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Packaged Food - Expired/Non-working

Consider if the food is still edible by people:  Deciphering Dates on Products or StillTasty. Then consider feeding animals - high quantity or volume - like pig farmers. Then feed the soil.

Depackage by hand, recycle empty, dry rigid plastics and metals, and compost edible materials. Contact your hauler if you need additional service. Commercial depackaging services are becoming more available for pallets, cases, and containers. Consider paying staff to depackage by hand to meet state regulations of keeping organics out of the landfill.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Napa Recycling & Composting Facility (Waste Services) 820 Levitin Way
(Off Hwy 29 & S. Kelly Rd)
American Canyon Recycle, Compost Paid Drop-off Depackaging services. Contact Tim Dewey-Mattia
Z-Best Composting Facility 980 State Hwy. 25 Gilroy Compost Paid Pick-up Commercial composting facility. Food products must arrive depackaged

Curbside Service

Organics Note
Alameda
Scrape or place food in the compost. Determine and place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
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Albany
For expired foods, the food may go in the organics container, but not the packaging.
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Berkeley
Scrape or place food in the compost. Place film plastic and poly-coated paper packaging in trash. Place empty/clean rigid plastic containers and metal cans in the recycling.
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Castro Valley Sanitary District
Scrape or place food in the compost. Determine and place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
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Dublin
Scrape or place food in the compost. Place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
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Emeryville
For expired foods, the food may go in the organics container, but not the packaging.
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Fremont
Scrape or place food in the compost. Determine and place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
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Hayward
Scrape or place food in the compost. Determine and place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
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Hayward (Oro Loma - L2)
Scrape or place food in the compost. Determine and place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
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Livermore
Scrape or place food in the compost. Determine and place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
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Newark
Scrape or place food in the compost. Determine and place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
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Oakland
Scrape or place food in the compost. Determine and place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
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Piedmont
Scrape or place food in the compost. Determine and place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
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Pleasanton
Scrape or place food in the compost. Determine and place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
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San Leandro
Scrape or place food in the compost. Determine and place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
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San Leandro (Oro Loma - L3)
Scrape or place food in the compost. Determine and place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
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San Lorenzo (Oro Loma)
Scrape or place food in the compost. Determine and place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
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Unincorporated Oro Loma (L1)
Scrape or place food in the compost. Determine and place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
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Union City
Scrape or place food in the compost. Determine and place empty, drip/food free packaging in proper bin.
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