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Union City 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.

The local Ordinance specifies what materials are to be recycled: 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. Those who self-haul loads of discards to local waste facilities are also required to separate the specified recyclables. Under the Alameda County Waste Management Authority Ordinance, fines may be issued to multi-family properties not in compliance.

For More Information, visit Recycling Rules Alameda County.

Free Indoor Recycling Bags

Tri-CED provides free recycling bags to apartment and condominium customers. This heavy duty bag makes it convenient for residents to collect and carry recyclables. Just empty the bag into the complex’s shared container and return to the unit for reuse. Recycling bags are available from your complex management office or Tri-CED.

Acceptable Materials to Place Inside Recycling Bag

It is very important to the success of the City of Union City’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
  • Plastic bags or film placed in a clear plastic bag
  • Shredded paper placed 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 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) 471-3850 for more information.