Commercial Collection Program & Services

California's Organics Reduction and Recycling Law (SB 1383) requires all residents and businesses to separate and keep recyclable and compostable materials out of landfills. When recyclable materials such as cardboard and compostable (organic) materials such as food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard trimmings are disposed in landfills, they  decompose and produce methane, a climate change greenhouse gas contributor 80x more potent than carbon dioxide. Landfills in California are responsible for 20% of statewide methane emissions. SB 1383 aims to address climate change by reducing the amount of recyclable and compostable materials sent to landfills by 75% and by recovering and donating surplus edible food by January 1, 2025.

SB 1383 is implemented in Alameda County under the county-wide Organics Reduction and Recycling Ordinance and in Union City under Municipal Code Chapter 7.24, in partnership with Union City's exclusive frachise haulers (Republic Services and Tri-CED Community Recycling), Alameda County Waste Management Authority (StopWaste), and the Alameda County Department of Health.

All commercial businesses in the City of Union City are required to have weekly recycle, compost, and landfill (garbage) collection service provided by Republic Services and/or Tri-CED Community Recycling.

General Collection Guidelines

Collection service will be provided on the same day(s) each week unless the service day(s) falls on an observed holiday, which includes Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Learn more about the Holiday Collection Schedule here

Please follow these guidelines to ensure clean and efficient collection service: 

  • Place containers out by 6:00 AM on your scheduled service day.
  • Lids must close completely. Do not overload your containers.  
  • Leave two (2) feet between containers and any other obstacles.
  • Keep containers out of bike lanes and public rights-of-way.
  • Containers should be out for service no earlier than twelve hours before your scheduled service day. Containers must be returned to the storage area on your property by midnight on your collection service day. Store containers out of public view all other times.
  • Properly sort materials to comply with State and City regulations. Recycle and compost bins/carts containing prohibited materials may result in additional collection service fees.
  • Overflow materials will not be collected. If you have extra landfill materials, contact Republic Services at 510.657.3500 to schedule additional on-call service or to increase your service level. to purchase an "overage" bag, which includes the cost of disposal.

Have a Collection Program Question or Request?

Businesses should contact Republic Services for assistance with service-related questions and requests such as how to start collection services and determine optimal service levels to fit your business needs. 

Recycling coordinators are available to provide free technical assistance to help your business start or improve its recycle and/or compost collection program, comply with State and local recycling regulations, implement waste reduction practices, and realize potential cost savings. Contact your haulers today to request free technical assistance!

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Tri-CED Community Recycling

  • Phone: 510.429.8030
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  • Customer Service Hours: Monday to Friday - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Buy Back Recycling Center Hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

When in doubt, find out! Visit our Commercial Publications & Resources page to learn more about waste prevention, proper sorting, and other available programs and services. For more information about Union City's curbside collection program, call Union City Recycles at 510.675.5433.

Recycle, Compost, and Landfill Collection Service Rates