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Thank you, Oakland Residents!
Recycling UP 33%
Landfill DOWN 27%
Since 2000 Oakland residents have recycled 700,000 tons of cans, bottles, magazines, junk mail, office paper, cardboard, yard trimmings and food scraps. The materials have been used by manufacturers to make new products, such as aluminum cans, glass bottles, newspaper, packaging products, and made into compost used to grow our food and restore California’s soils. Your recycling efforts have also saved essential resources such as forests, water and energy. And by recycling you have significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of pollution.
Residential Recycling Program
Residents in one- to four-unit buildings receive once-a-week pickup of recyclables and garbage. Oakland uses a three-cart system:
- The green cart is for yard trimmings and food scraps recycling.
- The gray cart is for bottles, cans, jars, paper and cardboard.
- The burgundy cart is for garbage and non-recyclables.
How to Get Service
- Residential garbage and yard trimmings are picked up once a week by Waste Management of Alameda County. Call (510) 613-8710 to subscribe for service or to request a cart.
- Residential Recycling is picked up by two service providers:
- North and West Oakland: Recycling service is provided by California Waste Solutions. Call (510) 836-6200 to subscribe for service or to request a cart.
- East Oakland: Recycling service is provided by Waste Management of Alameda County. Call (510) 613-8710 to subscribe for service or to request a cart.
- To ensure pick-up, all carts should be placed on the curb by 6:00 am on your scheduled pick-up day, unless you have backyard service, a medical exemption or live in a Multi-Family building (5-9 units).
- Holiday Collection Schedule (what happens when your service day is also a holiday)
Please keep these items out!
Some household products are considered hazardous and it is illegal to dispose of them in any of your three carts:
- Toxic chemicals found in your home
- Household batteries, florescent lamps, electronic devices, TV and computer monitors, mercury thermometers and switches
For a complete list of hazardous items and how to properly recycle or dispose of them, please visit www.stopwaste.org or call 1 (877) STOPWASTE.
- On Call Bulky Pick-up
Household appliances, tires and other large items
- Household Hazardous Waste
Disposal of automotive fluids, batteries, fluorescent tubes, bulbs and household hazardous waste
- Used Motor Oil & Filters
Get a free oil recycling kit, featuring two sturdy gallon jugs, easy instructions and a special oil-filter recycling bag
- Low Income Senior Discount
Multi-family Recycling Program
All multi-family buildings (5+ units) are required by state and local law to arrange for recycling services for residents. All residents in multi-family buildings or complexes may recycle bottles, cans, jars, rigid plastic containers, paper and cardboard. In Oakland, there's no need to sort recyclables into different containers, just keep all recyclables separate from trash! Click to see what items are accepted for recycling. For information about your recycling rights and requirements under the law, view the provisions of AB 341 at CalRecycle’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling website and view the Alameda County Ordinance 2012-1 at www.RecyclingRulesAC.org website.
If your apartment building does not have recycling service, or does not have enough recycling service, contact the City of Oakland Recycling Hotline at email@example.com, or (510) 238-SAVE (7283). (Tenants, managers or property owners may call; but final authorization of new or increased recycling services requires the approval of the property owner.)
Tips for a Successful Multi-Family Recycling Program:
- Post posters from the toolkit in shared areas, and clearly label recycling and garbage containers.
- Inform all residents that recycling is required. A sample memo is available upon request. Informational door hangers are also available upon request.
- Give new residents a welcome kit including a caddy (while supplies last), recycling information like the door hanger in the free toolkit.
- Give all tenants an annual participation reminder and thank-you.
- Report pickup problems promptly (make sure onsite manager or responsible resident knows how to report problems)
- Keep trash and recycling areas clean and safe
- Regularly check recycling containers just before your service day – if they are overflowing, request additional containers by contacting your hauler or the City of Oakland Recycling Hotline at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (510) 238-SAVE (7283).
- Check garbage containers for recyclables. If residents are not recycling properly, issue reminders. Consider adding a recycling pledge to your lease. Remember, recycling is the law.