Business and Multi-Family Recycling Programs

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New Organics Recycling Law Added to the Recycling Programs

Organic Food RecyclingOrganic Tree Recycling Organic Compost Recycling

State law (AB1826) requires businesses and multi-family complexes to phase in recycling of organic waste.  For more information please visit .

Family Recycling imageThe Sacramento County Environmental Management Department (EMD) implements Title IV (business and multi-family recycling) of the Sacramento Regional Solid Waste Authority (SWA) code within the unincorporated area of Sacramento County and the City of Sacramento.

In addition, EMD also provides regulatory oversight of Title I of SWA Code, for commercial solid waste collection, transportation or disposal.

The SWA was formed in December 1992 to assume the responsibilities of the solid waste, recycling and disposal needs in the Sacramento area.

The SWA is an autonomous governmental organization, or Joint Powers Authority (JPA) funded by franchise fees and governed by a Board of Directors consisting of elected officials from the County and the member cities. Current members include the City of Sacramento and the unincorporated area of Sacramento County.

Program Overview

  • Businesses that subscribe to four (4) or more cubic yards of waste per week or Multi-Family properties that have five (5) or more dwelling units on a single parcel must have a recycling program that now includes organics recycling  PDF.
  • Multi-Family properties must meet a 30% Recycling Standard PDF .
  • EMD staff conducts on-site inspections at businesses and multi-family properties on behalf of the SWA.
  • Businesses and Multi-family properties must use recycling services by Franchised Haulers, Authorized Recyclers or Self Haul recyclables to a recycling center.
  • There are no fees as this program is funded entirely by SWA Franchise Fees.

Program Assistance

Have Questions?

For more program information, please contact:

Sacramento County Environmental Management Department
Environmental Compliance Division
Recycling Section
10590 Armstrong Avenue, Suite A
Mather, CA 95655-4153

916-875-8513 (fax)