Alameda County Industries
City of Alameda
Multi-Family Complex Service Guide
What Belongs in the Recyclables?
- aseptic boxes (juice, soup & soy milk)
- dairy cartons
- catalogs, magazines & phone books
- corrugated cardboard & paper boxes (large or multiple pieces should be flattened and/or cut)
- junk mail
- newspaper (including inserts)
- shredded paper (contained in a paper bag or box)
glass bottles & jars
- please remove lids and caps and recycle
aluminum & metal
- food & beverage cans
- aerosol cans (empty)
- paint cans (empty & dry only)
- pots & pans
- scrap pieces (up to 30 pounds per item)
plastics labeled 1 – 7
- bottles & jars
- tubs & trays
No Plastic Bags
No Film Plastic
No Pressurized Tanks
Special Tote Bags make it easy to transport recyclables from your living unit to the Recyclables collection container at your complex. The City of Alameda provides one bag per unit for no charge. Visit the ACI office to pick up your tote bag!
What Belongs in the Organics?
- fruits & vegetables (including peels, pits & rinds)
- bread, pasta & other grains
- dairy products
- egg shells
- coffee grounds & tea leaves
- meat & bones
- plates & cups
- napkins & towels
- coffee filters & tea bags
- bags (used to contain/wrap food scraps)
- paper takeout containers
- newspaper (used to wrap food scraps or line cart)
- pizza boxes
- wax paper & wax-coated boxes
- wooden chopsticks
- grass clippings
- small branches less than 6” in diameter
No Glass, Metal, Styrofoam or Plastic
No Aseptic Boxes (Juice, Soup & Soy Milk)
No Dirt, Rock, Concrete, Brick or Treated Wood
No Liquid Fat, Oil or Grease
No Pet Litter or Feces
No Palm Fronds
The Handy Kitchen Pail!
Line it with newspaper, paper bags, or paper towels to keep it clean. Empty it as needed into your green Organics cart. Simply rinse when done or wash with soapy warm water. Visit the ACI office to pick up your pail!
What Belongs in the Garbage?
- ceramics & drinking glasses
- lightbulbs (no fluorescent)
- mirrors & window glass
- carbon paper
- laminated items
- metallic wrapping paper
- paper used for cleaning (soiled)
- vacuum bags
plastics NOT marked with 1 – 7
- 6-pack rings (please cut)
- plastic film & wrap
- plastic plates & utensils
- plastic straws & stir sticks
- records, tapes & CDs
- shower curtain liners
- tape (duct, scotch, masking)
- cotton balls (soiled)
- rugs & mats
- shoes, clothing & stuffed animals (that cannot be donated)
- balloons (latex & mylar)
- clothes hangers
- feminine products
- foam & Styrofoam
- hose (garden or rubber)
- pet feces (bagged)
- plastic bags
- rubber bands
- toothpaste tubes
- toys (try donating first)
- wood (treated)
No Organics or Recyclable Materials
No Dirt or Concrete
No Paint, Batteries, Fluorescent Bulbs, Poison, or other Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
Before discarding, please consider reusing or donating. Remember: Reduce, Reuse, Rot or Recycle!
PUT HAZARDOUS WASTE IN THE RIGHT PLACE.
Hazardous items like pesticides, fertilizers, pool & photo chemicals, paint/varnish, toxic cleaning products, smoke detectors, mercury-containing items (thermometers, CFLs/fluorescent lights, etc.), unwanted medications, and sharps (needles, lancets, etc.) need to be taken to a hazardous waste collection facility. For more information and a list of Alameda County’s disposal locations, please visit StopWaste.org/hhw or call the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste team at 1-800-606-6606.
DO NOT MERGE
Separate Your Garbage
Garbage (under gray bin and cart)
Organics (under green bin and cart)
Food-Soiled Paper, Yardwaste
Recyclables (under blue bin and cart)
Businesses, institutions and multi-family homes within the City of Alameda must sort their Recyclables and Organics from their Garbage. Learn more by visiting RecyclingRulesAC.org or calling 510-891-6575.
Questions regarding service issues or inquiries?
Please contact your property manager or owner.
Have a large item you need to dispose of?
Please contact ACI for more information about our bulky item program.
Need general program information?
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