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Yard Trimmings & Plant Debris

Yard trimmings and plant debris include organic material, such as grass clippings, leaves, twigs, dead flowers, from your backyard or garden.

Too many trimmings for your cart?

  • Leave them out to dry such that you can get more in your cart.
  • Talk to your neighbors and offer space in your carts when they need it for space in their green cart.
  • Contact your curbside hauler about the possibility of buying bag tags to put trimmings in Kraft paper bags (from a hardware store or the hauler).
  • If you regularly need the volume of more than 1 bin, your hauler may be able to provide this for residents for minimal to no cost.
  • Hire lawn and yard service folks to drop them off at the transfer station for you, or drop them off yourself (fees apply).

Keep finished compost clean by not adding take-out food packaging, glass bottles & cans, street litter, pet waste, and plastics to the green cart. Turf belongs in the landfill; leave it in place with sheetmulching.

Finished compost is applied to agriculture and ranch lands to enhance water holding capacity, add nutrients and minerals, and sequester carbon in in soil. Houseplants, veggie gardens, and fruit trees, shrubs and vines thrive with compost added around the base of plants on top of the soil. Learn more at lawntogarden.org

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Acme Landfill (Fill Corporation) 950 Waterbird Way Martinez Compost Paid Drop-off
Altamont Landfill (WM, Inc.) 10840 Altamont Pass Rd. Livermore Compost Paid Drop-off
Bay View Greenwaste Management Co. 1300 Carroll Ave. San Francisco Reuse, Recycle, Compost Paid Drop-off, Paid Pick-up Includes palms.
Bee Green Recycling & Supply (Asphalt Shingle Recyclers) 5900 Coliseum Way
(Inert Debris & Green Waste Recycling)
Oakland Compost Paid Pick-up Clean green waste and difficult green (higher price) including palm, bamboo, cactus.. No sod/lawn.
Berkeley Transfer Station 1201 2nd St. Berkeley Compost Paid Drop-off Organic (compostable) materials shall be kept separate from other waste to comply with local and state regulations. No sod or plant debris with excessive dirt - this will be handled and charged as refuse. Not allowed: plywood, particle board, painted or treated wood, trash, recyclable materials, and and plastic bags (please empty any plastic bags used to transport debris)
Bio Fuel Systems (@Altamonte Landfill) 10840 Altamont Pass Road
Office to pay & drop materials past WM Scalehouse
Livermore Compost Paid Drop-off No palm fronds or trunks
Byron Crushing & Grinding 5595 Byron Hot Springs Rd. Byron Compost Paid Drop-off, Paid Pick-up Includes whole palm trees and sod
CalRecycle's Where to Recycle Location Finder 1001 I St
PO Box 4025
Sacramento Compost Paid Drop-off http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/FacIT/Facility/Search.aspx
Commercial Waste & Recycling - C&D, Inerts & landscape yard 725 Independent Road Oakland Compost Paid Drop-off Inlcuding difficult green: stumps, cactus, bamboo, palm, logs greater than 18\".
Contra Costa Transfer & Recovery Station (CCTRS) 951 Waterbird Way Martinez Compost Paid Drop-off
Davis Street (WM) Resource Recovery Complex (Transfer Station) 2615 Davis St. San Leandro Compost Paid Drop-off Sod not accepted. Yard trimmings are accepted for composting and mulch.
EcoHaul 636 F Street Petaluma Compost Paid Pick-up
FERMA Corporation (Newark) Equipment Yard
6655 Smith Ave
Newark Compost Paid Pick-up
Fremont Recycling & Transfer Station 41149 Boyce Rd. Fremont Compost Paid Drop-off Deposit plant debris, food scraps & food-soiled paper in the facility’s designated “clean green” area.
Golden Bear Transfer Station 1 Parr Blvd. Richmond Compost Paid Drop-off
Green Waste Recycle Yard P.O. Box 2377 Berkeley Compost Paid Drop-off Only accept woody organic waste: logs, shrub/bush, branches, log rounds & wood chips
GreenWaste of Palo Alto 2765 Lafayette St Palo Alto Compost Paid Pick-up No bamboo, cactus, flax, ivy, palm, pampas grass, poison oak or yucca.
Keller Canyon Landfill 901 Bailey Rd. Pittsburg Landfill Paid Drop-off Closed to public.
Newby Island Landfill & Resource Recovery Park 1601 Dixon Landing Rd. Milpitas Compost Paid Drop-off
Oakland Resident Free Bulky Item Drop Off - Bulky Block Party
7101 Edgewater Dr
Oakland Compost Free Drop-off separated and clean

Curbside Service

Organics Bulky Pickup Special Action Note
Alameda
Contact hauler for extra residential bags/tags for fee. Yard trimmings will decrease in volume if you let them dry out for a few days (more can fit in your cart).
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Albany
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.
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Berkeley
Residents may also purchase additional pre-paid plant debris bags to place next to cart on regular service day. Limit 10 bags per pickup.
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Fire Fuel Chipper and Debris Bin Program for residents of the Berkeley hills to support wildfire preparedness efforts if you pay the Fire Surcharge on your Property Tax Statement. (https://berkeleyca.gov/city-services/trash-recycling/fire-fuel-chipper-and-debris-bin)
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Castro Valley Sanitary District
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.
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Dublin
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.
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Emeryville
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.
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Fremont
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.
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Hayward
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.
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Hayward (Oro Loma - L2)
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.
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Livermore
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.
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Newark
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.
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Oakland
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.
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Plant debris (paper bagged); Branches (4ft long, 6 in. wide limit). No Rocks, Dirt, Concrete or fiberglass.
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Piedmont
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.
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Pleasanton
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.
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San Leandro
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San Leandro (Oro Loma - L3)
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.
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San Lorenzo (Oro Loma)
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.
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Unincorporated Oro Loma (L1)
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.
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Union City
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.
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