WasteRight Sacramento, Commercial Food Waste in its Right PlaceWasteRight Sacramento helps our businesses meet state mandates for diverting commercial food waste from landfill disposal and reduce greenhouse gasses.

Annually, waste haulers in the Sacramento area collect approximately 450,000 tons of commercial Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). Organic waste, including food waste, makes up 15% of that amount, and is the largest single contributing source to landfills. Food waste transported to landfills decomposes, releasing potent greenhouse gasses, especially methane, that contributes to climate change.

In October 2014, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826), directing local jurisdictions to divert commercial food waste from landfill disposal. Additionally, AB 1383 requires that 75% of organic waste be diverted from landfills by 2025.

Restaurant, hotel, hospital, school, shopIS MY BUSINESS AFFECTED?

Beginning January 1, 2017, all businesses that generate four (4) cubic yards of food waste per week are required to arrange for recycling services for organics.

Organics, including food waste, are recyclable through composting, mulching, producing animal feed and by using anaerobic digestion to produce renewable energy and fuels. All of these methods to reuse organics contribute to a strong and sustainable economy in the Sacramento region.

If your business or organization generates four (4) cubic yards of food waste per week, then WasteRight Sacramento can help!

WHAT IS FOOD WASTE?

Food waste includes:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Meat
  • Bread
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Tea Bags

WHAT IS ORGANIC WASTE?

Organic waste includes food waste (listed above) and:

  • Uncoated Food-Soiled Paper
    • Napkins
    • Paper Towels
    • Tissues
    • Formed Paper Packaging (egg cartons, etc.)
    • Some Paper Plates
    • Paper Cups
  • Green Waste
    • Pruning
    • Trimmings
    • Branches

Separate Food Waste from other waste & recycling. Food waste can be turned into compost, mulch or energy Image of food waste bins, truck and biodigester

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

If your business generates four cubic yards of organic waste per week, please contact your waste and recycling service provider and arrange for pickup of organic waste. Your service provider can supply information about WasteRight Sacramento to arrange for this service, and list specific materials accepted:

Atlas Disposal 

Imperial Western Products

ReConserve of California

Republic Services

Waste Management

Learn more about Sacramento Regional Solid Waste Authority (SWA) and Commercial Organics Recycling here:

AB 1826 Full Text

CalRecycle: Food Scraps Management

CalRecycle: Examples of Commercial Businesses (PDF)

ReFED: Unlocking Value Through Food Waste Reduction

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services: Produce for All

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services: Distribution

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CONTACT US

Do you live in the Sacramento region and have a question or comment about WasteRight Sacramento?

Please email the Sacramento Regional Solid Waste Authority at:

SWAinfo@SacCounty.net

The Sacramento Regional Solid Waste Authority (SWA) is a joint powers authority that oversees and regulates commercial waste management and recycling activities in the City of Sacramento and unincorporated Sacramento County. The SWA has developed WasteRight Sacramento in an effort to assist businesses in the Sacramento area to meet state organic waste diversion goals.