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State and Local Waste Policies

There are many laws, regulations, and ordinances surrounding waste disposal. Laws are created from legislative bills originally introduced by the federal or state legislatures. Regulations are the standards and rules adopted by administrative agencies to govern how laws will be enforced. Ordinances are more locally specific, passed by the County or a Municipality.

However these are all considered "policies", and they are used to govern how waste is transported, recycled, reused, or disposed.

Please see below for a list of policies affecting the residents and businesses of Sonoma County. Policies have been grouped into four general categories:

  • Recycling and Waste Reduction
  • Organics and Composting
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction and Planning