Residuals

What isnt recycled through curbside collection and sorting at our numerous material recovery facilities, is destined for a landfill. Working with our community partners and StopWaste, Davis Street Resource Recovery Complex and Waste Management of Alameda County play vital roles in helping achieve their diversion goals. With a focus on Zero Waste, we continue to invest in technology to improve our recovery of recyclable and renewable materials. 

In keeping with this commitment, we are closing the loop on existing waste at the Altamont Landfill, a Waste Management facility located near Livermore. Here landfill gas, produced from the decay of organic waste already in place, is being converted to clean-burning natural gas with the help of our technology partner, Linde North America. We use the gas from trash bio-fuel to fuel our transfer and collection vehicles.

It generates approximately 13,000 gallons a day of bio-fuel enough to power nearly 300 collection vehicles. Altamont bio-fuel is estimated to reduce 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually and displace 2.25 million gallons of fossil fuel. And without the addition of another morsel of organic material it is expected to produce bio-fuel for 20 to 30 years.

Our fleet of transfer trucks, carrying trash from Davis Street to the Altamont Landfill, runs on natural gas. A dedicated fueling station at the Altamont Landfill dispenses bio-fuel daily to the transfer trucks. Trash trucks are running on trash, closing the loop on trash and creating a cleaner Alameda County.

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Transfer Pit
Where does my trash go after it leaves the curb?

Did You Know

The Altamont Landfill creates clean-burning fuel from trash to power our collection and transfer trucks.

Recycling Tips

Please keep plastic bags, electronics, prescription drugs, batteries and compact fluorescent bulbs out of your trash. They are all recyclable.