Assistance Programs

Free on-site waste assessment

Do you have questions or need someone to visit your business to perform a waste audit or assist with implementation of an on-site recycling program? Please call the Eco-Desk at (707) 565-3375 for more information.

Business Recognition Program

Sonoma Green Business Program
(707) 565-6470

The Sonoma Green Business Program is a partnership of government agencies and utilities that assist, recognize and promote local organizations, focusing on small-to-medium-sized consumer-oriented businesses that volunteer to operate in more environmentally responsible ways. To be certified, participants must be in compliance with environmental regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste.

Business Loan Program

Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ)
(707) 565-6455

Sonoma County is part of the CalRecycle's Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) program. Recycling Market Development Zones are for businesses that manufacture products using materials that would normally end up at the landfill. New or existing businesses in the county that use recycled materials as feed stock for manufacturing or that process recycled materials to increase their value as feed stock for other manufacturers may qualify for low-interest loans and other business assistance through the RMDZ program.

Hazardous Waste Program

Many items in your work environment contain hazardous materials, which means they can't be disposed of in the garbage.

The Household Toxics Facility and Community Toxics Collections are available for businesses that qualify as Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators per regulations (CCR Title 22 ยง66260.10), which are businesses that generate 100 kilograms (27 gallons liquid or 220 pounds solid) or less of hazardous waste per month.

Also, visit these pages for information on managing electronics, fluorescent lamps/CFLs, household batteries, mercury thermostats, paint, syringes/needles and treated wood.

Oil Containers

Mandatory Commercial Recycling

With the passage of AB 341 (Jobs and Recycling) on October 6, 2011, businesses are required to recycle. The purpose of the law is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste to recycling efforts. Learn more about the law and how to comply.

Is reusable transport packaging right for your business?

Reusable transport packaging replaces one-time (or limited-use) transport packaging with durable, reusable totes, bins and pallets. Reusables are typically made of durable wood, metal or plastic, which is resistant to chemicals and moisture and offers strong insulation. Designed for many years of use, the sturdy containers protect products, especially in rough shipping environments.

Find out if reusables make sense for your company with this Assessment Checklist and Cost Calculator Tool.