FAQ: How can I Help Keep El Sobrante Clean and Beautiful?
What should I do if I see an illegal dump on the streets?
Report! Report! Report! The sooner you report an illegal dump, the sooner it will be removed. If nobody reports a dump pile, it will just stay there. Here’s how:
- El Sobrante/Unincorporated Contra Costa County: Call 925-313-7000 or
1-800-NO-DUMPING to report locations and descriptions of illegal dumps or email location info and photos to Lynn.Clark@pw.cccounty.us
- Richmond: Call the Illegal Dumping Hotline at 510-965-4905
- San Pablo: Call 510-215-3070 or email MicheleY@sanpabloca.gov
- Download and use the Mobile Citizen App on your cell phone to report a variety of problems: illegal dumps, potholes, graffiti, leaking fire hydrants, etc. The app will take photos; use your GPS settings to show the location.
What should I do if I see litter?
Pick up litter on the streets near your home to discourage pests and other dumpers, bag it up and stick it into a brown trash bin (blue if recyclable). Use gloves and a grabber tool to be safe. Download and join the Next Door App’s El Sobrante Neighborhood Cleanup to connect with our group-cleanups and see our website, KeepElSobranteBeautiful.info, for more litter cleanup events.
How do I get rid of my own bulky items – couch, mattress, furniture,
large-appliances (without Freon) that nobody wants?
Each year, every single-family home gets, as part of their trash pickup, one bulky item pick up and 2 bagged extra-large pick-ups (up to 15 bags of household items or yard waste) of trash. Call Republic Services, 510-262-7100, to schedule.
What kinds of things are recyclable in our residential blue bins?
Check the Republic Services online guide as it is subject to periodic change: https://republicservices.com/cms/documents/RecyclingGuide1pager.pdf.
Where is our closest recycling center and what do they take?
El Cerrito Recycling Center ECRC, 7501 Schmidt Lane, El Cerrito, accepts paper, cardboard, glass, electronic waste, scrap metal, fluorescent lights, etc. See https://el-cerrito.org/952/Drop-Off-Materials-Accepted.
Where are our closest city dump / landfill drop-off sites?
Golden Bear Transfer, 1 Parr Boulevard, Richmond; or
Berkeley Transfer, 1201 Second St., Berkeley.
What do I do with old mattresses?
With proof of West Contra Costa County residency, anyone can drop off for FREE up to 3 mattresses or box springs per month at Bye-Bye Mattress, 101 Pittsburgh Ave, Richmond, Wed.-Sat., 9 AM-4 PM. 510-231-4200
What should I do with electronic waste?
El Cerrito Recycling Center accepts e-waste. Computer and Technology Resource, 620 Page Street, Berkeley, also accepts e-waste through the CalRecycle program. (415) 883-1428. Hours: M-F, 9-5, Sat., 10-5.
What can I do with my lightly worn, good-quality clothing and shoes?
Goodwill, Salvation Army, Recycle for Change and other thrift shops all accept clothes and shoes in good condition. If items are too worn, just toss them into your brown trash bin.
What should I do with books?
El Cerrito Recycling Center: Place in blue Discover Books containers. Others, donate to a thrift store charity.
What can I do with old/used tires?
Most tire shops will recycle them for you at low ($3 or more) or no cost.
How do I report abandoned or wrecked cars?
That requires a call to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Dept. (925) 646-2441.
What should I do with hazardous waste?
Drop off hazardous waste, FREE with proof of residency, at the West Contra Costa County Collection Facility, 101 Pittsburg Ave., Richmond, Wed.-Sat., 9 AM-4 PM. (closed for lunch 12-12:30), or take to El Cerrito Recycling Center, Tuesdays only, 9 AM-4 PM. For FREE hazardous waste disposal in Central County, visit the Central Contra Costa Sanitation website.
If I need to use a hauler to move trash, how can I make sure they are disposing of my items properly?
Republic Services is the only permitted hauler in West Contra County. Extra pick-ups and pre-paid bag ties are available by calling customer service at 510- 272-7100, with a week or two lead time. You may also self-haul items to Golden Bear or Berkeley Transfer Stations (addresses above; check web sites for rates). Do not hire freelance trash haulers as they are operating illegally and are responsible for many of the illegal dumps you see.