Apartments & Condos

RESIDENTS, download a printed version of your Program Guide:

PROPERTY MANAGERS, See the Multifamily Tools and Resources page, click here for your Property Manager Toolkit.  Also see the Service Information tab below.

Click here for Bulky Pickup Service details.

Click here for Battery Recycling information.



By collecting food scraps, we’ll reduce waste and create compost for local farms and gardens.


Watch a video on how to line your pail with newspaper
    • 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.
    • 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 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, Plant Debris


What DOES NOT go into the Compost Bin?

Any non-compostable item. No plastic bags of any kind. Contamination charges may apply if the wrong material is found in the wrong container.



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?

Break down and fold cardboard boxes to smaller than 3’ x 3’ and set them behind or against your cart or bin.

Put household batteries in sealed plastic bag on top of recycle cart or bin.

Place full Motor Oil Recycling Kit(s) next to cart. Request a free kit from California Waste Solutions at 510-625-5263 or


What DOES NOT go into the Recycle Bin?

Do not place any food scraps, non-recyclable or hazardous items. This includes polystyrene and foam packaging, paint, and light bulbs. Contamination charges may apply if the wrong material is found in the wrong container.



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.


What DOES NOT go into the Trash Bin?

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



Residential Used Motor Oil and Filter Recycling

Oil filter bag and jug on groundUsed motor oil can be refined and reconditioned to become usable again. Paper, steel, and plastic from used oil filters can also be recycled. There are three options for recycling used motor oil and filters:

  1. Residential recycling pickup
  2. Certified Collection Center drop-off locations
  3. Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection facility

No matter where you live in the city, there is a free and easy recycling option close to you. Visit to find a location near you.

See the Guide below for details on residential pickup, and how to properly prepare oil and filters for recycling:

Hazardous Waste Facility at 2100 East 7th Street, Oakland

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 or call (800) 606-6606.



Recycling right starts in your home

In your apartment, set up separate containers to collect your compostables, recyclables and trash.  Residents should request a free kitchen pail and recycling caddy from your property manager.

Place your separated compostables, recyclables and trash into the labeled collection containers in your complex.

Information for Building Managers

All carts or bins should be set-out curbside by 6am on the regular scheduled pickup day. Additional push rates apply to on-property services. See rates here.

Order Free Tools and Resources

Make sure you and your residents have the tools and information to recycle right. (Free Tools and Resources Order Form)

Get Free Technical Assistance

Need help assessing your service needs (trash, recycling and compost collection) or the placement of collection containers for optimum participation?  Contact customer service:

Service Level Changes

To order additional Compost or Recycling containers, or to change Trash service level, contact your service providers:

Trash & Compost – Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. – 510-613-8710
Recycling – California Waste Solutions – 510-OAKLAND

Service Rates

Service Rates: 5+ Unit Apartments & Condos (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018)
(5+ Unit Apartments & Condos (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017))
Use the Sample Minimum Trash Container Combinations Table (2017-18) to find the cost of various container combinations that would meet your building’s service level needs.

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.

*For buildings over 100 units: Building or Property Managers, please call Waste Management at 510-613-8710 to determine the best method of collection and schedule service.
2021-2022 Holiday Tree Recycling Schedule: December 27, 2021 – January 14, 2022

Property managers are responsible in communicating to residents which of the two options of tree recycling will occur. This includes telling residents the specifics as to the location of either curbside or the roll-off box location.

Please choose and download the appropriate leaflet/sign (fillable PDF) to print for your residents.


Preparing Your Holiday Tree

Cut to 4 feet – no flocking, ornaments or stands. Place curbside between 12/27 and 1/14 on 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 27/12 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 27 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.


Recycle Right and Avoid Surcharges

Surcharges may apply when the wrong materials are found in compost or recycling containers. Residents will be notified after each incident.

Only place acceptable items in the recycling and composting containers as shown on the container labels. Anything else is considered a contaminant. Contaminants can ruin an entire load of materials meant for recycling or composting. The service provider may refuse to collect containers with the wrong material inside, and may apply contamination surcharges if the container is picked up. See below for when surcharges may apply.

Within 6 months
of 1st incident
Within 6 months
of 3rd incident
Within 6 months
of 4th incident
RESULT $0 (Warning) $25 $50 $50

Avoid Overage Charges

Materials must fit inside a container with the lid closed for regular service.

Eliminate excess materials by:

  • Placing all recyclables into the recycling container.
  • Placing all food scraps, food-soiled paper and other organics into the Compost container.
  • Having enough bins or pickups to manage all the waste you generate.
  • Making sure the containers work properly – call for repair if needed.
  • Setting out bins just ahead of pickup when possible.

If you regularly have excess materials, we’re here to help you.
Call the Customer Service at (510) 613-8700 to help you right-size your service.


Trash/Compost Bin Overage Charge = $143.93 per yard
Trash/Compost Cart Overage Charge = $1.56 per gallon




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


Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc., 510-613-8710

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