Workshop for Businesses Required to Subscribe to Services

Sacramento County, CA (MPG)  |  By Susan Peters, Sacramento County Supervisor

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Regional Solid Waste Authority (SWA) will be holding a workshop on Tuesday, August 13, to seek input on code changes intended to increase generator waste compliance levels in accordance with mandates required by the State of California.  These mandates will affect all businesses that generate four or more cubic yards per week of all solid waste (including trash, recycling and organics).

The SWA needs business engagement and consensus on developing workable solutions to be successful in meeting these state mandates.  Both Sacramento County and the City of Sacramento are under intense compliance pressure from the California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery (CalRecycle) to achieve greater compliance with existing commercial sector recycling regulations as a result of the Mandatory Commercial Recycling Act (AB 341) adopted by the California Legislature and implemented by CalRecycle.  It requires recycling by all businesses that generate four or more cubic yards of solid waste per week.  In addition, AB 1826 requires businesses generating 4 or more cubic yards of trash and recycling to recycle their organic waste.

Currently, SWA code allows businesses to decline recycling services from their trash service provider and seek those services elsewhere.  The proposed plan would require SWA franchisees to provide recycling and organics services to a business unless that business provides documentation their recycling services are provided by another recycler or by self-hauling.

The workshop on requiring businesses to subscribe to services for trash, recycling and organics will held at 1 pm in the County Board Chambers, 700 I Street, in downtown Sacramento.  If you have questions, please email SWAInfo@saccounty.net.