Ordering Your Free Indoor Food Scrap Bins


Congratulations! Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA) has approved your organization to receive free equipment to start or improve a food scrap collection program. ACWMA will pay up to $500 per participating business or multi-family property to cover the cost of containers (from the approved product list), sales tax and shipping costs.

To get your free bins, simply follow the steps below. For assistance at any step in the process, please contact your Business Assistance Representative, contact BizAssistance@RecyclingRulesAC.org or call 510-891-6575. If you already requested assistance on your application, a representative will be in touch with you soon.

Note: Orders must be placed within 1 month of program approval. Your approval email contains the exact date of your site’s ordering deadline. Any unused funds after 1 month will be released back to the program fund, unless you specifically request additional time.

Steps for Ordering Free Bins

1. Conduct a walkthrough of your site to determine the type, size, and quantity of bins needed to collect food scraps and compostable paper separately from recyclables and garbage. Walkthroughs may be conducted on your own or with the help of a Business Assistance Representative. To promote participation and reduce contamination, it’s a good idea to place organics containers next to each recycling and garbage container inside your facility. Consider placing small containers, such as caddies that hang on recycling containers, at employees’ desks and/or larger containers in central areas such as break rooms and kitchens. The Container Count Worksheet may be helpful to determine how many indoor containers you might need, but please note that it does not match exactly the free bins offered by our the partner vendors (see below for the Approved Product List for bins offered).

2. Review the Approved Products List and select the vendor that will best meet your needs. Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA) has partnered with two vendors to offer a variety of container and lid options at competitive pricing. Please carefully review the equipment offered by each vendor and estimated shipping costs (provided on the Approved Product List) then select ONE of the vendors. Click here for the Approved Products List.

3. Place your order directly with your selected vendor.Tell them you are an “Approved Alameda County Business for Free Green Bins” (they will verify this based on an approved list we’ve given to them) and provide product information for your order, as well your organization name, address and contact information for delivery. Also, please carbon copy (“Cc”) BizAssistance@RecyclingRulesAC.org when placing your order. Be sure to ask for an estimated delivery date so that you can plan for rollout. ACWMA will cover the actual costs incurred, up to $500 including equipment, sales tax and shipping. If you choose to purchase equipment not on the Approved Products List (such as recycling containers) you may do so at your own expense. You will also be responsible for all costs incurred in excess of $500. Multi-family properties are encouraged to obtain in-unit kitchen pails for residents from their service provider (most can provide them upon request) and use the $500 allocation to order containers for common spaces.


Vendor Phone Email Items Shipped From
Starline Supply 510-517-4549
Cc: BizAssistance@RecyclingRulesAC.org
Oakland, CA
Waxie Sanitary Supply 925-454-2900 ext. 216 norcalorders@waxie.com
Cc: BizAssistance@RecyclingRulesAC.org
Livermore, CA



Next Steps

Now that your order has been placed, it’s time to plan for program rollout. Listed below are some helpful tips and reminders to help you plan for a successful food scrap collection program.

  • Arrange for organics collection service from your solid waste provider, ensuring that the amount of service (bin size and collection frequency) will be enough to capture all of the organics you will soon be capturing. Find contact information for service providers by clicking on your city at www.RecyclingRulesAC.org/cities-overview.
  • Familiarize yourself with what materials are accepted in your city’s organics collection program and plan to share details with your staff and custodians. Educational memos and day-of-rollout trainings are highly encouraged. Also, think about your customers (if appropriate) and how you’ll educate them on the new organics program.
  • Apply “organics” labels on all containers when they arrive and place them in the appropriate locations with informational signage located at eye-level. Conduct trainings with staff and custodians, making sure custodians know where the new hauler-serviced organics bins are located. Confirm your organics collection service day(s) and location of bin service (e.g. curbside or enclosure) with your provider.
  • Note: Many collection service providers offer posters and/or stickers that are specific to the materials they accept. Visit www.RecyclingRulesAC.org/cities-overview and click on your city to view downloadable signs and for contact information. For generic signs or to make custom signs using the Sign Maker Tool, go to www.RecyclingRulesAC.org/Businesses-and-Institutions-Support-Materials/. If stickers are not available from your service provider, free generic stickers are available for placement on indoor recycling, organics and/or garbage containers. Request the stickers online at www.RecyclingRulesAC.org/request-stickers.
  •  Monitor, adjust, and continue to educate staff and custodians to ensure a successful program. Address contamination issues promptly and monitor bin fullness to ensure both indoor and outdoor (hauler-serviced) bins are the appropriate size. With food scraps and compostable paper now going in your organics bins, you may be able to reduce your garbage container(s) or collection frequency. Contact your garbage service provider to make service level adjustments as needed.


ACWMA will reach out to sites within 6 months of order placement to ensure the containers are still meeting your food scrap collection needs. Should you no longer need the free bins you received, please return them to ACWMA (1537 Webster Street, Oakland) so that we may redistribute them to a business in need of containers.


BizAssistance@RecyclingRulesAC.org    |    510-891-6575