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Press Contact: Matthai Chakko, (510) 981-7008


Berkeley, California (Tuesday, November 22, 2016) - There will be minor changes to refuse collection for those with pickups scheduled on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, or the days following those holidays.

Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving Day residential pickups will be moved to Friday, November 25th. Residences with regularly scheduled Friday service should continue to place carts curbside by 7am on Friday.

Businesses should place bins curbside on their regular service day.

Please note that collection may occur later in the day than usual; in some cases, collection could be delayed until the following service day. Please report any missed pickups on Monday, November 28th by dialing 311 (or 510-981-7270).

Christmas: There will be no commercial refuse service on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25th. Businesses with scheduled Sunday pickups will have collection service on Monday, December 26th. 

New Year's: There will be no commercial refuse service on New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1st. Businesses with scheduled Sunday pickups will have collection service on Monday, January 2nd.

Holiday Tree Collection: Holiday trees should be cut to fit into your compost cart with the lid closed, or cut into sections no longer than 5 feet and left at the curb on your normal collection day from December 26th through January 29th.

Before placing your tree curbside for collection:

  • Please remove all lights, decorations, tinsel, plastic bags and plastic tree stands.
  • We will collect flocked trees, but flocked trees are not compostable so please avoid flocking if possible. 

Holiday Tree Drop-off: You may drop your holiday tree off at the City's Transfer Station at no charge during the month of January. The Transfer Station is located at 1201 2nd St. (off Gilman), and is open Monday - Saturday 8:00am-4:30pm.

Businesses and residents who normally do not have compost collection may call 311 (or 510-981-7270) to schedule curbside tree pick-up.

Starting February 1st, you may cut up your tree to fit in your plant debris cart, or you may dispose of it at the Transfer Station for the minimum compost fee of $23. Flocked trees will be charged the minimum trash fee of $29.


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