Free Recycling and Composting

All Richmond residents are eligible for free recycling and composting services:

  • Brown cart for garbage
  • Blue cart for recyclables
  • Green cart for green waste
Garbage, recyclables, and green waste are picked up weekly. Service fees are determined by the size of the garbage cart. By actively recycling and composting each week, you can divert trash from landfills and actually lower your trash bills each month! For questions regarding service rates, billing, and account information, missed pick-ups, recyclable items, and bulky item pickup, contact Republic Services at 510-262-7100.

Free Green Waste Kitchen Pail

Richmond residents are eligible for a free green waste kitchen pail available on the third floor of City Hall in the City Manager's Office.

City Manager's Office, Third Floor
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804

Need to get rid of a fridge, mattress, furniture, or holiday tree? Bulky Items and On-Call Clean-Up

Richmond residents are allowed any two of the following free, on-call curbside cleanups per year: bulky items, e-waste (electronic waste), extra bags of garbage or green waste, or holiday trees. Collection services are provided by Republic Services at no additional cost. Your on-call cleanup must be scheduled at least one week in advance. Call Republic Services at 510-262-7100 to schedule your on-call cleanup or for more information. 

    1. Bulky Items
    2. Bagged Material
    3. Household Hazardous Materials
    4. holiday Tree Pick-up guidelines

    Bulky Item Services 

    Residential customers can request a free annual bulky item pick-up of up to three bulky items. Residents should call Republic Services customer service at 510-262-7100 one week in advance to schedule a pick-up. Republic Services customer service representatives will provide participation guidelines and instructions to participate in the bulky item program.  

    Guidelines for Bulky Item Pick-Up:  

    • Single-family residences and duplexes only.
    • Up to 3 household bulky items per clean-up.
    • Up to 5 e-waste (electronic waste) items such as computer monitors, microwaves, computers, or similar sized E-waste items, can substitute for one bulky item per clean-up.
    • Residential household items only.
    • Individual items of 200 pounds or less.
    • No commercial-sized appliances, household hazardous waste, toxic, explosive, infectious, construction or demolition waste

    Regularly accepted bulky items include:

    • Appliances such as a washing machine, clothes dryer, dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, freezer, microwaves;
    • Mattress & box springs (a matched set of mattress and box springs count as one item);
    • Furniture such as a sofa, love seat, large chair, televisions, dining set, desks, dressers, tables or lawn furniture (a dining or lawn furniture set of table and chairs counts as one time); 
    • Equally sized residential items such as a water heater, barbecue, area rug, office chair, bookshelf, exercise equipment or four tires (four tires count as one item).