Refuse: Collection Schedule & Services Information

If you have any questions, please contact Customer Service Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at (510) 981-7270


There is NO City of Berkeley Collection Service for Refuse, Recycling or Plant Debris on these Holidays:

For closure dates of the City's Transfer Station (public dumping), please see the Transfer Station web page.

Refuse Administrative Offices, Customer Service counters and phone lines are closed on these Holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
  • Lincoln's Birthday
  • Washington's Birthday
  • Malcolm X's Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

For specific dates that holidays are observed during the current year, see: City of Berkeley Holiday and Reduced Service Days Schedule

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City Refuse Service is provided once a week for every residence. We provide several container sizes: 20 gallon (when available), 32 gallon, 64 gallon and 96 gallon. Curbside service is mandatory.

Here are some tips:


Roll-off Service

The City of Berkeley offers monthly rental and service rates for roll-off containers and compactors.

Upon request, we provide dumpsters to residences and businesses for 4 days.  Additional days may be requested for a charge of $17.50 per day, up to 2 days maximum duration.

If the container is stored on the street a permit is required.  Please contact the Permit Service Center at (510) 981 - 7500 for permit info.  If a permit is required, you will need to obtain the permit prior to scheduling for the roll-off dumpster.

Current rates are:

*This is the only size available for heavy material (ex: dirt, rocks or concrete) resulting in the proportionally higher charge.

Recycle clean wood, sheetrock, cardboard, garden trimmings, metals and reusable items. Contact Customer Service to find out how, and have more room in your dumpster for trash.

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Missed Pick-ups

Missed pickups must be reported no later than 5:00 p.m. the business day following the missed pick up (Monday – Friday) either by filling out an Online Service Request Form or by calling (510) 981-7270. See table below for reference.  Please remember to include your address and which service was missed (refuse or plant debris). 

Pick up day: Report Missed Pick-up by::
Monday 5:00 PM Tuesday
Tuesday 5:00 PM Wednesday
Wednesday 5:00 PM Thursday
Thursday 5:00 PM Friday
Friday 5:00 PM Monday
Saturday 5:00 PM Monday
Sunday 5:00 PM Monday

Note:  Residential customers contact Ecology Center (510) 527-5555 to report missed pick-ups of bottles/cans and fiber.

Extra Pick-up Bags

Residential customers who occasionally have extra refuse or plant debris, or did not report their missed pick-up, can purchase Prepaid Refuse or Prepaid Plant Debris Bags at the Customer Service Center or the Transfer Station.

Commercial customers may arrange for additional collections by calling Refuse Customer Service at (510) 981-7270.



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Other Refuse Services

Elderly or physically disabled customers may apply for an exemption from curbside service. All residents of the household must meet the criteria to be eligible for curbside exemption. If granted, garbage will be collected from the yard. Customers granted an exemption must purchase their own refuse container. This special service is provided for 32 gallon containers only.

Steam cleaning of commercial-sized metal containers is available upon request for a fee. Cost is determined by the size of the container. Contact Customer Service for cleaning rates of containers larger than 6.0 yards.

Capacity in Cubic Yards               Steam Cleaning Rate

                           1.0                         $90.00

                           1.5                         $90.00

                           2.0                         $90.00

                           3.0                         $90.00

                           4.0                         $90.00

                           5.0                         $90.00

                           6.0                         $90.00

Contact Customer Service 

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