Recycling, Organic Waste, and Garbage Collection Service in Piedmont
Piedmont’s Recycling, Organics & Garbage Guide (below) provides answers to your questions about Recycling, Organic Waste, Food Scrap Recycling, Garbage collection, Bulky Waste collection, Household Hazardous Waste disposal, and other service information. Please click on the guide below to view it.
- Recycling Collection
- Organics Collection (Yard debris and Food Scraps)
- Garbage Collection
- Bulky Items
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling
- Frequently Asked Questions
The collection of recyclable materials is unlimited and provided at no additional cost. Recyclable materials go in the blue wheeled carts. For a complete list of recyclable materials accepted in the blue carts, please refer to the guide at the top of this page. In Piedmont, the collection service for recyclables from residences, schools and businesses is provided by Richmond Sanitary Service, (800) 320-8077. Residential collection services include multi-family dwellings. To start service, request new or additional carts or other recycling service matters, please call Richmond Sanitary Service.
StopWaste.Org is the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board operating as one public agency. Their Recycling Wizard provides answers on where to recycle common and unusual items in Alameda County. You can also visit their website for more information on:
- Recycling (what and where);
- Food Scrap Recycling;
- Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening;
- Home Composting;
- Green Building ;
- Climate Change; and
- Other waste reduction and diversion programs.
Ready, Set, Recycle!
Every resident is eligible for the Countywide Ready, Set, Recycle Contest which rewards you for recycling! Visit http://www.readysetrecyclecontest.org/ for more information. This program is ran by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, also known as Stopwaste. Randomly selected households with garbage bins that contain less than 10% (by weight) of compostable and recyclable material will be eligible to win a $50 gift card.
The data collected by Stopwaste from the Ready, Set, Recycle Contest goes towards a Benchmarking Report which will show us how we are recycling compared to other jurisdictions in the County. This report is expected to be sent to every resident mid January 2014.
Since July 2013, a fee of $1.81 annually has been accessed by Stopwaste on your Richmond Sanitary waste bill to pay for an ongoing analysis performed by Stopwaste of how well Piedmont residents meet recycling and composting goals compared to other Alameda County jurisdictions. Stopwaste will be sending a report with the findings to every Alameda County household on an annual basis. More information on the Report can be found here: StopWaste.Org - StopWaste Benchmark Service.
New Mandatory Recycling and Composting Law
The California Integrated Waste Management Board promotes a Zero Waste California in partnership with local government, industry, and the public.
As of July 1, 2012, under an Ordinance adopted by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA) and State Law, businesses generating four cubic yards of waste or more a week or any multi-family dwelling of five or more units must have recycling services. Click for more information on the ACWMA Ordinance. Click for more information on the State Law. You may also call the ACWMA's Mandatory Recycling Information line at (510) 891-6575
Beginning July 1, 2014 all businesses and multi-family dwellings of five units or more must have both recycling and organics services. Remember, under Piedmont's agreement with Richmond Sanitary Services, recycling and organics services are free to Piedmont residents and businesses.
The collection of organics is unlimited and provided at no additional cost. Organic materials, which includes yard debris, food scraps and food-soiled paper, go in the green wheeled carts. For a complete list of organic materials accepted in the green carts, please refer to the guide at the top of this page. In Piedmont, the collection service for organics from residences, schools and businesses is provided by Richmond Sanitary Service, (800) 320-8077. Residential collection services include multi-family dwellings. To start service, request a kitchen pail, request new or additional carts or other recycling service matters, please call Richmond Sanitary Service.
StopWaste.Org provides additional information on Food Scrap Recycling, Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening, and Home Composting.
Garbage goes into the black wheeled cart. Please do not place recyclables, organics or hazardous waste in your black cart. Garbage collection service in Piedmont is provided by Richmond Sanitary Service, (800) 320-8077. Please call them with your service questions. Please remember that you can save money by recycling more and using a smaller garbage container.
Cleaning out your garage or attic? Collection of bulky items is also provided by Richmond Sanitary Service, (800) 320-8077. Please call them to schedule a collection.
Cleaning out your garage or attic? Residential customers receive free bulky waste service up to an annual limit of 4 collections. This is limited to a total 20 cubic yards and 10 cubic yards per individual collection. Bulky Waste collection is provided on an on-call basis by Richmond Sanitary Service, (800) 320-8077. Please call them to schedule a collection and refer to the service guide at the top of this page for more information on accepted items.
