Ordinances, Policies and Fees
In 1990, Alameda County voters overwhelmingly approved Measure D, the Alameda County Waste Reduction and Recycling Act, with the goal of reducing waste by 75% by 2010. Read more about Measure D policies and disbursements.
As of January 1, 2013, grocery stores and certain other food retailers in Alameda County can no longer provide single-use plastic carryout bags at checkout. Learn more at ReusableBagsAC.org.
This ordinance requires certain businesses, institutions and multi-family buildings to provide recycling and composting service sufficient to handle the amount of recyclables and compostables (food scraps and food-soiled paper) they produce. Learn more at RecyclingRulesAC.org.
Disposal of plant debris in Alameda County landfills is prohibited. Plant debris includes grass, leaves, shrubs, vines and tree branches. Residents should dispose of plant waste and food scraps in their green bin. Landscape and gardening professionals, commercial and multi-family property owners, and haulers can learn the rules for disposing of plant waste at RecyclingRulesAC.org.
Alameda County Waste Management Authority Ordinance 2009-01 established procedures and reporting requirements for the collection of the countywide solid waste facility fee, which is applied to solid waste originating in Alameda County that is deposited in landfills outside the county. For more information, visit the Ordinance 2009-01, Facilicity Fee web pages.
In February 2014, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority Board adopted a new household hazardous waste fee of $9.55 per year per residential unit which went into effect July 1, 2014. Revenue from the fee is used to support the countywide household hazardous waste program, which provides safe, legal, environmentally sound collection and disposal services for residential household hazardous waste. For more information, visit the HHW Fee Ordinance page or read the HHW Fee FAQs.
StopWaste's Benchmark Service provides information to help Alameda County's residents and businesses reduce waste, boost the local economy, and get more value from our recycling programs. The service ended June 30, 2017. Read more about the Benchmark Service.