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Holiday Tree Recycling

All properties are eligible for free pickup of holiday trees.

WHO? City of Hayward households who live in 1-25 unit residences may use the curbside pickup. Residents in more than 25 units may ask their property manager to order a holiday tree collection container.

WHEN? Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, through Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, on your regular collection day (for curbside pickup).

WHERE? Place trees at the curb, next to your green organics cart or your trash cart (for curbside pickup).

HOW? Trees taller than 5 ft. must be cut into 5-ft. lengths. Please remove all tinsel, ornaments, nails and tree stands so that the trees may be recycled.

Special Note: After Jan. 17, please place your cut-up tree in your green organics cart. Trees placed at the curb, but not in the green organics cart after Jan. 17, can be picked up for a fee. Questions? Call Waste Management (510) 537-5500

Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. is your partner in helping to achieve the City of  Hayward’s solid waste diversion goals.

By practicing the 4Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot - you can control the amount of waste sent to the landfill.  Here are a few tips to help you reduce waste: 

Reduce:  Buy products thoughtfully, only consuming items you will actually use.  Be a smart shopper by buying items in bulk to avoid individual packages or products with excessive packaging.  About 10% of the average grocery bill pays for product packaging, the less packaging, the cheaper the grocery bill.

Reuse: Use items again by taking your cloth bag to the store, your travel mug to your favorite coffee shop, or your metal fork and knife to school, work, or a picnic.  This helps avoid the use of disposable or single-use items, which often end up in the landfill.  

Recycle: Close the loop on recycling and buy products made with recycled materials. Items identified as containing “post-consumer” materials are made from things you tossed in your recycling cart or bin! 

Rot: Help nature take its course by placing food scraps, food soiled paper and plant debris in your green cart for composting.  Waste Management turns your discarded organics into WMEarthCare™ used by farmers and local gardeners to grow new crops and plants. This material comes back to Hayward residents through the City’s compost give-away days.

Mandatory Recycling in Hayward

Mandatory recycling in Hayward has been in effect since July 1, 2012 for businesses and institutions with four or more cubic yards of garbage service per week as well as multi-family properties with five or more units.

Beginning July 1, 2015, all businesses and multi-family properties in Hayward were required to collect food scraps and compostable paper separately from garbage.

Effective July 1, 2016, all businesses (regardless of garbage service volume) are required to collect recyclables.

For more information please visit:

Multifamily Properties: http://www.recyclingrulesac.org/my-rules/

Businesses: http://www.recyclingrulesac.org/my-rules/

About Waste Management
Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) is a community-based provider of waste, recycling and composting services. We are closing the loop on waste – turning food scraps and yard waste into compost, lumber debris into mulch and landfilled waste into bio-fuel. This clean-burning fuel helps to power our new collection vehicles in the City of Hayward. Working together, we can achieve Alameda County’s diversion goals.