspection.
    • ​Self-Haul- The multifamily property hauls its organic materials collected to a local organic recycling facility. Receipts must be retained on-site for verification during inspection.
    • Shared Container- The multifamily places its organic materials  in another business/ or multifamily 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; or,​
  3. Waivers-If the multifamily property 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 multifamily does not have space for a 64-gallon cart, one of the smallest carts available. 64-gallon carts are approximately 25 inches wide x 32 inches deep x 42 inches high.


 

For more information visit the FAQs or contact commercialwaste@saccounty.net

Recycling 

Law: Multifamily properties, with five or more units on one parcel, are required to arrange for recycling services.  Starting January 1, 2022, all Multifamily​ properties are required to arrange for recycling services.

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 hauler to learn more about acceptable/unacceptable items and how acceptable items must be prepared

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

How to Comply: Multifamily properties 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 section in the Recycling Compliance Form if your multifamily property utilizes one or more alternative recycling services:
    • ​Third-Party Recycler- The multifamily property contracts with a recycler, who is not a franchised hauler, who collects and recycles all generated recyclable material. All contracts between the multifamily property and each alternative service recycler must be retained on-site for verification during inspection.
    • Self-Haul - The multifamily property hauls its recyclable materials collected to a local recycling facility. Receipts must be retained on-site for verification during inspection. Note: If the multifamily 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 multifamily 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 multifamily places its recyclable material in another business/ or multifamily 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 multifamily property 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 multifamily does not have space for a 64-gallon cart, one of the smallest carts available. 64-gallon carts are approximately 25 inches wide x 32 inches deep x 42 inches​ high. 


 

For more information visit the FAQs or contact commercialwaste@saccounty.net


Contact Us

Email: commercialwaste@saccounty.net or call (916) 874-4200. Please provide your property's service address, business name, and phone number.


 

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