Alameda's Green Initiatives

BREAKING NEWS: At a public hearing on September 19, 2017, the City Council passed an ordinance requiring commercial food vendors to only provide straws upon a customer’s request, and clarifying that all to-go food ware must be either reusable, recyclable, or compostable. Read more here.


PLAN UPDATES IN PROGRESS: Both the City of Alameda's Climate Action Plan (2008) and Zero Waste Implementation Plan (2010) are in the midst of a fresh update via community input and staff evaluation. 


 - In February of 2008, Alameda City Council adopted a Resolution which set a citywide greenhouse gas reduction goal: 25% below 2005 baseline levels. The City Council also adopted the Local Action Plan for Climate Protection, (a.k.a. Climate Action Plan) which offers a framework for achieving this goal.


 - The City partnered with Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA) and presented the Zero Waste Implementation Plan, which was adopted by City Council in October of 2010.


GREEN LIVING TIPS: When creating and fostering a cleaner and greener home or multifamily property, check out Good Housekeeping's Ways to Live Greener and property managers can find some useful ideas in the Green & Eco-Friendly Property Guide. It just takes small changes to tweak your daily routines, reuse common items, greening your car and wasting less - creating a better environment for all of us.



RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING REQUIRED: The City of Alameda is a fully opted-in jurisdiction of the County's Mandatory Recycling Ordinance. Businesses, and multifamily properties of 5 units or more, must have adequate recycling and composting service. 


Questions about Mandatory Recycling and Composting?  Learn about Alameda County Waste Management Authority's recent ordinances by going to


If you would like help making sure your property or business is in compliance with the County ordinance, please contact Alameda County Insdustries (ACI) by calling 510-483-1400, or email for a free assessment of your collection needs.