Environmental and Health Initiatives
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.
Holiday Tree Recycling and Disposal Options
The Environmental and Health Initiatives Division encourages residents to consider the several options below for disposing of Holiday Trees.
1. Curbside Collection
On any of your regular organic waste collection days, cut your natural, unflocked Christmas tree to fit in your organic waste cart. Trees must be 6 feet or less in diameter and cut into 3-foot lengths. Remove stand and all decorations. Artificial, flocked and ornament-contaminated trees are not compostable. Cut or trim to fit in the brown or black trash cart and set out on any regular trash collection day.
IMPORTANT GUIDELINES FOR COMPOSTING HOLIDAY TREES:
- Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, nails and stands.
- No flocked, painted, fireproof or artificial trees or trees contaminated with decorations, stands or plastic/cloth wrappings.
- If trees are more than 6 feet tall, please cut in half.
2. On-call Bulky Pick-up:
If you have not already used your allocated on-call curbside bulk cleanup(s), call our Customer Service office (510.262.7100) to arrange for a no-cost curbside pickup. Trees more than 6 feet tall must be cut in half.
3. "For Fee" Curbside Collection:
If you are unable to cut/trim your compostable tree to fit in your organic waste cart or non-compostable tree (artificial, flocked, contaminated with ornaments, stands, plastic, cloth-wrapped) in the brown or black trash cart, call our Customer Service office to arrange "for fee" curbside collection (approximately $22.50/tree). On-call and "for fee" pickups must be scheduled in advance by calling 510.262.7100.
4. Self-haul (Drop-off):
With proof of residency (driver's license or CA ID), Republic Services customers can take trees to Golden Bear Transfer (#1 Parr Blvd., Richmond, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) through the first weekend in February at no cost for compostable trees. There is a disposal fee for non-compostable trees or no proof of residency (approximately $12.76 - subject to change).
5. Donating to local Organizations:
In addition to the above services, some local Boy Scout troops and youth organizations in Richmond collect Christmas trees in exchange for a donation.
Request for Proposal (RFP) Released for Solid Waste Collection Agreement - Richmond and San Pablo
On January 5th, the City of Richmond in partnership with the City of San Pablo have released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for solid waste collection services starting July 1, 2025. To access the RFP and associated documents, go to www.ci.richmond.ca.us/bids, go to the Contracting/Purchasing Opportunities section and click on Bid Opportunities, and then search for “Solid Waste Collection Agreement”.
Proposals are due on March 15, 2024, by 4 p.m. There is a mandatory pre-proposal meeting on January 22, 2024, at 10 a.m. via zoom. You can register for the meeting https://ci-richmond-ca-us.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eKDSBX2tQA2UHaLHsqpn0A. You must register in advance for the Zoom webinar. Form A (Communications Protocol) from the RFP documents is also due January 22nd, by 4 p.m.
Questions regarding the RFP must be submitted via the Q&A Tab in the BidsOnline system for this RFP and are due no later than February 12, 2024, by 5 p.m. Answers will be provided via addendum through the BidsOnline system and will be posted by February 26, 2024.
If you have any questions or need support accessing the BidsOnline system, please contact Ofelia Alvaraz at (510) 620-6699 or at Ofelia_Alvarez@ci.richmond.ca.us.
C-LEAP Final Report
In 2022, the City in partnership with RCF Connects, applied for and was one of 24 cities in the US to be awarded technical assistance through the Department of Energy (DOE), Community Local Energy Action Program (C-LEAP). C-LEAP is a pilot technical assistance (TA) program intended to facilitate sustained community-wide economic and environmental benefits to low-income and energy-burdened communities experiencing environmental justice or related impacts. The C-LEAP program is currently being managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in coordination with a variety of subject matter experts.
Through this effort, NREL conducted a city-wide building energy use analysis and assessed the impacts of various approaches to electrifying and improving energy efficiency of all existing residential and commercial buildings within the city limits. This assessment was in coordination with Richmond’s Green-Blue New Deal (GBND) project and focused on data available through NREL’s ResStock™ and ComStock™ analysis tools.
More information on the DOE Techincal assistance and the Richmond project visit, www.energy.gov/communitiesLEAP/richmond-california
Resources from GRID Alternatives Workshop (July 19th, 2023)
The Richmond City Manager’s Office Economic Development Department in partnership with GRID Alternatives, hosted a No-Cost Solar Program community workshop for Richmond and North Richmond residents on Wednesday, July 19th at 6:30PM. The workshop was held in-person at 440 Civic Center Plaza Richmond, CA in the multi-use room. The workshop gave an overview of the program benefits and program eligibility. Below is the presentation and audio from the workshop.
Solid Waste Contamination Audits Returning starting Monday, July 17th
Republic Services will be resuming solid waste contamination audits on Monday, July 17th. The audits had been discontinued during the pandemic, however, due to the increased levels of contamination, the audits are returning to encourage proper material separation. Additionally, these audits support the City to comply with California Senate Bill 1383.
