Garbage Collection Exemption

A customer may apply for a garbage collection exemption by submitting a completed “Request for Garbage Collection Exemption” form along with all applicable supporting documentation to the Waste & Recycling Department.  Within thirty (30) days of receipt of a completed application, City staff will review and approve or deny the application, according to the terms of the Garbage Collection Exemption Policy.  Until the owner receives notification that the City has approved the exemption application, the owner of record will remain liable to pay City for garbage collection services and any delinquent fees. The City may inspect the property periodically to ensure compliance with the exemption criteria.

There are three exemptions categories: 

1. Secondary Structure Exemptions

Owners of residential parcels bearing more than one (1) residential structure may request to exempt the secondary structure from City garbage collection service charges provided the following criteria is met:

  • Legal property owner must reside on property and the property must subscribe to the normal trash service level.
  • The secondary structure must be located on the same parcel as the primary structure, must be detached from the primary structure, must have a permanent foundation, and must be less than one thousand square feet (1,000 ft2) in area.

2. Self-haul Exemptions

Owners may qualify to collect or haul refuse by means other than the City-provided services if they satisfy the following criteria:

  • Any person entitled to self-haul their solid waste may remove or may cause to be removed from premises occupied by that person or under their control, such solid waste as is created or produced on such premises upon compliance with the provisions of this Section.
  • Only the owner or occupant, or the employees of such owner or occupant, shall make such removal.
  • All vehicles used in carrying out such removal shall be owned by, or under the exclusive control of, the owner or occupant, and such vehicles and activities shall meet all the requirements of this Chapter and all other laws and ordinances of the State of California and the City relating to solid waste disposal.
  • Weekly receipts from a permitted solid waste disposal facility must be provided to the City's Utility Billing Department on a quarterly basis as proof of proper disposal.
  • Any person using a self-haul garbage exemption shall dispose of the garbage at a permitted transfer station or solid waste facility.

3. Other exemptions may be made for the following reasons

  • The customer has contracted with an authorized commercial hauler or franchised commercial hauler.
  • Such other exemptions as may be granted by the City Council by resolution.

Approved exemptions are valid for one year and are subject to renewal each year. An approved exemption is only valid for the current owner of a parcel and is not transferable.

An approved exemption only applies to residential solid waste charges. It does not exempt a property from storm drainage or Household Hazardous Waste Availability Fees.

Application Process:

To apply for a self-haul or secondary structure garbage collection exemption please complete this form or obtain a form by visiting the cashiers office at City Hall located at 8401 Laguna Palms Way.

Submit your completed forms to:
    City of Elk Grove
    Recycling and Waste Division
    Residential Recycling and Waste Division Coordinator 
    8401 Laguna Palms Way
    Elk Grove, CA 95758

If the City of Elk Grove's Community Enhancement Division determines that a Code violation has occurred because a specific property's trash or yard debris is creating a nuisance or threatening public health, any approved Garbage Exemption request will be immediately rescinded, trash carts will be delivered, and billing will commence in accordance with the terms prior to the exemption approval.

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