WM truck in West Oakland (photo by mk30)

Waste Management of Alameda County is the company that contracts with Oakland to pick up Oakland's trash.

Texas-based WM is the nation's largest trash company. Waste Management and its predecessor, the Oakland Scavenger Company, which Waste Management purchased in 1986, has been picking up Oakland's trash for nearly 100 years.

2014 Contract

In 2014, Oakland tried to change its waste contract (which lasts ten years - big contract!)  to Oakland-based California Waste Solutions. In response, there was a huge lawsuit from WM. In a partial reversal, city council ended up awarding regular garbage and compost pickup (the majority of the work) to WM and recycling to CWS. In exchange, WM dropped its lawsuit. Learn more:


WM employees (all or just recycling??) are represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Learn more at http://www.ilwu.org/tag/waste-management/

Employees have held strikes in 2007 and briefly in 2013.

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Oakland location

Their Oakland facility is at 172 98th Ave. For Residential service: 510-613-8710 For Commercial service: 510-613-8700
Email: csnorthbay@wm.com. Hours are M-F 8AM-5PM. More info is on their site.

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Links and References

Oakland's Scavengers, by Sierra Filucci