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Union City

Recycling

  • 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
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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 - Non-CRV
    Empty, drip-free. Wipe clean as needed.
  • Bimetal Cans - CRV
    Empty and 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
    Clean and dry.
  • Envelopes - Paper
    Clean, plastic windows okay.
  • Food Service Ware - Plastic Clamshells/To-Go Containers/Trays
    Empty and drip-free.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 liquids down the drain and put empty, drip free bottles or can in the recycling. If packaging was in a bag, place the empty packaging in the trash.
  • 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 - Shredded
    Bag shreds in paper bag and tape, staple to keep shredded paper from flying out.
  • 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.
  • Plant Pots - Plastic
    Free of dirt. Offer good condition for reuse to local community.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
    Up to 40 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

  • Egg Cartons - Paper - Soiled
  • Food Service Ware - Paper Products - Uncoated
  • Paper Carton Containers - Plastic-coated
  • 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.
  • Compostable Plastic Bags - BPI Certified
    Note: If it does not have the BPI certified logo, it belongs in the trash.
  • 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.
  • Food Scraps
  • 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
  • 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
    Must fit in hauler container with lid closed and be unpainted/treated wood.
  • Paper Bags
    Collect good condition for reuse
  • Paper Carton Containers - Plastic-coated
    Empty and drip free
  • 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
  • Wood - Untreated
    Pieces must fit in cart or bin.
  • Wood Chips
  • 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

510-657-3500
  • 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
  • Ashes - Grill/Fireplace
    Cold ashes.
  • Auto Glass
    Damaged, broken condition.
  • Auto Upholstery - Non-working
  • Balloons - Used
  • Blueprint Paper
  • Boat Upholstery - Non-working
  • 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
  • Clothes Hangers - Non-working
  • Coffee Pods - Compostable
    Compost coffee grounds. Consider investing in a reusable coffee pod.
  • 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
  • Dead Animals
    Contact local animal control (e.g. deer, neighbors pet, injured or entrapped/tangled animal) or large livestock.
  • Disposable Diapers & Wipes - Used
  • Dryer & Vacuum Lint
  • Eyeglasses
    Broken condition
  • Facial Tissues - Used
  • foam padding
    Poor, damaged condition. Large, high quality pieces may desired for reuse in local community.
  • Food Service Ware - Compostable - BPI Certified Products
    No compostable plastics (eg. Utensils, cups, plates, bowls, straws, lids, to-go boxes) except BPI certified compostable bags to collect food scraps which may go into the green bin.
  • 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
  • Hair and Fur Trimmings
  • Hardware & Fasteners
  • Hoses - Garden/Rubber - Non-working
  • Houseware - Non-working
  • Jewelry - Non-working
  • Knives & Shears - Non-working
  • Lab Glassware - Poor Condition
    Empty of chemicals.
  • Lab Plastics - Used
  • Light Bulbs - Incandescent/Halogen
    These do not contain mercury and are not recyclable.
  • Manure
    Small quantity. If farm/ag use generates large volumes consider onsite composting.
  • 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
    Laboratory microscrope slides and cover slips contaminated with biohazards are considered "sharps waste."
  • Mirror - Broken
  • 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 Corrgated 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.
  • Rags - Paint/Chemical/Oil Soiled
  • Records
    Broken, damaged condition.
  • Reusable Bags
    Poor, broken condition. Donate clean, dry items.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Toys - Non-working
    Poor, damaged condition.
  • Toys - 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
  • Undergarments - Non-working
    Poor, damaged condition beyond repair or recycling.
  • Vacuum Cleaner Bags & Filters
    Used condition.
  • Water Filters
  • 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
    Single Family & Parcelized Multifamily Dwellings: Put in clear, sealed bag next to recycling cart.
  • Batteries - Household - Rechargeable (up to 5 lbs)
    Single Family & Parcelized Multifamily Dwellings: Put in clear, sealed bag next to recycling cart.
  • Cell Phones - Non-working
    Single Family & Parcelized Multifamily Dwellings: Put in clear, sealed bag next to recycling cart.
  • Christmas Trees
    Tri-CED collects trees between December 26 and January 31. Trees may be cut to fit in cart. Remove all décor, tinsel, stands, and lights. Flocked trees belong in the garbage. You may also drop it off at Tri-CED.
  • Cooking Oil/Grease/Fats
    Used cooking oil can be dropped dropped off at Republic's Fremont facility (42600 Boyce Rd.) during business hours. Paper towels with grease, and small amounts of solid fat may go into the compost. No liquids in the compost bin.
  • Motor Oil
    Single Family & Parcelized Multifamily Dwellings: Next to carts. Place heavy duty jug with screw top.
  • Oil Filters
    Single Family & Parcelized Multifamily Dwellings: Next to carts. Place in sealable plastic bag.

Bulky Pickup

  • Air Conditioner - Non-working
  • Audio & Visual Equipment - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Baby Furniture & Equipment - Non-working
  • Barbeque Grill - Non-working
  • Bicycle - Non-working
  • Bicycle - Scrap & Parts
  • Cables & Wires - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Cameras & Camcorders - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Christmas Lights - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Computer Accessories - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Computer Monitors - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Computers - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Dishwasher - Non-working
  • Electronics - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Espresso Machines - Non-working
  • Exercise Equipment - Non-working
    Less than 150 lbs.
  • Freezer - Non-working
  • Furniture - Non-working
    Less than 150 lbs.
  • Game Cartridges - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Gaming Systems & Accessories - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Lawnmower - Non-working
    Free of gasoline and oil.
  • Lighting Fixtures - Non-working
    Bulbs removed.
  • Luggage - Non-working
  • Major Household Appliances - Non-working
  • Mattresses & Box Springs
  • Microwave - Non-working
  • Musical Instruments & Gear - Non-working
  • Office chairs - Non-working
  • Oil-filled Heaters - Non-working
  • Porcelain Toilets & Sinks
    Broken, high water usage old models. Okay in Debris Boxes.
  • Printers/Faxes - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Radios - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Refrigerator - Non-working
  • Rugs & Mats - Non-working
    Poor, damaged condition.
  • Satellite Dish - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Sewing Machines - 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.
  • Sporting Goods - Non-working
  • Stove/Oven - Non-working
  • Television - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Tents and Outdoor Gear - Non-working
  • Tires
    Republic Services will collect up to 4 passenger car tires per bulky pick-up appointment.
  • Tools & Accessories - Garden - Non-working
  • Tools & Accessories - Hand - Non-working
  • Tools & Accessories - Power - Non-working
  • Toys - With Electronics - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Trash Compactor
  • Typewriters - Non-working
  • Vacuum Cleaners - Non-working
  • VCRs/CD/DVD Players - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Video Projectors - Non-working
    Place electronics in a box clearly labeled “e-waste” that is easily accessible and in plain view (about a foot from the pile).
  • Washer/Dryer - Non-working
  • Water Coolers - Non-working
    Must drain liquid from water tank.
  • Water Heaters - Non-working

Debris Box / C&D Service

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

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.

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