There’s a new food-waste recycling law for businesses. Here’s what you need to know

Attention local businesses: Your food waste now has to be processed differently.

Starting July 1, businesses and commercial properties in the City of Sacramento and unincorporated areas of Sacramento County that subscribe to two cubic yards or more per week of garbage and recycling services (combined) are required by State law to separate organic material from their garbage for recycling.

Organic material includes food waste, food-soiled paper, green waste/landscaping trimmings and untreated wood (no paint, no stain, etc.).

“The new law will help save space in landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, so every Californian will see the long-term benefits,” said Jesa David from the City of Sacramento’s Recycling and Solid Waste Division. “We’re working to ensure businesses understand how to comply with this new statewide mandate.”

This law affects all business types, not just those that sell food.

The City and County of Sacramento recently hosted a webinar to provide information to businesses and commercial properties about the new mandatory organics recycling laws. The recording is available online here (passcode: gG49TH^C).

For additional information, please contact your franchised waste hauler, visit the City’s website or visit

This same State law goes into effect for residents in 2022. Residents will be required to comply with the new organics mandate by disposing of their food and organic waste into their green waste bin (formerly only for yard waste).

The City will provide education and resources for residents before the change goes into effect in mid-2022, David said.

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