Union City Customer Service Number
Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm
(510) 429-8030
Contact Tri-CED
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january 2018

1janAll DayNew Years HolidayNO Pick Up Monday, 1/1/18. Service will be delayed one day for the week. Office & Buy Back Closed Monday, 1/1/18

Union City Single Family Collection Programs

Recycling Collection Program

Proper Cart Set Out

Proper Cart Set Out


Collection Day

Collection Day:
Single Stream Recycling and Organics carts are serviced weekly.

  • Set out containers before 6:00 a.m.
  • Place containers in the street gutter, wheels against the curb
  • Carts should be 2 feet apart to allow for pickup by automated trucks
  • Carts should be at least 3 feet from parked vehicles
  • Remove carts from curb within 24 hours after collection.

No service on New Year’s, Thanksgiving, Christmas. If your trash service falls on or after a holiday, service will be delayed one day that week.

Single Stream Recycling

Single Stream recycling simplifies recycling because all recyclable materials are mixed together in one container. Single Stream recycling is so easy, the number of people who recycle increases; therefore, the pounds of recycled materials collected also increases. Union City homeowners pay for curbside collection through assessments which appear on their annual property tax statement.

For more information about single stream recycling, please call Tri-CED Community Recycling at (510) 429-8030.

Acceptable Materials to Place Inside Recycling Cart

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 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 placed 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
Recycling Cart Sizes

Tri-CED offers 3 sizes of recycling carts. A 64-gallon cart is the standard for single family households. You may request a smaller (32-gallon) or larger (96-gallon) recycling cart. To order a new cart, call Tri-CED at (510) 429-8030.

Side Yard Service

Backyard or side yard collection is available for residents with disabilities. Call Republic Services Customer Service at (510) 657-3500 for eligibility information.

Current Union City Garbage and Recycling Rates

Current rates for solid waste and recycling services are listed on the City of Union City website.

Curbside Used Motor Oil and Filter Recycling

tri-ced-used-oilMotor oil and anti-freeze not properly disposed of can pollute groundwater, harm San Francisco Bay and place people and pets at risk. You should never pour used oil or anti-freeze on the ground or down a storm drain, nor should it be placed in refuse or recycling containers.

Free containers for recycling use motor oil and filters are available to all Hayward residents. Please all Tri-CED at (510) 429-8030 for special oil containers and bags for your oil filters. You may place a maximum of two fully sealed, one-gallon plastic containers of uncontaminated (meaning not mixed) used motor oil at curbside on your designated pick-up day.

Free Drop Off

Free Drop Off

The Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program also will accept a maximum of five gallons of used motor oil, filters anti-freeze and batteries. When recycling a used oil filter, be sure to drain it first, place it in a leak proof, tightly sealed plastic bag. Help avoid contamination by not mixing used motor oil with any other automotive products such as gasoline, solvents, antifreeze, and cleaners.

Hayward Drop-Off Center

2091 West Winton Ave.
Hayward, CA 94545
(800) 606-6606 or (510) 670-6460

Fremont Facility (operated by BLT Enterprises)

41149 Boyce Rd.,
Fremont, CA 94538
(800) 606-6606 or (510) 252-0500

Curbside Household Battery and Cell Phone Recycling

Batteries are considered hazardous because of the metals and/or other toxic or corrosive materials contained within. For this reason, all batteries must be recycled, or taken to a household hazardous waste disposal facility, a universal waste handler, or an authorized recycling facility. Used batteries have enough remaining voltage to cause a fire, leak or explosion if not handled properly. Never burn or dispose f batteries in the trash. Please call the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program at (800) 606-6606 for more information on disposal of batteries and other household hazardous waste.

Please call Tri-CED at (510) 429-8030 to request a clear plastic zip-lock bag for battery and cell phone recycling.

Accepted Batteries

Accepted Batteries

Recycling batteries helps protect the environment!

  • AAA, AA, C, D
  • 9-volt
  • Alkaline
  • Rechargeable
  • Lithium and coin cells (IMPORTANT: Please tape ends to prevent short circuits)
  • Small button-size hearing aid cells
  • Old Cell Phones
  • NO car batteries please!

