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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. 


Recycling 

Law: Multifamily properties, with five or more units on one parcel, 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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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" wide x 32" deep x 42" high. 

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


Organics

Law: Multifamily properties ​that subscribe to four or more cubic yards of garbage and recycling service combined per week are required to arrange for organics (green waste only) material recycling services. 

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

Green Waste, Landscaping Trimmings, and Clean wood
 

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:
    1. Third-Party Recycler
      The multifamily property contracts with a recycler, who is not a franchised hauler, who collects and recycles all generated organic material (green waste only). 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.
    2. Self-Haul
      The multifamily property hauls its organic materials (green waste only) collected to a local organic recycling facility. Receipts must be retained on-site for verification during inspection.
    3. Backhaul
      The multifamily hauls its organic materials (green waste only) 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.
    4. Shared Container
      The multifamily places its organic materials (green waste only) 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" wide x 32" deep x 42" high.

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


Commercial Services

Sacramento County's Department of Waste Management & Recycling (DWMR) regulates commercial solid waste collection services and recycling requirements mandated by the State of California. DWMR 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. 

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 Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQGs). CESQGs must call (916) 876-9458 to make an appointment for material disposal and must pay CESQG fees, depending upon the material type.  Cash, check, or credit cards are all accepted. For more information on CESQG requirements, review our Solid Waste Acceptance Policy or contact NARS HHW center at 916-876-9458.  

​​CESQGs 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@saccounty.net for more information and permitting.

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


Contacts

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


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