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GRID Alternatives No Cost Solar Workshop

The City of Richmond has partnered with the non-profit, GRID Alternatives, Bay Area to provide solar energy systems to qualifying Richmond and North Richmond homeowners. Funded by the City of Richmond and the State of California, GRID Alternatives provides no-cost solar systems and electric vehicle charging infrastructure assistance to qualifying Richmond and North Richmond homeowners.

The City of Richmond and GRID Alternatives are hosting an online sign-up workshop on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM. Please see the attached flyer for additional details. Join us to learn more about the program and to see if you are eligible!

La ciudad de Richmond se ha asociado con el grupo sin fines de lucro GRID Alternatives, Bay Area proporciona sistemas de energía solar a los propietarios de viviendas calificados de Richmond y North Richmond. Financiado por la Ciudad de Richmond y el Estado de California, GRID Alternatives brinda asistencia sin costo para los sistemas solares y la infraestructura de carga de vehículos eléctricos para los propietarios de viviendas de Richmond y North Richmond que califican.

La ciudad de Richmond y GRID Alternatives están organizando un taller de inscripción en línea el jueves 10 de junio de 2021 a las 7:00 PM. ¡Únase a nosotros para obtener más información sobre el programa y ver si es elegible!

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Celebrate National Bike Month in Richmond & the East Bay

Spring is the time to get riding again and also to encourage people close to you to bike. There is no wrong way to celebrate Bike Month in Richmond and the greater East Bay. 

Biking has many benefits including:

  • Saving money on gas, parking, and transit
  • Bypassing congested traffic or transit schedules
  • Reveling in the convenience of the door to door commute and hassle-free parking
  • Getting 40 minutes of exercise (the average commute) directly improves physical and mental health

Below is a short list of options to celebrate Bike Month in Richmond and in the greater East Bay. Share the bike love and tag us in pictures on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with the tags: #BikeRichmond, #BTWD, & #BikeMonth.

Bike to Wherever Day 2021

Friday, May 21st is Bike to Wherever Day (BTWD) 2021 and it is the Bay Area’s biggest day for bicycling. Pledge to Ride on May 21 for Bike to Wherever Day! A map of energizer stations, a digital goody bag, and routes to ride to celebrate will be sent to you. A map of all BTWD bag pick-up locations are posted on Bike East Bay’s website.  

Bike the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge for Fun and Prizes! 

During the month of May, we’re promoting the use of the separated bicycle and pedestrian path on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Keep a lookout for our banners on both sides of the bridge, and scan the QR codes on them for prizes. One QR code scan will enter you in our raffle for a tandem bicycle (from The Pedaler Bicycle Shop), dinner for two at Anaviv in Richmond, and more prizes. Scan the QR codes on both sides of the bridge for a $5 Amazon gift card. 

If you scan both codes 5 times during commute hours, we’ll send you an additional $20! Have fun and bike the bridge!

511 Contra Costa- Guaranteed Ride Home

Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) has bike riders covered. The FREE program will reimburse for a ride home during unexpected emergencies like a personal illness, sick child, or missing your carpool up to six GRH trips per year. Register now, and you’ll be ready to go if an emergency strikes. Please visit the program’s website for details and eligibility requirements.

East Bay Bicycle Coalition’s Driver’s Ed 2.0 Quiz

The Contra Costa County Spare the Air Team wants to help everyone share the road safely. Drivers – new or experienced – can test their knowledge about driving safely around cyclists and pedestrians by taking a 6-question quiz from Bike East Bay. Answers are provided at the end of the quiz, and are specific to California state law. Contra Costa residents who complete the quiz and provide an email contact will be entered into a random drawing for one of eight $50 gift cards.

Test your knowledge! Click here to take the quiz.

Biking Resources

Richmond and the East Bay have the biking resources you are looking for. 

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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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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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 July 20, 2020. Para determinar si está elegible, vea el taller el 20 de Julio 2020.

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.

GRID Workshop Presentation

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 



 NEW Addition 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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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.

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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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