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, of which 15% is food waste, 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, 2019, all businesses that generate four (4) cubic yards of solid 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 solid waste per week, then WasteRight Sacramento can help!


Food waste includes:

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


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

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If your business generates four cubic yards of solid 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:

Think before You Scrape

Frequently Asked Questions

AB 1826 Full Text

CalRecycle: Food Scraps Management

ReFED: Unlocking Value Through Food Waste Reduction

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services: Produce for All

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services: Groceries Feed the Hungry

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services: Distribution

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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:


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.