Environmental and Health Initiatives

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News & Events

Tomorrow! California Coastal Cleanup Day 

To find a cleanup site near you, visit www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html. Thank you for keeping our beaches and waterways clean and healthy! Below are a few of the events happening in Richmond. Please visit the event links for information on the COVID-19 safety guidelines.

9 am - 12 pm | Miller Knox Park - Ferry Point | 1545 Dornan Dr

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9 am - 12 pm | North Richmond Farm | 323 Brookside Drive

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9 am - 12 pm | Shimada Friendship Park | Marina Bay Pkwy & Peninsula Dr

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10 am - 2 pm | El Sobrante Library | 4191 Appian Way

RSVP: https://keepelsobrantebeautiful.info/

Coastal Clean-up Day 2021

FREE Special One-Day Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Mattress Drop-off Event

Saturday, September 18th
8:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M
The Galileo Club, 371 South 23rd Street, Richmond, CA
*Proof of residency and face coverings are required. Materials must be dropped-off in a vehicle and occupants must remain in the vehicle at all times.

Residents can take advantage of the free event to properly dispose of paints, aerosols, electronic waste with circuit boards, batteries, and oil to keep our communities clean and safe. Mattresses will also be accepted at the event. The event is open to resident of Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Pinole, Hercules, and surrounding unincorporated communities of Bayview, East Richmond Heights, El Sobrante, Montalvin Manor, North Richmond, Rollingwood and Tara Hills. 

Please see the flyer for event details and transportation restrictions. For questions about the event, please call (888) 412-9277. 

Can't come to the event? For more information about how to safely dispose of Household Hazardous Waste visit, www.ci.richmond.ca.us/1720/Hazardous-Waste.

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Richmond HHW Event 2021-09-18 Spanish

Bulky Item Pick-up Program for Richmond Residents

Richmond residents are eligible for a free bulky item pickup! Collections may be scheduled for single-family homes and duplexes.

Program Guidelines:

  • Serves single-family homes and duplexes.
  • May substitute five E-waste items for one bulky item
  • No commercial-sized appliances, hazardous materials, or construction and demolition material.
To schedule a pick-up contact Republic Services at (510) 262-7100. For more information about residential bulky item pick-up programs visit www.ci.richmond.ca.us/1718/Residents

Please note, the CalRecycle grant funding for the multifamily program for 3-19 units has ended. The program is no longer available.

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No Cost Solar For Qualifying Richmond Homes

GRID Alternatives provides NO-COST solar systems to qualifying Richmond and North Richmond homeowners, as well as assistance with EV charging infrastructure. GRID Alternatives brinda asistencia sin costo para a los sistemas solares y la infraestructura de carga de vehículos eléctricos para los propietarios de viviendas calificados de Richmond y North Richmond.

Learn if you are eligible by watching the workshop held on June 10, 2021. Para determinar si está elegible, vea el taller el 10 de junio 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rnZiUKzmLU

To view Spanish subtitles, select Settings --> Subtitles/CC -> Spanish (United States). Para ver subtítulos en español, seleccione Settings --> Subtitles/CC --> Spanish.

You can also find the presentation slides below. También puedes encontrar las diapositivas de presentación debajo.

New! Free Mattress Drop-off Program for Residents

Richmond residents are eligible to bring three (3) mattresses per month at no cost to the West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 101 Pittsburg Ave, Richmond. Please bring proof of residency.

Not Accepted:
  • Cut mattresses or box springs
  • Excessively wet, damaged, partial or soiled mattresses or mattresses with bed bugs
  • Car beds or water beds
  • Fold out sofa beds or futons
  • Air mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, mattress toppers or other furniture
For questions, contact Republic Services at (510) 231-4200.
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Free Mattress Drop-Off flyer 7-10-19_Page_1

Clean Cars for All Program

The City of Richmond is partnering with the non-profit solar provider GRID Alternatives and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to bring more renewable energy sources and electric vehicles to Richmond. Find out if you are eligible for an incentive of up to $9,500 from the Clean Cars for All Program to purchase or lease a low-emission vehicle.

For questions, please contact GRID Alternatives at (855) 256-3656 or email, Cleancars@gridalternatives.org.

