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Oakland Recycles is a collaboration of the City of Oakland, California Waste Solutions, Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. and you!  Our commitment to you is to provide the services and information you need to recycle right.  Won’t you pledge to recycle right?

 

Holiday Treecycling

December 26, 2017 – January 13, 2018

Now available for all residences in Oakland

Convenient and free pickup of holiday trees takes place on your regularly scheduled Compost service day. Cut taller trees to 4 feet – no flocking, ornaments or stands. Place curbside*.

All residences in Oakland, including apartments and condos now 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.

 

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Holiday tree

Cut to 4 feet – no flocking, ornaments or stands. Place curbside 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 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 vào ngày có xe đổ rác làm việc.

New Cart Options

Improved 20-Gallon Carts Arrive in October
New Cart Sizes Available for All Materials

New carts have arrived! Oakland Recycles is now making compact 20-gallon carts available for all discards: Trash, Compost and Recycling, for residents’ convenience. As a first step, in October and November Waste Management will be delivering new wheeled 20-gallon carts to households that currently subscribe to 20-gallon trash service. These households currently have either a container without wheels, or a 32-gallon cart with an insert that reduces the capacity to 20 gallons.

The new 20-gallon carts are true 20-gallon containers, with no inserts. They are smaller and lighter than the standard 64-gallon carts used for Compost and Recycling, are easier to use, and fit in smaller storage spaces.

“For years residents have been asking for a better container for 20-gallon trash service,” said Sean Maher, Zero Waste Communications Manager, “and we were able to deliver that with the new contract. What’s more, now all residents can select 20-gallon or 32-gallon carts for Recycling or Compost. Twenty-gallon Compost carts are great for households that produce only food scraps and little or no yard trimmings.”

The new 20-gallon trash carts will be delivered on regular service days to residents who currently subscribe to 20-gallon trash service. These customers will see their old Compost carts replaced with new 64-gallon Compost carts at the same time. Residents will receive a notification postcard in advance of their cart replacement, and an automated phone call reminder the week their replacement is scheduled, through November 13. Residents should set out both Trash and Compost carts, even if they are not full, and leave them at the curb until 6:00 pm, each service day until they are replaced, through November 13.

Residents may call Waste Management at 510-613-8710 to replace their standard 64-gallon Compost cart with any available cart size (20-gallon, 32-gallon or 96-gallon), at no additional charge. Residents may call California Waste Solutions at 510-OAKLAND (510-613-8710) to replace their standard 64-gallon Recycling cart with any available cart size (20-gallon, 32-gallon or 96-gallon), also at no additional charge.

New Cart Sizes Available for All Materials

Now all residential customers may select the best size Recycling or Compost cart for their needs.

  • 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. One free replacement per year. Charges apply for additional changes.
  • 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.  One free replacement per year. Charges apply for additional changes.
  • Service rates change when you switch to a different size Trash cart. You can reduce your rate by switching to a smaller container. Contact Waste Management at 510-613-8710 or csnorthbay@wm.com.

Commercial Compost Rates and Low-income Senior Discount

Oakland Reduces Commercial Compost Rates and Restores Discount Program for Low-income Seniors

Oakland, CA – City leaders approved on Tuesday night (October 6, 2015) an agreement with Oakland’s trash and compost service provider to reduce compost rates for businesses and restore a discount program for low-income seniors.

In July the City launched “Oakland Recycles,” a new zero waste program of trash, compost and recycling services with a goal to divert all compostable and recyclable material away from landfills. Under the new program, commercial composting service rates charged by Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. (WMAC) were “upside down” – higher, in most cases, than the comparable rates for trash service, creating a disincentive for businesses to compost. The City met with WMAC officials to address those issues.

With Tuesday’s agreement, WMAC will reduce commercial composting rates to 30 percent below the corresponding trash rates, effective October 1 until July 2016. Starting in July 2016, composting rates will be set at 25 percent below trash rates.

In addition, WMAC committed to funding a low-income senior discount program that had sunsetted in July. The program had provided a 12.5 percent discount to about 1,500 low-income senior customers at an annual cost of approximately $80,000 per year. Recently the City set aside $100,000 to restore that discount program for one year. WMAC’s commitment is to fund that program thereafter, supported by Waste Management’s charitable fund.

