Business Requirements

Businesses are required to have containers and service of sufficient number, size, and frequency for all materials generated. Business owners and managers must maintain clean waste collection areas and divert recyclable material from their waste stream.

Businesses are periodically inspected for compliance by the Sacramento County Environmental Enforcement Department and should maintain records that include the following documentation:

  • Copies of collection service agreements or self-haul certification
  • Map or list of recycling collection points
  • Education or training materials​

In the downtown and midtown areas, commercial garbage and recycling containers are to be kept with lids closed and locked when not in use.

Mandatory Recycling

Businesses that subscribe to four (4) or more cubic yards of waste per week must have a recycling program. Recyclable material may be collected by a SWA-franchised hauleran Authorized Recycler, or self-hauled to a recycling center.

At a minimum, businesses must recycle all materials covered by the mandatory recycling law. These include: cardboard, paper, glass food and beverage containers, metal (aluminum and steel) food and beverage containers, and rigid plastic food and beverage containers.

Ask your recycling service provider what materials they accept.

Do not place food scraps, plastic bags, textiles (clothing, rags, etc.,) non-recyclable materials (polystyrene and foam packaging, paint, and light bulbs) or hazardous waste in the recycling container. 

Mandatory Organics Recycling

Businesses that subscribe to four (4) or more cubic yards of waste per week must have an organics recycling program. Organics includes food scraps and landscape waste. Organic material may be collected by a SWA-franchised hauleran Authorized Recycler, or self-hauled to a recycling center.

Most haulers will require you to place landscape material in a separate container from your food scraps. Ask your recycling service provider what materials they accept.

Never place glass, plastic,​ metal, paper, cardboard, hazardous waste, or trash in your organics containers. 


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