Multi Family Residential – Garbage

Effective January 1, 2022, a new California law (SB 1383) requires that compostable materials, be kept out of landfills including food scraps, food-soiled paper products, paper towels, and plant debris to prevent the production of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. In Alameda County, the law is implemented under the Organics Reduction and Recycling Ordinance.
Multifamily properties must subscribe to compost and recycling collection service, set up color-coded and labeled indoor bins, ensure proper sorting, and educate tenants about the law at least annually and within two weeks after move-in.

9.20.020 General provisions.
Each and every “residential unit,” “commercial unit” and “industrial unit,” as defined in Section 9.20.010 of this chapter, shall have solid waste, recyclables and organic waste service by the collector with a collection contract entered into pursuant to Section 9.20.100 of this chapter. To provide such service, the city may grant a franchise for the exclusive right to collect, transport, dispose of and recycle, as applicable, solid waste, recyclable materials and organic waste produced and accumulated within the limits of the city as provided in this chapter. (Ord. 2226 § 3, 2021; Prior code § 4-4.05)

Service is provided on a weekly basis, Monday through Friday, except for Holidays (see Holiday information).

While the rules for properly disposing of garbage are the same for all Pleasanton residents, the handling procedures and receptacle setup can vary, depending on where you live. Below are some important program rules. Please contact your property manager for questions related to your specific complex.

All garbage must be placed in the correct bin, cart or chute. Never put garbage in the recycling bins or carts! If you have any questions, please contact your property manager.

No furniture, including couches, sofas, overstuffed chairs, beds or appliances allowed in the garbage bins or enclosure areas/trash rooms. Contact property management for information on how to properly dispose of furniture, appliances or other large items.

Do not overfill garbage bins/carts, or place discarded items on the ground where they can block access and prevent the driver from emptying the bin or cart.

For more information, please see our Apartments Service Guide

Accepted materials

  • Plastic bags, plastic wrap, and other flimsy plastics
  • Cartons
  • Polystyrene
  • Pet waste and diapers
  • Plastic straws and cutlery
  • Broken glassware and ceramics
  • Plastic-lined paper products and aseptic packs

residential acceptable garbage example

Additional Resources



It is illegal to dispose of hazardous materials in garbage or recycling containers (see below for prohibited items). Improperly disposing of hazardous and toxic 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.

Alameda County offers free drop off locations for hazardous and/or universal waste. For more information, please visit the Household Hazardous Waste for Residents website, or call 1-800-606-6606.

You can also check the City of Pleasanton Household Hazardous Waste Programs for local disposal options.

It is illegal to dispose of hazardous materials in garbage or recycling containers