Customers in the area where the contamination audits will be conducted will be notified by Republic Services via an automated call blast. For any questions or additional information, please contact Republic Services at (510) 262-7100. For additional information on recycling and compost, please visit, https://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/1709/Waste-Recycling-Compost-Services
Richmond Recycling Webinar Recording (English): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_RxO1QxSZs&t=5s
Richmond Recycling Webinar Recording (Spanish): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQFEVKUua8U
Richmond Rising: Healthy, Connected, and Climate Strong
On October 27th, 2022, Richmond was awarded a $35M Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Round 4 Implementation Grant by the California Strategic Growth Council. A brief summary of the Richmond Rising grant application is include below. For more information visit: California Awards $96 Million for Climate Projects in 10 Frontline Communities | California Governor.
Richmond Rising: Healthy, Connected, and Climate Strong. In addition to the nine projects listed below, Richmond's application included Transformative Plans for community engagement efforts, workforce development programs, and displacement avoidance policies and programs in the Iron Triangle, Santa Fe, and Coronado neighborhoods. For any questions, please contact Beatriz Guerrero at, Beatriz_Guerrero@ci.richmond.ca.us.
- Neighborhood Complete Streets: walking and biking improvements on Harbour Way, Ohio Ave, and AC bus stops.
- Richmond Wellness Trail, Phase 2: walking and biking improvements to connect with Phase 1 to make a beautiful trail all the way from BART to the waterfront.
- E-Bike Lending Library: long-term and short-term e-bike access for free to residents to improve carbon-free mobility options.
- Resilient Homes for Healthy Communities: residential solar panel installations and home energy efficiency and health and safety upgrades at no cost to income-qualifying residents.
- Basins of Relations: residential greywater systems and rainwater capture systems at no cost to income-qualifying residents, installed by local youth who receive training in watershed stewardship and installation.
- Bosque del Barrio: tree planting throughout the project area to create a healthy urban forest.
- ADA Accessible Garden: edible and pollinator garden at Unity Park with specially designed planting beds so seniors and wheelchair users can comfortably participate in gardening and community activities.
- Orchard for ALL!: creating a distributed orchard through fruit tree giveaways, with tree care and harvest support offered in exchange for a share of the harvest, which will be distributed at free farm stands and in veggie boxes.
- Veggie RX: prescription veggie boxes in partnership with the local health clinic, to provide free fruits and vegetables as preventative care along with community health workers and programming to support change to a more sustainable diet.
On October 25, 2022, the Richmond City Council received the quarterly update from PG&E. Below please find the list of resources from the presentation.
- Update Contact Information - Receive outage and restoration notifications.
- Safety and Preparation - Prepare an emergency plan including portable backup power, hotel accommodations and accessible transportation. Additional preparation resources at, disabilitydisasteraccess.org.
- Backup Power Meter Support - PG&E has developed a new meter program to help our customers safely power their homes during emergency outages. Currently the offer is available for qualified PG&E customers who have been issued a rebate for a qualified backup generator.
- Medical Baseline Program - Apply to receive energy savings and extra outreach.
- Explore Backup Power Options - Determine the right solution and generator rebate qualifications. Options include generator rebates for customers who rely on well water and portable batteries for Medical Baseline customers in high fire risk areas.
- Self-identify for Vulnerable Customer Status - The program’s goal is to help address the needs of customers whose life or health would be at risk should their electric or gas service be disconnected. To self-certify for Vulnerable Customer status, you must download, print, and submit an application that is valid after acceptance by PG&E.
- Wildfire Safety Information - To view recordings of past wildfire safety webinars visit, pge.com/firesafetywebinars.
- PG&E's YouTube Channel - For more safety information, tips to be prepared, and other resources.
During a Power Outage:
- PG&E Report It Safety Mobile App - The new “PG&E Report It” safety app allows customers to submit photos of non-emergency potential safety concerns with our electric system. Customers will also receive notifications when their concern is being reviewed and when it has been resolved.
- Report or View Outages Online - View PG&E’s live map for electric outages, restoration times, or report an outage online.
- Find Community Resource Centers during PSPS Events - Resources to find locations to charge devices, charge Electric Vehicle, and get basic supplies during a PSPS events.
- Resources for Accessibility, Aging, Financial, and Language Needs During PSPS Events - Includes information on in-language support and replacing lost food at your local food bank during and up to three days after a PSPS outage.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
California Senate Bill SB 1383 Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP)
In a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP), SB 1383 ultimately requires a 75 percent reduction of the level of statewide disposal of organic waste by 2025, based on levels from 2014. Additionally, 20 percent of commercial edible food will need to be recovered from disposal.
To comply with this law, all businesses and residents will be required to separate organics and recyclable materials from trash and either subscribe to the required collection services or self-haul to an appropriate facility for diversion. Organic waste consists of compostable materials (plant debris, food waste, food-soiled paper, and untreated wood).
RecycleMore, the West Contra Costa Integrated Waste Management Authority, has additional compliance information and will post more information as it becomes available.
- Business owners visit, Mandatory Commercial Organics Waste and Recycle Law (SB 1383)
- Multi-family property owners visit, Mandatory Multi-Family Organics Waste and Recycle Law (SB 1383)
Additional information and resources can be found at, SB 1383 Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) | Richmond, CA - Official Website.
I Heart Richmond
I Heart Richmond is a City-wide beautification and clean-up initiative led through a collaboration of several City departments and community-based organizations.
To learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities, programs, resources, and City Council presentations visit, www.ci.richmond.ca.us/IHeartRichmond