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

Recycling Disposal Guide: RE:Source

Learn how to properly and safely dispose hazardous waste, clothing, bulky items, and more!

For residents of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

Recycling and Compost Refresher Webinar!

The City of Richmond, Environmental Initiatives Division and Republic Services hosted an informational webinar about recycling and composting in Richmond. 

The recording of the presentation is available in both English and Spanish below. 

If you have questions about recycling or composting, contact Republic Services Recycling Coordinators at or call, (510) 262-7140.

For more resources about recycling and compost service in Richmond, as well as printable recycling guides, visit,

California Senate Bill SB 1383

SB 1383 sets methane emissions reduction targets for California in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP). According to CalRecycle methane is considered a climate super pollutant and is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Organic waste in California landfills emits 20 percent of the state’s methane. 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. Everyone will be affected by SB 1383 including, residents, multi-family properties and complexes, businesses, schools, and public agencies.

General information and updates on SB 1383 regulations are available at, California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy.

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