Waste Management

waste1Kensington residents participate in a “reduce, reuse, and recycling” program. Our solid waste and recycling provider is Bay View Refuse and Recycling.For questions concerning Bay View Refuse and Recycling please contact Greg Christie, supervisor, at (510) 237-4614 or email him at . Our community reduces what we send to the landfill by offering various opportunities to recycle, by providing special community pick-ups for still-useful items and by providing a pick-up for no longer useful electronics. For instance we encourage residents to leave true trash at the curb for the "Big Pick Up" but bring still-useful items to the Goodwill truck the Saturday before the pick-up (see details below).

The solid waste and recycling program is overseen by our General Manager, Tony Constantouros. He can be reached at (510) 526-4141 or by email at . Some services provided to Kensington residents:

Mixed Curbside Recyclables Pick-Up provided weekly by Bay View Refuse and Recycling

Green Material Pick-Up provided every other week by Bay View Refuse and Recycling  [Download the Flyer]

  • DAY: Same as your regular collection day during scheduled green material week
  • TIME: Set out prior to 6:00 am on regular day
  • LOCATION: Place as close to the street as possible.
  • Place out all green material obtained through regular clean-up and maintenance of your property.
  • Material must be Yard Waste Only. Trimmings, grass, leaves, flowers, pine needles, uncooked fruits and vegetable trimmings; Christmas trees.
  • DETAILS: "Green" material may be placed in garbage cans up to 32 gallons; paper lawn bags; small tarps (one man has to be able to lift) and branches may be tied or bundled with string. No plastic bags.
    • January 9-13, 23-27
    • February 13-17, 27- March 3
    • March 13-17, March 27- April 3
    • April 10-14, 24-28
    • May 8-12, 22-26
    • June 12-16, 26-30
    • July 10-14, 24-28
    • August 4-18, 28-September 1
    • September 11-15, 25-29
    • October 19-13, 23-27
    • November 13-17, 27-December 1
    • December 11-15, 25-29 (one day late)

Kensington's General Cleanup: September 18th - 22nd.

Hazardous Waste Recycling Information

Households may drop-off several different types of household hazardous waste at the West County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility located at 101 Pittsburg Ave. in Richmond.  Their phone number is: (888) 412-9277.  This is a free service to residents of Kensington.  Before going to the facility, residents of Kensington are encouraged to first call Bay View Refuse & Recycling at (510) 237-4614.  Bay View Refuse may ask questions about your waste/material to ensure you are aware of the Do's & Don'ts of using the facility.

Proof of residence is required at the time of drop-off.  Hours of operation are every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 9am to 4pm (closed 12-12:30pm). More information is available here: http://www.recyclemore.com/content/kensington-hhw-services .

Mandatory Commercial Recycling

Effective July 1, 2012 State law requires businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of waste per week or multi-family residential dwellings (complexes) of five units or more to arrange for recycling services. With the passage of this Mandatory Commercial Recycling law (Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011 [Chesbro, AB 341]), California is one of the first states in the nation to enact a statewide program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste from landfills. AB 341 also establishes a state-wide goal to divert 75% of solid waste away from landfill by the year 2020. Please contact Greg Christie, Supervisor, at (510) 237-4614 or email him at  for more information or go to the County website: http://www.cccounty.us/depart/cd/recycle/mcr/.

Waste Disposal Resources

Note:  This page contains information provided by outside agencies.  Although we make every effort to keep this information current, we recommend contacting the responsible agency directly to verify the information before making any plans.  Please also let us know if any of this information is out of date so that we can update it in a timely manner.