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Food Service Ware - Compostable - BPI Certified Products

Compostable ware - cups, plates, utensils, to-go boxes, straws, & organics liners - is labeled 'compostable' and has passed the ASTM D6400 test (products usually list this BPI certification).

Consider using reusables instead of single-use items.

Find PFAS-free compostable food ware products: BPI-certified listCMA-Approved list; and CEH’s foodware database.

Learn about BPI Certification here. The Center for Environmental Health's Green Screen Certified FoodWare database which was developed by CEH and Clean Production Action (also a national environmental non-profit organization), to avoid regrettable substitutes and address concerns with toxic chemicals in the entire product. The most basic level (silver) ensures that products do not contain PFAS, other chemicals of high concern or known regrettable substitutes. If you want to know more details about it, you can either refer directly to the standard or watch a recording of the webinar.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Berkeley Transfer Station 1201 2nd St. Berkeley Compost Paid Drop-off If it does not have the BPI certified logo, it belongs in the trash.
GreenWaste of Palo Alto 2765 Lafayette St Palo Alto Compost Paid Pick-up
Pleasanton Transfer Station 3110 Busch Rd. Pleasanton Landfill Paid Drop-off Only paper-based BPI compostable items can be included in organics. Flatware, plastic-type cups & containers go to landfill.
TerraCycle 121 New York Ave Trenton Recycle Paid Pick-up
Test Vendor 123 Main Street Compost Free Drop-off

Curbside Service

Organics Garbage Note
Alameda
Compostable plastics go in the trash. Fiber-based compostable products go in organics.
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Compostable plastics go in the trash. Fiber-based compostable products go in organics.
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Albany
Scrape food scraps into the Compost Bin. Compostable plastics no longer collected in organics in Albany.
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Berkeley
Note: If it does not have the BPI certified logo, it belongs in the trash.
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Castro Valley Sanitary District
Note: If it does not have the BPI certified logo, it belongs in the trash.
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Dublin
Only paper products like cups, bowls, plates, and straws belong in the Organics bin. "Compostable" plastic bowls, cups, & plates belong in the trash.
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Emeryville
Compost food scraps. No "compostable" plastics in the compost.
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Fremont
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Hayward
Note: If it does not have the BPI certified logo, it belongs in the trash.
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Hayward (Oro Loma - L2)
Note: If it does not have the BPI certified logo, it belongs in the trash.
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Livermore
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Newark
Empty and drip-free
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Oakland
Note: If it does not have the BPI certified logo, it belongs in the trash.
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Piedmont
Note: If it does not have the BPI certified logo, it belongs in the trash.
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Pleasanton
Compostable BPI certified paper products like cups, bowls, plates, and straws belong in the organics bin. Compostable plastics (i.e. utensils, bowls, cups, & plates) belong in the trash except BPI certified compostable bags to collect food scraps which may go into the organics bin.
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San Leandro
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San Leandro (Oro Loma - L3)
Note: If it does not have the BPI certified logo, it belongs in the trash.
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San Lorenzo (Oro Loma)
Note: If it does not have the BPI certified logo, it belongs in the trash.
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Unincorporated Oro Loma (L1)
Note: If it does not have the BPI certified logo, it belongs in the trash.
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Union City
Note: If it does not have the BPI certified logo, it belongs in the trash.
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