Free Recycling and Composting

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

  • Brown cart for garbage
  • Blue cart for recyclables
  • Green cart for green waste
Service fees are determined by the size of the garbage cart. By actively recycling and composting each week and opting for a smaller garbage bin, 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 or visit

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, Republic Services West Contra Costa Office, and the West Contra Costa Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
compost pail

Richmond City Hall

City Manager's Office, Suite 300
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
(510) 620-6512

West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility

101 Pittsburg Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801
Wednesday - Saturday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Closed Noon - 12:30 pm)
(888) 412-9277

Republic Services West Contra Costa Office

3260 Blume Dr., Suite 100
Richmond, CA 94805
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(510) 262-7100

Household Hazardous Waste 

It's illegal to put hazardous waste such as paint, pesticides, batteries, electronics, and fluorescent bulbs in the trash. Richmond residents can dispose of household hazardous waste conveniently and for free at the West County Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Richmond. Visit our Hazardous Waste page to find  out how to dispose of your waste for free!

Bulky Items & On-Call Cleanups

Richmond households can utilize one or more of the bulky item programs listed below to easily dispose of bulky household items.

Examples of Bulky Items:

 Computer monitors
Rugs or carpets 
Exercise equipment Water heaters 
Other computer peripherals 
Answering machines
Mattresses/Box springs
VCR/DVD players
Tires (four tires count as one item)
Household Appliances (dishwashers, washing machine, clothes dryers, stove, refrigerator, freezer)
Furniture (sofa, love seat, big chair, dining sets, desks, dressers, tables, lawn furniture, office chair, book shelf)

  • Household Appliances (washing machines, 
  • dishwashers, stove, refrigerator, freezer)
  • Household Appliances (washing machines, 
  • dishwashers, stove, refrigerator, freezer)
  1. NEW! Free Mattress Drop-off Program
  2. Multi-family Bulky Item Pick-Up Program
  3. Single-family/Duplex Bulky Item Pick-up Program
  4. Holiday Tree Pick-up Guidelines

New! Free Mattress Drop-off Program for Residents

The City Manager’s Office, Community Development, Environmental and Health Initiatives Division is pleased to announce that Republic Services has teamed up with Bye Bye Mattress, A Program of the Mattress Recycling Council, to provide a collection site for old unwanted mattresses or box springs. 

Starting February 1, 2019, households in the cities of Richmond, Hercules, Pinole, San Pablo, El Cerrito and unincorporated communities are eligible to bring 3 items per month to be recycled at no cost. Mattresses can be dropped off Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00
AM – 4:00 PM at 101 Pittsburg Avenue, Richmond. Please bring proper identification or utility bill with address of household generating the item(s).

Items Not Accepted:

  • Half mattresses or box springs
  • Excessively wet, damaged, partial or soiled mattresses or mattresses with bed bugs
  • Car beds
  • Fold out sofa beds and futons,
  • Waterbeds
  • Air mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, mattress toppers or other furniture

For a fee, businesses can dispose of mattresses at the Golden Bear Transfer Station. For questions or additional information please call Republic Services at (510) 231-4200 or visit