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How do I start my service?
What goes in each collection container?
Welcome to Alameda! Property owners/managers need to contact us
to start or stop service. Click here
for the required form.
What do I do with my kitchen scraps?
Garbage goes in the gray, Recyclables in the blue, and Organics (food/yard waste) in the green.Visit our Publications & Resources
page for details.
If your complex doesn't have an Organics bin, contact your property manager about starting service. Until then, you'll have to toss kitchen scraps in the trash.
My property manager/owner doesn't want to subscribe to Organics collection. I'm used to composting and can't stand throwing away kitchen scraps. I don't have a yard, so what can I do?
I moved from a single-family home to a multi-family complex. What is different about garbage and recycling pick up?
Bravo for not adding to the landfill! No need to give up composting just because you live in an apartment. Consider letting worms
do the dirty work. Visit www.stopwaste.org
for info on how to get started. In a few months you'll be rewarded with rich soil for your
What size are the bins/dumpsters that ACI uses?
The biggest difference you'll notice is that you won't have to push any containers to the curb for service. You'll be sharing centrally-located collection containers with other residents. Here are some quick tips:
- Do not overload containers. Lids should close completely.
- Do not wedge or compact materials into your containers.
- If you have extra waste, please contact your property owner/manager to arrange for additional service.
- Breakdown boxes before adding to the recycling container.
- Make sure your car never blocks the containers.
I have questions regarding my last invoice. Is there someone who can help me?
Sizes vary but all bins are approximately 81" long. Additional approximate measurements are as follows:
- 1-yard bins are 3'3" high and 2'11" wide
- 2-yard bins are 4' high and 3'3" wide
- 3-yard bins are 4'9" high and 3'9" wide
- 4-yard bins are 5' high and 5' wide
- 6-yard bins are 5'3" high and 5'7" wide
- 8-yard bins are 7'2" high and 6'1" wide
I have some old cleaning fluids, paint, fertilizer, a few burned-out fluorescent bulbs, and some old medications and sharps (needles/lancets). How can I get rid of it all?
It's important to us that our customers understand their invoice and correct any mistakes as soon as possible. Please contact us
with your questions.
I bought a new fridge and sofa. How do I dispose of the old ones?
I cleaned out my closet and found lots of good clothing I no longer wear. What should I do with it all?
I'm doing some spring cleaning and have more garbage than usual. How do I get rid of it?
No liquid or hazardous items can go in any of our bins. You can take them to Alameda County's hazardous waste collection facility. Click here
I'm about to move/just finished moving. Where can I get/ get rid of boxes?
I'm sick of all this junk mail! Is there a way to make it stop?
I'm looking for basic waste reduction and recycling information. Any good websites to visit?
How do I dispose of e-waste?
We can provide additional or special pickups at the owner/manager's request. Please have them contact us
to make arrangements.
I'm interested in teaching my child more about the environment. Any suggestions?
I'd like to reward companies that go out of their way to do the right thing. Is there a way to find local green businesses?
Didn't see your question?
For free e-waste collection events and locations, visit StopWaste.org
or go to the CalRecycle
website and search their database.