Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

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.

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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Waste Reduction

Berkeley’s goal is to achieve Zero Waste by 2020. Zero waste means that all discarded material is recycled, composted, or reused. Nothing is sent to the landfill. In order to achieve zero waste, the City of Berkeley, in partnership with the Ecology Center, provides curbside recycling services for bottles, cans, plastics, newspaper, mixed paper, and cardboard. The City also provides curbside composting of plant debris and food waste. For more information, see www.cityofberkeley.info/zerowaste  

recycle binThree R's and a C: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost

Reduce: Prevent waste before it happens. The less stuff you buy, the less waste you create. 

  • Rent or borrow instead of buying things new.
  • Reduce your junk mail. See: www.StopJunkMail.org or www.CatalogChoice.org.
  • Bring your own bag when shopping, and buy products with minimal or no packaging.

Reuse: Avoid single-use, disposable products.

  • Reuse packaging and food containers.
  • Pass on items you no longer use such as books and clothes to friends or donate them to a thrift store.
  • Buy durable products and repair them if they break rather than tossing them.

Recycle: Items can be recycled and remade into new products instead of using virgin materials.The Ecology Center operates Berkeley’s Curbside Recycling Program.

  • Recycle paper, plastic, glass, and metal items weekly in your curbside blue bin.
  • Learn where to recycle electronics, batteries, fluorescent lightbulbs, etc., see:
  • Buy recyled products. Look for labeling and choose recycled-content

Compost: Food, soiled-paper and plants in your green bin are composted into nutrient-rich soil used by local farms.

  • Kitchen scraps, yard waste, food-soiled paper, and other organic material make up half the waste stream in
    Alameda County. Put these items in your green bin so they can be composted instead of landfilled.
  • Make your own compost or worm bin to turn your food scraps and trimmings into rich, fertile compost
  • Get free compost soil for your garden made from your green waste, available monthly at the Berkeley Marina, see: Free Compost for Berkeley Residents


Zero Waste Division: www.cityofberkeley.info/zerowaste

Recycling: www.cityofberkeley.info/recycling  

Compost: www.cityofberkeley.info/plantdebris

Household Hazardous Waste: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Toxics_HHW.aspx

Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion: www.cityofberkeley.info/wastediversion  

Berkeley Transfer Station: www.cityofberkeley.info/transferstation  

Ecology Center: www.ecologycenter.org

Stopwaste: www.stopwaste.org  

To find out where to recycle which materials, call Call 311 from within Berkeley (or 510-981-CITY) Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm or the Ecology Center's Recycling Hotline: (510) 527-5555.

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