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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 https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

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 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

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Bulky Waste Pick-up Guidelines 

The City of Berkeley offers 1 Bulky Waste Pick-up per calendar year for single-family homes and multi-unit residential buildings up to 4 units. Advance appointments are required, and must be scheduled by the property owner. Bulky appointments are made for Wednesdays only.

To participate in the Bulky Waste Pick-up Service:

  • Your Pick-up can be scheduled for a Wednesday throughout the year (unless this is a refuse collection holiday).
  • The property owner must make the appointment for the Bulky Waste Pick-up. Please call Customer Service in advance of your preferred date. Your appointment date is subject to availability.
    Phone 311 or (510) 981-7270 or for TTY call (510) 981-6903. 
  • If you have to cancel your appointment, please call Customer Service no later than 2:00pm on the business day before:
    Phone 311 or (510) 981-7270 or for TTY call (510) 981-6903.
  • If you forget to put out your items on the day of your appointment, you will have to wait until next year for another appointment.

Quantity Limit: The maximum amount of trash per residence is 3 cubic yards (9' x 3' x 3'). This is the equivalent of 20 large (32-gallon) garbage bags. If your material exceeds this limit, you may be charged a fee for the additional amount.

Appointment Day Instructions: Set out materials curbside by 7:00 am on your Pick-up appointment day. Do not set out material more than 1 day ahead of your Pick-up appointment.

Set-out Location: Place your material at the curb. Material will NOT be collected from private property. Please do not block the sidewalk. Ideal placement is on the parking strip between the street and the sidewalk.

Pre-Paid Extra Refuse & Plant Debris Bags: can be purchased throughout the City at locations listed under Extra Pick-up Bags in this link: www.cityofberkeley.info/refuse/#MissedPickups

Items Acceptable for Bulky Pick-up*

*All bulky items are collected as trash and landfilled.

  • Bulky household trash (all small items must be bagged or boxed)
  • Painted or stained wood smaller than 5' (Wood pieces must be bundled. No treated wood waste allowed. Doors must be cut in half. Doors in good condition can be donated for reuse.)
  • Rugs rolled at 5' lengths up to 12" diameter 
  • Small, non-programmable appliances (Small = less than 50lbs. Non-programmable = does not contain a circuit board.)
  • Sinks and toilets (Please separate tank from toilet base to reduce weight. Items in good condition can be donated for reuse.)
  • Bed frames (Metal can be dropped off for recycling at the Berkeley Recycling Center for free) 

Items NOT Acceptable for Bulky Pick-up

  • No recyclable mattresses (Mattresses eligible for mattress recycling are no longer collected with your Bulky Items. You may request a separate free curbside pickup for your eligible mattresses. Click here for more info.) 
  • No large appliances such as ovens/stoves, washers/dryers, water heaters, or microwaves  
  • No refrigerated appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, or air conditioners 
  • No electronic waste such as televisions, monitors, laptops, tablets, cell phones, stereos, radios, gaming consoles, DVD/VHS players, printers, cameras, etc. 
  • No programmable appliances (programmable = contains a circuit board) such as microwave ovens, bread makers, some toasters/blenders/coffee makers, etc. 
  • No universal waste such as batteries, mercury devices (thermometers, thermostats, certain switches/gauges), light bulbs (fluorescent tubes, CFLs, HID, metal halide, mercury vapor, neon, and sodium). Incandescent bulbs can go in trash.
  • No hazardous waste such as motor oil, pesticides, cleaners, paint, propane tanks, etc.
  • No treated wood waste (effective January 1, 2021, treated wood is a hazardous waste) 
  • No recyclables (please use blue cart for weekly curbside recycling collection, or drop off larger recyclables at the Berkeley Recycling Center)
  • No plant debris or food waste (please use green cart for weekly collection, or purchase excess plant debris bags)
  • No items longer than 5' or heavier than 50lbs (sofas okay)
  • No construction or demolition debris
  • No rocks, dirt, or concrete
  • No tires or auto parts
Other Recycling/Disposal Options  

Give Reusable Items a 2nd Chance!

  • Please donate reusable items, such as doors in usable condition, to Urban Ore or other reuse outlets. 
  • For more information on reuse, call the Alameda County Recycling Hotline: 1-877-STOPWASTE, or visit their website at www.stopwaste.org.

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