COVID-19 Updates: See cityofberkeley.info/covid19 for news, information, and status of City services.

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.

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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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Welcome to the City's Zero Waste Programs & Services

COVID-19 Service Information: Commercial and residential refuse, compost, and recycling collection continues as regularly scheduled. The Transfer Station and Berkeley Recycling Center are open to the public. Face coverings and social distancing required.

See COVID-19 service notices for a full list of changes to City services during the pandemic.

Berkeley has a longstanding commitment to reducing and ultimately eliminating/diverting the waste that goes to landfills, and established one of the first municipal recycling programs in the nation.


All Commercial Waste Collection in Berkeley is Provided by the City

The City’s Zero Waste Division provides all commercial refuse, recycling & compost collection service for Berkeley businesses and multi-family dwellings with more than 9 units.  

The City also provides weekly residential refuse and compost collection service. The Ecology Center, the City’s residential recycling collector, provides recycling service for single-family residents and multi-family dwellings under 10 units.

Alameda County Mandatory Recycling and Composting Requirements
Insuring that all businesses and Multi-family tenants have the ability to recycle and compost is an important step towards achieving Berkeley’s Zero Waste Goal.

Berkeley Business Requirements: As of July 1, 2014, all businesses are required to have recycling collection for basic recyclable materials. Recycling collection is included with paid refuse service. Food generating businesses, like restaurants and markets, are required to have organics collection for food scraps, food soiled paper and plant debris. Organics collection rates can be found here: Zero Waste Rates
The Alameda County Waste Management Authority have begun mailing warnings and possible citations for lack of required service, as well as covered materials in the trash. Please call City of Berkeley Customer Service at 311 (510-981-7270) to request recycling and/or compost collection services.

Berkeley Multi-family Requirements: As of July 1, 2014, all residential properties of 5 or more units are required to provide recycling and organics collection for their tenants’ food scraps, food soiled papers and any plant debris generated at the property. Recycling collection is included with paid refuse service. Organics collection rates can be found here: Zero Waste Rates
The Alameda County Waste Management Authority have begun mailing warnings and possible citations for lack of required service.

If property owners believe that they are covered under the ordinance, and lack any of the required services, please call City of Berkeley Customer Service at 311 (510-981-7270) to request an account review and/or a site visit to establish the required service and provide the support for proper participation and compliance.
For additional details, including the full ordinance, please see: www.recyclingrulesac.org


NEW Berkeley Single Use Foodware and Litter Reduction Ordinance Effective March 27, 2019

Berkeley's new Single Use Foodware and Litter Reduction Ordinance is designed to reduce the use and disposal of single use foodware. Single use foodware, including disposable cups, lids, utensils, straws, and clamshells, is a major contributor to street litter, marine pollution, harm to wildlife, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste sent to landfills. Reducing the use of disposable foodware is a component of the City's Zero Waste goal.

The ordinance's initial requirements for all Prepared Food Vendors, City facilities, and City-sponsored events are effective March 27, 2019 and require the following:

  • Accessory Disposable Foodware Items (e.g. straws, utensils, cup sleeves) shall be provided only upon request or at self-serve stations.
  • Prepared Food Vendors that allow self-bussing must provide color-coded receptacles for customers to separate their recyclables, compostables, and landfill waste. Signage must be posted above and/or on each receptacle.    
  • Foodware purchased and used by the City of Berkeley and City-sponsored events must be reusable or certified compostable.

For more detailed information please visit the Berkeley Single Use Foodware and Litter Reduction Ordinance webpage or view the full ordinance here.


 Transfer Station Fee Effective July 1, 2014: There is a Transfer Station Unsecured Load Fee of $15 for vehicles arriving with uncovered loads.


Berkeley Expands Recycling Program to Include All Plastic ContainersPlasticContainers 

Effective July 2013 the City of Berkeley’s residential and commercial curbside recycling programs began accepting any clean, rigid plastic containers. This includes the Ecology Center’s residential curbside collection, the City’s commercial recycling collection, and drop-off of recyclables at the City-owned Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) operated by the Community Conservation Center (CCC).

For complete details on plastics that are acceptable and are not acceptable for recycling - go to the Berkeley Recycling Services page.


On January 1, 2013 the Alameda County Reusable Bag Ordinance became effective, which covers Berkeley and all other cities in the county. The ordinance bans single-use plastic check-out bags at packaged food stores, and requires a 10¢ fee on each paper bag distributed. The ordinance’s goal is to promote reusable bags whenever possible. Please visit the Alameda County Waste Authority’s Reusable Bag website: http://reusablebagsac.org/ for more information - and start helping today by remembering to bring your reusable bags whenever you shop.


Refuse & Recycling services provided by the City include:

  • Residential and commercial refuse and recyclables collection/disposal
  • Residential and commercial food and green waste collection
  • Recycling of construction and demolition (C&D) waste
  • Bulky-item pickups, and debris box containers
  • Self-haul disposal facility at the Transfer Station, located at 1201 Second Street
  • Clean Cities Program (neighborhood clean-ups, street sweeping, etc.)

Zero Waste Programs & Services

Recycling and Composting Services

Downloadable Posters

8.5 x 11 Posters:

Compost Poster
Recycle Bottles & Cans Poster
Recycle Mixed Paper Poster
Landfill Poster

11 x 17 Posters:

Compost Poster
Recycle Bottles & Cans Poster
Recycle Mixed Paper Poster
Landfill Poster

 


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