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Recycling

Alameda County Industries (ACI Alameda), 510-483-1400

  • Aerosol Can - Empty
  • Aluminum Foil & Pans - Clean
  • Cardboard
  • Food Service Ware - Plastic Clamshells/To-Go Containers/Trays
  • Glass Bottles & Jars - Non-CRV
  • Glass Bottles - CRV
  • Newspaper
  • Paper
  • Paper Carton Containers - Plastic-coated
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  • Aerosol Can - Empty
    Use up before putting in recycling. Aerosols with remaining chemicals, toxics, or paint can be used up or dropped at an HHW Facility.
  • Aluminum Cans - CRV
    Empty and drip-free. Wipe clean as needed.
  • Aluminum Foil & Pans - Clean
    Free of food and grease/oil, or it belongs in the trash.
  • Beverage Containers - Mixed
    Empty and drip-free. Wipe clean as needed.
  • Bimetal Cans - CRV
    Empty and drip-free. Wipe clean as needed.
  • Bimetal Cans - Non-CRV
    Empty, drip-free. Wipe clean as needed.
  • Books - Hard Cover - Non-working
    Remove covers as possible.
  • Books - Soft Cover - Non-working
    Poor, damaged condition.
  • Cardboard
    Cut or fold to fit into bin. Offer collapsed moving boxes to community for reuse or sheet mulching. See hauler website for overage options, or store for a future pick-up.
  • Egg Cartons - Paper - Clean
  • Egg Cartons - Plastic
  • Envelopes - Paper
    Clear, plastic windows okay.
  • Food Service Ware - Plastic Clamshells/To-Go Containers/Trays
    Empty of food and drip-free. Wipe or rinse clean as needed.
  • Food Service Ware - Plastic Cups & Plates
    Empty and drip-free.
  • Frozen Food Boxes
  • Glass Bottles & Jars - Non-CRV
    Empty and drip-free. Wipe clean as needed.
  • Glass Bottles - CRV
    Empty and drip-free. Wipe clean as needed.
  • Greeting Cards - Musical/Electronic Piece
    Remove electronic/musical element for reuse or ewaste. Recycle the paper card when free of plastic and/or metallic decoration (trash).
  • Greeting Cards - Unused
    Donate for reuse as possible.
  • Junk Mail Opt-Out
    Keep or photograph mailing labels to use when following online opt-out instructions from the resource vendors below, before recycling or dropping off desirable magazines (or seed catalogs) for sharing (ex. libaries, salons, waiting rooms, office lunchrooms).
  • Keys
  • Magazines
    Collect good condition magazines to donate to teachers, libaries, salons, waiting rooms, office lunchrooms, friends & family.
  • Metal Cans - Non-CRV
    Empty and drip-free. Wipe clean as needed.
  • Newspaper
  • Packaged Foodgrade Liquids - Expired/ Non-working
    Empty contents down drain and place empty drip-free container and lid in recycling.
  • Paint Cans & Buckets - Empty & Dry
    Remove lid, shake paint chunks out into garbage and place empty, dry paint can or bucket into recycling cart. (Lid, too, but separately.)
  • Paper
    Covered in tape and paint? Then put it in the trash.
  • Paper Carton Containers - Plastic-coated
  • Paperboard Boxes/Tubes
    Consider collecting for reuse art and craft projects.
  • Personal Care & Beauty Packaging - Empty
    Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
  • Phonebooks
  • Pill Bottles - Empty
    4 inches or bigger. Reattach plastic lid to plastic bottles.
  • Pizza Box - Non-greasy
  • Plant Pots - Plastic
  • Plastic Bottle - CRV
    Empty and drip-free. Wipe clean as needed.
  • Plastic Bottle - Non-CRV
    Empty and drip-free
  • Plastic Bucket
    Empty and drip-free. Wipe clean as needed.
  • Plastic Lids & Caps - Bottles and Jars
  • Plastic Wide Mouth Container
    Empty and drip-free. Wipe clean as needed.
  • Pots & Pans - Non-working
    Poor, damaged condition. Consider repairing or refurbishing as possible.
  • Rigid Plastics
    Empty and drip-free. Resins #1-7 in the chasing arrows. (Pleasanton #1 & #2's only.)
  • Scrap Metal
    No one piece larger than 2' x 2' or weighing more than 30 lbs and must fit in cart with closed lid.
  • Water Bottles - Reusable
    Poor, damaged condition metal and plastics 1&2 bottles. Recycle Donate clean, dry good condition bottles.
  • Wrapping Paper - Non-Metallic

