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Hayward Multi-Family Recycling Programs

State and Local Recycling Requirements for Commercial and Multi-family Accounts

Alameda County Waste Management Authority Ordinance 2012-01 took effect in July 2012 and requires businesses generating four or more cubic yards of solid waste per week and all multi-family property owners (five units or more) to obtain a level of recycling service adequate for the amount of recyclables they generate. This local ordinance builds upon a California State Law AB 341, which requires the same commercial and multi-family accounts to have recycling services.

Mandatory recycling in Hayward has been in effect since July 1, 2012 for businesses and institutions with 4 or more cubic yards of garbage service per week as well as multi-family properties with 5 or more units. Phase 2 of the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance begins July 1, 2015, in Hayward, which requires all businesses and institutions, as well as multi-family properties, to collect food scraps and compostable paper separately from garbage. Effective July 1, 2016, all businesses (regardless of garbage service volume) are required to collect recyclables.

For More Information, visit Recycling Rules Alameda County.

Compliance Requirements

Property owners and managers of multi-family properties with 5 or more units must:

  • Provide containers and service of sufficient number, size and frequency for recyclable materials.
  • New! Provide containers and service of sufficient number, size and frequency for organics (food scraps and compostable paper).
  • Provide information at least annually to employees, tenants, and contractors describing how to properly use the recycling, garbage, and organics containers, as well as no later than 14 days after move-in and no less than 14 days prior to move-out.

Additionally, ACWMA Ordinance 2008-01 requires multi-family properties in Alameda County generating 4 or more cubic yards of garbage per week to separate all plant debris from garbage and recyclable materials. Those with on-site service must place plant debris in a designated organics collection bin. Multi-family property owners or managers can arrange for the removal of plant debris by their landscaper. The landscaper must haul to an approved facility and must deposit plant debris in the facility’s designated “clean green” area.

Acceptable Materials to Place Inside Recycling Bag

It is very important to the success of Hayward’s recycling programs that residents place only the correct items in the recycling bag.

Acceptable Recycling Materials

Only place recyclable materials into your recycling container!

  • Newspaper (including inserts, coupons and store advertisements)
  • Mixed paper (including office paper, computer paper, magazines, junk mail, catalogs, paper bags, paperboard, paper egg cartons, telephone books, colored paper, construction paper, envelopes, legal pad backings)
  • Shoe boxes, cereal boxes and other similar food boxes
  • Cardboard
  • Paper milk cartons
  • Books (hard and soft cover)
  • Glass containers of any color (brown, clear and green glass bottles and jars)
  • Aluminum (beverage containers, foil, food containers)
  • Steel, tin or bi-metal cans
  • Plastic containers #1-7
  • Aseptic beverage boxes
  • Laundry detergent bottles
  • Tubs and lids (ie: yogurt containers and Tupperware)
Unacceptable Materials to Place Inside Recycling Cart

Unacceptable Recycling Materials

Please do not place the following non-recyclable materials into your GREY container! Carts with unacceptable material will not be serviced.

  • Automotive Parts
  • Batteries
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Clothing, linens and rags
  • Coat hangers
  • Diapers
  • Electronics
  • Food scraps
  • Garbage
  • Glass mirrors and windows
  • Hazardous material
  • Incandescent light bulbs,
  • Fluorescent light bulbs and HIDs
  • Plastic labeled “Compostable” or “Biodegradable”
  • Plastic bags or film
  • Scrap metal
  • Soiled paper (paper cups, plates, napkins, tissues, towels, take-out boxes and greasy pizza boxes)
  • Styrofoam
  • Waxed cardboard and paper
  • Waxy paper milk or juice cartons
  • Wood
  • Yard trimmings

Support Materials for Multi-Family Property Owners & Managers

Tri-CED Community Recycling provide free onsite waste and recycling assessments upon request.

To help you comply with state and local recycling ordinances, Tri-CED Community Recycling offers easy to use, cost efficient recycling service for your tenants. Our dedicated recycling coordinator can provide a free waste assessment to determine ideal service levels for your property, provide you with educational materials and recycling workshops for staff and residents. We also provide fun informational family events upon request. It is our goal to help make recycling successful at your apartment complex or condominium!

Contact us at (510) 537-9963 for more information.