Commercial Recycling Services

Commercial Recycling Services are provided for businesses and residential buildings with 10 or more units by the City of Berkeley.

To start or change existing service, email Customer Service, or call 311 for a Customer Service Representative (if calling from out of Berkeley, use 981-7270) 

 Mandatory Recycling Requirements for Businesses & Multi-family Properties in Alameda County Effective July 1, 2014, all businesses are required to have recycling collection for basic recyclable materials. Recycling collection is included with paid refuse service. Food generating businesses, like restaurants and markets, are required to have compost collection for food scraps, food soiled paper and plant debris. Compost collection rates can be found here:  Zero Waste Rates
The Alameda County Waste Management Authority has begun mailing warnings and possible citations for lack of required service, as well as for covered materials in the trash. Visit the Alameda County Waste Authority’s Mandatory Recycling Website:  http://www.recyclingrulesac.org/.  

Please call City of Berkeley Customer Service at 311 (510-981-2489) to request recycling or composting service. 


 

Cans, Bottles, Plastics & Paper Recycling

Collect discards as you generate them, using a small container by your desk, kitchen preparation area, in lunchroom, etc. Then transfer it into wheeled blue carts supplied by the City. Wheel the carts to the curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day. 

What to Recycle

Container Recycling Cart

Note: Put foam packing peanuts and bubble wrap in plastic bags and take them to a packaging/shipping store, such as UPS or Mailboxes Etc.

Glass, Metal & Plastics Recycling Poster

Fiber Recycling Cart

Paper & Cardboard Recycling Poster

Food Waste & Organics

Separating your food, food-soiled papers and plant debris for compost collection is an easy way to reduce the impacts of your waste generation. We can accept all food scraps, plant debris, paper napkins and wrappings, waxed cardboard, and small, unpainted wood scraps in our compost program. The City will supply carts or bins for your organics and can collect your organics up to 6 days/week. Participants receive a discount of 20% off the current refuse rate for the food waste portion of their service and find it an effective program for meeting Green Business Program certification criteria.

Food generating businesses, like restaurants and markets, and Multi-family buildings of 5 or more units, are required to have compost collection for food scraps, food soiled paper and plant debris. Compost collection rates can be found here: Zero Waste Rates
The Alameda County Waste Management Authority has begun mailing warnings and possible citations for lack of required service, as well as covered materials in the trash. Visit the Alameda County Waste Authority’s Mandatory Recycling Website:
http://www.recyclingrulesac.org/

 

Commercial Organics Recycing Poster


To Start Recycling Food Waste & Organics: contact Customer Service

To Recycle Other Materials: Check the Alameda County Recycling Hotline website at www.stopwaste.org.