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Multi-Family and Apartment Recycling

Station Center, Union City - Bay-Friendly Rated in 2012. Photo courtesy Fletcher Studio.

Mandatory Recycling Ordinance

In many Alameda County cities, property owners are required to supply recycling and organics service in multifamily buildings with five or more units. For more information on the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance in Alameda County please visit:

Get involved and show your commitment

You can help make your building’s recycling program a success by properly sorting your recyclable materials from your trash. Search our RE:Source guide to find out what is accepted for recycling at your apartment complex.

Recycling is the law

Under the Alameda County Waste Management Authority Mandatory Recycling Ordinance 2012-01, multi-family buildings with 5 or more units in most of Alameda County are required to have recycling service sufficient to handle the amount of recyclables produced. In some cities, multi-family buildings are also required to have separate organics collection for food scraps, food-soiled paper and plant debris.    

Please note: 

  • Individual residents of multi-family housing are not able to sign up for recycling service on their own. 
  • If there is no recycling at your complex, you can encourage the management to establish a recycling program by letting them know it is the law in most cities.
  • Complex managers will need to contact their garbage service provider to have recycling service started.  

More on Recycling

If you are a multifamily apartment manager, find additional resources on improving your building's recycling program.