Gonzales has a diverse business culture. Many small businesses thrive as locals enjoy shopping their neighborhood stores. Gonzales is also a center for world class AgTech businesses such as Taylor Farms. As part of the City's Economic Development Department, the City continues to promote economic opportunities and activities, meet with business owners and work with consultants on related research and reporting for the present and the future of a robust local business community.

The City of Gonzales provides and bills for the following utility services for all businesses in the community:

  • Water & Sewer Service
  • Trash & Recycling Service

To initiate these services for your business, visit our staff at Gonzales City Hall at 147 Fourth Street, Gonzales, CA 93926. To make changes or updates to your existing service, call 831-675-5000 Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Trash & Recycling Service for Businesses in Gonzales

Commercial Service includes garbage, mixed recycling, and cardboard recycling service. Rates are based on trash container size and collection frequency. 

Do you need a larger mixed recycling container for your business?  Tri-Cities Disposal & Recycling has them and they can be added at no additional charge. Call Tri-Cities Disposal & Recycling at 888-678-6798 

Watch a short instructional video about commercial & business recycling in Gonzales.

Haga clic aquí para instrucciones de reciclaje para los dueños de negocios en Gonzales.

Waste reduction and recycling consulting services are available from Tri-Cities Disposal & Recycling at no extra charge. 

Garbage disposal costs money! Every cubic yard of recyclable material that your business moves from its waste stream into a cardboard or mixed recycling cart can have a direct effect on your bottom line.

Taking advantage of this valuable, free service could save your business hundreds if not thousands of dollars per year. Call Tri-Cities Disposal & Recycling at 888-678-6798 for more information.

State of California (CalRecycle) Requirements for Businesses & Multi-family Complexes

SB 1383 Reduction of Short-lived Climate Pollutants

In September 2016, Governor Brown signed SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016), establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California’s economy. The bill codifies the California Air Resources Board’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy, established pursuant to SB 605 (Lara, Chapter 523, Statutes of 2014), in order to achieve reductions in the statewide emissions of short-lived climate pollutants. Actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants are essential to address the many impacts of climate change on human health, especially in California’s most at-risk communities, and on the environment.

SB 1383 Requirements:

  • Businesses must arrange for organics recycling service and provide interior collection containers.

  • Recycling containers must be placed adjacent to trash containers, easily accessible, and clearly marked.

  • Local government must monitor containers to minimize prohibited container contaminants.

  • Enforcement actions may result for non-compliant entities.

For more information on SB 1383, visit the CalRecycle website


AB 1826 Mandatory Organics Recycling for Businesses, Multi-family, and Public Entities

AB 1826 went into effect in January of 2016.  The law requires businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. This law also requires that on and after January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions across the state implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste generated by businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units. Organic waste (also referred to as organics) means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. This law phases in the mandatory recycling of commercial organics over time, while also offering an exemption process for rural counties. In particular, the minimum threshold of organic waste generation by businesses decreases over time, which means that an increasingly greater proportion of the commercial sector will be required to comply.

AB 1826 Requirements:

  • A business, multi-family complex, or public entity must implement an organics recycling service and divert organic waste if it generates 2 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week (total for trash, recycling, and organics).

For more information on AB 1826, visit the CalRecycle website


AB 827 Commercial and Organic Waste Recycling Bins

California’s Legislature, through AB 827 (McCarty, 2019), amended two existing laws - the Mandatory Commercial Recycling law, commonly referred to as MCR, and the Mandatory Commercial Recycling Organics Recycling law, commonly referred to as MORe. AB 827 is intended to educate and involve consumers in achieving the state’s recycling goals by requiring businesses subject to MCR and/or MORe to make recycling and/or organic recycling bins available to customers.

AB 827 Requirements:

  • Businesses must provide customers with recycling and/or organics recycling collection bins or containers to collect recyclable materials generated from products purchased on the premises.


AB 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling

California State Law AB 341 (2011) requires commercial entities that generate four or more cubic yards of waste per week and all multi-family complexes of five or more units to implement recycling programs. Blue cart and cardboard recycling are included in the price of your commercial service. Tri-Cities Disposal & Recycling has recycling and waste diversion experts on staff who will be happy to assist your business or apartment complex with implementing a recycling program (888-678-6798). For more information on AB 341, visit the CalRecycle web site.


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