Commercial Organics

More than 125 restaurants and other organics generating businesses are now participating in Union City’s popular Food Scrap Recycling for Business Program.  Organics collection rates are 40% less than the same level of monthly garbage service. Various bin and cart sizes available.

Effective January 1, 2018, businesses in Union City that generate significant quantities of organics are required to provide adequate on-site collection service for all compostable materials (organics), under Alameda County’s Mandatory Recycling Ordinance. This includes food scraps, food-soiled paper, and plant debris. Businesses must ensure these compostable materials are kept separate from garbage.

Organics are considered significant when they meet or exceed a total of 20 gallons in a garbage bin or 10 gallons in a garbage cart. Check your garbage containers the day before collection day to determine if you exceed the threshold. Businesses and institutions that typically generate significant quantities of organics include restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, coffee shops, food processors and senior living facilities or corporate offices with central cafeterias.

For help in setting up an organics recycling program or to schedule a free solid waste assessment, please contact Republic Services at (510) 657-3500.

Complete List of Garbage, Organics and Recycling Rates

Food Scrap Recycling for Business Program Brochure

Food Scrap Recycling Poster