Alameda County Mandatory Recycling Ordinance
Phase 1 of the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA) has been in effect in the City of Newark since July 1, 2012 and requires recycling at businesses and institutions with 4 or more cubic yards of garbage service as well as multi-family properties with 5 or more units.
Recycling service must be sufficient to handle the amount of recyclable materials produced. This includes cardboard, newspaper, white paper, mixed recyclable paper, recyclable glass food and beverage containers, metal (aluminum and steel) food and beverage containers, PET (#1) and HDPE (#2) plastic bottles. Information must be provided at least annually to employees, tenants and contractors describing how to properly use the recycling and garbage containers, as well as upon move-in and move-out. Businesses must also ensure that recyclables are not placed in the garbage and that recycling containers are contamination free.
Phase 2 of the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance began July 1, 2015, expanding the above requirements to all businesses (regardless of garbage service volume). For more information about ACWMA’s Mandatory Recycling Ordinance, please visit www.RecyclingRulesAC.org.
Used Motor Oil Recycling
The Department of Resources and Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers the Used Oil Payment Program (OPP) which provides opportunities for local governments/jurisdictions to receive funding for local used oil and used oil filter collection/recycling programs.
The City of Newark has received OPP funding since 1995, and currently has seven Certified Used Oil Collection Centers throughout the City. Additionally, Republic Services provides used oil curbside collection—Republic drivers deliver new motor oil and filter recovery kits upon request, and residents are able to recycle used motor oil by placing the oil next to his/her recycling cart on collection day.
As part of the public education component of the grant, City of Newark staff work at community events during the year (such as Newark Days and Family Day at the Park), staffing a booth to promote awareness of the program, and encouraging residents to recycle used oil by providing free used oil recycling kits.
For a free used oil recycling kit, funded by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), please call (510) 578-4290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The used oil recycling kits include a drain pan, oil rags, a funnel, and a list of businesses accepting used motor oil in Newark.
Bring Your Own Bag!
Plastic bags are one of the most common litter items found in our creeks, storm drains and streets — but one reusable bag can replace more than 600 single-use bags over its lifetime.
In order to save valuable natural resources, reduce litter, and reduce the cost to the public of litter cleanup, a new countywide ordinance has been adopted by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority to promote the use of reusable bags in place of single-use plastic carryout bags.
As of January 1, 2013, stores in Alameda County that sell packaged foods and/or alcohol – including most grocery stores, minimarts, convenience stores, liquor stores, and pharmacies – no longer provide customers with single-use bags at checkout. Bags made of recycled paper or reusable bags may be available for a minimum price of 10 cents per bag. Consumers may bring any type of bags from home they wish – and are strongly encouraged to do so!
Small plastic bags used to protect and transport produce, bulk food or meat from within a store to the checkout or cash register will still be available free of charge.
Tips to get ready for the Reusable Bag Ordinance:
- Get in the habit of bringing your own bags when you go to the store.
- Keep reusable bags in your car to use when you go shopping.
- Store bags near the front door, the door to the garage, or wherever you keep your grocery list.
Learn more at ReusableBagsAC.org.
Tire Recycling Grant
In January 2012, the City of Newark was awarded a $100,734 grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) Rubberized Pavement (TRP) Grant Program. The City utilized this grant to apply 100,760 square yards of Modified Rubber Binder Cap Seal to various streets in the City of Newark between July and August 2012.
This Modified Rubber Binder Cape Seal application will divert 3,575 waste tires from California landfills!