Organics

Alameda County Industries (ACI Alameda), 510-483-1400

  • Egg Cartons - Paper - Soiled
  • Food Scraps
  • Food Service Ware - Paper Products - Uncoated
  • Paper Towels & Napkins
  • Pizza Box - Greasy
  • Yard Trimmings & Plant Debris
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  • Burlap
    Poor, damaged condition. Collect, save, and offer for reuse in your community.
  • Cardboard - Waxed
  • Cardboard - Wet
    If dried out from rain, may go in recycling. If food-soiled, place in compost.
  • Cooking Oil/Grease/Fats
    Compost wiped fats and grease with a paper towel. Compost small amount of solid fats & grease in paper container for compost. Collect large volumes of used cooking oil in a plastic bottles with a resalable cap to transport for drop-off at at a collection facility.
  • Corks - Natural
    Consider collecting for future reuse craft/art projects or ReCork recycling collection bins.
  • Egg Cartons - Paper - Soiled
    Food or cracked-egg soiled cartons.
  • Facial Tissues - Used
  • Food Scraps
  • Food Service Ware - Paper Products - Uncoated
    Used/food-soiled.
  • Food Service Ware - Wood/Bamboo Products
    Consider washing for reuse, or collecting enough reusables for events with family and friends.
  • Gift Tissue Paper
    Poor condition. Collect, fold, and save good condition tissue paper for reuse.
  • Grandma's Fruitcake
  • Hair and Fur Trimmings
  • Manure
  • Packaged Food - Expired/Non-working
    Scrape or place food in the compost. Determine and place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
  • Packing Peanuts - Starch-based
    Collect for future reuse packaging or art projects. May be dissolved in hot water in the sink.
  • Pallets - Wooden - Broken
    Remove nails and break to fit into cart/bin.
  • Paper - Shredded
    Place into a paper bag and fold or staple to keep shreds from blowing away during cart/bin emptying.
  • Paper Bags
    Collect good condition for reuse.
  • Paper Straws
  • Paper Towels & Napkins
  • Pizza Box - Greasy
  • Sawdust - Untreated Wood
    Shavings from clean, unpainted or stained wood only.
  • Sponges - Natural
  • Straw/Hay
    Offer bales to local gardeners, farms, or farmers.
  • Tea Bags
    Staple and string okay to leave. Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
  • Wax & Parchment Paper
    Wax paper only. Parchment and Freezer Paper are coated in plastic (silicone) and belong in the garbage.
  • Wood - Untreated
    Pieces must fit in cart or bin.
  • Wood Chips
    Consider using as mulch on your houseplants or in your garden. Go to www.lawntogarden.org to learn how to use mulch and compost build healthy soil.
  • Wood Scraps - Untreated
    Clean wood pieces free of paint or chemicals, cut to fit in the cart or bin.
  • Yard Trimmings & Plant Debris
    Contact hauler for extra residential bags/tags for fee. Yard trimmings will decrease in volume if you let them dry out for a few days (more can fit in your cart).

