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All businesses can reduce waste and recycle. Retailers can recycle cardboard, offices can recycle paper, restaurants can recycle food scraps, landscapers can recycle plants, and contractors can recycle wood, steel and concrete.
The City of Oakland Recycling Program provides free assistance on-site, via email or by phone to help you get started or help expand your program. We will match you to the best recycling company for your needs. Contact us if your workplace does not have recycling or you want to recycle more.
Mandatory Commercial Recycling
Recycling is required by state and local law for most businesses and institutions in Oakland. Businesses that generate 4 or more cubic-yards of waste per week must subscribe to an adequate amount of recycling service and provide information to employees about how to recycle in the workplace. Please visit www.RecyclingRulesAC.org for more information.
Oakland Small Business Recycling Service
Rates start at just $7.50 per month for weekly recycling for small businesses. Learn more about small business recycling services.
Directories for Business Recycling Services
View directories and searchable databases of recycling service providers.
Recycling Guidance for Property & Business Managers
View cost-saving waste reduction and recycling guides, information and much more for commercial property and business managers.
Large and Mid-Sized Business Recycling Assistance
The StopWaste Partnership, a StopWaste.Org program, provides free waste reduction technical assistance to large and mid-sized businesses in Oakland. The City of Oakland Recycling Program works closely with the StopWaste Partnership to promote recycling and business efficiency. Contact them at 1 (877) STOPWASTE (786-7927) or email Partnership@StopWaste.Org.
Green Business Certification
Join the 130-plus Oakland businesses that have achieved Green Business Certification through the Bay Area Green Business Program. Certified Green Businesses go beyond compliance with environmental regulations by taking additional steps to minimize waste, conserve water and energy and prevent pollution.
The City provides support to help green businesses locate and thrive in Oakland. Oakland businesses interested in becoming Certified Green Businesses may obtain free technical assistance by contacting Oakland Recycles at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Recycling Hotline at (510) 238-SAVE (7283).
Be sure to shop at Oakland Certified Green Businesses and help build the Green Economy.
Green purchasing, also known as environmentally preferable purchasing, is the practice of choosing environmentally friendly products and services. Green purchasing reduces greenhouse gas emissions, reduces waste and conserves energy. It can also improve your organization’s bottom line by cutting costs, enhancing your public image and may improve your employees’ health. Visit StopWaste.Org’s Green Purchasing page to find local suppliers of green products and services, implement green purchasing practices, download a model Green Purchasing policy and much more.
Landscaping, Water & Energy
Bay-Friendly Landscaping for Landscape Professionals
Bay-Friendly Landscaping is a whole-systems approach to the design, construction and maintenance of the landscape that reduces waste and supports the integrity of one of California's most magnificent ecosystems, the San Francisco Bay watershed. View Bay-Friendly Landscaping resources.
Water & Energy Conservation
The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) helps businesses and institutions save water and money through conservation rebates and programs, including WaterSmart Business Certification.
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) helps businesses and institutions save energy and money through on-site energy audits, rebates, training programs and more. See their Energy Savings & Rebates page.
Recycling at Large Events & Venues
Did you know that organizers of Large Events are required to recycle by state law (Public Resources Code 42648)? Oakland Recycles is here to help Oakland event organizers comply.
- Serve an average of more than 2,000 individuals per day; and
- Charge admission or are sponsored by a public agency.