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 .

The solid waste and recycling program is overseen by our General Manager, Tony Constantouros.

Combined paper, metal, and glass is picked up weekly by Bay View Refuse and Recycling

Consider the El Cerrito Recycling Center and Other Reuse/Recycling Facilities

A guide listing some of the places that accept various common household materials for reuse, recycling or disposal is available HERE. This list was compiled in November 2017 and the information may change. Please notify Eileen Nottoli at enottoli@kensingtoncalifornia.org of any changes so that we can update this guide.

The El Cerrito Recycling Center accepts a wide variety of materials (see the full list at http://ca-elcerrito.civicplus.com/952/Drop-Off-Materials-Accepted) for reuse or recycling. Because the Center has specific bins for various materials, its recycling is more efficient that our single stream recycling. Importantly, certain materials than would otherwise need to be sent to a hazardous waste facility can be brought for recycling to the El Cerrito Recycling Center.

The El Cerrito Recycling Center's Exchange Zone has reuseable items that can be left or picked up for further reuse (see list at http://ca-elcerrito.civicplus.com/956/The-Exchange-Zone).

Yard waste is picked up twice a month (on your regular pick-up day during the second and fourth week of each month) 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.
  • There is no limit on the amount of green waste.
  • 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, discarded fruits and vegetables from you yard; Christmas trees.  Note: please do not add general food waste to the green waste because Bay View's contract with the facility that composts our green waste does not permit general food waste.
  • "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 14-18, 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.

Please note that all materials collected will be disposed of in a landfill.  An alternative is to consider bringing materials to the El Cerrito Recycling Center, which accepts a wide variety of materials including e-waste, small appliances, carpet, and much more.  Check out the El Cerrito Recycling Center's website for a list of materials accepted.

Hazardous Waste

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.  Although there is no direct charge to Kensington residents, Bay View is charged $95 per car, regardless of amount.  Thus, it's best if you can work with neighbors to consolidate waste being brought to the Facility.  Before going to the facility, please 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.  State law prohibits the transportation of more than 15 gallons (three 5-gallon containers) or 125 pounds of hazardous waste in your vehicle.  Individual containers are limited to 5-gallon maximum capacity.

Proof of residence is required at the time of drop-off.  Hours of operation are every Wednesday through 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.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on Food Waste

This Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on Food Waste has been prepared to address commonly asked questions on food waste.

  1. What happens to our green waste?

The green waste picked up from Kensington is taken to West Contra Costa County Landfill in Richmond where it is composted.  The contract only allows for green waste, not food waste.  Kensington residents can have unlimited green waste collected twice a month.

  1. Why can’t food waste be composted?

If food waste were to be collected, it would need to be picked up weekly which would mean an extra truck coming 2-3 times more per month.  In addition, we would need to have the food waste stored in containers that could not be attacked by racoons and other animals.  Jurisdictions that pick up food waste restrict the green waste pickup to one container a week, unlike our unlimited green waste pickup.

In 2014, HF&H conducted a survey of Kensington residents (the results of the survey are attached to the September 11, 2014 KPPCSD Agendas, pages 95-100 in Part 1 and pages 1-12 in Part 2).  Almost 55% of respondents said they were very or moderately interested in having food scraps collected.  However, when told of that there would be an increased cost and green waste would be limited to one container of green/food waste a week, almost 64% said they were not interested in this service and an additional 14% said that they would not be willing to pay for this service.

Separately, almost 19% respondents in that same survey said that they already compost food scraps in their backyard.  Some residents have built compost bins for their home.  There are also commercial compost bins that can be purchased online or at home and garden stores.  Some sit on the ground and others consist of a rotating drum that sits on a stand.  Generally, within a few weeks, the produce scraps are reduced to a fine soil amendment.

  1. Why would there be an increased cost to pick-up food waste?

Bay View currently contracts with Bay Cities to pick up garden waste twice a month.  Because of hygiene concerns, food waste would need to be picked up every week which would mean two to three extra pickups a month at a significant increase in cost.