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.
The City of Oakland Recycling Hotline is maintaining and regularly updating three sets of Frequently Asked Questions.
For Residential Property Managers:
Current Residential Rates
Current Business Rates
Trash and Compost
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.
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.
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.