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Commercial service is provided in partnership with the City of El Cerrito.


Between the City of El Cerrito and East Bay Sanitary Company, we have all your service needs covered!

Commercial customers receive recycling services at no additional charge and green waste/food scraps service is offered at a reduced rate.

In 2016, California Senate Bill (SB) 1383 was signed into law by Governor Brown and establishes state-wide targets to reduce the disposal of organic waste and edible food. The regulations become effective on January 1, 2022, and applies to all persons or entities that generate organic waste. As a part of this new law:

  • All businesses and residents must be enrolled in organic waste or “green waste” collection services
  • All businesses and residents will be required to properly sort materials for disposal
    • Organics in the green waste container,
    • Recyclables in the recycling container, and
    • Only garbage in the container intended for the landfill.


On December 7, 2021, the City adopted a new ordinance to amend the municipal code to reflect required organics services for all residential and commercial customers, as required by SB 1383.  The City is mandated by the state to establish and enforce this ordinance to implement organic waste reduction programs.

Read more about SB 1383.
Read more about the City Mandatory Organics Recycling Ordinance. 

Collection Services

  • EBS provides commercial garbage collection up to 6 days a week. Container sizes include 20, 35 and 64-gallon carts as well as 1 and 2 cubic yard bins for rear load collection. Service can be tailored to our  customer’s specific needs with any number and combination of container sizes as well as collection from 1 to 6 times per week (excluding Sundays).
  • Commercial customers receive one (1) 64 gallon organics (green waste/food scraps) cart collected weekly included in the monthly bill for garbage collection.  Additional organics carts are available for an additional monthly rate.
  • The City of El Cerrito provides recycling services to commercial accounts up to three (3) times per week on specific collection days. To find out the collection day for your business, or to set up recycling services, please contact them at 510.215.4350.

Commercial Rates 2023

The following monthly rates for multifamily service reflect one (1) pickup per week. 

Commercial Garbage BinsCollectionPost-CollectionIWM FeeTotal Monthly Rate
1 Cubic Yard (loose)$223.34$55.34$153.44$432.12
1 Cubic Yard (compacted)$382.37$110.67$153.44$646.48
2 Cubic Yards (loose)$430.37$110.67$306.89$847.93
2 Cubic Yards (compacted)$764.75$221.35$306.89$1292.99
Commercial Carts    
20 gallon$23.94$5.46$19.86$49.26
35 gallon$33.59$9.57$21.72$64.88
64 gallon$67.18$19.13$42.57$128.88
Additional Green Waste/Food Scrap Carts    
35 gallon$15.44$4.78$10.86$31.08
64 gallon$30.87$9.57$21.29$61.73
1 Cubic Yard (loose)$215.19$55.3435.40$305.93

For rates on multiple pick-ups per week for garbage and organics, download the 2023 Rate Sheet.

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Free Recycling Consultation

The City of El Cerrito offers free consultations to help multifamily dwellings and commercial businesses recycle right. Contact the City directly by phone 510.215.4350 or email to set up and optimize your service.

Commercial Cart & Bin Options

East Bay Sanitary provides many container options for commercial, industrial, and multifamily customers. Choices include carts, dumpsters, and roll-off bins. Unsure of what size or how many times per week you need to meet your solid waste needs? Please contact East Bay Sanitary for green waste and garbage services and the City of El Cerrito’s Recycling Center for recycling services.

When you set up service, a customer service representative will review the containers and size options with you to help you select the appropriate size garbage/landfill cart for your needs.

Larger garbage boxes are available for commercial customers by request. Sizes and rates vary. Please contact us for more information.

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20, 32, or 64 gallon cart

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One (1) 64 gallon recycling cart

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One (1) 64 gallon green waste/food scrap cart

Green Waste Cart

1 or 2 cubic yard bin

East Bay Sanitary Black Garbage Bin Example

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Cart Set-out Rules

East Bay Sanitary uses fully automated trucks to help improve collection efficiency and reduce costs. These trucks have a mechanical arm that reaches out and wraps around the carts and empties the contents into the top of the truck. Because of this, it is essential they are placed out for collection correctly.

