Solid Waste & Recycling Programs
The City of El Cerrito operates the curbside collection of recyclables from all homes, businesses, and multi-family dwellings within the City.
East Bay Sanitary Company at 510-237-4321 is the City's franchised hauler for garbage and green waste. Please contact them directly when you have questions about garbage and green waste collection services.
Solid Waste and Green Waste Collection
Questions about recycling, green waste, or garbage? Check out our brochure, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Recycling and Garbage Services in El Cerrito.
Among the solid waste and recycling collection services provided to El Cerrito Residents are:
- Weekly curbside collection services:
- Weekly collection of recycling (grey container)
- Weekly collection of green waste, including food scraps (green container)
- Weekly collection of garbage (blue container)
- FREE “special pickup” services for seniors with a medical issue. Doctor's note required.
- Drop-off and other collection services:
- Convenient and free drop-off recycling of a wide range of materials at the El Cerrito Recycling Center
- FREE curbside, one time Annual Clean-up of extra materials: recyclables, green waste, and garbage (Please call to make advanced arrangements.)
- Free drop-off of Household Hazardous Waste at WCC HHW Facility in Richmond
- Free curbside collection of HHW for seniors and the disabled
- Special Recycling Events:
- Biannual citywide garage sales
Please note: We are a one stop recycling facility. However, not all items are included in the curbside program. For example, the following items must be recycled here at the Drop-off Center: batteries, CFL bulbs, electronics, large pieces of scrap metals, medicines/needles, and Styrofoam. Drop-off Recycling Center information.
Download the Master Fee Schedule (PDF) for the Recycling + Environmental Resource Center (PDF) and review item # 5 for a list of these fees.
Holiday Schedule: Curbside collection occurs on all holidays except Christmas Day and New Year's Day. If those holidays fall on a regular collection day, then collection for that day and all following days in that week will occur one day later than usual.
For Thanksgiving 2017: The Recycling Center will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 23rd + 24th.
For Christmas 2017: The Recycling Center will be closed on Sunday and Monday, December 24th + 25th. Curbside Recycling: No service on Monday, December 25th. For that week, all routes will be served the day after their normal pick-up, starting Tuesday, December 26th, with Friday's normal pick-up occurring on Saturday, December 30th.
For New Year's 2017/2018: The Recycling Center will close at 12 noon on Sunday, December 31st, 2017 (open 9am-12pm), and will be closed Monday, January 1st, 2018. Curbside Recycling: No service on Monday, January 1st. For that week, all routes will be served the day after their normal pick-up, starting Tuesday, January 2nd, with Friday's normal pick-up occurring on Saturday, January 6th.
"A Greener El Cerrito" Newsletter - View an archive of the Operations and Environmental Services Division's Newsletters, both the Residential and Commercial editions. These newsletters provide helpful hints and best practices for using our solid waste and recycling services.