THE CITY OF BERKELEY TRANSFER STATION

Accepts Your Refuse, Construction & Demolition Debris, Yard Waste & Recyclables

LOCATION:
1201 Second Street - just off the Gilman Street freeway exit in Berkeley

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Open: Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed: The Transfer Station is closed on all Sundays and the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Independence Day (4th of July)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Easy access, quick service, competitive prices - see our current Transfer Station Rates

NEW FEE AS OF JULY 1, 2014: There is a new Transfer Station Unsecured Load Fee of $15 for vehicles arriving with uncovered loads.

COMPOSTING & RECYCLING AT THE TRANSFER STATION

Compostables: Please keep plant debris and other compostable materials separate from your other refuse.

  • Compostable materials include: tree and garden trimmings, unpainted/untreated wood (nails are okay) and clean sheetrock.
  • Not allowed: plywood, particle board, painted wood, and plastic bags (please empty any plastic bags used to transport debris).
  • We cannot compost sod or plant debris with excessive dirt - this will be handled and charged as refuse.
  • Remember: loads that contain only compostable materials are charged at a reduced rate - see the rates, below.

Mixed Construction & Demolition (C&D) Debris: The City of Berkeley accepts mixed C&D materials, which we send to a secondary sorting facility for recycling. The following materials are accepted as C&D:

  • Clean Wood
  • Dirty Wood
  • Roofing Materials
  • Drywall
  • Tile, Porcelain, Brick
  • Dirt & Rock
  • Concrete

If your load is primarily comprised of these materials, you will be directed to unload at the C&D area at the Transfer Station.

No appliances, hazardous materials, overstuffed furniture, carpet or bagged trash are allowed in C&D. Customer must be willing to separate these materials, or they will be directed to the trash area.

Here's a printable list of all acceptable C&D materials and additional details.

Other Recyclable & Special Handling Items

  • We accept and recycle appliances, mattresses and tires, and donate reusable goods. These items may carry a special handling fee, see rates, below. You can save money by donating reusable goods yourself. Check out our Reuse Guide for resources.
  • Lower your costs: use the Berkeley Recycling CenterTo save money, recycle as much as possible at the Berkeley Recycling Center (at the corner of 2nd and Gillman) before you enter the Transfer Station. Organize your load so you can easily remove the recyclable materials.

DISPOSAL OF OTHER MATERIALS

NO HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AT THE TRANSFER STATION

For information about disposal programs for hazardous waste from residences and small businesses: Please see the StopWaste.org and Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program web sites or call the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Hotline at 800-606-6606.

Also, we do not accept most Universal Waste. Please ask the attendant for more information.

 


NEW FEE AS OF JULY 1, 2014: There is a new Transfer Station Unsecured Load Fee of $15 for vehicles arriving with uncovered loads.  

TRANSFER STATION RATES: Effective as of January 1, 2010

KIND OF MATERIAL

RATE

 REFUSE, TRASH, C & D

 

 Minimum charge for load of 330 pounds or less*

   $29.00

 Per ton, prorated basis for loads greater than 330 lbs

 $126.00

 COMPOSTABLE ORGANIC MATERIALS

 

 Minimum charge for load of 330 pounds or less*

    $23.00

 Per ton

    $67.00

   

 MIXED LOAD OF REFUSE & ORGANIC DEBRIS

see note$

 If customer separates all compostables:

 

 Minimum charge for load of 330 pounds or less*

   $29.00

 Per ton

 $126.00

 If customer does not separate all compostables:

 

 Minimum charge for load of 330 pounds or less*

   $43.50

 Per ton

 $189.00

   

 ITEMS THAT REQUIRE SPECIAL HANDLING

 

 Refrigerated appliance

    $43.00

 Mattress or box spring

    $14.00

 Automobile tire

    $10.00

 Truck tire

    $15.00

 Propane tank

    $20.00

 TV/monitor/CRT per each item over 2 (1st 2 are free)

      $9.00

   

 PREPAID REFUSE & PLANT DEBRIS BAGS

 

 Prepaid Refuse Bag

      $5.73

 Prepaid Plant Debris Bag

      $2.30

* Minimum used for rate per cubic yard if scale is inoperable, estimate of volume to nearest half cubic yard.

$ The Alameda County Plant Debris Landfill Ban requires that any self-haul load (containing at least 10% plant debris) be separated for composting. The "mixed load" that's separated upon delivery by the customer will be weighed and charged at the standard Refuse rate. A customer who does not separate plant debris from refuse will have a surcharge for the load, which is 50% of the refuse rate.

If you have questions about the rates, please contact Customer Service.


Thank you for using the Berkeley Transfer Station for your recycling, composting and refuse disposal needs.