Zero Waste Program and Services


Alameda is a regional leader in source reduction, recycling and composting, where residents and businesses divert 81% of their waste from the landfill.  Find out more by clicking on the links below.


ACI logo 2016 plain.jpg Our partner in our successful diversion efforts has been the City's franchised waste hauler, Alameda County Industries (ACI). You can contact them by calling (510) 483-1400.



We have updated the Zero Waste Implementation Plan (ZWIP) of 2010, calculating the latest landfill diversion numbers, and making recommendations for residents to get closer to Zero. Learn more here.


On October 3rd, 2017, the Alameda City Council took a giant step toward reducing plastic litter (especially plastic straws) in our environment by passing the Alameda Disposable Food Service Ware Reduction Law. Read more about that here.

  • On June 7, 2022, the Alameda City Council adopted state law Assembly Bill 1276 to reduce single-use food ware accessories. More information can be found here




A new California State law, Senate Bill (SB) 1383, aims to keep food and other compostable materials (“organics”) out of landfills to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change.

As of January 1, 2022, SB 1383 requires all business, multifamily properties, and residents to subscribe to recycling and food waste collection services. SB 1383 also requires certain food generating businesses to redirect surplus edible food to feed people who are food insecure.

On November 16, 2021, the City of Alameda adopted a local Ordinance (No. 3310) to implement SB 1383 that requires:

  • All businesses, multi-family properties, and residents to subscribe to recycling and food waste collection services. Additionally, businesses and multi-family properties are required to:

    • Place color-coded and labeled recycling and compost bins next to all garbage bins (except in restrooms).

    • Sort materials into the proper bins—recycling, compost, and landfill.

    • Educate employees, contractors, and tenants about the law at least annually and check bins periodically to ensure proper sorting.

    • For more information and compliance assistance, please visit:

  • Certain food generating businesses* to recover surplus edible food by partnering with a food recovery organization and tracking and maintaining records.

*Tier 1 sites that must start surplus food donation by 1/1/22: large supermarkets ($2M+ gross annual sales), grocery stores (>10,000 sq. ft.), food service providers, food distributors, and wholesale food vendors. Tier 2 sites that must start surplus food donation by 1/1/24: large health facilities (100+ beds), hotels (200+ rooms), large venues and special events (2,000+ individuals per day), restaurants (>5,000 sq. ft. or 250+ seats), state agency facilities, and public schools.

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Have a question about what to do with unwanted items? Search StopWaste’s re:source guide for reuse, repair, recycling and safe disposal options. 



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Alameda County Industries (ACI), the City’s franchised waste hauler, is now offering all residential customers (single family, multi-plex, and multi-family) one (1) on call cleanup per household every twelve months at no additional charge. Find out more click here