311 City Services
  • Online Services
  • For City services in many
  • languages, call
  • 311 or 510-981-2489

Translation Disclaimer

Quick Links

 

City Manager's Office
City Manager's Office
Press Contact: Matthai Chakko, (510) 981-7008

THANKSGIVING ZERO WASTE PLAN: LANDFILL LESS, ADAPT TO PICKUP SCHEDULE
Residential pickups: Thursday moved to Friday; Friday moved to Saturday

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, November 20, 2019) - Plan your Thanksgiving to reduce what goes to the landfill and, for those with Thursday or Friday pickups, plan to put out your carts a day later.

Residents with Thursday collections should place carts curbside by 7 a.m. on Friday, November 29. Residents with regular Friday pickups should place carts curbside by 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 30.

Collection may occur later in the day than usual. Please report any missed pickups on Monday, December 2 by dialing Customer Service at 510-981-7270.

Plan ahead to reduce waste

Reduce what Berkeley sends to landfills. Plan ahead to use what can be re-used and sort out your recyclables and compost.

Cutting back on waste at the end of the year not only helps you and Berkeley be more sustainable, it helps stem a national trend of increased waste during the holidays.

Prevent wasted food by making small shifts in how you plan, store, and eat your food. When we waste food, we are wasting all the energy, water, and resources that went into producing that food and getting it into our kitchens. Learn more at www.stopfoodwaste.org.

Compost food scraps and paper

Thanksgiving food scraps make great compost! Place your food scraps and food-soiled paper in your green compost cart. Food sent to the landfill generates greenhouse gasses like methane that contribute to climate change.

Follow these tips to properly dispose of common Thanksgiving leftovers:

Place the following items in your green compost cart:

  • Turkey Carcass - All meat bones, fish bones and shellfish shells.
  • Stuffing, Veggies & Pie - All food scraps from food prep or plate scrapings.
  • Coffee Grounds & Filters - Coffee grounds, paper filters, and tea bags.
  • Food-soiled paper products: Paper napkins, towels, plates, cups, tablecloths and other food-soiled paper products
  • Wine Corks (natural) - If the cork is natural, place it in the compost cart. Plastic or synthetic corks should be placed in the trash.
  • Small Amounts of Fats, Oil & Grease - For small amounts, let it cool, then wipe with a paper towel and place the paper towel in the compost cart.

Properly dispose of other items

Place the following items in your blue recycle cart:

  • Aluminum Pie & Baking Trays - Rinse or wipe your tray clean before recycling.
  • Whipped Cream Containers - Empty aerosol cans and clean plastic tubs.
  • Steel Cans & Aluminum Foil - Ball up your foil before tossing it in the recycling.
  • Plastic Containers - Rinse all plastic containers before placing them in the recycle bin. All clean, dry, rigid plastic containers are accepted.

Take large amounts of oil or grease in a sealed container like a milk container to a drop-off location near you. (Small amounts absorbed with a paper towel can be put in the compost.)

Help your guests reduce waste

Make recycling and composting easy for your guests: Set up clearly labeled recycle and compost bins. Download printable posters to place above your bins:

Or create your own customized signs.

Use what you already have

You can also plan for a holiday without buying items you may not need. Here are some tips:

  • Go Reusable - Use washable utensils, plates, glasses, napkins, placemats, and tablecloths.
  • Decorate With Nature - Beautiful accents and centerpieces can be made from plant material, such as pine cones, squash, pomegranates, flowers, succulents, twigs, leaves, and acorns. 
  • Practice Creative Reuse - Use items you already own. DIY decorations can be a fun project for the whole family.
  • Reusable Containers - Send leftover food home with guests in reusable containers.
  • Repurpose Leftovers - Plan to repurpose leftovers (turkey carcass, bones, vegetable scraps) for soup stock.

We hope you have a good holiday. Take note if your pickup schedule was changed for Thansksgiving week and we hope you take some steps to reduce landfill waste.

###

Keep up with City of Berkeley news via our News page, email or .

Home | Residents | Businesses | Visitors | Services | Elected Officials
Web Policy | Text-Only Site Map | Contact Us
City of Berkeley - Central Administrative Offices, 2180 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903