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As new multi-family and high-density residential properties come to Oakland, it becomes increasingly important for onsite and facilities managers to provide comprehensive waste management, recycling services and education to assist residents in complying with current laws, and to keep Oakland clean.

Post Helpful Signage

Post helpful signage in trash enclosure areas to encourage tenants to sort recycling, compost, and landfill waste correctly with minimum contamination. Make sure your tenants have the correct tools and information to recycle correctly by providing and labeling containers. Distribute informational brochures and hang up posters in common areas to help tenants identify the materials that are recycle or compost.

Schedule a Bulky Pickup

Contact your local garbage company if they offer free bulky pickups in your city. Some garbage companies offer at least one free bulky pickup per calendar year and multifamily properties may be eligible based on the number of units in the building.

This is a good time to encourage residents to gather large items that they wish to dispose of and helps avoid having these items pile up around the property. Large bulky pickup items can include furniture, appliances, tires, electronics, carpets and scrap metal.

Inform Tenants of Free Hazardous Waste Drop-off Facilities

Encourage tenants to properly dispose of hazardous materials and chemicals by posting and distributing hazardous material information and how to properly dispose of hazardous waste. Contact the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program for a list of accepted items, facility drop off locations and upcoming drop-off events. www.stopwaste.org

Rental Property Owner Business Program

Multifamily Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

There is a new free hazardous waste service for residential landlords to dispose of their tenant’s waste. Call the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) at 1-800-618-6942 to apply for an EPA ID. In many cases, EPA ID numbers can be assigned over the phone.

Most common consumer building maintenance products are accepted: adhesives, painting, cleaning, auto, garden, propane, batteries, and fluorescent bulbs. Other more industrial products may be accepted after a consultation.

Learn more

Provide Sufficient & Easily Accessible Recycle Containers

Provide tenants with sufficient indoor recycling and compost containers and place them in convenient locations that can later be taken to the waste common area. It is much easier to encourage recycling and composting when the containers are easily accessible and stored in convenient locations. Make sure to post signage so that tenants know which items can be recycled or composted.


Send regular emails or newsletters informing and reminding tenants about the recycling and composting efforts on the property. If you find the landfill volume decreasing on your property, follow up with tenants to share the results and encourage them to continue their recycling efforts. Include information about local drop-off events, upcoming bulky pickups, and local facilities for hazardous waste drop-off.

Hire a Push/Pull Company

A local company like Bay Area Bin Support not only brings your containers to the curb on the day of service but also provides a free cleanup in the bin storage area or trash enclosure to keep your property clean, organized, and free of rodents and odors. Bay Area Bin Support monitors recycle contamination, usage levels, post and maintain signage in the enclosures, offer suggestions and alert you of any waste issues on your property.

Give us a call today to learn more. 1-888-920-2467.

December 13, 2018

As we approach the end of 2018, we recommend property managers and owners consider scheduling a bulky pickup at their multifamily property to help residents get rid of unwanted items and begin the New Year with a clean slate and a clean property!

Most cities offer residents and multifamily properties some type of free curbside bulky collection service. If you manage a multifamily property, we recommend checking to find out what your city offers.  Some cities offer more than 1 free bulky pickup per year! Please make sure to check on the specific instructions for bulky pickup collection service in your city. A Google search such as “bulky pickup + city” will usually lead you directly to the local waste company’s website with specific instructions for bulky pickups in your city.

Most Bay Area cities will offer a free bulky pickup service for the following properties:

  • Residential
  • Multi-unit or multifamily
  • Apartment complexes
  • Townhouse
  • Duplex, triplex and quadruplex
  • Condominiums

What is bulky pickup collection service?

A bulky pickup is when large items such as mattresses, appliances, furniture and other sizeable items are collected from your property by the local waste company. Most cities will offer at least one free collection per year. It is a great way for residents to dispose of large, unwanted items that can’t easily be thrown in the trash.

If it’s free, why aren’t more people using this service?

Coordinating a bulky pick-up can be time-consuming: scheduling the collection, communicating with tenants, meeting with a waste company for a site visit, organizing the setout logistics, this free service can be a bit overwhelming.

However, the extra time spent setting up a bulky pickup may be well worth the effort. You will help your tenants get rid of unwanted items that may be cluttering the property including storage areas and trash enclosures. Bulky pickups can also help you keep waste volume down at the property and help avoid expensive overage/overflow fees that are often tacked onto the garbage bill when trash containers are overflowing. As anyone who pays the garbage bill well knows, even just a few overflow penalties a month can lead to hundreds of dollars in extra fees on the garbage bill.

What types of items can be included in a bulky pickup?

  • Mattresses
  • Appliances
  • Tires
  • Scrap Metal
  • Electronics (e-waste)
  • Carpets or rugs
  • Household furniture
  • Non-hazardous trash items

What types of items are NOT accepted in bulky pickup?

  • Hazardous waste, such as gasoline, oil, paint, certain household chemicals
  • Items over a certain weight limit (typically over 75 or 100 lbs.)
  • Rocks, dirt, or concrete

How much bulky items can be picked up?

In Oakland, CA, multifamily properties receive 1.5 cubic yards of free bulky pickup per unit per year. For a 20-unit property, that is 30 yards of free bulky pickup service! Find out more at www.oaklandrecycles.com

For Existing Bay Area Bin Support clients:

In partnership with the City of Oakland, Bay Area Bin Support clients can contact us to coordinate your bulky pickup and assist with onsite support and coordination.

Call 1-888-920-2467.


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