DO NOT place Hazardous Waste in any of your carts, black, blue or green!
Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste Safely, Conveniently -- and Free at an Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facility! Household hazardous waste, including:
- Fluorescent Light Bulbs;
- Household Chemicals (cleansers, pesticides, fertilizers);
- Medical Waste (mercury thermometers, needles and syringes);
- Paint, Thinner, Stain and Varnish; and
- Auto Products (motor oil & filters, old fuel, batteries)
must be taken to an Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Please call (800) 606-6606 for proper disposal. Household batteries can also be brought to the Piedmont Fire Station for recycling or placed in a sealed zip-lock plastic bag atop the lid of the blue Recyclables cart on your regular collection day.
Motor Oil and Filter Recycling
DO NOT place used oil or filters in your garbage or recycling carts. DO NOT empty used oil into the storm drain. Motor oil poured onto the ground or into storm drains, or tossed into trash cans (even in a sealed container) can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams, rivers and bay. Recycling your used motor oil reduces this pollution threat.
Have your vehicle’s oil and filter changed at a professional oil-change service provider. If you change your vehicle’s oil and filter yourself, please take it to a Certified Used Oil Collection Center. Locate used oil recycling centers in your area by using the California Integrated Waste Management Board's tool to search by city, county, or ZIP code. You can also call the Earth's 911 hotline (1-800-CLEANUP).
Medical Sharps Disposal
Please review this brochure from the California Integrated Waste Management Board for more information on how and where to properly dispose of needles and syringes.
Construction and Demolition (C&D) Projects having a building permit valuation greater than or equal to $50,000 are required to divert at least 50% of the debris generated by the project from going to a landfill. This includes all construction, demolition and/or renovation projects within the City. Although not required, the City encourages projects with a valuation of less than $50,000 to recycle at least 50% of the debris generated.
The City’s franchised waste hauler, Richmond Sanitary Service, (800) 320-8077, has the exclusive right to haul debris from construction and demolition projects within Piedmont. Richmond Sanitary Service will work with the project applicant to ensure that at least 50% of the debris generated is recycled.
Click here for forms and more information for recycling C&D debris in Piedmont.
Please remember that Green Building Practices reduce the amount of debris generated at construction and demolition projects. To learn more about Green Building, please visit the website of StopWaste.Org.
Q. I just moved to Piedmont. How do I start garbage and recycling services?
A. Only property owners may establish residential garbage services in Piedmont. If you own your home, contact Richmond Sanitary Service at (800) 320-8077 to start weekly garbage, recycling, and organics collection service. If you are renting, contact your landlord or property manager to start weekly garbage, recycling, and organics collection service.
Q. Must I have and pay for garbage service?
A. Yes. Section 9.4.1 of the Piedmont Municipal Code states: “All service units within the City shall subscribe with the contractor for solid waste collection services. All single-family dwelling collection service shall be side or backyard collection unless a single-family dwelling service recipient subscribes for curbside collection.”
Q. Where should I place my carts for collection?
A. Customers with the standard Backyard/Sideyard collection service should keep all their carts in an accessible location out of view from the street in the side or rear yard. The blue recycling cart should be kept next to the black and green carts and does not need to be taken to the curb.
Customers who have opted to have Curbside collection service should place all their carts at the front property line for collection no earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to the scheduled collection day, and must remove all carts from the front property line no later than 12:00 midnight on the scheduled collection day. Customers may not place carts in a public street, or public sidewalk, but may place carts in the right-of-way parking strip. To help reduce scavenging, please place the carts out in the morning.
Q. Who do I call about missed collection of garbage/recycling/organics service?
A. Call Richmond Sanitary Service at their toll free number, (800) 320-8077 before 12 noon for a return trip on the same day.
Q. What are the hours of collection?
A. Service hours are Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Q. I just completed a yard clean-up. How do I dispose of all the yard debris that does not fit in my green Organics cart?
A. On those periodic occasions when a single-family customer has additional green waste in excess of what can be placed in the green Organics cart, they may call Richmond Sanitary Service at (800) 320-8077 to request overage bags in which to place the additional plant debris. Organics collection is unlimited in volume and is provided at no additional cost. If a customer regularly finds that they have more yard debris than will fit in the green Organics cart, they can call Richmond Sanitary Service to request an additional green cart. More information on Organics collection can be found in the guide at the top of this page.