Garbage

Alameda County Industries (ACI Alameda), 510-483-1400

  • Aseptic Packs
  • Condiment/Toiletry Packets - Empty
  • Food Service Ware - Compostable - BPI Certified Products
  • Food Service Ware - Plastic Utensils
  • Glassware - Decorative & Kitchen - Non-working
  • Light Bulbs - Incandescent/Halogen
  • Packing Peanuts - Styrofoam
  • Snack Packaging - Composite Film
  • Sponges - Synthetic
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  • 6-Pack Rings
  • ABS Plastic
  • Agricultural Plastics & Film
    Farm quantity may have recycling options.
  • Air Mattress - Non-working
  • Aseptic Packs
  • Ashes - Grill/Fireplace
    Cold ashes.
  • Auto Glass
    Damaged, broken condition.
  • Balloons - Used
  • Bicycle - Scrap & Parts
  • Blueprint Paper
  • Bubble Envelopes - Paper or Mylar
  • Bubble Envelopes - Plastic
    Loose plastic jams recycling equipment. Accepted clean and dry in bag-of-bags grocery store drop-off.
  • Bubble Wrap
    Loose bubble wrap jams recycling equipment. Consider collecting for future reuse or donation. If collected as bag-of-bags for grocery store drop-off, must be clean and dry. Loose bubble wrap jams recycling equipment. Consider collecting for future reuse or donation.
  • Camera Film & Slides
  • Cardboard - Foil-lined
  • Cassette & VHS Tapes - Non-working
  • CD/DVD - Non-working/Non-commercial
  • CD/DVD Jewel Cases
  • Christmas Trees - Artificial
    Poor, damaged condition.
  • Cigarette Waste
  • Cleaning Wipes - Used
    Do not flush. Wipes are made from plastic resins, do not degrade in compost, and clog pipes.
  • Clothes Hangers - Metal - Working
  • Clothes Hangers - Non-working
  • Clothing - Undergarments - Non-working
    Poor, damaged condition beyond repair or recycling.
  • Coffee Pods - Compostable
  • Coffee Pods - Metal/Plastic
    Empty coffee or tea grounds in the compost first. Consider investing in reusable pods.
  • Compostable Plastic Bags - BPI Certified
  • Condiment/Toiletry Packets - Empty
  • Corks - Plastic/Synthetic
  • Dead Animals
    Small roadkill or pets may go in the organics cart. Contact your vet for pet cats and dogs.Contact local animal control (e.g. deer, neighbors pet, injured or entrapped/tangled animal) or large livestock.
  • Disposable Diapers & Wipes - Used
  • Dryer & Vacuum Lint
  • Foam Padding
    Poor, damaged condition. Large, high quality pieces may desired for reuse in local community.
  • Food Service Ware - Compostable - BPI Certified Products
  • Food Service Ware - Paper Products - Poly-coated
  • Food Service Ware - Plastic Utensils
    Consider washing for reuse, or collecting enough reusables for events with family and friends.
  • Food Service Ware - Styrofoam Products
  • Food Service Ware - To-Go Cup Lids
  • Gel Ice Packs
  • Glassware - Decorative & Kitchen - Non-working
  • Hardware & Fasteners
  • Hoses - Garden/Rubber - Non-working
  • Houseware - Non-working
  • Jewelry - Non-working
  • Knives & Shears - Non-working
  • Lab Glassware - Poor Condition
  • Lab Plastics - Used
  • Leather Remnants & Scraps
    Reuse or donate as possible.
  • Light Bulbs - Incandescent/Halogen
    These do not contain mercury and are not recyclable.
  • Medals/Trophies/Ribbons
    Broken, damaged, or unable to be donated
  • Metal Bottle Caps
    These lined with plastic and are too small to be captured by recycling equipment. Consider collecting for reuse projects.
  • Metal Jar Lids
    These lined with plastic and are too small to be captured by recycling equipment. Consider collecting for reuse projects.
  • Microscopes & Accessories - Non-working
  • Mirror - Broken
  • Musical Instruments & Gear - Non-working
  • Nail polish - Empty
    Use up nail polish, trade with friends, or bring full containers to the HHW facilities as most nail polishes contain toxic chemicals.
  • Packing Peanuts - Styrofoam
    Bag to prevent spilling during hauler pick-up. Save for reuse as possible.
  • Paper - Carbon
  • Paper - Plastic Laminated
  • Paper Bags - Polycoated
    Empty and free of food and crumbs.
  • Paper Receipts - Thermal
  • Pet Waste
    Even bags of poop in "compostable" bags belong in the trash.
  • Photographs
    Photographic paper is not recyclable.
  • Pillows - Poor Condition
  • Plant Pots - Broken
  • Plant Pots - Ceramic
    Broken, damaged condition. Some folks use these pieces at the bottom of other plant pots to increase drainage.
  • Plastic Bags
    Dirty, wet plastic bags belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags for grocery store drop-off, must be clean and dry. Loose bags jam recycling equipment.
  • Plastic Corrugated Signs
  • Plastic Film & Wrap
    Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
  • Plastic Packaging - Blisterpak
  • Plastic Strapping
  • Plastic Straws
    Single-use, disposable straws or damaged silicone straws.
  • Plastic Tarps
    Poor, damaged condition.
  • Plate Glass
    Broken, damaged.
  • Plexiglass
  • Polyester Batting/Filling
    Cotton filling may go into the compost. Consider reuse of both materials if in good condition (e.g. pet bed).
  • Purses & Backpacks - Non-working
  • PVC
    Scrap pieces.
  • Radios - Non-working
  • Rags - Paint/Chemical/Oil Soiled
  • Records
    Broken, damaged condition.
  • Reusable Bags
    Poor, broken condition.
  • Rubber Bands
    Consider collecting, ceaning, and donating to local farms for reuse.
  • Rubber Items
    Poor, damaged condition.
  • Sawdust - Composite Wood/Painted Wood
    Any wood waste from wood with glues and adhesives belongs in the trash.
  • Shoes - Poor Condition
    Unusable condition by others.
  • Shower Curtain Liners - Non-working
  • Single-use Personal Care & Beauty Products - Used
  • Single-use Personal Protective Equipment - Used
  • Small Household Appliances - Non-working
    Consider going to iFixit to find repair instructions, bring it with you to a Repair Café or FixIt Clinic. May also be collected during a scheduled bulky waste pickup.
  • Snack Packaging - Composite Film
    Empty and free of food
  • Sponges - Synthetic
  • Strawberry Baskets - Plastic
    Damaged, broken condition. Return to local market for reuse.
  • Stuffed Animals
    Poor, damaged condition.
  • Styrofoam Blocks
  • Styrofoam Sheets
  • Tape - Used
  • Tennis Balls - Non-working
    Teachers often accept balls with no bounce to cut and place on the bottom of their chairs.
  • Tire/Rubber Scraps
  • Tires - Bicycle
    Poor, broken condition.
  • Tools & Accessories - Hand - Non-working
  • Toys & Games - Non-working
    Poor, damaged condition.
  • Toys & Games - Plastic Parts Only
    Consider posting online pieces as replacement parts for others who may be missing pieces or parts you have.
  • Transparency Film Plastic
  • Tyvek
  • Vacuum Cleaner Bags & Filters
    Used condition.
  • Water Filters
    Broken, poor condition.
  • Wigs
    Poor, damaged condition.
  • Window Screens
  • Window Treatments - Non-working
  • Wood - Engineered/Composite
  • Wood - Painted
    Cut to fit in cart or bin such that lid closes.
  • Wrapping Paper - Metallic
    Damaged, torn condition.

