Mandatory Recycling and Composting – Spring 2018 Update


Recycling Rules in Effect in All Participating Cities

Alameda County’s Mandatory Recycling Ordinance first went into effect in 2012 for recycling requirements, then expanded in 2014 requiring the collection of compostable materials such as food scraps and food-soiled paper (organics) as well. Though some jurisdictions chose to participate on a delayed schedule, three cities have added new requirements over the last year, and all participating jurisdictions are now on board.

Effective July 1, 2017 City of Fremont businesses and multi-family properties with five or more units are required to provide adequate on-site collection service for compostable materials (organics) in addition to recycling. Organics include compostable materials such as food scraps, food-soiled paper, and plant debris.

On January 1, 2018, recycling requirements became effective at all businesses in the City of Union City. This includes those businesses with less than four cubic yards of weekly garbage service. Organics collection requirements also went into effect at businesses and multi-family properties with five or more units.

Organics collection requirements were added in the City of Newark at the same time as Union City. Businesses of all sizes and multi-family properties with five or more units throughout the jurisdiction are now required to provide adequate collection service for organics in addition to recycling.

While all businesses in participating jurisdictions are now covered under the ordinance, only those that generate 20 or more gallons of organics (food scraps, compostable paper, and plant debris) must have organics service.

Whether requirements in your city are new or have been in effect for years, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority is here to help you comply, with free on-site assistance and support materials.