San Joaquin County Solid Waste Division offers and administers a wide range of business oriented services. Click each topic below for more information. 

All users of San Joaquin County (County) disposal sites listed below must pay a disposal fee, except for those who have been authorized to use the Prepaid Deposit Plan:

The Prepaid Deposit Plan allows non-cash customers to pay an advance deposit in order to use a County disposal site without having to pay in full at the time of tipping for disposal fees. This enables the customer to "draw" from the account during the month as waste is brought to the site.

The County will keep a monthly record of the waste quantities disposed and the corresponding disposal fees associated. At the end of each month, the County will subtract the total monthly disposal fees from the advance deposit. The customer is then billed monthly for this amount. Payment is due by the end of the month in which the bill was submitted.

The amount of deposit required (for each disposal site used) is determined by the following schedule:

Prepaid Deposit Schedule

Average Monthly ChargePrepaid Deposit Required
$0 - $50$ 150
$51 - $150$ 450
$151 - $300$ 600
$301 - $500$ 1,000
$501 - $1,000$ 2,000
Over $1,001Minimum of $3,000 OR average monthly charge rounded to nearest $100

CalMAX is a networking catalog designed to help businesses find markets for non-hazardous materials they have traditionally discarded. CalMAX helps businesses, industries, and institutions save resources and money. The old saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure" works for businesses, schools, and industry, too!

For more information visit the California Integrated Waste Management Board at

SEE Commercial Recycling

San Joaquin County prides itself on being a green, sustainable community.  As a county, we have already achieved and surpassed California’s 50 percent waste diversion mandate, and are well on our way to meeting the 75 percent mandate before the 2020 deadline. As we look forward, new regulatory drivers, such as Assembly Bill 341 and Assembly Bill 1826, will provide the groundwork for an even more sustainable future.  

Further increasing the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste in our community means that everyone will have to pitch in and re-evaluate their disposal methods.  Commercial and multi-family properties, generating nearly 75% of the solid waste in California, have the greatest opportunity to reduce our waste impact.  Much of this waste—consisting of 50% recyclables and 35% food waste, green waste, and other organics—can be recycled into valuable new goods and materials.  For this reason, businesses and multi-family dwellings of five or more units have been required since 2012 to collect recycling, and will soon need to plan to add organics (food and green waste) recycling to their operations.

The current compliance requirements for each law are:

 Law Jan 1, 2017 Jan 1, 2019
 AB 341 -

 Mandatory Commercial 

 4 Cubic Yards per
 week of Trash

 4 Cubic Yards per
 week of Trash

 AB 1826 - 
 Mandatory Organics Recycling

 4 Cubic Yards per
 week of Organics
 4 Cubic Yards per
 week of Trash


Also See: Master Gardener Program


The purpose of the Landscape Management Outreach  Partnership (LMOP) is to diminish green waste generation and disposal in local waste sheds, assist local jurisdictions' efforts to comply with mandated diversion requirements, and promote the use of recycled organic products in urban landscapes.

The LMOP aims to:

  • Diminish the generation of green waste in landscaping
  • Reduce disposal of green waste in local landfills and watersheds
  • Assist local jurisdictions in establishing green waste management programs
  • Promote the use of recycled organics products in urban landscapes

The LMOP accomplishes this largely through offering workshops and hands-on demonstrations to public agencies, institutions, and large commercial properties.  LMOP hopes to encourage landscape architects, planners, landscape contractors, and other private sector partners to reduce, reuse, or recycle urban-derived organic materials (green waste).

Some ways to achieve the reduction of green waste include waste-efficient Landscape Management Practices such as:

  • Controlled irrigation
  • Precise fertilization
  • Grasscycling
  • Selective pruning
  • On-site composting and mulching
  • Proper organic materials application
  • Environmentally beneficial designs

LMOP Goals

  • Establish sustainable landscapes through the use of best management practices throughout San Joaquin County
  • Diminish yard waste generation
  • Reduce toxic run-off to the storm drain
  • Promote the use of recycled products in urban landscapes
  • Choose less-toxic products

Green Gardener Program
A component of Delta LMOP is the Green Gardener Program. This program provides a series of training classes, offered once per year, for landscape professionals. Successful completion of the program results in Qualification as a Green Gardener – a landscape professional trained and tested in up-to-date environmentally-friendly landscape practices.


The Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ), a program of CalRecycle, provides low interest loans and marketing assistance to businesses that process recyclable materials or use them in their products. The County of San Joaquin, including its seven cities, comprises one zone. RMDZ offers information on sustainability for all San Joaquin County businesses through programs such as Green Team San Joaquin, the Green Sustainable Business Certification,, and Buy Local, Buy Green.

San Joaquin County is one of 40 designated recycling market development zones within California. The RMDZ program, developed by CalRecycle, works with local jurisdiction to help them meet their 50 percent landfill diversion goals.

San Joaquin County RMDZ Mission
To divert significant quantities of recovered resources from San Joaquin County's landfills by stimulating usage of recycled materials by manufacturers by helping create local markets for recyclables and products made from recyclable materials.

What is RMDZ?

  • A three-way partnership between your business, local government, and CalRecycle.
  • A nexus of local landfill diversion and economic development efforts.
  • Loosely modeled after federal and state Enterprise Zones.
  • A program that gives you a competitive edge.


What RMDZ Does for You

  • Low interest loan program up to $2 million.
  • Active business development.
  • Increased demand for collected materials, not just diversion.


RMDZ Key Benefits That Work

  • Local, continuous and increasing demand for materials diverted from landfills.
  • Industrial jobs and tax revenues.
  • Net reduction in transportation costs to get materials to market.
  • Goes beyond "Command and Control" aspects of AB 939.


Who are the Players?

  • The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, Zone Administrator.
  • San Joaquin County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division.
  • CalRecycle and Business Assistance Staff.
  • Technical Assistance Division: technical assistance and program liaisons to zone administrators.
  • Loan divisions pre-screening and processing of loan applications.


Zone Administrator

  • Pivotal link between CalRecycle and recycling-based business.
  • "Local sales office" for the program.


Recycling-based Business

  • Competent, motivated processors and manufacturers willing to initiate or expand use of recycled feedstock.
  • Usually the biggest risk, take in an RMDZ loan deal.


Our thanks to Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce for the RMDZ information.

Solid Waste Administrative Office
1810 East Hazelton Avenue
Stockton, CA 95205
Phone: (209) 468-3066
Fax: (209) 468-3078
Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm
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