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  Landfill Ban


Now in effect, Alameda County law requires that all plant debris be separated and recycled.

What does this mean for landscape professionals, residents and businesses?plant debris recycle logo

When you haul plant debris: 
Be sure the plant debris you take to your local disposal facility is free of garbage. At the disposal facility, unload the plant debris in designated "clean green" areas. 

When you dispose of plant debris on-site: 
Where on-site service is available, separate your plant debris from your garbage by placing all plant debris in the designated bins.

Plant Debris Includes:
Tree branches and trimmings (excluding palm trees)

By complying, you're helping to reduce landfill volumes, improve soil health and helping Alameda County meet its voter-mandated diversion goals. It's not just the right thing to do, it's the law.

While the goal of the ordinance is compliance and environmental protection, violators are subject to citations and fines for non-compliance.

For more information about the Alameda County Landfill Ban, please read our Frequently Asked Questions or call our toll free hotline for Alameda Country at 1-888-893-9929.

  • The Alameda County Landfill Ordinance is available for download as a PDF file.
  • Press materials, including some translations, are available here

The Alameda County Landfill Ban was discussed on Univision TV-14. Click here to view the video.


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