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Curbside Service Information

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Oakland

Recycling

Residential:  California Waste Solutions - 510-625-5263

Commercial: Oakland Recycles: Business -  Commercial recycling is open market in Oakland. You can shop around for the service provider that works best for you.

  • Aerosol Can - Empty
  • Aluminum Foil & Pans - Clean
  • Aseptic Packs
  • 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.
  • Aseptic Packs
    Empty and drip-free.
  • 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
    Food or cracked-egg soiled cartons belong in Compost.
  • Egg Cartons - Plastic
    Clean and dry.
  • Envelopes - Paper
    Clear, plastic windows okay.
  • Food Service Ware - Plastic Clamshells/To-Go Containers/Trays
    Empty and drip-free. Cutlery belongs in trash.
  • Frozen Food Boxes
    Empty and free of food.
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Metal Jar Lids
    These lined with plastic and are too small to be captured by recycling equipment. Consider collecting for reuse projects.
  • Newspaper
  • Packaged Foodgrade Liquids - Expired/ Non-working
    Empty contents and recyle empty drip-free container and lid.
  • 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.)
  • Pallets - Wooden - Broken
    Remove nails and fit into cart or bin.
  • Paper
    Covered in tape and paint? Then put it in the trash.
  • Paper Bags
    Reuse as possible. If food-soiled, place in Compost.
  • Paper Carton Containers - Plastic-coated
    Empty and drip free
  • 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
    Search "Junk Mail" for opt-out options.
  • Pill Bottles - Empty
    4 inches or bigger. Reattach plastic lid to plastic bottles.
  • Plastic Bottle - CRV
    Empty and drip-free. Wipe clean as needed.
  • Plastic Bottle - Non-CRV
    Empty, drip-free. Commercial size (5g max) to Pill bottles (at least 4\ high)"
  • Plastic Bucket
    Empty and drip-free. Wipe clean as needed.
  • Plastic Lids & Caps - Bottles and Jars
    Caps reattached to empty plastic bottles may be recycled. Loose lids under 4" will not be captured for recycling,
  • Plastic Wide Mouth Container
    Empty and drip-free. Wipe clean as needed.
  • Rigid Plastics
    Empty and drip-free. Resins #1-7 in the chasing arrows. (Pleasanton #1 & #2's only.)
  • Water Bottles - Reusable
    Clean, dry broken,poor condition metal and plastics #1 & #2 bottles. Donate clean, dry good condition bottles.
  • Wrapping Paper - Non-Metallic

Organics

Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC Oakland)

Residential: 510-613-8710
Commercial: 510-613-8700

  • Egg Cartons - Paper - Soiled
  • Food Scraps
  • Food Service Ware - Compostable - BPI Certified Products
  • 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.
  • Coffee Pods - Compostable
    Compost coffee grounds. Consider investing in a reusable coffee pod.
  • Compostable Plastic Bags - BPI Certified
    Note: If it does not have the BPI certified logo, it belongs in the trash.
  • 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.
  • Dead Animals
    Small roadkill, rats, fish, small reptiles, etc.. Contact local animal control (e.g. deer, neighbors pet, injured or entrapped/tangled animal) or large livestock.
  • Egg Cartons - Paper - Soiled
    Food or cracked-egg soiled cartons.
  • Facial Tissues - Used
  • Food Scraps
    Go to www.StopFoodWaste.org for tips to save time, money, and edible food.
  • Food Service Ware - Compostable - BPI Certified Products
    Note: If it does not have the BPI certified logo, it belongs in the trash.
  • Food Service Ware - Paper Products - Poly-coated
    Empty, and drip-free if collected in the trash.
  • 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.
  • Paper - Shredded
    Bag shreds in paper bag and tape, staple to keep shredded paper from flying out.
  • Paper Straws
  • Paper Towels & Napkins
  • Pizza Box - Greasy
  • Pizza Box - Non-greasy
  • Sawdust - Untreated Wood
    Shavings from clean, unpainted or stained wood.
  • Sponges - Natural
  • Straw/Hay
    Offer portions or bales to local gardeners or farms.
  • Tea Bags
    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.
  • Wood Scraps - Untreated
    Clean wood pieces free of paint or chemicals, cut to fit in the cart or bin.
  • Yard Trimmings & Plant Debris
    If your trimmings are too much for your bin, let them dry out a few days or wait until next pick up as the volume decreases over time.

Garbage

Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC Oakland)

