Commercial – Recycling

New! Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling – Effective January 1, 2019 as part of California Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826), businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services. Click here for more information.
Or contact Pleasanton Garbage Service at: (925) 846-2042 for a free waste assessment and assistance on implementing a new organics collection program at your site.

City of Pleasanton

Mandatory recycling in Pleasanton has been in effect since March 1, 2013 for businesses and institutions with 4 or more cubic yards of garbage service as well as multi-family properties with 5 or more units.

All businesses and institutions (regardless of garbage service volume) must:

  1. Provide containers and service of sufficient number, size and frequency for recyclable materials.
  2. New! Businesses and institutions that generate significant quantities* of organics (food scraps and/or compostable paper), such as restaurants and grocery stores: Provide containers and service of sufficient number, size and frequency for organics.
  3. Recycle all recyclable Covered Materials: 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.
  4. New! Businesses and institutions that generate significant quantities* of organics, such as restaurants and grocery stores: Place food scraps and compostable paper in separate organics cart/bin for organics collection.
  5. Ensure recycling and organics containers are contamination free. Only recyclable materials may be placed in recycling containers and only organics may be placed in organics containers.
  6. Provide information at least annually to employees, tenants, and contractors describing how to properly use the recycling, garbage, and organics containers, as well as no later than 14 days after move-in and no less than 14 days prior to move-out of tenant businesses.

* The Ordinance prohibits the disposal of any food scraps or compostable paper in the garbage. However, for practical use, organics are considered to be “significant” when 10 or more gallons (think two 5-gallon buckets full) are disposed of in a garbage cart or 20 or more gallons (four 5-gallon buckets full) of organics are disposed of in a garbage bin.

Additionally, ACWMA Ordinance 2008-01 requires businesses and institutions in Alameda County generating 4 or more cubic yards of garbage per week to separate all plant debris from garbage and recyclable materials. Those with on-site service must place plant debris in a designated organics collection bin. Businesses can arrange for the removal of plant debris by their landscaper. The landscaper must haul to an approved facility and must deposit plant debris in the facility’s designated “clean green” area.


Recycling in your Workplace

PGS offers a variety of garbage and recycling collection services designed to meet your specific needs. We offer free resources to help make recycling as convenient as possible at your place of business and free technical assistance and resources for property management as well. Call PGS at 925-846-2042 to learn more about available resources and how we can help you start, maintain or expand your recycling program.


PGS Collection Services (available container sizes below):

  1. Discounted! Mixed Recycling Bins - Recycle your clean dry paper, cardboard, glass containers, plastic bottles and metal cans in a single container!
  2. Discounted! Cardboard Only Recycling (front loading bins) - For businesses that generate larger amounts of corrugated cardboard on a regular basis.Click here for program rules.
  3. Discounted! Food Waste/Organics Recycling (bins & carts) - For restaurants, markets and other businesses that generate food waste/compostable materials on a regular basis.
  4. Drop Boxes/Roll Off Containers - Drop boxes ranging in size from 15 to 40 cubic yards are available for commercial and residential projects. Service is provided Monday through Friday. Please contact PGS at 925-846-2042 for more information including rates.


Free Assistance & Resources

PGS offers the following assistance and resources to help you set up and maintain an effective, convenient workplace recycling program.



WARNING! It is illegal to dispose of the following hazardous materials in garbage (or recycling) containers:

No fluorescent light bulbs or tubesNo appliances, tv's, computers, monitors, other electronic wasteNo paint, chemicals cleaners, solvents, other toxic chemicalsNo syringes or needles (sharps)

  • No fluorescent light bulbs or tubes
  • No appliances, TV's, computers, monitors, other electronic waste
  • No paint, chemicals cleaners, solvents, other toxic chemicals
  • No syringes or needles (sharps)

Improperly disposing of these items and other hazardous waste can result in serious harm to the health of people, pets, wildlife, and our environment. Containers found to have these materials will not be collected until such materials are removed.