Landfill (Garbage) Collection Program

Reuse is Best!

Before you dispose of something, consider if it can be reused, repaired, or donated. Reduce waste by considering and choosing reusable, durable options whenever possible. For easy options to reuse, repair, recycle or safely dispose of unwanted items, search StopWaste’s online RE:Source Guide.

What is Accepted in My Landfill (Garbage) Bin/Cart?

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

  • UC Landfill Poster 2022 FINAL - ENG Opens in new windowPlastic 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 mulit-layered containers (e.g.,  juice, soup, and dairy 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
  • Carpets, rugs, and mats 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)
  • Treated wood such as lumber that has been painted or stained.

What is Prohibited in My Landfill (Garbage) Bin/Cart?

Recyclable and compostable materials may NOT be disposed of in your landfill bin/cart as per California’s Organics Reduction and Recycling Law (SB 1383). Recyclable and compostable materials must be sorted and placed in the appropriate container. 

  • 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 hazardous waste such as chemicals, cleaners, fertilizers, paint, pesticides, propane tanks, sharps, and electronic waste in your recycle, compost, and landfill bins/carts. Hazardous waste materials require careful disposal by a certified facility. Safely dispose of hazardous waste materials 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

How Do I Establish or Improve My Waste Collection Program? 

Dedicated recycling coordinators at Republic Services and Tri-CED Community Recycling can help you start or improve your recycle and/or compost collection program, comply with State and local regulations, and realize potential cost savings. Free technical assistance includes:

  • Assistance subscribing to mandatory recycle and/or compost collection services. Subscribing to recycle and compost collection services may help your business realize cost savings as recycle and compost collection services cost 40% less than comparable landfill (garbage) collection service.  
  • A waste assessment to determine the optimal collection service level for your business and identify cost savings opportunities.Decals - Technical Assistance
  • Staff/tenant trainings to ensure proper sorting, share best practices, and answer questions.
  • Setting up indoor color-coded and labeled collection containers.
  • Educational materials such as posters, service guides, and outdoor/indoor container decals to educate employees, contractors, and/or tenants on proper sorting. 
  • General support to maximize recycling opportunities and reduce waste.
Republic ServicesTri-CED Community Recycling
  • Phone: 510.429.8030
  • Email: 
  • Customer Service Hours: Monday to Friday - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For additional information and resources including how to order free indoor decals and customized signs, contact StopWaste at 510.891.6575 (leave message for call back) or email

More Information?

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 the curbside collection program, call Union City Recycles at 510.675.5433.