Recycling at Large Events in Oakland

The Recycling Program is available to help you achieve Zero Waste at your event.


As of February 2023, the Economic and Workforce Development Department processes special event permit applications. For more information, including special event permit applications, please visit:

Collection Services Available

Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. (WMAC) is the franchised service provider for trash and compost collection for all special events in the City. WMAC provides collection in a variety of container types and sizes to suit a diversity of events and materials.

Recycling in Oakland is “open-market.” There are several recycling service providers, including WMAC, from which to choose.

Review the current WMAC rate sheet for trash, compost, and recycling collection options and associated costs, or call WMAC at (510) 613-8710. Please note rates increase every July 1. Note that before you request special event collection service, you must first consult with the City of Oakland Recycling Program to ensure compliance with recycling requirements.

Not sure where to start? Need help completing the forms or have questions about planning?

Contact the Recycling Hotline at (510) 238-SAVE (7283) or email for assistance.