Additional Curbside Services:

Special Items

These items are eligible for curbside pickup, but should not be placed inside any of your bins. Please see notes for pickup details.

  • Batteries - Household - Non-rechargeable
    Residents may drop off household batteries (A, AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt) at the ACI Alameda office.
  • Batteries - Household - Rechargeable (up to 5 lbs)
    Residents may drop off household batteries (A, AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt) at the ACI Alameda office.
  • Christmas Trees
    Trees will be collected on regularly scheduled collection days for 4 weeks starting from December 26 (ending on a Friday). Trees may be cut to fit in cart or bin. Remove all décor, tinsel, stands, and lights. Flocked trees belong in the garbage.
  • Light Bulbs - CFLs
    Residents may drop off fluorescent bulbs at the ACI Alameda office.
  • Light Bulbs - Fluorescent Tubes
    Residents may drop off fluorescent bulbs at the ACI Alameda office.
  • Motor Oil
    Put used motor oil in a sealed 1 gallon screw-top container. Place them next to the blue recycling cart. Free oil jugs and filter bags may be requested from ACI.
  • Oil Filters
    Place used oil filter in a sealed zipper-locked bag next to the recycling cart. Free filter bags may be requested from ACI.

Bulky Pickup

Alameda County Industries (ACI) provides one free annual On-Call Clean Up to single family and multi-family (up to 4 units) account holders.  Residents and Property Managers contact hauler for details and scheduling. See: Alameda Bulky Pickup Guidelines

