Date posted: November 15, 2021 at 10:48 am
Last update: November 15, 2021 at 10:56 am
The City of Oakland and Waste Management of Alameda, Inc. (WMAC) celebrated the launch of new improvements to the bulky waste service on Monday.
As of November 15, all Oakland residents can manage the disposal of their bulky items with new or improved resources and services:
- All Oakland residents can now make an appointment with WMAC to drop off their bulky items free of charge at the Davis Street Resource Collection Complex and WMAC Transfer Station (located at 2615 Davis Street in San Leandro).
- Residents of multi-family dwellings (buildings with more than four residential units) can now make a curbside appointment once a year directly with WMAC instead of requesting appointments through their owners as they previously had to.
- Residents of single-family dwellings (buildings with up to four residential units) can make an appointment for curbside curbside collection, which has gone from once a year to twice a year.
- Residents can now have 4 cubic yards of items, as well as recyclable items including mattresses, tires, televisions and computers, compared to 3 cubic yards for single-family homes and 1.5 cubic yards for multi-family homes.
This builds on the progress already made by the City’s successful Bulky Block Party service event series. OPW and its partnership with WMAC continue to provide more options for Oakland residents to conveniently and properly dispose of their bulky items.
“Everyone in Oakland deserves a cleaner city and an easy, affordable way to get rid of items that won’t fit in their regular trash,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Today, we are making great strides forward on both fronts, notably by facilitating access to service for tenants, a particularly affected community in Oakland. All that remains is to pick up the phone for the residents of Oakland and take advantage of these new free services! “
“Everyone in our community has a responsibility to help keep garbage and landfill off our streets,” said Noel Gallo, board member and chair of the public works committee. “And many in our communities need better access and information about the services they need to be part of the solution. These services will be of great help to our residents. It has always been our responsibility. , each of us, to properly dispose of our own possessions and to make our neighborhoods cleaner and safer. ‘other cities know they can no longer come to Oakland to dump their unwanted materials. “
“East Oakland is disproportionately affected by illegal dumping and our communities have been organizing and volunteering to tackle the problem for years,” said Treva Reid, board member. “These enhanced services provide much needed reinforcements to these community efforts and I encourage all of our residents to take advantage of them. “
“From October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021, Oakland Public Works staff cleaned up over 23,000 tonnes of illegal landfills,” said Oakland Public Works director G. Harold Duffey. “Our teams are working harder than ever, but we know that our community is still feeling the impacts of illegal dumping more than ever. We also know that when we are able to trace a source of a spilled material, it is more often than not an Oakland household. With these free, new and improved services, no Oaklander should have to throw their belongings on the streets or hire an illegal transport service. We can do better by tackling all angles of this problem and cutting it off at the source. “
“We’re doing our part to help keep Oakland clean and provide residents with as many opportunities as possible to use a free service that properly disposes of materials,” said WMAC President Barry Skolnick. “We are working with the city to provide service to more residents, provide more disposal options, and make scheduling an appointment or drop-off as easy as possible.”
Additional highlights of the updated service include:
- Program increases collection of residential bulky items from 150 collections per day to 200 per day
- Residents will also be able to make an appointment to drop off bulky items at the Davis Street facility, which will accept 50 appointments per weekday and 100 per day on Saturdays.
- Tenants of multi-family dwellings will be able to plan the collection of bulky items directly – this collection will take place the last week of the month, up to 1,000 collections per month.
- There is no new cost to the City for this new and improved program.
Anyone in the Oakland community can find out more about the waste, recycling and composting services available in Oakland by visiting www.oaklandrecycles.com. Oaklanders can find out more about the services available to combat and reduce illegal landfills – and learn how they can help themselves! – on www.oaktownproud.com.