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New! Free Compost Giveaway Program for Residents

Every first Wednesday of the month, West County households can pick-up for free 2 cubic yards of compost from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at 101 Pittsburg Avenue, Richmond. Close the loop on your organics recycling by using the finished compost made right here in Richmond. This is self-service only; please bring your own bag, bin or bucket, and shovel to load the material. Valid identification is required.

For questions or additional information please call Republic Services at (510) 231-4200.
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Richmond's Amended Food Ware Ordinance 

 Effective December 15, 2018: 

  • Food Providers, Retail Establishments, and Transient Lodging Establishments (ex: hotels, motels) cannot use, sell or distribute plastic straws and stirrers.
  • Food Providers can provided non-plastic alternative straws and stirrers to customer upon request only.
  • All Food Providers using disposable food ware to provide prepared food to customers must use disposable food ware that is either recyclable or compostable. Reusable food ware is encouraged when possible.
Effective Since 2014:

  • Retail Establishments (ex: grocery stores, hardware stores, markets, etc) cannot sell or rent products comprised entirely or primarily of polystyrene foam (Styrofoam).
  • Food Providers must use disposable food ware (ex: to-go containers, cups, bowls, plates, etc) that is recyclable or compostable. Reusable food ware encouraged when possible. 
  • A Food Provider (ex: cafes, restaurants, food trucks, etc) may charge a "take out fee" to customers to cover the cost difference.

Please visit the Food Ware Ordinance web page for more information.

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Climate Action Plan Open Data Dashboard

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The City of Richmond Environmental and Health Initiatives Division has launched a Climate Action Plan (CAP) Open Data Dashboard to report on the City's progress towards climate action goals. For additional information, please send an email to richmondopendata@ci.richmond.ca.us.

Adopted in 2016, Richmond’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) outlines goals and strategies for reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change on public health, infrastructure, ecosystems, and public spaces in our community. The dashboard serves to monitor progress towards reaching the CAP goals, inform policy decisions, and provide data to the community.

Recycling Tip of the Month!

Interested in starting recycling or compost services? Questions about what is recyclable or compostable? Please contact Republic Services at (510) 262-7100. For recycling and compost signs and outreach material visit, www.republicservices.com/municipality/wccc-caPlease note, paper towels and napkins are not recyclable.

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May- Recycling Tip of the Month

Air Pollution Complaints (BAAQMD)

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District receives over 12,000 air pollution complaints each year from members of the public. Community members are keenly aware of air pollution events and often provide the first warning of air quality problems. Satisfactory resolution of complaints is one of the most important objectives of Air District staff.

Examples of complaints include dust or chemical air pollutants emitted by industrial plants, refineries, neighborhood businesses, gas station nozzles, idling trucks, locomotives and buses; and smoke from agricultural fires, controlled burns, non-cooking backyard fires and outdoor trash burning.

To file a complaint, complete an online complaint form or call BAAQMD's 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-800-334-ODOR (6367).

For more information, visit BAAQMD online.

BAAQMD Complaint Page

City Launches Climate-Smart Cities Tool

On Wednesday, November 8, the Trust for Public Land, City staff, and partnering  community-based organizations celebrated the launch of the new Climate-Smart Cities Tool. The tool launch event included presentations from the Technical Advisory Committee, and a hands-on training in the Emergency Operation Center at City Hall.

The online, publicly available Climate-Smart Cities Decision Support Tool integrates detailed mapping data, climate change analytics, and community input to guide park and green infrastructure investments. The Decision Support Tool seeks to democratize resiliency data and tools by making these resources available to community leaders and community-based organizations to identify and implement multi-benefit green infrastructure projects such as parks, bio-swales, and biking or pedestrian trails.

The Trust for Public Land developed Richmond’s Climate-Smart Cities Tool in collaboration with the City of Richmond and a number of community-based organizations. Richmond is California’s second Climate-Smart City with TPL and the first in Northern California.

Climate Smart City Tool
About Us
The City of Richmond Environmental Initiatives team promotes systems and policy changes that support the development of healthy and sustainable neighborhoods. The Division collaborates with the community and other city departments to implement actions identified in the Climate Action Plan, Health in All Policies Strategy Document, and the Energy and Climate Change Element and Community Health and Wellness Element of the Richmond General Plan 2030. The team aims to build the City and community's capacity to improve and promote sustainability and health equity.

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