Solid Waste, Recycling, and Compost

Solid Waste and Recycling Services

Richmond's collection services are provided by Republic Services and are available to provide information regarding: 

  • Commercial and residential rates, 
  • Free waste audits for businesses,
  • Billing or account information,  
  • Pay Your Bill Online
  • Reporting a missed pickup or lost or damaged carts/bins, or 
  • Request on-call cleanups or bulky item collection services.

Visit Republic Services' website,, or call 510-262-7100 for inquiries or additional information.   

Ratepayers may visit Waste and Recycling Rates and Contracts to access this year's solid waste rates and solid waste franchise agreements.

Republic Services Recycling Guide

New State Mandate Recycling Laws

NEW! California State Law AB 827
Passed in 2019, amends AB 341 and AB 1826. Requires covered businesses to make recycling and organic recycling containers available to customers with clear labels to indicate what materials are appropriate for each bin.

NEW! California State Law SB 1383

This bill creates goals for short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) reductions in various industry sectors; this includes reduction goals for black carbon, fluorinated gases, and methane. The methane emission reduction goal includes a 75% reduction in the level of statewide disposal of organic waste from 2014 levels by 2025. Rulemaking is still in process but general information and updates are available at

Recycling Tips

May- Recycling Tip of the Month
Recycling Tip of the Month April
  1. Recycling Guide
  2. Organics Guide

What Goes Into the Blue Recycling Cart?

  • Cardboard (flattened)

  • Paper - newspaper, junk mail, envelopes, magazines, catalogs, cereal & shoe boxes, colored & white paper, telephone books, paper bags

  • Glass - bottles and jars

  • Plastic - milk, juice, soda & water bottles, narrow-neck bottles, 

    to-go containers, tubs, bags (bundled)

  • Metal - aluminum, steel, tin cans, empty aerosol cans, aluminum foil & pans

  • NOT ACCEPTED- compostable or biodegradable plastic, paper towels, napkins, polystyrene foam (styrofoam), candy wrappers, chip bags, tetra pak containers.
Recycling Guide