Commercial Services

Recycling and Green Waste Collection Available for all Commercial Businesses

Richmond businesses are now required (by state laws AB 1816 and SB 1383) to participate in the City’s curbside compost program at no cost. This service will allow businesses to decrease the amount of solid waste sent to the landfill and save money on trash bills. Businesses can call Republic Services at 510-262-7100 to schedule a walk-through and start green cart service.

Items accepted include food scraps, food-soiled paper, and plant and yard debris. For more information on acceptable materials view the posters below or contact Republic Services. Upon request, Republic Services recycling coordinators can provide training, indoor collection bins, and service recommendations to businesses.

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Collection Services

Richmond businesses receive carts or bins of varying sizes free of charge to meet recycling and compost needs. All recyclable items may be put in the blue recycling cart or bin together. This is a great tool for businesses to reduce their trash bills each month! 

Questions about Recycling & Compost Services

To start service or for questions about your collection schedule or acceptable materials, please contact

Republic Services at 510-262-7100


Options to comply:

  • Schedule new organics services: Contact Republic Services Recycling Coordinators at (510) 262-7140 or by email
  • Apply for a waiver: Visit RecycleMore to see if you qualify for a waiver and apply. Contact RecycleMore at (510) 609-1216 or by email at, if you have any questions.
  • Apply for an alternative organics management method: Visit RecycleMore to apply for alternative compliance verification. Contact RecycleMore at (510) 609-1216 or by email at, if you have any questions. Include your name, contact information, and business address.

To speak to a City of Richmond representative, please contact Samantha Carr, Environmental Manager by phone, (510) 620-5407, or by email, at

For more information, visit
State Mandated Commercial Recycling Laws

Please contact Republic Services' Recycling Coordinators for assistance or to receive a free waste assessment, training for staff, and educational materials. Recycling Coordinators can be contacted at or call (510) 262-7100.

California State Law AB 341
Requires businesses that generate four (4) or more cubic yards of garbage per week and multi-family complexes (5 units or more) to recycle by July 1, 2012.

California State Law AB 1826

Requires businesses and multifamily complexes to have organics recycling services. AB 1826 requires businesses that generate 2 or more cubic yards of all waste per week to recycle their organic waste. This includes both public and private businesses as well as multifamily complexes of five units or more. 

To learn more and ensure compliance, visit Richmond AB 1826 Compliance.

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

SB 1383 came into effect on January 1, 2022, and 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. General information and updates are available at

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