Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
for Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and the City of Palo Alto

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Cardboard

Cardboard is a non-water resistant paper board, commonly shaped into boxes to store dry goods.

Flatten cardboard before recycling to gain space in your recycling container. Offer moving boxes to other for reuse before recycling. Large cardboard boxes make sheet mulching easier (www.LawntoGarden.org) and may be wanted by neighbors, especially bike and furniture boxes through social media (ex. NextDoor, FreeCycle, Craigslist).

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Vasco Road Landfill & Recycling Drop-off 4001 N. Vasco Rd. Livermore Recycle Free Drop-off Construction & Demolition
SMaRT Station 301 Carl Rd Sunnyvale Recycle Free Drop-off Currently by Appointment Only. Open to all public
Waste Management of Alameda County 172 98th Ave. Oakland Recycle Pick-up for a Fee Commercial waste hauling service
Citywide Fibers 1151 Quesada Ave. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up
Altamont Landfill (WM, Inc.) 10840 Altamont Pass Rd. Livermore Recycle Drop-off for a Fee
Western Pacific Pulp & Paper 1221 3rd St Oakland Recycle Pick-up for a Fee Commercial quantity
Berkeley Recycling Center 669 Gilman St.
(corner of 2nd & Gilman)
Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off, Buyback Drop-off Cardboard includes corrugated cardboard and brown paper which are purchased or accepted for drop-off. We do not accept wax coated cardboard.
Independent Recycling Services 9039 San Leandro Street Oakland Recycle Drop-off for a Fee, Pick-up for a Fee
GreenWaste of Palo Alto 2765 Lafayette St Palo Alto Recycle Pick-up for a Fee Remove all packing material, flatten and place in your blue recycle cart. Excess cardboard can be cut or folded it into 2’ x 3’ pieces and placed in a tied bundle next to your blue cart.
Berkeley Transfer Station 1201 2nd St. Berkeley Recycle Drop-off for a Fee
Shoreway Environmental Center (SEC) 333 Shoreway Road San Carlos Recycle Free Drop-off Public Recycling Center
Pier 96 Buyback (Recology) 1000 Amador St - Pier 96 San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off, Buyback Drop-off Any amount of cardboard can be recycled with Recology. In order to qualify for a Buy Back, the total amount of cardboard has to weigh over 150 pounds. For Buy Back rates please call ahead (415) 621-6200
Davis Street (WM) Resource Recovery Complex (Transfer Station) 2615 Davis St. San Leandro Recycle Free Drop-off Recycle drop-off area
Danny Recycling, Inc (DRI) 1745 Walsh Ave Santa Clara Recycle Free Drop-off
San Martin Transfer Station 14070 Llagas Avenue San Martin Recycle Free Drop-off
FERMA Corporation (Newark) Equipment Yard
6655 Smith Ave
Newark Recycle Pick-up for a Fee
FRG Waste Resources 100 Dodd St American Canyon Recycle Pick-up for a Fee Commercial quantity
Biagini Waste Reduction Systems Inc. 1150 Hensley Street Richmond Recycle Pick-up for a Fee
Fremont Recycling & Transfer Station 41149 Boyce Rd. Fremont Recycle Drop-off for a Fee Separate for recycling area
Georgia-Pacific Corp. 2800 Alvarado St San Leandro Recycle Free Pick-up Bales or very high volume for direct drop-off to Port of Oakland

Curbside Service

Recycling Bulky Pickup Note
Alameda
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.
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Albany
Cardboard should be clean and dry. Flatten, cut or fold to fit into cart or bin. . If your recycling cart is full and you have extra cardboard, flattened corrugated carboard not exceeding 4’ x 4’ may be leaned against your recycling cart for collection. Other option: Offer collapsed moving boxes to community for reuse or sheet mulching.
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Berkeley
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.
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Castro Valley Sanitary District
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. Single-Family and Multi-Family Residents with blue cart service: When your blue recycling cart is full, flattened corrugated cardboard no larger than 4’ tall x 4’ wide may be placed beside the recycling cart for collection.
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Dublin
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.
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Emeryville
Cardboard should be clean and dry. Flatten, cut or fold to fit into cart or bin. If your recycling cart is full and you have extra cardboard, flattened corrugated carboard not exceeding 4’ x 4’ may be leaned against your recycling cart for collection. Other option: Offer collapsed moving boxes to community for reuse or sheet mulching.
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Fremont
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.
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Hayward
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.
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Hayward (Oro Loma - L2)
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.
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Livermore
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.
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Newark
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.
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Oakland
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.
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(flattened & bundled)
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Piedmont
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.
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Pleasanton
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.
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San Leandro
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.
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San Leandro (Oro Loma - L3)
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.
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San Lorenzo (Oro Loma)
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.
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Unincorporated Oro Loma (L1)
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.
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Union City
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.
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