  • Air Conditioner - Non-working
  • Audio & Visual Equipment - Non-working
  • Auto Upholstery - Non-working
  • Baby Furniture & Equipment - Non-working
  • Barbeque Grill - Non-working
  • Bicycle - Non-working
  • Boat Upholstery - Non-working
  • Cables & Wires - Non-working
  • Cameras & Camcorders - Non-working
  • Carpet
    Multifamily tenants can schedule removal for a small fee. Fee per roll, 75 lbs or less each.
  • Carpet Padding
    Multifamily tenants can schedule removal for a small fee. Fee per roll, 75 lbs or less each.
  • Cell Phones - Non-working
  • Child Car Seats - Non-working/Expired/Accident
    Consider removing all straps and covers to offer to another family with the same model. Include a photo of the assembled car seat and brand/model. Rigid plastic base with any foam removed (trash) may then be possibly collectd for recycling in a bin that fits or for bulky pick up.
  • Christmas Lights - Non-working
  • Clocks & Watches - Non-working
    Remove batteries for proper disposal.
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders - Single-use/Non-working
  • Computer Accessories - Non-working
  • Computer Monitors - Non-working
    Multifamily tenants can schedule removal for a small fee. Any item with a screen, 75 lbs or less.
  • Computers - Non-working
  • Copy Machines - Non-working
  • Dishwasher - Non-working
    Multifamily tenants can schedule removal for a small fee. For refrigerators, fee per item. For non-refrigerators, 3 maximum items, each 75 lbs or less.
  • Electronics - Non-working
    Multifamily tenants can schedule removal for a no fee.
  • Espresso Machines - Non-working
  • Exercise Equipment - Non-working
  • Freezer - Non-working
    Multifamily tenants can schedule removal for a small fee. For refrigerators, fee per item. For non-refrigerators, 3 maximum items, each 75 lbs or less.
  • Furniture - Non-working
    Multifamily tenants can schedule removal for a small fee. Maximum 3 items, each 75 lbs or less.
  • Game Cartridges - Non-working
  • Gaming Systems & Accessories - Non-working
  • Lawnmower - Non-working
  • Lighting Fixtures - Non-working
  • Luggage - Non-working
  • Major Household Appliances - Non-working
    Multifamily tenants can schedule removal for a small fee. For refrigerators, fee per item. For non-refrigerators, 3 maximum items, each 75 lbs or less.
  • Mattresses & Box Springs
    Multifamily tenants can schedule removal for a small fee. Includes box spring and frame.
  • Microwave - Non-working
  • Mixed Debris
    Multifamily tenants can schedule bulky item removal for a small fee. Bagged trash (per yard - up to seven (7) 32gallon bags).
  • Office chairs - Non-working
  • Oil-filled Heaters - Non-working
  • Plumbing Fixtures & Supplies
  • Pool Cover - Non-working
  • Porcelain Toilets & Sinks
  • Printers/Faxes - Non-working
  • Refrigerator - Non-working
    Multifamily tenants can schedule removal for a small fee. For refrigerators, fee per item.
  • Rugs & Mats - Non-working
    Poor, damaged condition.
  • Satellite Dish - Non-working
  • Sewing Machines - Non-working
  • Small Engines - Non-working
  • Solar Panels - Non-working
  • Sporting Goods - Non-working
    Contact hauler for details.
  • Stove/Oven - Non-working
    Multifamily tenants can schedule removal for a small fee. For non-refrigerators, 3 maximum items, each 75 lbs or less.
  • Television - Non-working
    Multifamily tenants can schedule removal for a small fee. Any item with a screen, 75 lbs or less.
  • Tents and Outdoor Gear - Non-working
  • Tires
  • Tools & Accessories - Garden - Non-working
  • Tools & Accessories - Power - Non-working
  • Toys & Games - With Electronics - Non-working
  • Trash Compactor
  • Typewriters - Non-working
  • Vacuum Cleaners - Non-working
  • VCRs/CD/DVD Players - Non-working
  • Video Projectors - Non-working
  • Washer/Dryer - Non-working
    Multifamily tenants can schedule removal for a small fee. For non-refrigerators, 3 maximum items, each 75 lbs or less.
  • Water Coolers - Non-working
  • Water Heaters - Non-working

Debris Box / C&D Service

Contact hauler for details and fees:
Alameda County Industries (ACI Alameda)
510-483-1400

Alameda C&D Requirements

  • Asphalt
  • Bricks
  • Bricks - Broken
  • Carpet
  • Carpet Padding
  • Ceiling Tile
  • Cinder Blocks
  • Cinder Blocks - Broken
  • Concrete
  • Concrete With Rebar
  • Construction & Demolition Debris
  • Doors
  • Drywall
  • Ferrous Scrap Metal/Steel
  • Flooring - Non-working
  • Insulation - Used
  • Lava Rock
  • Metal Pipe
  • Mixed Debris
  • Non-ferrous Scrap Metal
  • Pallets - Wooden - Working
  • Rock/Gravel - Clean
  • Roofing - Asphalt Composition Shingles
  • Roofing - Clay Tile
  • Roofing - Concrete Tile
  • Roofing - Tar & Gravel
  • Roofing - Wood Shingles
  • Sand
  • Soil - Clean
  • Tile

For Businesses

Recycling and composting are mandatory for most businesses, institutions and multi-family properties (5+ units) in Alameda County. Some exceptions apply for organizations that generate minimal amounts of compostable materials (organics). For more information and free resources such as indoor green bins, stickers to label bins, and a sign maker tool, visit www.recyclingrulesac.org.

Illegal Dumping Information:

Report through SeeClickFix in the category of trash.  Items dumped on public property may also be reported through the Alameda Department of Public Works by calling (510) 747-7900 or (510) 337-8340 after hours.

Report dumping along the freeways and off-ramps to CalTrans noting the Situation Type as Litter - Trash & Debris. For railroad right-of-ways locations, report to Union Pacific online or by phone 1-888-877-7267. 

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