Navigating Holiday Waste in Hayward

November 28, 2023

It’s the Holiday Season, which usually means a considerable amount of waste. Knowing how to sort waste correctly is essential for a sustainable holiday experience. When packing up your Thanksgiving leftovers, remember to throw unwanted food scraps in the organics bin, including food soiled napkins or paper towels. Those aluminum turkey trays? Once cleaned, they can go in your recycling. See how much you really know about sorting your waste by taking our Recycling Quiz. Before the end of November, Recycling Quiz participants can enter a raffle for the chance to win a $50 Together for Hayward gift card!

When it comes to holiday tree disposal, Hayward residents have easy, curbside pickup options. Residents who live in a single-family home or complex with less than 25 units can place holiday trees outside for curbside pickup on regular service days from Tuesday, January 2 through Friday, January 12.  To ensure pick-up, the trees must be cut into 5-foot lengths or smaller and all tinsel, ornaments, nails, and tree stands must be removed. Hayward residents who live in a complex with more than 25 units, please contact your property manager to order a holiday tree collection container. After January 12, please cut trees so they are in small enough pieces to fit into the curbside green organics cart. Trees placed at the curb, but not in the green organics cart after Jan. 12, can be picked up for a fee.

Making space for new things? If you find yourself with old blankets and towels that you no longer need, consider donating to the Hayward Animal Shelter located at 16 Barnes Ct, Hayward, CA 94544. They accept these items to provide comfort to shelter animals. Additionally, foods left over from holiday recipes including fresh carrots with leafy tops, basil, rosemary, parsley, cilantro, & alfalfa sprouts can be donated. Visit the Animal Shelter website for a full list of donatable items and always contact the Shelter at 510-293-7200 before donating to make sure your items are still needed.