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Commercial Service

The City has an exclusive franchise waste agreement with Recology Davis to collect trash, recyclables, organics, yard material piles, and perform street sweeping within the city limits. A variety of bin sizes and service levels are available. More information on monthly solid waste rates. Billing for these services is handled by the City's Finance Department. Recology Davis offers basic organics collection service and unlimited recycling service no extra cost to all customers that subscribe to garbage service.

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AB 341 – Mandatory Commercial Recycling
AB 1826: Mandatory Organics Recycling
Don't Throw Your Profits Out In The Trash!
Recycling Is Easy As 1, 2, 3!
Free Recycling Containers

101 Waste Reduction Tips for Businesses
Recycling Poster for Businesses
Food Donation Best Practices

Businesses in Davis have recycling carts located in or near their trash enclosures. There are two different recycling carts: one for mixed paper and one for plastic, glass and metal containers. Cardboard should be flattened and stacked on the ground for pick-up next to the recycling carts. Some businesses have a bin for cardboard—please be sure to flatten your cardboard before placing in the bin.

Recycling is not just the right thing to do, it's also the law.

California Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law (AB 341)

California State law AB 341 requires all businesses that generate 4 or more cubic yards of waste each week and all multi-family communities with 5 or more units to have recycling service. If your business falls under AB 341 and does not have recycling service, there are two simple options available to meet the requirements of State law:

  1. Contact Recology Davis (756-4646) to request recycling carts (no extra charge for this service).
  2. Arrange to collect and donate, sell and/or self-haul recyclables to recycling facilities as allowed under Davis Municipal Code 32.01.030.

For more information, see the Mandatory Commercial Recycling Guide or visit the CalRecycle Mandatory Commercial Recycling webpage.

California Mandatory Organics Recycling Law (AB 1826)

California State law AB 1826 requires all businesses that generate 4 or more cubic yards of waste each week to arrange for organic recycling services. Please be sure to remind employees, landscapers and maintenance staff that landscape trimmings, food scraps and food soiled paper may not be placed in the trash. 

One organics cart is included with regular trash service for no additional fees. However, depending on the amount of organic waste your businesses produces, you may need more than one organics cart. Additional carts and more frequent service is available (additional fees apply). More information on Commercial Organics Collection Service in Davis. 

For more information, see the Mandatory Commercial Recycling Guide or visit the CalRecycle Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling webpage.

City of Davis Municipal Code

Davis Municipal Code 32.01.065 requires that trash, recycling and organic materials be separated and placed into the correct Recology Davis bins.  Recyclables and organics should never be placed in the trash and trash cannot be placed in the recycling or organics carts.

Don't Throw Your Profits Out In The Trash!

Unlimited recycling service provided at no extra charge with regular trash service in Davis. This means that you may be able to save money on your garbage bill if you recycle more and decrease the amount of trash you produce.

Want some help? Both Recology Davis and the City of Davis Public Works Recycling Program offer free recycling assessments for all Davis businesses. By looking at the type of waste you produce and your business set-up, they can offer suggestions and advice about how to reduce your waste, increase your recycling and save you money. Contact Recology Davis at 756-4646 or email to set up an appointment.

Here’s a list of some of the other FREE services that the City Recycling Program offers:

  • FREE recycling posters (while supplies last)
  • FREE recycling labels (while supplies last)
  • FREE recycling fliers (while supplies last)
  • FREE recycling presentations to your employees, community group, school, etc.
  • FREE downloadable posters, fliers and more!

Recycling Is Easy As 1, 2, 3!

  1. Easy to see: Recycling should be convenient and obvious. Easy-to-read labels are extremely important. Consider purchasing clear containers that allow people to see what can be placed inside. Specialized lids that limit what can be placed inside can further reduce contamination of recyclables.
  2. Easy to find: Place a recycling container next to each garbage receptacle to prevent recyclables from ending up in the trash. Be sure the trash and recycling containers are clearly labeled.  Place paper recycling bins next to desks, copy machines, printers, fax machines and mailboxes. Place recycling bins for bottles and cans in break rooms, near vending machines and near refrigerators.
  3. Easy to remember: Let your staff know where your recycling containers are and encourage them to place recyclables in the proper place. Integrate recycling information into your new employee training and have quick recycling reminders during staff meetings.

Free Recycling Containers

Free recycling containers are available from CalRecycle. California businesses can fill out a simple form online at to request a free recycling container. Fill out the online form to receive a free recycling container, posters, and information on starting a successful recycling program.

Make Recycling YOUR Business!

For all scheduling or pick-up questions: Recology Davis 530.756.4646

For solid waste, recycling, composting, other questions: City of Davis Public Works Utilities and Operations Department 530.757.5686

For Billing Information: City of Davis Finance Department 530.757.5651

Sanitation Rate Information