Environmental Services

The Environmental Services Division administers more than 30 garbage, recycling, and stormwater programs for Fremont residents and businesses.  

Compost Giveaway, a hand holding soil and a young plant

Compost Giveaway Day Postponed

In light of the updated guidance put out by the Alameda County Public Health Department regarding the rapidly evolving Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the City of Fremont is taking additional measures to help contain and mitigate its spread. Consistent with those guidelines, Compost Giveaway, which was scheduled for Sunday, April 5, 2020, has been postponed. The rescheduled event date is to be announced.  


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Recycling Processing Fee

After careful analysis of changes in global recycling markets and the impacts on the City’s recyclables processing contract, the Fremont City Council approved a new recycling processing fee of $1.50 per month for residential units.  The fee went into effect September 1, 2018.

Recycling end markets have enacted new quality standards that require additional processing to remove all trash and non-recyclable contaminants.  The added effort to meet the new standards has increased processing costs significantly.  Additionally, the overall decline in demand for recyclables has resulted in an excess of available paper and plastics.  This glut has resulted in dramatically lower pricing and steeply declining revenues that have typically helped pay for the processing costs of our mixed recyclable materials.

Since Fremont’s solid waste collection rates have not included a fee for the processing of recyclables, and revenues no longer fund the full cost of sorting and recovering materials, a recycling processing fee was necessary to maintain this important waste reduction program.  The fee allows Fremont residents to continue recycling at the curb each week, and insures quality standards are being met so that our recyclables are accepted by the marketplace where they can be manufactured into new products.

For more information contact the Environmental Services Division at (510) 494-4570.