Trash, Compost and Recycling Services During Alameda County Shelter In Place Order

WMAC and CWS will continue to provide regular trash, compost and recycling services during the mandatory Alameda County shelter in place order.

If service issues arise, contact WMAC (for trash or composting services) or CWS (for recycling services). Scroll down for phone, e-mail and website contacts.

If a problem persists after contacting WMAC or CWS, contact the City of Oakland’s Recycling Hotline for further assistance.  Scroll down for phone and e-mail contacts.

COVID19 Frequently Asked Questions

Compost & Trash (Residential & Business):

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For trash and compost services, to schedule a bulky pickup, or for billing inquires, contact WMAC:
Residential customers: 510-613-8710
Commercial customers: 510-613-8700

Recycling (Residential)

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For recycling services or to order a used motor oil recycling kit contact CWS:
Phone: 510–625–5263

City of Oakland Recycling Hotline

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City of Oakland Recycling Hotline
If a problem persists after contacting WMAC or CWS, contact the City of Oakland’s Recycling Hotline for further assistance by either calling 510-238-SAVE (510-238-7283) or e-mailing

FREE Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event

FREE Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Oakland Coliseum
9 am – 1 pm
(Including mattress drop-off*)
Registration Required

Here’s one more way to get out of the summer doldrums! Go through the garage, under the sink, and get rid of stuff you don’t need like leftover paint, pesticides, old electronics and computers. You can bring all of your leftover hazardous products to the free Drop-Off Event at the Oakland Coliseum. Residents can also drop off up to two mattresses and two box springs.

Just register for a drop off time at: and you’ll receive event details and packing instructions.
(*If you’re dropping off mattresses only, you don’t need to register for an appointment.)

The event is free for all Alameda County homeowners and renters. There are dedicated drop off times and a separate process for business owners.

This event is sponsored by Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste with support from the City of Oakland and StopWaste – a public agency whose mission is to reduce waste in Alameda County.

What: FREE Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event – including e-waste

When: Sunday, July 21 from 9 am – 1 pm

Where: Oakland Coliseum – register for drop off time and location details at:

Who: Alameda County residents – homeowners and renters.

Bulky Block Party for Free Large-Item Disposal

Due to the mandatory shelter in place order for Alameda County, the Bulky Block Party is cancelled until further notice. DO NOT BRING MATERIALS. Unlawful dumping will be cited. Status of future dates will be determined as the situation changes.


Maximum Allowable Materials:

  • Two (2) pieces of furniture
  • Two (2) large appliances
  • Four (4) passenger auto tires
  • Four (4) Mattresses
  • Unlimited electronics
  • Unlimited plant debris and clean wood
  • Unlimited recyclables, scrap metal, etc.
  • Small minor home renovation material
  • Trash (bagged, boxed) and painted or treated wood


‘Tis the Season to Recycle Right

Happy Holidays from Oakland Recycles! As you celebrate the season, it’s a good time to make sure you know your containers and recycle right!

When you fill your grey container with recyclables, and put your food scraps and food-soiled paper in the green container, it is always important to avoid contamination. Remove wires and ribbons from wreaths and flower arrangements before composting. Metallic or glitter gift wrap, bags and boxes should be put in the trash when they can no longer be reused.

When you keep trash and problem materials out of the Compost and Recycling, you are giving a gift of safety to sorting workers, and a gift of quality resources to our earth and our economy.

And don’t forget to properly set out your holiday tree for collection December 30-January 10. Details here.