FAQ

Curious about when to put your recycling carts out? Not sure what to with your recycling when you leave for vacation? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to answer all of your concerns. Contact us at (510) 992-7871 or civicorpsrecycling@cvcorps.org if you have a question that isn’t listed

What can I put in the recycling bin?

We offer our customers single stream recycling, which means you can put all of your items into one bin and we will sort them for you. Accepted Recycling Materials:

Paper
White
Newspaper
Any Color
Magazines
Gift Boxes
Shoe Boxes
Paper Bags
Catalogs
Junk Mail
Cardboard (OCC)

Plastic Bottles
#1 Soda, Water
#2 Milk Jugs, Juice

Rigid Plastic
#1 Clam Shells
#2 Wide Mouth Containers
#2 – #5 Gallons Buckets (No Paint)
#3 – #7 Bottles and Tubs

Aluminum and Steel
Beverage Cans
Tin Cans
Foil
Trays
Aluminum Foil

Glass
All Beverage Bottles
Jars, Jam, Jelly etc.

Please DO NOT put any of the following in the bins:
Garbage
Waxed Paper
Waxed Cardboard
Waxed Juice Cartoons
Potato Chip Bags
Plastic Grocery Bags
Food
Dishes (Ceramics)
Drinking Glasses
Candles In Glass
Wood
Car Parts
Paint Cans
Hypodermic Needles
Gas Cylinders
E-waste
Scrap Metal
Styrofoam

What time should I set my recycling carts out?

We start our routes at 6 AM each day. Please have your cart out by that time or simply set it out the night before.

Where should I set my recycling carts?

Please place your cart within two feet of the curbside or at a visible location by 6 AM on your service day. Please contact customer service or specify the bin’s placement in the description box on the online registration form, if bin is placed elsewhere.

What if my recycling bins are missing or stolen?

If any of your containers are lost or stolen, please contact us at civicorpsrecycling@cvcorps.org or call 510-992-7871 to order replacements.

Please mark your address on your bins. A replacement fee will be charged for lost or stolen recycle bins. Customers are responsible for any theft, loss or damage in excess of normal use.

I have a missed pick-up, what do I do?

Sometimes it can be impossible to pick up your recyclables. Often this is because of a car blocking your container, no foreman on a job site, or some other unforeseen event. Please call us at 510-992-7871 as soon as possible to let us know. Please allow us until the end of the next business day for the issue to be resolved and your recycling to be picked up.

How can I get a lock for the bin?

We offer locking devices for your containers. It is a one-time charge of $25 for the lock. When registering for new service, please request a locking container in the Description Box. For existing clients, please contact customer service at civicorpsrecycling@cvcorps.org or 510-992-7871.

Does Civicorps collect recycling on holidays?


Yes, Civicorps crews work all holidays. If your regular pick up falls on one of these days and you need to make special arrangements, please contact us at civicorpsrecycling@cvcorps.org or 510-992-7871.

Service suspension

Our temporary stop service is available to customers who are away one month or more. To arrange this service, customers should contact us at civicorpsrecycling@cvcorps.org or 510-992-7871.

When are my invoices due?

All payments are due and payable within 14 days from date of invoice.

What are my payment options?


You can pay by mail, over the phone, or set up online payment. We accept Check, Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.

How do I pay/view my bill online

If you are a current customer, click here to view your account online. If you have any questions about our invoicing system, Freshbook, click here or contact us. Please ensure we have your correct billing email address as your invoices will be emailed to you with links for your payment to be processed. Contact us to update your billing email.

Do you provide garbage or compost services?

No, we only collect recyclables. For trash and compost service, call Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc., at 510-613-8710.

What is recyclable and what is compostable?

Please see the flyers below describing what can go in each bin. Please do not place recyclables in any collection container other than the blue Civicorps bins.