SERVICES PROVIDED

Albany enjoys one of the highest waste diversion rates in the County! Greening the business sector to recycle and compost is a top priority for the City. As such, recycling is provided at no additional charge to commercial businesses and organics service (food scraps and plant debris) is provided at 50% less cost than regular trash services.

The City of Albany contracts with Waste Management of Northern California for garbage, recyclables and organics (food scraps, food-soiled paper and plant debris) collection service. You may contact them directly to set up or change service at (510) 613-8700.

COMMERCIAL RECYCLING REQUIREMENTS

The Mandatory Recycling No Merge SignOrdinance of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA) has been in effect in the City of Albany since July 1, 2012. The ordinance is designed to help the Alameda County Waste Management Authority reach its long-term goal of reducing waste by ensuring that recyclables and compostables make up less than 10 percent of material in the landfill by 2020. Ordinance requirements are outlined below.

All businesses and institutions (regardless of garbage service volume) must:

  1. Provide containers and service of sufficient number, size and frequency for recyclable materials.
  2. Businesses and institutions that generate significant quantities* of organics (food scraps and/or compostable paper), such as restaurants and grocery stores: Provide containers and service of sufficient number, size and frequency for organics.
  3. Recycle all recyclable Covered Materials: cardboard, newspaper, white paper, mixed recyclable paper, recyclable glass food and beverage containers, metal (aluminum and steel) food and beverage containers, PET (#1) and HDPE (#2) plastic bottles.
  4. Businesses and institutions that generate significant quantities* of organics, such as restaurants and grocery stores: Place food scraps and compostable paper in separate organics cart/bin for organics collection.
  5. Ensure recycling and organics containers are contamination free.  Only recyclable materials may be placed in recycling containers and only organics may be placed in organics containers.
  6. Provide information at least annually to employees, tenants, and contractors describing how to properly use the recycling, garbage, and organics containers, as well as no later than 14 days after move-in and no less than 14 days prior to move-out of tenant businesses.

* The Ordinance prohibits the disposal of any food scraps or compostable paper in the garbage. However, for practical use, organics are considered to be “significant” when 10 or more gallons (think two 5-gallon buckets full) are disposed of in a garbage cart or 20 or more gallons (four 5-gallon buckets full) of organics are disposed of in a garbage bin.

Additionally, ACWMA Ordinance 2008-01 requires businesses and institutions in Alameda County generating 4 or more cubic yards of garbage per week to separate all plant debris from garbage and recyclable materials. Those with on-site service must place plant debris in a designated organics collection bin. Businesses can arrange for the removal of plant debris by their landscaper. The landscaper must haul to an approved facility and must deposit plant debris in the facility’s designated “clean green” area.

Property owners and managers of multi-family properties with 5 or more units must:

  1. Provide containers and service of sufficient number, size and frequency for recyclable materials at the same or at an equally convenient location as garbage.
  2. Provide containers and service of sufficient number, size and frequency for organics (food scraps and compostable paper) at the same or at an equally convenient location as garbage.
  3. Provide information at least annually to employees, tenants, and contractors describing how to properly use the recycling, garbage, and organics containers, as well as no later than 14 days after move-in and no less than 14 days prior to move-out.

Additionally, ACWMA Ordinance 2008-01 requires multi-family properties in Alameda County generating 4 or more cubic yards of garbage per week to separate all plant debris from garbage and recyclable materials. Those with on-site service must place plant debris in a designated organics collection bin. Multi-family property owners or managers can arrange for the removal of plant debris by their landscaper. The landscaper must haul to an approved facility and must deposit plant debris in the facility’s designated “clean green” area.

SUPPORT MATERIALS

Businesses and institutions support materials:

Multi-family support materials:

CONTACTS

Waste Management provides free onsite waste and recycling assessments, stickers, and internal containers (limited supplies) upon request.

Service Provider Information:
Waste Management of Northern California
Phone: (510) 613-8700

Request Recycling Technical Assistance:
Alameda County Waste Management Authority (Stopwaste.Org)
Phone: (510) 891-6575
www.recyclingrulesac.org/request-assistance

City Information: 
City of Albany Community Development Department
Phone: (510) 528-5760
Email