Residential Curbside Collection Rates & Fees


Current Rates

Proposed Rate Increases

The Sacramento County Department of Waste Ma​nagement and Recycling is proposing a solid waste rate increase for residential​ customers.  The County is committed to providing reliable service at the lowest possible rates.  Since July 2010, the County has not raised the residential curbside collection rates. 

Rate Increase Frequently Asked Questions​

For the first time in 10 years, the Department of Waste Management and Recycling is requesting that residential rates be increased. Currently, residential solid waste collection services are operating at a loss, and reserves are being used to make up the difference. Rates are being increased to offset the following:

  • The rising cost of doing business since 2010 due to inflation.
  • The increased cost to process recyclables and green waste collected at the curb.
  • The cost to increase collection of residential food and green waste (organics) from bi-weekly to weekly beginning in 2022, in order to comply with new State law mandating the diversion of food waste away from the landfill.
  • The cost of a new transfer building at our North Area Recovery Station (NARS) for the handling of residential organics and the growing volume of garbage.
  • The cost to continue providing monthly residential street sweeping services

If the residential rate increase is approved, the Department of Waste Management and Recycling will implement the following new rate structure:

  • Customers will pay for service based on the size of the garbage cart
  • One recycle cart and one green waste cart, up to 90 gallons each, will be part of that service
  • Additional recycling carts will be charged an extra fee. This is a change from the old structure where all recycling carts were provided at no additional charge
  • Additional green waste carts will be charged an extra fee. However, fees for a 2nd green waste cart will not be collected until on or after January 1, 2022. This is a change from the old structure where two green waste carts were provided at no additional charge
  • Beginning in 2022, green waste and food waste (organics) collection frequency will be increased from every other week to weekly
  • All other services provided to you will not change

If approved, the proposed rate increase will be phased-in over a four-year period, as shown in the table below.​ 

Standard Service Rates by Garbage Cart Size

​Garbage Cart Size
​Current Rates
(July 1, 2010)
​February​ 1, 2021
​July 1, 2021
​July 1, 2022
​July 1, 2023
​July 1, 2024
​30 gallon
​60 gallon
​90 gallon

Each service subscription level above includes:
  • One cart for recycling (up to 90 gallons)
  • One cart for green waste (up to 90 gallons)
  • One bulky waste pick up per calendar year by appointment
  • Weekly curbside pick-up of used motor oil, used motor oil filters, and used cooking oil collected on your garbage day
  • Drop-off services for Household Hazardous Waste at several area facilities

Combined, these services are the standard level of service covered by the rates above.

​​Extra Carts
​Current Rates
(July 1, 2010)
​February 1, 2021
​July 1, 2021
​July 1, 2022
July 1, 2023
​​​July 1, 2024
​Green Waste*
​No Charge

*Currently, there is no charge for a second green waste cart. When collection frequency increases from bi-weekly to weekly, on or after January 1, 2022, the extra charge will apply to a second cart.​​

Rates for Sacramento County Waste Management & Recycling Department customers are very competitive with other garbage/recycling rates in this area. County residents currently pay less for garbage and recycling services than residents of the cities of Davis, Folsom, Sacramento, and West Sacramento. If the proposed rates are approved, Sacramento County residents will still be competitive with other garbage and recycling rates in the area. 

The following presents comparable rates per month per household for the standard level of service as of July 1, 2020 for other area jurisdictions:

  • City of Citrus Heights: $22.15
  • City of Elk Grove: $28.32
  • City of Davis: $42.85
  • City of Folsom: $30.00
  • City of Rancho Cordova: $24.95​
  • City of Sacramento: $42.79
  • City of West Sacramento: $28.28
  • County of Sacramento: $23.55
    (Proposed 2-1-21: $36.96)​

Residential garbage and green waste rates have not been raised since 2010, and recycling has been provided at no charge to customers.

However, there have been regular rate increases for other services shown on your consolidated County utility bill. For example, Sewer fees have increased steadily each year at an average rate of 3.6% per year (a total increase of 43% since 2010) and Water service fees (for metered accounts) have increased at an average rate of 3.2% each year (a total increase of 37% since 2010).

Our low-income customers are currently eligible to receive up to $60 per year in rebates on their garbage and recycling bill. 

For more information on the Solid Waste Lifeline Rate Assistance Program, and to find out if you qualify, please contact Consolidated Utilities Billing and Service at 916-875-5555, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Current, approved green waste exemptions will remain in effect until January 1, 2022, or until State mandated residential curbside organics (food waste and green waste) collection begins.

If you oppose the proposed rate increase, your protest must be submitted in writing to be considered, even if you plan to participate in the public hearing.

If a majority of parcel owners submit written protests, the proposed rate increase will not be implemented. Your written protest must be received prior to the public hearing on December 8, 2020, 2:00 p.m. Emails, faxes, or photocopied letters are not accepted.

Protests must include the parcel owner’s name and service address. Written protests must be mailed to:

County of Sacramento
P.O. Box 279420
Sacramento, CA 95827-9420

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed rate increases on December 8, 2020, 2:00 PM at the Sacramento County Administration Center in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 700 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. 

To voice your opinion on this matter, you may send written comments to​, or call 916-875-2500 to make a verbal comment during the hearing on December 8, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.

Please contact Consolidated Utilities Billing and Service at 916-875-6668, or email us at