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

  • Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, through Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, on your regular collection day (for curbside pickup).
  • Must be cut into 5-ft. lengths. Please remove all tinsel, ornaments, nails and tree stands so that the trees may be recycled.
  • After Jan. 13, 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. 13, can be picked up for a fee.

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

NOTICE: State and local laws require your business to recycle and compost Under State of California law AB 341, most businesses and institutions are required to recycle.

Beginning September 15, 2020, State law AB 1826 requires all businesses and institutions that generate two or more cubic yards of solid waste per week (garbage and recycling service volumes combined) to also have organics collection service for compostable materials such as food scraps, food-soiled paper, and plant debris. In addition to having the appropriate collection service, the Alameda County Mandatory Composting and Recycling Law requires businesses to sort their waste into the proper containers. • Organics: Food scraps, compostable paper, and plant debris ONLY. No garbage or recycling. • Recycling: Bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard ONLY. No garbage or organics. • Garbage: Garbage ONLY. No organics or recycling.

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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.