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Recycling every day, at home, at work and at play, is an easy and rewarding practice. By adopting recycling and waste reduction habits, you can reduce pollution and fight climate change. Help Oakland recycle more by making a habit of recycling paper, cardboard, cans and bottles and batteries, and by eliminating wasteful habits. The Recycling Program oversees garbage and recycling services provided by Waste Management of Alameda County (510) 613-8710 and California Waste Solutions (510) 836-6200 and works to ensure that recycling is widely available. Contact us at (510) 238-7283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highlights of Current Programs and Activities:
Ready, Set, Recycle
The Ready Set Recycle Contest is back for Alameda County residents! Participants play the Speed Sorter game, pledge to recycle, and win prizes online at www.ReadySetRecycleContest.Org.
Oakland Food Vendors – Greenware Ordinance Guide Available in Multiple Languages
The Greenware Ordinance Guide is now available to view and download in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese. The Greenware Food Packaging Ordinance bans the use of polystyrene foam food service ware in businesses that prepare and serve food.
Event Recycling in Oakland
Bay Area Green Business Program
Recycle More! New! Multi-Family Recycling Toolkit (for five or more unit buildings in Oakland).
First Reduce, then Reuse, then Recycle & Rot
It takes resources and energy to manufacture and transport all products, including recyclables. So cutting down on waste disposal through Reduce and Reuse activities provides more economic, social and environmental benefits than recycling and composting alone.
A Sustainable City means making our City safe, healthy and vibrant with opportunity and well-being for all — while acting within the capacity of natural systems. Learn more about waste reduction and the four R's.
Bulky Pickup & Recycling
The Oakland Bulky Pick-up Program provides one bulky pickup to every resident residing in a single family home and occupants of 2-4 unit buildings and an optional second appointment for the first 500 callers. The Bulky Pick-up Program also provides bulky pick-ups to 5-9 unit buildings to the first 1,100 callers.
- Bulky Pickup & Recycling Guidelines
- Call Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) at (510) 613-8710 to schedule your pickup appointment.
- Frequently Asked Questions - Bulky Pickup
Bring Your Own Bag
Single-use bags — whether paper or plastic — create waste and litter and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about our Bring Your Own Bag Campaign.
Reduce Junk Mail
Unwanted mail and catalogs clutter homes, and every year the paper industry cuts down 100 million trees in the U.S. annually to produce it. It’s good to recycle your junk mail. It’s even better to stop getting it. We have more information to help you reduce your unwanted junk mail.
The Future: A Zero Waste Oakland
Oakland is working passionately toward becoming a Sustainable City — a place where we can meet our current needs while ensuring that future generations can live rewarding and healthy lives. To learn more about the strategic plan to make Oakland waste free by 2020, click here.
Fats, Oil, Grease (FOG)
Fats, oils & grease (FOG) cause blocakges in Oakland sewer pipes when poured down the drain at home or work. Don't pour FOG down the drain, and visit the FOG webpage to read guidelines for disposing of FOG.
Rules & Regulations
Download the Green Food Packaging Ordinance - Effective January 1, 2007, Oakland food vendors may no longer use polystyrene foam (such as Styrofoam) disposable food service ware. To find out more, visit the Green Food Packaging Ordinance page.
Download the Construction and Demolition Ordinance - Keeping 96,000 tons construction debris out of landfills takes some effort and you are part of the ongoing efforts to raise that number. Get more information on the Construction & Demolition Recycling page.
Reports & Documents
Oakland Public Works
Environmental Services Division, Recycling Program
250 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Suite 5301
Oakland, CA 94612-2034
Recycling Hotline: (510) 238-SAVE (238-7283)
Fax: (510) 238-7286
TDD: (510) 238-3254