Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot

Throwing your waste in the trash costs your business money. Businesses around Hayward are cutting their garbage bills in half by following the 4 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, & Rot.

“It’s no secret that restaurants are consumers of resources and create a fair amount of waste. Sustainability is our passion, but more importantly, it’s our obligation.”

- Jeff Rosen, Chef at Cannery Café, a Certified Green Business and 2015 Environmental Award Winner

Cut your garbage bill by following these steps:

  1. Reduce – Don’t purchase more than you need
  2. Reuse – Reuse packaging materials, mugs, and office supplies
  3. Recycle – Plastic, paper, and glass products go in your recycle bin
  4. Rot – Food scraps, soiled paper, paper towels, and plan debris go in your organics bin

It’s mandatory.

Per City Ordinance, all businesses in Hayward must receive recycling service and all businesses that generate organic waste are required to arrange for separate collection of recyclable materials. Read more about the Business Recycling Mandates.

Baxter Recycling
Baxter in Hayward has implemented collection of recyclables and organics and provides reusable dishware and utensils throughout their facility

Have question? Need help?

Request free on-site technical assistance from Waste Management
510.538.5500
Csnorthbay@wm.com

It is the mission at StopWaste.org to help you reduce your trash. They have grants, kits, and more.
Recycling Helpline: 1.877.STOPWASTE (786.7927)
StopWaste Office: 510.891.6500

City of Hayward Solid Waste Division
510.583.4700
Recycling@hayward-ca.gov

Kitchen staff at Le Paradis
Kitchen staff at Le Paradis restaurant in Hayward set aside food scraps to go in their organics cart.

Tips for Reducing and Reusing

  • Packaging: Learn about ways to redesign and reduce packaging at Stopwaste’s Reduce Packaging Waste site. Read success stories of local businesses.
  • Styrofoam Alternatives: Note that the City has banned polystyrene. Restaurants and all other vendors selling food at retail must use only paper, cardboard, aluminum or recyclable plastic cups, plates, bowls or trays.
  • Reusable Bags: Note that the City, along with the County of Alameda, has banned plastic bags at many retailers.
  • Food Waste: Food service establishments can receive tax benefits in return for donating edible food to food banks and other sources. Learn more about ways to minimize and redirect food waste by visiting Stopwaste’s Reduce Wasted Food site.
  • Paper: Using paper inefficiently can be like throwing money into the recycle bin. Learn about the impact of paper consumption and how to minimize paper use at Stopwaste’s Reduce Paper Use site.
  • Junk Mail: Nearly 100 million trees get used for junk mail in the United States every year. Visit Stop Waste’s Stop Business Junk Mail site to learn how you can save time and trees.
  • Old future, clothes, or other textiles: Check out organizations such as Usagain, Recycle Change, and Reuse Clothes and Shoes to find out where you can donate old items.
  • Other items? Stop Waste offers a useful tool called Recycle Where, which allows you to search your item and location to find local places to recycle, reuse, or donate.

Tips for Recycling and Rotting