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COMPOST

COMPOSTING IS AS EASY AS 1 -2- 3!

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  • SEPARATE
    • While preparing meals or when cleaning the refrigerator, separate any food scraps and always scrape any extra food from your plate into the compost bin.
  • COLLECT
    • Use a kitchen pail, a reusable plastic tub or any compostable paper container such as take-out boxes or paper bags.
    • Include food-soiled paper such as coffee cups and filters, paper plates, napkins, paper towels, waxed/parchment paper, and take-out containers.
    • Freezing food scraps or wrapping them in newspaper can prevent leaks and odors.
  • EMPTY
    • Empty food scraps, food-soiled paper and plant debris into green compost cart.
    • By collecting food scraps, we’ll reduce waste and create compost for local farms and gardens.

Watch a video on how to compost in your home!

What goes into the Compost Bin?

Food Scraps, Food Soiled Paper, Yard Debris, Untreated Wood
Food Scraps Collection:
As easy as 1-2-3: Separate, Collect, then Place in Compost Cart.
See service information panel for extra yard debris details.

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What DOES NOT go into the Compost Bin?

Do not place non-compostable items in your green compost cart. No plastic bags of any kind.

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Extra yard debris

  • Tie or bundle branches (must be less than 4’ long and 6” across).
  • Use large paper gardening bags available at most hardware stores (or purchase directly from WM). Use your own extra container (cannot exceed 75 pounds or contain dirt).
  • Set out next to Compost Cart for pickup.

Note: Plant debris set out in a plastic bag will be charged as extra trash collection.

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RECYCLE

What goes into the Recycle Bin?

Empty Glass, Aluminum, Metal & Plastic Containers, Beverage & Soup Boxes, Clean Paper & Cardboard

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What goes near the Recycle Bin?

Put old batteries in sealed plastic bag on top of recycle cart or bin. Put Motor Oil Recycling Kit next to cart. Contact CWS for a free kit. Fold and bundle large cardboard to be under 3’x3’. Place next to cart.

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What DOES NOT go into the Recycle Bin?

Any food scraps, non-recyclable or hazardous items. This includes polystyrene and foam packaging, paint, and light bulbs.

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TRASH

What goes into the Trash Bin?

Non-Recyclable & Non-Hazardous Materials

Used Clothing:
Donate gently worn items to a second-hand store or clothing drive.
Tattered and stained clothes belong in the trash.

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What DOES NOT go into the Trash Bin?

Do not place food scraps, recyclables, or household hazardous waste into trash cart.

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HAZARDOUS

Household Hazardous and Toxic Waste

Household hazardous and toxic waste disposal services are available to all Alameda County residents (not businesses) who bring their own household hazardous waste.

Take fluorescent bulbs, paints, stains, solvents, thinners, adhesives, pesticides, cleaners, household garden and auto chemicals, spray cans, batteries and electronic waste to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 2100 East 7th Street, Oakland. Drop offs are limited to 15 gallons/125 pounds per vehicle. Call (800) 606-6606 for days and hours of operation. Visit household-hazwaste.org or call for more details, including Small Business Program information.

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Weekly Trash, Compost & Recycling collection

Set your carts out curbside by 6 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day, with lids closed and handles facing away from the street.

Holiday Schedule

There is no Trash, Compost or Recycling collection on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. During years when these holidays fall on a weekday, pickup is one day later for the rest of the week, including Saturday. For example, if your regular service day is Tuesday service will occur on Wednesday, or if your regular service day is Friday service will occur on Saturday.

Trash, Compost and Recycling collection schedules are not affected by any other holidays.

Selecting and Changing Your Cart Size

Trash, Compost and Recycling carts are available to you in four sizes: 20-gallon, 32-gallon, 64-gallon and 96-gallon.  To avoid Trash overage charges, or Compost or Recycling contamination fees, select the right size carts to meet your needs.

Your service rate is based on the size Trash cart you select.  You may request any size Recycling or Compost cart without affecting your service rate.

You may make one free cart size change per year for each of your carts.  Charges apply for additional changes.

  • To switch to a 20-gallon, 32-gallon, 64-gallon or 96-gallon Compost cart, contact Waste Management at (510) 613-8710 or csnorthbay@wm.com.  Service rates remain the same, regardless of the Compost cart size you select.
  • To switch to a 20-gallon, 32-gallon, 64-gallon or 96-gallon Recycling cart, contact California Waste Solutions at 510-OAKLAND (510-625-5263) or OaklandCS@calwaste.com. Service rates remain the same, regardless of the Recycling cart size you select.
  • Service rates change when you switch to a different size Trash cart. Contact Waste Management at 510-613-8710 or csnorthbay@wm.com.

Free Backyard Service for Disabled and Elderly Customers

Backyard service is available at no additional cost for qualifying elderly or disabled residents. Call Waste Management of Alameda County at (510) 613-8710.

Service Rates

Service Rates: 1-4 unit Single Family Homes (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018)
(1-4 unit Single Family Homes (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017))

Frequently Asked Questions

City of Oakland Frequently Asked Questions for Residents

Program Guide

Oakland Single Family (1-4 units) Residential Recycling Program Guide

Free Holiday Tree Recycling Pickup

Convenient and free pickup of holiday trees takes place on your regularly scheduled Compost service day, from the first work day after December 25th through the end of the second work week in January. Cut taller trees to 4 feet – no flocking, ornaments or stands – and place curbside.

All residences in Oakland, including apartments and condos receive this service. Please note that a separate collection vehicle may pick up the trees.

 

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Preparing Your Holiday Tree

Cut to 4 feet – no flocking, ornaments or stands. Place curbside between 12/26 and 1/14 on your service day.

Árbol de navidad: córtelo a una altura de 4 pies (1,22 m) y quite toda la nieve artificial, los adornos y los soportes. Colóquelo en el borde de la acera entre el 26/12 y el 14/01, en los días de servicio.

聖誕樹:裁切為 4 英尺長 – 不要有填充物、裝飾品或底座。請在指定期間 (12 月 26 日至 1 月 14 日) 的服務日,將樹木放在街道邊。

Cây mừng lễ: Cắt từng khúc 4 feet – không có bông tuyết, đồ trang trí hoặc chân đứng. Đặt bên lề đường trong khoảng thời gian từ ngày 26/12 đến 14/1 vào ngày có xe đổ rác làm việc.

 

SERVICE DETAILS

Minimum Trash Service: 20 gallons per unit.
Trash/Compost: Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc., 510-613-8710
Recycling: California Waste Solutions, 510-625-5263

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