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Residents can place their yard trimmings, food scraps, soiled paper products and clean wood waste into their green waste carts for weekly collection on the same day that their garbage and recyclables are picked up. Note that the newer "green waste" carts are green in color, while the older "green waste" carts are black in color. The color of the cart (green or black) does not affect the service.

Residential yard trimmings & food scraps ("green waste") collection services in San Ramon are provided by Waste Management, Inc.

If you need to:

  • Start service
  • Report a missed pick-up or any other service problem
  • Request motor oil recycling jugs or motor oil filter recycling bags
  • Replace or repair a cart
  • Change your cart size
  • Obtain general program information

Please contact:

Waste Management, Inc
(925) 837-3356
Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
e-mail: wmac@wm.com

The City of San Ramon has a contract with Waste Management to provide these services.  To lodge a complaint about Waste Management, or if you are not satisfied with Waste Management’s services, please contact the City of San Ramon’s Solid Waste and Recycling Program Manager, David Krueger at (925) 973-2824 or Dkrueger@sanramon.ca.gov.

Missed pick-ups reported by 3:00 p.m. on a work day will be collected by the end of that day. Missed pick-ups reported after 3:00 p.m. will be collected by the end of the next work day. Requests for cart repair, replacement, or exchange will be completed within 3 working days of notification.

What to Recycle in your Yard Trimmings & Food Scraps Cart

All food products: Fruit, vegetables, breads, cereal, baked goods, rice, pasta, potatoes, dairy, butter, cheese, eggs, yogurt, meat, poultry, fish, seafood, bones, nuts, coffee grounds, tea bags, peels, pits, shells, husks, compostable "plastic" bags made from agricultural products..

Food Soiled Paper Products: Paper towels, plates, cups, cup holders, napkins, pizza boxes, bags, lunch sacks, sandwich wrappers, burger boxes, take-out containers, pop corn bags, egg cartons, ice cream/milk/juice cartons, straw covers, coffee filters, soiled newspaper and grocery bags.

Yard Trimmings: plants, grass, leaves, pine needles, weeds, flowers, twigs, branches, roots, vines, stalks, Christmas trees (cut to fit into the cart.)

Clean Wood: Clean (no paint, no stain, no coating) lumber, pallets, crates, sawdust, chop sticks, tooth picks, skewers.

What NOT to Recycle in your Yard Trimmings & Food Scraps Cart

Plastic, Glass, Metal, & Ceramics: Plastic bags, other plastics, pipes, Styrofoam, ketchup/sauce packets, wire, dishes, utensils, straws, flower pots, lawn furniture, pet toys, tennis balls, hoses, Christmas tree lights, tinsel, ornaments, flocking, or metal/plastic stands.

Inert Materials: rock, concrete, asphalt, soil, sod.

Non-Recycable Organic Materials: pet waste, yucca, palm, cactus, painted/stained/coated wood, pressure-treated wood, liquids, and yard trimmings that are too large to fit in the cart with the lid closed.

How to Recycle Yard Trimmings & Food Scraps

  • Place all items loose in your yard trimmings cart. Do not place in plastic bags or tie with twine
  • The cart lid must close
  • Do not overload the cart so that the contents spill during collection or compact them such that they become stuck in the cart

Excess Yard Trimmings

You may recycle yard trimmings on one of your three Special Clean Up Days each year or at a local Recycling Center. For one-time large jobs, you may order a yard trimmings recycling dumpster from a permitted commercial recycler. If you regularly have more yard trimmings than will fit in your yard trimmings cart, contact Waste Management at (925) 837-3356 or WMAC@WM.com to request a second yard trimmings cart free of charge.

Home Composting and Grasscycling

Why throw out the valuable soil nutrients contained in your grass clippings, leaves, and other yard trimmings by placing them into your yard trimmings cart? Put them back to use in your yard or garden by practicing Home Composting or Grasscycling. Through home composting, you can also recycle your food scraps as well as your yard trimmings into a rich soil amendment.

Curbside Collection

Single family-homes and those condominiums and townhomes with individual cart service receive weekly curbside collection of garbage, recyclables, yard trimmings and used motor oil. All materials are collected on the same day of the week. Collection hours are 5:30 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. Residents should place all materials at the curb before 5:30 a.m. on their regular service day.

The carts should be placed squarely facing the street without blocking the sidewalk, and allow 2-3 feet of clearance on all sides so that the automated truck arms can pick them up. Used motor oil jugs and bagged oil filters may be placed at the curb next to the carts. Cardboard boxes which do not fit in your recycling cart may be flattened and set out next to your recycling cart.

Residents with disabilities may request side yard recyclables collection service at no additional charge.

Waste Management Holiday Schedule

Garbage and recycling collection in San Ramon through Waste Management does not occur on the following holidays:

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Day

If your service falls on or after these holidays, your pickup will occur one day later through Saturday of that week.

If you you have any questions or comments please contact David Krueger, Solid Waste and Recycling Program Manager at (925) 973-2824 or Dkrueger@sanramon.ca.gov.



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