New Organics Recycle Law for Businesses and Multi-Family Complexes (State Law AB1826)

Heading this AB1826 project is Sacramento Regional Solid Waste Authority. The Business and Multi-Family Ordinance requires all commercial properties to separate recyclable materials from garbage waste. As established by April 1, 2016, businesses meeting certain thresholds are required to divert organic material. The deadline for implementation of recycling is January 1, 2017 for any generator of 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week.

For recycling services in compliance with AB1826 businesses may use franchised haulers, authorized recyclers or can self-haul recyclables to the recycling center. ​

Food Waste Toolbox:​​

Hauler and Recycler List:​


SMUD:Shine Awards

​In honor of SMUD's 70th year of powering your community, they have launched the new community scholarship program called "Shine". With this, it will help you request funding for projects that will improve or revitalize local neighborhoods and help them Shine. Awards range from $5,000 to $100,000.  Eligible project types include: neighborhood improvement, STEM education, energy efficiency, and beautification.​


Contact Info: Kim Tucker 916-217-6736 or



Mobile Food Facility Placarding Starts January 2017!

Effective January 1, 2017, the Green-Yellow-Red (GYR) placarding program will include food trucks, also known as Mobile Food Facilities (MFFs). Similar to the existing GYR placard program for fixed food facilities, the program will provide a clear and easily recognizable means of determining the food safety status of the MFF.


Less Toxic Alternatives for Pest Control

Now that we're getting into the "spring of things", are you seeing more bugs crawling in and around your home or garden? Although pesticides are commonly used to get rid of pests, they can pollute our creeks and rivers. Toxic chemicals in pesticides can be washed away by rain water or sprinkler runoff sending those pollutants into a nearby storm drain. Once in the drain, those toxins end up in a nearby creek or river, which is home to many plants and aquatic life.

Before using pesticides find way to know what bugs are good for your garden. Take the steps and time to: know friendly bugs, know that chemicals can kill the good and bad bugs, use attracting plans for the good bugs, and understand that the good bugs will control the population of bad bugs.

For pest management ideas visit the Integrated Pest Management Program:​​​



2017 Annual SB Awards Ceremony

The business community and the public are invited to celebrate the recipients of the Annual Sacramento Area Sustainable Business (SB) Awards.

​Where: Tsakopoulos Library Galleria (828 I Street).

When: 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 20, 20217

The event is free; register today here.​


Presented by the Business Environmental Resource Center (BERC), the event features a green business expo with a continental breakfast, networking, and informational outreach tables, along with an awards ceremony.

This year's keynote speaker is Patrick Mulvaney, of Mulvaney's B&L Restaurant and Culinary Specialist Catering Company.

The ceremony recognizes top environmentally proactive Sacramento area businesses whose work practices demonstrate an outstanding commitment to enhancing sustainability. BERC's SB Program is the region's benchmark for achieving sustainable practices.

Since its establishment in 2007, the program has performed more than 515 certifi­cations and has awarded 205 unique businesses.