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Tea Bags

Tea bags are prepackaged tea-leaves often made from filter paper, or food-grade plastic. Open plastic based bags to add the tea to the compost bin, and put the bag in the trash.

Consider reusable tea brewing systems. Tea "bags" made of paper or another natural material like cotton or silk, go in the compost bin, however "bags" made of plastic mesh should go in the trash after the tea leaves are put in the compost bin.
Individual tea bag packets or sachets: if from paper go in the compost; if from paper fused with plastic and/or foil/metal go into the trash.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
GreenWaste of Palo Alto 2765 Lafayette St Palo Alto Compost Paid Pick-up
Pleasanton Transfer Station 3110 Busch Rd. Pleasanton Landfill Paid Drop-off
Republic Services, Inc. 42600 Boyce Road Fremont Compost Paid Pick-up
Waste Management of Alameda County 172 98th Ave. Oakland Compost Paid Pick-up Commercial waste hauling service
West Contra Costa Sanitary Landfill Organics Processing Facility Foot of Parr Blvd. Richmond Compost Paid Drop-off

Curbside Service

Organics Note
Alameda
Staple and string okay to leave. Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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Albany
Paper tea bags are acceptable, tea leaves are acceptable. However, nylon mesh tea bags belong in the trash.
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Berkeley
Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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Castro Valley Sanitary District
Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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Dublin
Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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Emeryville
Paper tea bags are acceptable, tea leaves are acceptable. However, nylon mesh tea bags belong in the trash.
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Fremont
Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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Hayward
String and paper tag ok. Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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Hayward (Oro Loma - L2)
Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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Livermore
Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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Newark
Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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Oakland
Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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Piedmont
Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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Pleasanton
Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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San Leandro
Staple and string okay to leave. Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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San Leandro (Oro Loma - L3)
Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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San Lorenzo (Oro Loma)
Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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Unincorporated Oro Loma (L1)
Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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Union City
Nylon mesh tea bags, free of tea leaves, belong in the trash.
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