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Union City Commercial Recycling Programs

Alameda County Mandatory Recycling Ordinance

Mandatory recycling in Alameda County has been in effect since July 1, 2012 for businesses and institutions with 4 or more cubic yards of garbage service as well as multi-family properties with 5 or more units. Phase 2 of the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance begins July 1, 2014, which adds food scraps and compostable paper to the “Covered Materials” list and requires all businesses to participate. The Plant Debris Landfill Ban has been in effect since 2009.

City of Union City

Mandatory recycling in Union City has been in effect since July 1, 2012 for businesses and institutions with 4 or more cubic yards of garbage service as well as multi-family properties with 5 or more units.

For more information, please visit the City of Union City website.

Compliance Requirements

Businesses and institutions with 4 or more cubic yards of garbage must:

  • Provide containers and service of sufficient number, size and frequency for recyclable materials.
  • Recycle all recyclable Covered Materials: cardboard, newspaper, white paper, mixed recyclable paper, recyclable glass food and beverage containers, metal (aluminum and steel) food and beverage containers, PET (#1) and HDPE (#2) plastic bottles.
  • Ensure recycling containers are contamination free. Only recyclable materials may be placed in recycling containers.
  • Provide information at least annually to employees, tenants, and contractors describing how to properly use the recycling and garbage containers, as well as no later than 14 days after move-in and no less than 14 days prior to move-out for tenant businesses.

Additionally, ACWMA Ordinance 2008-01 requires businesses and institutions 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. Businesses 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 the City of Union City’s recycling programs that only the correct items are placed in the recycling cart.

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
  • Plastic bags and film in a clear plastic bag
  • Shredded paper in a paper or clear plastic bag
  • 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”
  • Loose 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 Business Owners

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 business. Our dedicated recycling coordinator can provide a free waste assessment to determine ideal service levels and provide you with educational materials and recycling workshops for your staff. It is our goal to help make recycling successful at your business!

Contact us at (510) 471-3850 for more information.