Residential: 510-613-8710
Commercial: 510-613-8700

  • Condiment/Toiletry Packets - Empty
  • 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
  • Ashes - Grill/Fireplace
    Cold ashes.
  • Auto Glass
    Damaged, broken condition.
  • Balloons - Used
  • 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
  • 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 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.
  • Clocks & Watches - Non-working
    Remove battery for proper disposal.
  • Clothes Hangers - Metal - Working
    Return to Dry Cleaners for reuse. May also go into Residentail Bulky Pick-up.
  • Clothes Hangers - Non-working
    May also go into Residentail Bulky Pick-up.
  • Clothing - Undergarments - Non-working
    Poor, damaged condition beyond repair or recycling.
  • Coffee Pods - Metal/Plastic
    Empty coffee or tea grounds in the compost first. Consider investing in reusable pods.
  • Condiment/Toiletry Packets - Empty
  • Corks - Plastic/Synthetic
  • Disposable Diapers & Wipes - Used
  • Dryer & Vacuum Lint
  • Fire Hoses - Non-working
  • Foam Padding
    Poor, damaged condition. Large, high quality pieces may desired for reuse in local community.
  • Food Service Ware - Plastic Cups & Plates
    Empty/scraped of food and drip-free. Note to-go cup plastic lids, straws, and stir sticks are not recyclable. Consider washing and reusing stronger plastic cups.
  • 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
  • Keys
  • Knives & Shears - Non-working
  • Lab Glassware - Poor Condition
  • Lab Plastics - Used
  • Leather Remnants & Scraps
  • Light Bulbs - Incandescent/Halogen
    These do not contain mercury and are not recyclable.
  • Linens/Blankets/Towels - Poor Condition
    Soiled. Donate clean condition for recycling.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Plant Pots - Plastic
    Free of dirt. Offer good condition for reuse to local community.
  • 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).
  • Pool Cover - Non-working
  • Purses & Backpacks - Non-working
  • PVC
    Scrap pieces.
  • Radios - Non-working
  • Rags - Paint/Chemical/Oil Soiled
  • Records
    Broken, damaged condition.
  • Reusable Bags
    Poor, broken condition. Donate clean, dry good condition bags.
  • Rubber Bands
    Consider collecting, ceaning, and donating to local farms for reuse.
  • Rubber Items
    Poor, damaged condition.
  • Rugs & Mats - Non-working
    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
  • 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
  • Tools & Accessories - Hand - Non-working
  • Toys & Games - Non-working
    Poor, damaged condition.
  • Toys & Games - Plastic Parts Only
    Pieces 4" and larger. 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.
  • Wigs
    Poor, damaged condition.
  • Window Screens
  • Window Treatments - Non-working
  • Wood - Engineered/Composite
    Cut to fit into cart/bin. Small quantity can go in residential bulky. Cut to 4'; weigh less than 75 Lb; tied in bundle.
  • Wood - Painted
    Cut to fit in cart or bin such that lid closes. Small quantity can go in residential bulky. Cut to 4'; weigh less than 75 Lb; tied in bundle.
  • 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
    Put in clear, sealed bag on top of recycling cart.
  • Batteries - Household - Rechargeable (up to 5 lbs)
    Put in clear, sealed bag on top of recycling cart.
  • Christmas Trees
    Compost: Place curbside the first work day after December 25th through the end of the second work week in January. Remove all décor, tinsel, stands, and lights. 3rd week of Jan & after: Trees taller than 6 feet must be cut into lengths of 6 feet or smaller for green cart collection. Remove all décor, tinsel, stands, and lights. Flocked trees go to the landfill/garbage cart.
  • Motor Oil
    Order free jug from CWS and then place next to carts on pick up day.
  • Oil Filters
    Order free motor oil filter bag and jug from CWS. Place next to carts for pick up.

Bulky Pickup

All Oakland residents are eligible to receive bulky item pick-up services.

Residents and Property Managers contact hauler for details and scheduling. Oakland Bulky Guidelines

Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC Oakland), Residential: 510-613-8710

  • 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
  • Bicycle - Scrap & Parts
  • Boat Upholstery - Non-working
  • Cables & Wires - Non-working
  • Cameras & Camcorders - Non-working
  • Cell Phones - Non-working
  • Christmas Lights - Non-working
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders - Single-use/Non-working
  • Computer Accessories - Non-working
  • Computer Monitors - Non-working
  • Computers - Non-working
  • Copy Machines - Non-working
  • Dishwasher - Non-working
  • Electronics - Non-working
  • Espresso Machines - Non-working
  • Exercise Equipment - Non-working
  • Freezer - Non-working
  • Furniture - Non-working
  • Game Cartridges - Non-working
  • Gaming Systems & Accessories - Non-working
  • Lawnmower - Non-working
  • Lighting Fixtures - Non-working
  • Luggage - Non-working
  • Major Household Appliances - Non-working
  • Mattresses & Box Springs
  • Microwave - Non-working
  • Office chairs - Non-working
  • Oil-filled Heaters - Non-working
  • Porcelain Toilets & Sinks
    Contact hauler for details.
  • Pots & Pans - Non-working
    Businesses may place broken pots and pans in recycling as scrap metal (WM, Inc.).
  • Printers/Faxes - Non-working
  • Refrigerator - Non-working
  • Satellite Dish - Non-working
  • Scrap Metal
    CWS does not accept residential scrap metal in recycling. WM, Inc. will pick up in Bulky Pick-up.. Businesses - Scrap metal items may be up to 40 lbs and must fit in cart with closed lid.
  • Sewing Machines - Non-working
  • Small Engines - Non-working
  • 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.
  • Solar Panels - Non-working
  • Sporting Goods - Non-working
  • Stove/Oven - Non-working
  • Television - Non-working
  • Tents and Outdoor Gear - Non-working
  • Tires
  • Tools & Accessories - Garden - Non-working
  • Tools & Accessories - Power - Non-working
  • Toys & Games - With Electronics - Non-working
  • Typewriters - Non-working
  • Vacuum Cleaners - Non-working
  • VCRs/CD/DVD Players - Non-working
  • Video Projectors - Non-working
  • Washer/Dryer - Non-working
  • Water Coolers - Non-working
  • Water Heaters - Non-working

Debris Box / C&D Service

Contact hauler for details and fees.  C&D Requirements

Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC Oakland)

Residential: 510-613-8710
Commercial: 510-613-8700

  • Asphalt
  • Bricks
  • Bricks - Broken
  • Carpet
  • Carpet Padding
  • Ceiling Tile
  • Concrete
  • Concrete With Rebar
  • Construction & Demolition Debris
  • 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

Additional Information

Visit Oakland Recycles for additional details about recycling service in Oakland.

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 trash through SeeClickFix; there are also categories for debris, appliances, greenwaste, and mattresses. A reward is offered for reporting trash and debris dumping to the Oakland Dept of Public Works that leads to successful enforcement; reports can also be called in to (510) 615-5566.

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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