Q. Why should I recycle food scraps?
A. Food scraps and food soiled paper are the largest single item in our waste stream - making up approximately 35% of what we throw away in Alameda County. Food scraps are a resource, not a waste. By participating in the food scrap recycling program, food scraps and food soiled paper are sent to a composting facility. Instead of taking up space in the landfill, your food scraps become compost - a valuable resource used by landscapers and farmers. The result is a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a healthier environment. To learn more open the guide at the top of the page or visit the StopWaste.Org website.
Q. How do I recycle food scraps?
A. Collect food scraps and food-soiled paper in the green kitchen pail. Empty the pail contents into the large green Organics cart for collection. DO NOT place the kitchen pail outside for collection. Refer to the service guide at the top of this page for additional information and hints on Food Scrap Recycling. You can also visit the StopWaste.Org website to learn more.
Q. I need a replacement cart because mine is damaged or missing. Who do I call?
A. Call Richmond Sanitary Service at their toll free number, (800) 320-8077. RSS will also provide additional recyclables and organics carts at no extra cost.
Q. How may I save money by reducing the cost of collection service?
A. There are three ways to reduce the cost of garbage collection service:
- Service rates are based upon the size of your garbage cart. Collection service for recyclables and organics is unlimited in volume and provided at no additional cost. By recycling more and generating less garbage, you may be able to switch to a smaller garbage cart to save money. Residents who reduce waste and use a 20 gallon cart may save approximately 9% of the cost compared to a typical 32-gallon cart service. But be sure to choose the right container for your garbage needs. Charges will be assessed for overflowing garbage, garbage set out beyond your service level, or allowing garbage to accumulate on your property. Call Richmond Sanitary Service at (800) 320-8077 to order additional or larger carts for recyclables and organics.
- An Annual Pre-Payment Discount allows single family customers to voluntarily pay for one (1) year of service with the twelfth (12 th) month of service provided at no charge. That is 12 months of service for the cost of 11 months of service.
- The standard collection in Piedmont is Backyard service. However, a customer may select Curbside collection service rather than Backyard collection service. You can reduce your monthly service rate by approximately 10% by choosing to have curbside collection service. With curbside collection, the customer is responsible for placing the wheeled carts at the curb on their regular collection service day and returning the carts to their storage location promptly after collection. With curbside collection, carts are not limited in size as they are with backyard collection.
Q. What is my collection schedule during holidays?
A. There is no garbage, organics, or recycling collection on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. During weeks when these holidays fall on a weekday, pickup is one day later for the rest of the week, including Saturday. For example, if your regular service day is Tuesday you will get service on Wednesday, or if your regular service day is Friday you will get service on Saturday. Garbage, recycling, and organics collection schedules are not affected by any other holidays.
Q. What do I do with batteries and cell phones?
A. DO NOT place any batteries or cell phones in any of your wheeled carts. You can properly dispose and recycle household batteries and cell phones in one of three ways:
You can place your household batteries and cell phones in a sealed plastic bag on top of the blue Recyclables cart on your regular service day.
You can bring your household batteries to the Piedmont Fire Station for recycling.
Batteries, both household and automobile, can be taken to an Alameda County Household Hazardous WasteFacility . Call (800) 606-6606 for more information.
Q. How do I recycle paint?
A. Latex and oil-based paint needs to be taken to an Alameda County Household Hazardous WasteFacility . Call (800) 606-6606 for more information.
Q. What do I do with syringes and hypodermic needles?
A. They cannot be recycled or thrown in the garbage and must be disposed of properly. Please visit the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste website or call (800) 606-6606 for proper disposal instructions.
Q. I have some unusual items to recycle . Where can I get more information about what to do with them?
A. Visit the web site of StopWaste.Org or call their toll-free hotline, (877) 786-7927.
Q. Who should I call about the disposal of household hazardous waste?
A. Call the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program at (800) 606-6606.
Q. What should I do if I see someone other than the recycling company taking recyclables from my blue Recyclables cart?
A. Get a description of the person and/or the make and model of the vehicle and call the police non-emergency number, (510) 420-3000.