Alameda County Industries
City of San Leandro

Commercial Service Guide


What Belongs in the Recyclables?

Paper Products

  • aseptic boxes (juice, soup & soy milk)
  • dairy cartons
  • catalogs, magazines & phone books
  • corrugated cardboard & paper boxes (large or multiple pieces should be flattened and/or cut)
  • junk mail
  • newspaper (including inserts)
  • shredded paper (contained in a paper bag or box)

Glass Bottles & Jars

  • please remove lids and caps and recycle

Aluminum & Metal

  • food & beverage cans
  • aerosol cans (empty)
  • paint cans (empty & dry only)
  • pots & pans
  • scrap pieces (up to 30 pounds per item)

Plastics Containers Labeled 1 – 7
Keep them clean! Scrape, wipe, or rinse before placing in the Recyclables container.

  • bottles & jars
  • tubs & trays

No Plastic Bags

No Film Plastic

No Styrofoam®

No Pressurized Tanks


What Belongs in the Organics?

Food Scraps

  • fruits & vegetables (including peels, pits & rinds)
  • bread, pasta & other grains
  • dairy products
  • egg shells
  • coffee grounds & tea leaves
  • meat & bones

Food-Soiled Paper

  • plates & cups
  • napkins & towels
  • coffee filters & tea bags
  • bags (used to contain/wrap food scraps)
  • paper takeout containers
  • newspaper (used to wrap food scraps or line cart)
  • pizza boxes
  • wax paper & wax-coated boxes
  • wooden chopsticks

Yard Trimmings

  • flowers
  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • small branches less than 6” in diameter
  • weeds

No Glass, Metal, Styrofoam or Plastic

No Aseptic Boxes (Juice, Soup & Soy Milk)

No Dirt, Rock, Concrete, Brick or Treated Wood

No Liquid Fat, Oil or Grease

No Pet Litter or Feces

No Palm Fronds


What Belongs in the Garbage?

Non-Recyclable Glass

  • ceramics & drinking glasses
  • lightbulbs (no fluorescent)
  • mirrors & window glass

Non-Recyclable Paper

  • carbon paper
  • laminated items
  • metallic wrapping paper
  • paper used for cleaning (soiled)
  • photographs
  • vacuum bags

Plastics NOT Marked With 1 – 7

  • 6-pack rings (please cut)
  • plastic film & wrap
  • plastic plates & utensils
  • plastic straws & stir sticks
  • records, tapes & CDs
  • shower curtain liners
  • tape (duct, scotch, masking)


  • cotton balls (soiled)
  • rugs & mats
  • shoes, clothing & stuffed animals (that cannot be donated)
  • sponges


  • balloons (latex & mylar)
  • clothes hangers
  • diapers
  • personal hygiene products
  • foam & Styrofoam®
  • hose (garden or rubber)
  • pet feces (bagged)
  • plastic bags
  • rubber bands
  • toothpaste tubes
  • toys (try donating first)
  • wood (painted or stained)

No Organics or Recyclable Materials

No Dirt or Concrete

No Paint, Batteries, Fluorescent Bulbs, Poison, or other Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Before discarding, please consider reusing or donating. Remember: Reduce, Reuse, Rot or Recycle!


Household hazardous waste (HHW), radioactive materials, poison or toxic materials are not accepted in any Alameda County Industries collection carts or bins. For information on disposal locations, please call the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste team at 1-800-606-6606. Click here for Small Business Hazardous Waste Disposal Services.

Alameda County’s Mandatory Recycling Ordinance Requires Recycling & Composting!

Sorting recyclables from garbage became mandatory on July 1, 2012.

Sorting food scraps and food- soiled paper from garbage became mandatory on July 1, 2014.

Learn more by visiting or and click on the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance Quick Link.

Contact ACI for help starting or improving your Recyclables and Organics collection program.

  • ACI provides up to 96-gallons of mixed recycling and 96-gallons of organics recycling per week at no extra charge to qualifying business customers. Call us today to determine your eligibility and get your carts delivered!
  • ACI’s Recycling Coordinator will visit to survey your waste and recycling needs, answer any questions, and provide posters for employees. The posters clearly show what should go in each ACI container. If you have more than just bottles, cans, paper products, yard trimmings & food scraps to recycle, please let us know.

  • ACI offers a variety of other recycling services. We have collection programs for construction, demolition debris and more.
  • ACI offers wheeled carts, bins (1 to 7 cubic yards) and debris boxes (10 to 40 cubic yards). We may also be able to assist you with the procurement of a compactor or other necessary equipment. Contact us for assistance with enclosure planning for new construction or remodeling.
  • ACI’s current garbage and recycling rates are available on our website: or by calling our customer service department at (510) 357-7282.


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