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The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

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PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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Berkeley, California (Wednesday, May 18, 2016) - As Cal students move out for the summer, tenants and landlords can help keep our streets clean by planning ahead, using City services and properly discarding what they don't need.

Dumping mattresses and other items on the sidewalk don't lead to re-use. They create a mess. Please use mattress recyclers, your building's dumpsters or other resources listed below to discard, re-use or reycle what you don't need.

Keep re-usable and recyclable goods out of landfills. There are a number of resources to help people thoughtfully and sustainably discard un-needed items.

Follow these easy steps for a smart, sustainable and socially responsible move-out:

  1. Plan Ahead. Don't wait until the last minute and then throw everything in the trash or on the curb. Electronics contain hazardous waste and should never be placed on the sidewalk or in debris bins. Visit the or to learn how to properly dispose of e-waste and other unwanted items. Fines for illegal dumping can be $1,000 a day.

  2. Use City services by calling 311 (or 510-981-2489 when outside City limits):  
  3. Reuse. Download the City of Berkeley's Reuse Guide (pdf), which lists local organizations that will accept reusable furniture, appliances, and clothing. Visit Alameda County Food Bank  to donate canned goods.

  4. Recycle. Use the City's blue bins to recycle cans and bottles. Newspapers and cardboard can be bundled and placed curbside on your recycling service day.  Visit for more information on recycling services and how to keep your unwanted items like paper, cardboard, furniture, and electronics out of the landfill.  Computers, televisions, stereos and electronic gadgets are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. The Ewaste Collective picks up anything with a plug, working or not. Visit their website at for more information on scheduling pick-ups.

What you need to know about illegal dumping:

Don't trash Berkeley!  Call 311 (or 510-981-2489) to help connect you to solutions.


City of Berkeley Reuse Guide: 
Cal Move-Out: 
Computer and Technology Resource Center: 
DR3: mattress recycling and more: 
BiCyCal: UCBerkeley's bicycle collective: 
Recycle printers at local Staples    2352 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, Ca 94704 
Donate to Goodwill  2058 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 
Recycle with Berkeley Ecology Center 
Donate furniture to Urban Ore  900 Murray St Berkeley, CA 94710 is a helpful tool to help guide you to where you can drop off goods to be recycled or re-used. 
WatersideWorkshops, takes used bicycles and repairs them into better condition as part of a job-training program.




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