Avoid fines for illegal dumping! Keep it out of the Waste Stream!
Putting unwanted furniture on the sidewalk or in the public right of way is illegal dumping, with fines starting at $500. And overflowing bins can also result in citations and fines. In fact, violators can be imprisoned and fined up to $1000 a day. This year, at the urging of residents and elected officials, City teams are preparing to cite violators more quickly than ever before!
Don’t wait until the last minute and then throw everything in the trash or on the curb. Electronics contain hazardous waste and should never be placed on the sidewalk or in debris bins.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CITY SERVICES
Work with your landlord or property manager to schedule extra service, Bulky Waste Pick-Up Service, or get Prepaid Plant Debris Bags. Call 3-1-1 for more info!
Use the city’s blue bins to recycle cans & bottles. Bundle newspapers & cardboard.
Be part of a local solution! Participate in Cal Move-Out Weekends and Cooperative Reuse! Students can drop-off items at the SW Clark Kerr parking lot.
Cal move out weekends by cooperative re-use
Drop off your re-usables
- What: We want your gently-used mattresses, desks, chairs, couches, electronics, bikes, or bike parts, and any other reusable furniture. You can drop off your old, reusable items and take anything we've got on display for free!
- Where and when: SW Clark Kerr parking lot, Friday to Sunday the last two weekends of May and the first weekend of June, from 11am to 7pm.
get your re-usables picked up
- How: Don't have access to wheels? Sign up for free pickup for mattresses, desks, chairs, couches, electronics, bikes, or bike parts, and any other reusable furniture, etc.
- When: By appointment! PLEASE NOTE: As of June 1, We are currently not accepting anymore pickup sign ups since we are exceeding our capacity to store goods until they are taken by others in the community. We'll re-open the form if more space opens up.
Here are some tips and resources to help your Cal Move Out:
The ReUSE Exchange: UC Berkeley's free online give-and-take site
Waterside Workships: Donate your bikes to a great education and training program where youth learn how to fix their bicycles and get job training
DR3: Divert, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Mattress recycling and more
Uhuru Furniture: Picks up furniture and collectible donations in a one-hour time slot. Supports African community self-determination
East Bay Center for Creative Reuse: Donate your art supplies, educational and crafty items
Drug/medication disposal: UHS has a drug disposal bin, open to students and the community for unwanted to expired residential pharmaceutical
Download the No Drugs Down the Drain flyer here
Cal Overstock and Surplus: accepts e-waste donations.
Computer & Technology Resource Center: will pick-up most e-waste for free in Berkeley.
Green Citizen has a Berkeley drop off location and will pick up 10 or more items.
StopWaste.org provides a database searchable by e-waste item.
Report illegal dumping in Berkeley: click here or call 3-1-1.
Donate your food to the Alameda County Food Bank.
StopWaste.org offers a wide range of waste prevention and recycling services.
Want to learn more about the history of Cal Move Out at Berkeley? Click here.