Sonoma County Waste Management Agency
About the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency:
The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency, formed in April 1992, is the joint powers authority of the nine incorporated cities and the County of Sonoma. The mission of the agency is waste diversion required by State law AB939 to reduce the amount of landfilled waste in the following areas: municipal yard debris, wood waste, household hazardous waste, education and planning.
Since 1988, Sonoma County has reduced its per capita trash by half. However, Sonoma County could still achieve significantly higher diversion as it is estimated that about 70% of what is currently landfilledcould be recovered for recycling or for composting.
Agency programs include:
- Municipal composting program where curbside yard debris and veggie scraps are turned into compost at the Central Disposal Site by the Agency's contractor, Sonoma Compost Company.
- Hazardous waste program for residents and businesses for proper disposal of items like paint, garden chemicals, automotive fluids, etc.
- Eco-Desk 565-DESK(3375) Answering questions about recycling, hazardous waste and other disposal issues.
- Sonoma County Recycling Guide (English and Spanish versions) The Guide is a 32-pages comprehensive resource about Hazardous Waste Disposal options, CRV redemption sites for bottles & cans, curbside recycling, used motor oil drop-off recycling, A-Z Reuse & Recycling and much more! Call the Eco-Desk to get a printed copy or visit our web site to view the online page-flip Guide at http://www.recyclenow.org/recycling/recycling_guide.asp. Also, look for the Guide printed in the AT&T Yellow Pages under Recycling.
- Monthly electronic recycling events to make it convenient to drop off computer equipment, consumer electronics, TVs, office equipment and kitchen/household appliances.
New State Recycling Requirement for businesses, including government offices & schools, & multifamily dwellings
With the passage of AB 341, businesses are required to recycle on and after July 1, 2012. The purpose of the law is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste to recycling efforts. According to the State, the commercial sector generates nearly three fourths of the solid waste in California. What can be recycled will vary by business. However, this effort targets mainly single-stream recycling where paper and bottles and cans are mixed together.
Free resources to help you comply with the new law. The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency offers a variety of free services and assistance to help you recycle and compost properly. Available to you are staff visits to assess your individual waste needs and help you save money, Sonoma County Recycling Guide English and/or Spanish versions, posters for single-stream recycling and recycling containers for indoor use. For details, visit http://www.recyclenow.org/business/commercial.asp