This page is intended to provide Andalusia residents with information about what you can do to keep hazardous materials out of our landfills and water supplies. Our governments (local, regional, and national) have passed numerous laws that restrict where and how certain items are to be disposed. For example, as of February 2006, California law prohibits you from throwing your used batteries and fluorescent light bulbs in your trash - instead, you should be storing them in a safe place until you take them to an approved disposal area.
In addition, there is information here on how to swap or donate working items.
Please see the new information about the organics recycling pilot program below.
Bulky Item Pick-up
Andalusia HOA falls under Republic Services' Single Family & Townhomes category since we have individual cart service. This means that each resident can have one bulky item pickup per year without charge. There can be no more than two items picked up. The homeowner can call Republic Services at 510-657-3500 to arrange for a bulky item pickup or call regarding a missed cart. You will need to provide the Commercial
account number (26120) for Andalusia HOA since individual addresses are not in the Republic Services system.
You can also arrange for bulky item pick-up by clicking on this link:
Bulky Item Pick-up
- information about disposal of all household items, such as liquids, computers, batteries, fluorescent lights, etc. Also includes links to disposal locations.
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program
- general information about the program and disposal locations.
Batteries and Fluorescent Bulbs
- how to dispose of these items properly.
1. Republic Services Waste Recycling Center, Fremont
- 42600 Boyce Road (map
2. Fremont "u-waste" and "e-waste" Drop-off Locations
- click here
to download 2-page list of participating vendors.
3. Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Locations
4. Rechargeable Batteries Drop-off Locations
- Click on the "Call2Recycle" web site
to find locations here in Fremont. Participating locations include Radio Shack, Orchard Supply Hardware, Verizon Wireless, Walgreens, Target, and OfficeMax.
Donate or Swap Resources
- Swap or give away working items at this web site
for Fremont residents. You'll need to join a Yahoo! group to post messages.
2. Cell Phones
- Go to the "CollectiveGood" web site
or the "Eco-Cell.org" web site
to donate your working cell phones.
- Donate eyeglasses with out-of-date prescriptions to the LensCrafters "Give The Gift Of Sight" program (web site
), or contact a local Lions Club.
NEW ORGANICS RECYCLING PILOT PROGRAM
Starting in early May 2015, Andalusia residents will be able to recycle more by putting food scraps and other organic materials in new green composting containers.
Andalusia has been selected by the City of Fremont to participate in an important pilot study to learn how successful residents of a condominium complex can be at reducing the amount of trash sent to the landfill. Currently, condos and apartments do not have access to composting collection throughout the City.
In Fremont, single-family homes have been composting plant debris and food scraps for a number of years. Efforts to compost food scraps and plant debris have become a priority for Fremont, as an Alameda County law now makes it mandatory
to manage our organic waste materials. Nearly half of the trash that’s collected from the blue containers at Andalusia can be composted.
There are very good environmental benefits that result from composting organic waste. Composting not only keeps our landfills from filling up faster than necessary, but there is also a significant reduction in the greenhouse gases produced from landfills that contribute to global climate change. The composted material can then be reused in landscaping and farming which in turn will help conserve water and reduce the need for synthetic fertilizer.
On May 4, the City of Fremont will deliver two 64-gallon green composting containers that will be placed behind the Recreation Center. Also that day, each unit will receive a small 2-gallon kitchen container that can be used inside the home to collect food scraps and food-soiled paper items. The HOA will provide a small initial quantity of 2.6-gallon compostable bags to line the smaller kitchen pails.
The expectation is that residents will collect their compostable organics in their kitchen container, and then take the contents to the containers behind the Recreation Center when their kitchen pails are full. These bigger containers will be emptied twice a week starting on May 7.
The challenge ahead for all of us is that failure to voluntarily use these centrally-located recycling containers will likely result in the necessity to have the organics container in your garage. While more convenient, most of us do not have the space for a 3rd container, and there would likely be some odor associated with this container in your garage. Most importantly, there would be a $9 per month per unit fee that would be passed to each unit in your association dues.
What Items Should Go Into the New Containers?
As we get closer to the start of this new service during the week of May 4, more educational information will be provided to all residents. The “food scraps” and “food-soiled paper items” mentioned above are items such as these:
- fruits and vegetables, including pits and rinds
- bread, pasta, rice and other grains
- dairy products and egg shells
- meat, skins, fats and bones
- coffee grounds and tea leaves
- pizza boxes
- takeout containers
- wooden chopsticks
- paper plates and cups
- paper napkins and towels
- paper coffee filters and tea bags
- paper bags or newspaper used to contain or wrap food scraps
Obviously, you will need to adjust your recycling habits as it relates to the paper items. But please do not just toss them into your regular recycling container.
If you have questions or comments, you may contact the City’s Environmental Services Division at (510) 494-4570 or email them (email@example.com).