Environmental Programs Events

Want to get involved?

Emeryville_Environ_Service_LogoThe City of Emeryville hosts several environmental events throughout the year including a Coastal Cleanup (September), Shorebird Park Shoreline Cleanup (April), several Bike to Work Day stations (May), and an ongoing tool lending program to organize your own DIY group cleanup events. See below for details.

Come to a Sustainability Committee meeting or email us at zerowaste@emeryville.org for more.

Clean City Program

ClifBar2The Clean City trash cleanup equipment lending program is designed to enable community groups, businesses, churches, schools, and other organizations to play an active role in keeping public spaces clean and beautiful, while allowing them to set their own schedule.

Similar to 'adopt-a-spot', the City of Emeryville has free equipment for loan including trash grabbers, pails, bags, rakes and trowels for groups wanting to do one-time or ongoing cleanups. If you have a group of 5+ people interested in conducting a cleanup, please contact zerowaste@emeryville.org for more details. Thank you for your interest in keeping Emeryville clean, we look forward to hearing from you!


2023 Bulky Spring Cleanup April 17 & 18

WM Bulky PickupAll properties in single-family neighborhoods can participate in the free citywide "Spring Cleanup" bulky pickup event, scheduled for April 17 and 18. Place your bulky items (no more than two cubic yards, approximately 16 trash bags) at your curb on your regularly scheduled pickup day for removal. Please see here for additional pickup guidelines. 

If you have questions, please contact Waste Management customer service or Matt Anderson at zerowaste@emeryville.org


2022 Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup 

What a day!Have fun with family, friends and neighbors, Cleaning up the Beach! Come to the Earth Day Shoreline Clean Up at Shorebird Park in Emeryville on Sunday April 24th any time from 9 a.m. to noon.

Bring ‘em if you got ‘em:

Collection buckets and/or bags, garden claw, and reusable water bottle, coffee mug, and wear layers, sunscreen, hat and work gloves. Additional tools will be available for use until supplies run out.

Check back here or contact Matt Anderson at zerowaste@emeryville.org for more information.


Proposed Reach Codes for Energy and Building Construction

The Emeryville City Council will be considering several 'reach codes' to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted through building construction and operations. Reach codes are enhancements to the state building codes that have been proven to be cost-effective, and that help the city and state achieve our climate action goals. The reach codes currently being considered are primarily related to new construction, with a few requirements for existing buildings where related retrofits are being done. The intent is to enact changes in line with many other cities in the region, in order to make reduced-GHG building construction and operation achievable and cost-effective.  

Fall 2022: A proposed reach code for all new construction will be discussed at City Council.  More details will be provided as dates are known.


2022 Bike to Wherever Day 

Bike to Wherever Day 2022 is Friday, May 20! It’s the Bay Area’s biggest day for bicycling. Pledge to ride to get all the details, find your nearest energizer station, and get ready for the big day at the Bike East Bay website. 

As a part of the celebration Emeryville will be hosting three Energizer Stations from 7am-9am:

1) 40th & San Pablo
2) Horton & Stanford
3) 46th & Adeline

Energizer stations will have free snacks, water, bike tools, goodie bags, and a bike-powered smoothie at 46th & Adeline. Food generously donated by Pixar and Arizmendi Bakery. Stop on by to get your free swag and help celebrate Bay Area's biggest bicycling day of the year!

For more information or questions email manderson@emeryville.org and don't forget to check the Bike East Bay website for other energizer stations and after-work event locations.


2022 Nora Davis Coastal Cleanup - Sept. 17th

The annual Emeryville Coastal Cleanup is on for 2022! This year’s cleanup is in honor of Nora Davis, 27-year Councilmember and environmental advocate. The Cleanup will happen Saturday, September 17th, starting 9:00 a.m. next to the Fire Station at 2333 Powell Street! Participants are welcomed to start after the 9 a.m. kickoff as they feel comfortable, however please note that all borrowed tools must be returned by noon. Snacks and prizes will be part of the fun!

We are encouraging you to download and use the CleanSwell App to easily log trash, paper forms and pencils will also be available. Please bring gloves, masks, and grabbing tools if you have them, limited supplies will also be available.

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