Environmental and Health Initiatives

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  1. Samantha Carr

    Management Analyst
    Phone: (510) 620-5407

The City of Richmond Environmental Initiatives team promotes systems and policy changes that support the development of healthy and sustainable neighborhoods. The Division collaborates with the community and other city departments to implement actions identified in the Climate Action Plan, Health in All Policies Strategy Document, and the Energy and Climate Change Element and Community Health and Wellness Element of the Richmond General Plan 2030. The team aims to build the City and community's capacity to improve and promote sustainability and health equity. 

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Office Hours Available in January 2022 for No-Cost Solar Program 

The Environmental and Health Initiatives Division in partnership with GRID Alternatives, is hosting both virtual and in-person office hours for residents interested in learning more or signing up for the City's no-cost home solar program. This program provides no-cost solar systems and electric vehicle charging infrastructure assistance to qualifying Richmond and North Richmond homeowners. 

1) Virtual One-on-One Appointment: To schedule call (866) 921-4696 or register online at, tinyurl.com/gridsolar.

2) In-Person Office Hours: 450 Civic Center Plaza, 1st Floor Richmond Room: 

  • Saturday, January 8th at 10:00 AM
  • Saturday, January 15th at 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, January 20th at 5:00 PM

Program Qualifications:

  • Own and live-in your own home located within a Richmond or North Richmond Disadvantaged Community per California Senate Bill 535 
  • 2020 household income at or below the amounts listed in the flyer below

Apply now! Visit www.energyforallprogram.org/richmond/ or call 1-866-921-4696

*HOUSEHOLD INCOME ELIGIBILITY LIMITS HAVE CHANGED*  

Learn if you are eligible by watching the workshop held on June 10, 2021. Para determinar si está elegible, vea el taller el 10 de junio 2021. Para ver subtítulos en español, seleccione Settings --> Subtitles/CC --> Spanish.

You can also find the presentation slides below. También puedes encontrar las diapositivas de presentación debajo.

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Holiday Tree Recycling and Disposal Options

The Environmental and Health Initiatives Division encourages residents to consider the several options below for disposing of Holiday Trees. Call Republic Services at (510) 262-7100 to learn more.

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COMING SOON! California Senate Bill SB 1383 Short- Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP)

SB 1383 sets methane emissions reduction targets for California in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP). Methane is considered a climate super pollutant and is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. According to CalRecycle, organic waste in California landfills emits 20 percent of the state’s methane. 

SB 1383 ultimately requires a 75 percent reduction of the level of statewide disposal of organic waste by 2025, based on levels from 2014. Additionally, 20 percent of commercial edible food will need to be recovered from disposal. Everyone will be affected by SB 1383 including, residents, multi-family properties and complexes, businesses, schools, and public agencies.

Additional information can be found at, SB 1383 Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) | Richmond, CA - Official Website. General information and updates on SB 1383 regulations are available at, California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy.

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The City of Richmond Environmental and Health Initiatives Division has launched a Climate Action Plan (CAP) Open Data Dashboard to report on the City's progress towards climate action goals. For additional information, please send an email to richmondopendata@ci.richmond.ca.us.

Adopted in 2016, Richmond’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) outlines goals and strategies for reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change on public health, infrastructure, ecosystems, and public spaces in our community. The dashboard serves to monitor progress towards reaching the CAP goals, inform policy decisions, and provide data to the community.

Bulky Item Pick-up Program for Richmond Residents

Richmond residents are eligible for a free bulky item pickup! Collections may be scheduled for single-family homes and duplexes.

Program Guidelines:

  • Serves single-family homes and duplexes.
  • May substitute five E-waste items for one bulky item
  • No commercial-sized appliances, hazardous materials, or construction and demolition material.
To schedule a pick-up contact Republic Services at (510) 262-7100. For more information about residential bulky item pick-up programs visit www.ci.richmond.ca.us/1718/Residents

Please note, the CalRecycle grant funding for the multifamily program for 3-19 units has ended. The program is no longer available.

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New! Free Mattress Drop-off Program for Residents


Richmond residents are eligible to bring three (3) mattresses per month at no cost to the West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 101 Pittsburg Ave, Richmond. Please bring proof of residency.

Not Accepted:
  • Cut mattresses or box springs
  • Excessively wet, damaged, partial or soiled mattresses or mattresses with bed bugs
  • Car beds or water beds
  • Fold out sofa beds or futons
  • Air mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, mattress toppers or other furniture
For questions, contact Republic Services at (510) 231-4200.
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Clean Cars for All Program

The City of Richmond is partnering with the non-profit solar provider GRID Alternatives and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to bring more renewable energy sources and electric vehicles to Richmond. Find out if you are eligible for an incentive of up to $9,500 from the Clean Cars for All Program to purchase or lease a low-emission vehicle.

For questions, please contact GRID Alternatives at (855) 256-3656 or email, Cleancars@gridalternatives.org.

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New! Free Compost Giveaway Program for Residents



Every first Wednesday of the month, West County households can pick-up for free 2 cubic yards of compost from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at 101 Pittsburg Avenue, Richmond. Close the loop on your organics recycling by using the finished compost made right here in Richmond. This is self-service only; please bring your own bag, bin or bucket, and shovel to load the material. Valid identification is required.

For questions or additional information please call Republic Services at (510) 231-4200.
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Recycling Tip of the Month!

Interested in starting recycling or compost services? Questions about what is recyclable or compostable? Please contact Republic Services at (510) 262-7100. For recycling and compost signs and outreach material visit, www.republicservices.com/municipality/wccc-caPlease note, paper towels and napkins are not recyclable.

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Air Pollution Complaints (BAAQMD)

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District receives over 12,000 air pollution complaints each year from members of the public. Community members are keenly aware of air pollution events and often provide the first warning of air quality problems. Satisfactory resolution of complaints is one of the most important objectives of Air District staff.

Examples of complaints include dust or chemical air pollutants emitted by industrial plants, refineries, neighborhood businesses, gas station nozzles, idling trucks, locomotives and buses; and smoke from agricultural fires, controlled burns, non-cooking backyard fires and outdoor trash burning.

To file a complaint, complete an online complaint form or call BAAQMD's 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-800-334-ODOR (6367).

For more information, visit BAAQMD online.

BAAQMD Complaint Page