About Recycling and Composting

Alameda County residents understand the value of our natural resources, including bottles, cans, papers, plant debris, and food scraps. Your hauler makes it easy for you to separate your recyclables and food scraps by providing a bin for recyclable materials like paper, bottles and cans, a curbside green bin for food scraps, and a bin for the stuff that goes into the landfill.

Composting: Food Scraps Aren’t Garbage.

Do your part and place all your food scraps, food soiled paper and yard plant debris into your green bin. What goes in the green bin?

  • Food scraps and trimmings from meal preparation
  • Food leftovers (don’t forget the bones!)
  • Food-soiled paper, including paper napkins, paper plates and coffee filters
  • Yard Debris, including plants, leaves and grass clippings


Watch this short video to learn how compost is made and used in California.

Recycling: Bottles, Cans, & Paper

Currently, about 10% of the items in the landfill cart are recyclable bottles, cans and paper. That’s a good start. Now, let’s get that last 10%. Here’s what goes in the recycling bin:

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminum and tin cans
  • Paper, including newspaper, junk mail, magazines and boxes
  • #1 – #7 plastic bottles and containers (most cities take #1 – #7, please check Recycling in Your City to confirm what your city takes)


For more specific information on composting and recycling, please see

Recycling In Your City.