Organics Collection Program

Recycling greens is essential to lengthening the life of the landfill. In fact, over three cubic yards of landfill are saved for every ton of greens recycled!

Acceptable Composting Materials

Acceptable Composting Materials

We accept all food scraps, soiled paper, and plants in the green composting bin.
Only place materials accepted for composting in your compost bin!

  • Food Scraps
  • Bread, grains and pasta
  • Coffee grounds with paper filter
  • Dairy
  • Eggshells and eggs
  • Fruit (pits and shells too)
  • Leftovers and spoiled food
  • Meat (including bones)
  • Seafood (including shellfish)
  • Tea and tea bags
  • Vegetables
  • Food Soiled Paper
  • Coffee filters
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Food soiled paper cups and plates
  • Paper ice cream containers (metal or plastic rim is OK)
  • Paper bags, napkins, tissues and towels
  • Paper take-out boxes and containers
  • Tissues
  • Plants, flowers and floral trimmings
  • Grasses and weeds
  • Tree trimmings, leaves, branches and brush (less than 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet long)
Unacceptable Composting Materials

Unacceptable Composting Materials

Please do not place the following materials into your green container! Carts with unacceptable material will not be serviced.

  • Aluminum foil or trays
  • Cat litter or animal feces
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Clothing, linens and rags
  • Cooking oil
  • Diapers
  • Dirt, rocks or stone
  • Flower pots or trays
  • Glass, metal or plastic
  • Plastic bags, wrappers or film
  • Recyclable/clean cardboard or paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Wood – plywood, pressboard, painted or stained wood
  • Palm fronds
  • Cactus
  • Sawdust, painted wood, ashes or Formica products
  • Tree stumps longer than four feet, or any one piece greater than six inches in diameter
  • Demolition debris
  • Trash of any kind

Useful Information About Food Scraps!

tri-ced-full-composte-pailFood scraps and food-soiled paper is heavy and bulky, making up a large portion of the residential waste stream. Keeping this material out of our landfill and converting it into compost will help us reduce waste. Kitchen pails were provided to Union City residents for the convenient collection of food scraps. For your free food scrap container, contact Tri-CED Community Recycling at (510) 429-8030.

Three Easy Steps to Food Scrap Recycling

Three Easy Steps to Food Scrap Recycling

  1. Collect food scraps and food-soiled paper in the pail or a convenient container of your choosing. No plastic bags please.
  2. Empty the pail or container’s contents into your green yard waste cart. If the collection container itself is paper, simply drop the container into the cart.
  3. Set out your yard waste cart at the curb for weekly collection.
Go Beyond the Pail! Some people prefer to use other containers such as...

Go Beyond the Pail! Some people prefer to use other containers such as:

  • Paper milk cartons
  • Pizza boxes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Paper ice cream cartons
  • Brown paper bags
  • Newspaper
  • The advantage of using a paper container is that you can drop that into the yard waste cart along with the food scraps.

Union City’s Annual Compost Giveaway

To thank Union City residents for participating in the food scrap and yard waste program, Tri-CED Community Recycling, the City of Union City and Allied Waste Services sponsor an annual Compost Giveaway! Food scraps and yard trimmings taken from green carts are carefully composted to produce a dark, nutrient-rich soil amendment that plants and crops just love! So keep up the good work and look out for information on the annual Compost Giveway in your mail box.

Holiday Tree Recycling

After all the presents are open and the lights and ornaments are packed away, remember that your holiday tree still as one more use it can fulfill. Turn it into compost! Tri-CED will collect holiday trees during the month of January.

On collection day, simply set your tree at the curb or place inside the green organics cart. Trees will be taken to a compost facility to be turned into beneficial mulch and compost!

Tree Collection Guidelines

Tree Collection Guidelines

Please prepare your tree for collection by following these simple guidelines:

  • Natural trees only (NO artificial trees)
  • No flocked or tinseled trees
  • Remove tree stand and all ornaments
  • If your tree is 5 feet or taller, please cut it in half, please half inside the green cart and the other half on the ground next to your cart.