For more information, businesses with questions about their services or bills should call WMAC at (510) 613-8700. Residents should call (510) 613-8710.

If a customer has contacted WMAC and needs additional assistance, they can contact the City’s Recycling Hotline at (510) 238-SAVE (7283) or recycling@oaklandnet.com.

Q&A: Push Charges for Trash, Compost & Recycling Services from Oakland Recycles

July 2015 New Services Overview

New Services Overview | Frequently Asked Questions | Current RatesAbout Oakland Recycles

New Services Overview

Starting July 1, 2015, various program and service changes affect all Oakland residents and businesses.

All Residents can expect:

  • California Waste Solutions will collect residential recycling citywide.
  • Waste Management will collect residential trash and compost citywide.
  • The time of day of your pickup may change. Most service days will stay the same.
  • All residents will get compost service to recycle food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard trimmings.
  • All residents can schedule one bulky pickup annually.
  • Residents can customize their container size for trash, compost and recycling, including twenty-gallon carts with wheels.
  • Household battery collection (in a sealed plastic bag) will move from the top of the trash cart to the top of the recycling cart.
  • Free bulky drop-off events will occur four times a year.
  • Improved customer service features, including local customer call centers.
  • Brand new fleet of collection trucks will run on natural gas to improve air quality and reduce noise in all Oakland neighborhoods.

Apartment & Condo Residents (5+ unit buildings) can expect:

  • Addition of compost collection service for all buildings.
  • New support services for owners and managers setting up compost collection.

Businesses can expect:

  • Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) will continue to be the exclusive provider of trash collection services in Oakland.
  • Compost collection service (food scraps, food-soiled paper and plant debris) will be provided exclusively by WMAC effective July 1.
  • Alameda Country requires all local businesses to recycle. In Oakland, cans, bottles, paper and cardboard recycling is an ‘open market’ system – that means you can shop around for the best deal. Click here for a directory of service providers. If you are having difficulty finding a recycling provider, Oakland businesses can receive service from California Waste Solutions upon request.
  • The Small Business Recycling Program expired on June 30.
  • Beginning in July, business customers will be billed in advance – the bill for services in a given month will be sent at the beginning of that month. Previously, business customers were billed each month for the previous month’s services. Consequently, in late June and early July, businesses will receive two separate bills: one in arrears for June services and one in advance for July services. After July, businesses will receive monthly bills at the start of each month.

Frequently Asked Questions

The City of Oakland Recycling Hotline is maintaining and regularly updating three sets of Frequently Asked Questions.

For Residents:

City of Oakland Frequently Asked Questions for Residents

For Residential Property Managers:

City of Oakland Frequently Asked Questions for Owners and Property Managers of 5+ unit Residential Buildings

For Businesses:

City of Oakland Frequently Asked Questions for Businesses

More Information

City of Oakland More Information for Residents

City of Oakland More Information for Businesses

City of Oakland Recycling Program Home Page

Current Residential Rates

City of Oakland Monthly Collection Service Rates for 1-4 Unit Residences, July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016

City of Oakland Monthly Collection Service Rates for 5+ Unit Multi-Family Dwellings July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016

Current Business Rates

Trash and Compost

City of Oakland Monthly Trash and Compost Collection Service Rates For Businesses July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016

Recycling

Alameda Country requires all local businesses to recycle. In Oakland, cans, bottles, paper and cardboard recycling is an ‘open market’ system – that means you can shop around for the best deal.  Click here for a directory of service providers. If you are having difficulty finding a recycling provider, Oakland businesses can receive service from California Waste Solutions upon request.

CWS Non-Exclusive Commercial Recycling Maximum Allowable Rates July 1 2015 – June 30 2016

About Oakland Recycles

Oakland Recycles is a collaboration of the City of Oakland, California Waste Solutions Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc., and you! We are committed to providing the services and information you need to recycle right.

Recycle Right

Recycling right is part of how we all help create a cleaner Oakland and more livable neighborhoods. Your strong participation in Oakland’s Zero Waste program keeps recyclable and compostable materials out of our landfills. Your pledge to recycle right makes a difference and we’re here to help.
When you place the right materials in the right cart, it benefits you and your community, and protects the environment. When you place the wrong materials in a cart, it can harm the environment, injure workers and result in additional charges to your account. Be sure to follow this guide to help you recycle right and avoid contamination fees.