Commercial Organics Recycling


Starting this year, Roseville will begin implementing an organics recycling program based on the state of California law, AB 1826. New law requires businesses to recycle organic waste, including food scraps and yard trimmings, starting April 1, 2016. This law aims to keep organic waste out of landfills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and bolster alternative energy by diverting this waste to create renewable energy. Cal Recycle will be implementing and overseeing this new mandate. 

Businesses will be phased into the program based on the amount of organic waste generated by each individual business. Here is the breakdown:


Threshold to arrange for organic waste recycling services

April 1, 2016         

Businesses that generate 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week

January 1, 2017

Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week 

January 1, 2019 

Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week            

Summer/Fall 2021

Businesses that generate 2 cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week

Proposed new service and rate schedule

Environmental Utilities has initiated a Proposition 218 process to develop a rate schedule to fund this new service.  Contained within the Proposition 218 notice is the service details and a proposed rate schedule.  As part of this process, Environmental Utilities is hosting an open house to provide additional information about the service and proposed rate structure on:

February 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.
City of Roseville Corporation Yard
2005 Hilltop Circle

The City will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 to consider the adoption of the propose rates for this newly required solid waste service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why organics recycling in Roseville?
In order to comply with state law, the City of Roseville will implement a phased approach program to source separate organic waste material. AB 1826 has benefits towards achieving local and statewide diversion goals.  Organic recycling will help the state reach its statewide diversion goal of 75 percent. Based on a statewide study, about 30 percent of total disposal is compostable/digestible. The new law presents opportunities for the City of Roseville, including the development of a waste-to-energy plant to generate renewable energy resources for utility operations, thereby reducing carbon emissions and impacts to the environment.

How will businesses comply with the new law?
Roseville will institute a new program specifically for organics recycling beginning April 1, 2016.

What if I already source separate organics?

Customers who already source separate their organic waste using a third-party disposal company can continue to do so until their current contract ends. 

Can I use a separate business for organic recycling?
Those that already source separate organics using third-party can continue to do so.  Following the expiration of current contracts, businesses must use the City’s program.

Why is there a cost for this service?
The new law is an unfunded state mandate.  As a result, local jurisdictions across the state will be required to develop and fund a program based on cost of service.  The city is developing a funding strategy, compliant with Proposition 218, to recover costs associated with implementing the program.

How can I reduce costs for solid waste?
Roseville’s solid waste utility will work directly with business customers to develop a refuse-collection strategy that balances the need to comply with state law while also keeping cost of service as low as possible.

Will the cost be tied to the thresholds?
Yes, customers will only be charged for the service as they are phased into the program.

Will Roseville provide exemptions to the organics waste service?
Yes, only for those businesses that have landscape contractors who already source separate lawn clippings and other green waste or if you already use a third-party disposal company.  In either case, written proof is required.

What items are considered organic waste?
Some examples of items that must be placed in a separate organics collection container include:
• Fruits and vegetables
• Meat, poultry, and seafood
• Coffee grinds/filters and teabags
• Grains (rice, pasta, and bread)
• Bakery items
• Dairy

Is yard waste part of this new service?
Yard waste must be recycled under the new organics collection rules.  Typically, commercial customers use an outside landscape contractor that includes disposal service.  In the event you don’t have this service provided, please contact us.

How do I obtain containers to source separate organics?
The City will be contacting customers as they are phased into the program.  Based on levels of service   needed and space constraints, the size and service will be determined at that time.  The Solid Waste collection containers will be provided by the City, however, any special kitchen sorting or in store containers will need to be obtained by the business. 

Where will the organics waste be processed?
Work is underway right now to determine how the organics will be processed once we pick it up as part of your service.  Part of our evaluation is developing a partnership that provides the best value.

Will there be a central collection for strip malls?
The City will be contacting strip mall management as each is phased into the program.  Based on levels of service needed and space constraints, the location will be determined at that time. 

Will Environmental Utilities offer training before the program is implemented?
Yes, those interested in understanding how the program works specific to your business can contact us to learn more.

Contact us
City of Roseville
Solid Waste Division
(916) 774-5780


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