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Enforcement & Violations

California State law SB1383 and the Alameda County Organics Reduction and Recycling Ordinance require businesses, nonprofits, institutions, schools, and multifamily properties to arrange for compost and recycling collection service, have the correct indoor bins, and sort materials correctly. Some businesses must also recover and donate their surplus edible food.

Enforcement of these rules is a collaborative effort between StopWaste, the cities of Alameda County and their solid waste service providers, as well as the environmental health departments in Alameda County. Warnings (a “Notice of Violation”) are given before a citation is issued. Fines range from $50-$500. See details here. 

Did you receive a letter?

Click on the letter below that matches the one you received, then complete the steps necessary to correct the violation(s) and prevent future fines.

Notice to Subscribe to Service

Notice of Violation


Letter from City or Garbage Company


Common questions about violations:


  • Do you already compost and recycle but received a letter stating you don’t have the necessary collection services?
    Submit proof using this form so we can update our records.