Landfill (Garbage) Collection Program

Reuse is Best! 

Before you dispose of something, consider if it can be reused, repaired, or donated. For easy options to reuse, repair, recycle or safely dispose unwanted items, search the StopWaste’s RE:Source Guide

What is Accepted in My Blue Landfill (Garbage) Cart?

UC Landfill Poster 2022 FINAL - ENG Opens in new windowReduce waste by considering and choosing reusable options whenever possible. Donate your functional and reusable items.

Acceptable items include non-recyclable, non-compostable, and non-hazardous items such as:

  • Plastic bags, film, wrap (e.g., zip-top storage bags, shipping envelopes, bubble wrap, air pillows, and product wrap)
  • Plastic straws and utensils
  • Plastics labeled #3-7
  • Aseptic (shelf-stable) containers (e.g., lined juice, soup, and milk cartons and pouches)
  • Snack packaging (e.g., chip bags and candy wrappers)
  • Styrofoam products (e.g., cups, plates, meat/seafood trays, packing peanuts and blocks)
  • Broken glass/mirrors (must be packaged safely)
  • Ceramics
  • Hoses
  • Plastic or wire clothes hangers that cannot be donated
  • Carpets, rugs, mats and other textiles that cannot be donated
  • Shoes, clothing, and toys that cannot be donated
  • Diapers and personal hygiene products (e.g., sanitary napkins, used tissue, and disposable gloves and masks)
  • Pet waste (must be bagged)
  • Treated wood such as lumber that has been painted or stained

What is Prohibited in My Blue Landfill (Garbage) Cart?

Recyclable and compostable materials may NOT be disposed of in your landfill cart as per California’s Organics Reduction and Recycling Law (Senate Bill 1383) and Union City Municipal Code Chapter 7.24. Recyclable and compostable materials must be sorted and placed in your recycle and compost carts, respectively.

  • Dirt, rock, asphalt, concrete, and brick
  • Tires
  • Construction and demolition debris
  • Household hazardous waste such as paints, batteries, and chemicals
  • Electronic waste such as televisions and computers
  • Used motor oil and oil filters
  • Fluorescent light bulbs/tubes
  • Medicines and medical sharps such as syringes and needles

It is illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) such as chemicals, cleaners, fertilizers, paint, pesticides, propane tanks, sharps, and electronic waste in your recycle, compost, and landfill carts. HHW materials require careful disposal by a certified facility. Safely dispose of HHW for free at an Alameda County HHW Drop-off Facility or at County-sponsored events throughout the year. For drop-off facility locations, hours, and a list of accepted items, call (800) 606-6606 or visit www.StopWaste.org/HHW.

More Information? 

When in doubt, find out! For more information about Union City's curbside collection program, call Union City Recycles at (510) 675-5433.

Services Guide

  • Union City Residential Services Guide - Learn what is accepted in Union City's curbside collection program and about other available services to help you reduce waste and sort properly. 

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