Commercial Recycling Services

Commercial Recycling Services are provided for businesses and residential buildings with 10 or more units.

To make the best use of these services, a customer service representative can visit your site and help you design a program to fit your space and disposal needs. 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 were effective as of July 2012 businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of waste per week, and multi-family properties of 5 units or more, must have recycling service. For more information go to: Recycling Services or the Alameda County Waste Authority’s Mandatory Recycling Website:

 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. If you generate large amounts, we can supply bins or roll-off boxes, and collect up to 6 days/week for cardboard and 5 days/week for all other material.

What to Recycle


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


Paper & Cardboard Recycling Poster

Food Waste & Organics

The City collects food waste for composting, and Berkeley diverts more than 300 tons away from the landfill with this program. Berkeley businesses can recycle food scraps, flowers, paper napkins and wrappings, waxed cardboard, and unpainted wood scraps such as shipping crates (nails are ok). 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.

Businesses of all kinds and sizes are participating, including these restaurants, markets, bakeries, florists, coffee shops and food producers: Andronico’s, Berkeley Bowl, Whole Foods, Monterey Market, Peet’s Coffee, Betty’s Diner, Picante Cocina, Pyramid Brewery, Venezia Restaurant, Ashby Flowers, Metropolitan Bakery, Ajanta Indian Cuisine, Kamal Palace Indian Cuisine, Boran Thai, Cha-Am Thai, Zachary's Pizza and more!

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