Solid and Organic Waste Recycling

​​Business Recycling Ordinance: The Sacramento Regional Solid Waste Authority (SWA) Business Recycling Ordinance requires businesses in the City of Sacramento and the unincorporated area of Sacramento County keep designated recyclables including cardboard, office paper and beverage containers separate from the garbage.

​​​All businesses and all non-residential properties who subscribe to garbage service of four (4) cubic yards or greater per week are required to have a recycling program.  For information and resources, see the SWA Business Recycling web site at: Business Recycling

Multi-Family recycling ordinance: The Sacramento Regional Solid Waste Authority’s (SWA)  Multi-Family Recycling Ordinance that requires any multi-unit apartment/condo complex, senior housing/care facilities, mobile home parks, and multi-storied residential units that have five or more residential dwelling units, located in the City of Sacramento and the unincorporated area of Sacramento County have a recycling program. For information and resources, see the SWA Multifamily Recycling webpage here: Multifamily Recycling

In 2015, the Sacramento Regional Solid Waste Authority adopted an ordinance to comply with the new organic (food) waste recycling requirements adopted in Assembly Bill 1826.  As of April 1, 2016, businesses with certain organic/food waste thresholds are required to divert organic wastes from disposal into landfills. ​For information​,​ go to: WasteRightSac​

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery’s (Cal Recycle) role is to increase the diversion of organic materials away from landfills and toward the development of useful products such as compost, fertilizers, and biofuels. Organic waste makes up approximately a third of the material going into landfills, which creates Greenhouse gas emission when these material decompose.  Cal Recycle is responsible for regulating and overseeing local municipalities that manage solid and organic wastes. Cal Recycle also has industry specific food waste recycling tips for health care, hotels/restaurants, stadiums/events, households, and colleges/universities/schools. More information can be found at the Cal recycle web site

The Commercial Climate Calculator was developed as part of the Cost Study on Commercial Recycling. This calculator is designed for virtually any California business or multifamily complex to assess the financial, climate change, and waste reduction/environmental benefits of reducing and recycling their discarded materials. In doing so, businesses can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, keep reusable and recyclable material out of landfills, and save money by reducing trash disposal costs. This planning tool also provides users with the flexibility to customize disposal and recycling scenarios if they have more specific information available. Visit the CalRecycle​​ Commercial Climate Calculator at:​​.​​​​