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  • Please place all carts on the street with the wheels against the curb the night before or by 6 a.m. on your collection day. Carts should not be angled.
  • Leave 2 feet between carts and place them 4 feet from cars, power poles, mail boxes, trees or other objects.
  • Bungee cords must be removed by 6am on collection day.
  • The area should be free of overhead branches and /or power lines.
  • Materials placed outside of the carts will not be picked up.
  • Do not overfill carts.
    • Lids must close completely to minimize spillage during the emptying process. Please remember that any materials extending beyond the rim of any cart will be subject to an extra charge or your cart not being picked up.
    • Do not compact any waste into carts. Contents must be able to fall freely from cart when it is turned upside down.
  • Bag all cold ashes (no hot ashes please!), kitty litter, sawdust, and Styrofoam before placing in the garbage cart.
  • Carts that are not set out on time or customers that want to skip their collection are not eligible for credit.
  • Remove your carts from the street by 7:00 p.m. on your collection day to keep your neighbors happy and your community attractive.

Because collection is provided by two entities, all services may not be collected on the same day each week. Your collection days will be reviewed with you by a customer service representative when you set up services.

Garbage & Green Waste/Food Scraps Missed Collection 

Did we miss collecting your organics and or garbage cart(s) or did you forget to set them out?

  • If our driver misses emptying  your cart(s), please call our office. If you discover your cart was not emptied after office hours, please leave a message on our 24-hour voice mail system at 510.237.4321 so we can send the driver back the following morning.
  • If you accidentally forgot to set-out your cart(s), please call our office hours and ask for the driver to take an extra bag the next pick-up day equal to your missed collection without charge.
  • If you cannot wait until the next week to set-out extra garbage and/or green waste, we can go back and empty the cart(s) for an additional $25 per cart.

Recycling Missed Collection

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The City of El Cerrito provides your recycling collection and processing.

Please refer any questions about recycling collection to the City of El Cerrito Recycling Services at 510.215.4350.



Extra Recycling

Save up your extra recyclables and utilize the free, once-a-year curbside clean-up for households and businesses within El Cerrito. Learn more about this program offered by the City of El Cerrito. Need to get rid of recyclable sooner? Drop them off at the Drop-Off Recycling Center.

Extra Garbage

If you have extra garbage that does not fit inside your cart, you must call East Bay Sanitary office at least one (1) business day before your collection day and before 2:00 p. m.

  • There is a charge for extra garbage.
  • Extra garbage should be bagged tightly and or placed a reusable container that can be safely dumped and placed back at the curb.
  • Please keep extra bags and reusable containers to a 30lb weight limit.

On occasion, our driver might tag your cart when a can is overloaded and you will be charged for the extra garbage even though an order was not called in.

Free Pick-Ups

All customers of East Bay Sanitary are entitled to a certain amount of free pick-ups of trash and large items (such as furniture or appliances) per calendar year at no additional cost and expense. Learn more about your Free Pick-Up options here.

Extra Green Waste/Food Scraps

If you have extra green waste that does not fit inside your cart, you must call East Bay Sanitary office at least one (1) business day before your collection day and before 2:00 p. m.

  • There is a charge for extra green waste
  • Extra green waste must be placed in special 30 gallon recyclable green waste paper bags that can be purchased at your local hardware store. You may also use a reusable container that can be safely dumped and placed back at the curb.
  • Please keep green waste bags and reusable containers to a 30 pound weight limit.


On occasion, our driver might tag your cart when a cart is overloaded and you will be charged for the extra green waste even though an order was not called in.

Christmas / New Year’s Holiday Schedule:

The only holidays resulting in collection interruption are Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for both East Bay Sanitary and the City of El Cerrito Recycling.

In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, our drivers will not work on Monday, 12/25/23 and 1/01/24. Therefore, EVERYONE will be picked up one day late during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s.

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Commercial Recycling Laws

Learn more about the compost and recycling laws that impact your business.

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Commercial Recycling Guide

Check out the Commercial Recycling Guide for information about recycling and garbage services in El Cerrito. 


We have been serving the El Cerrito Community for 80 years. The residents of El Cerrito can take pride in the fact that they are participating in a premier and cutting-edge waste management system and that East Bay Sanitary is working very hard to manage our resources and preserve our environment in the best ways possible.

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