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What's New? Green Happenings in El Cerrito
Celebrate El Cerrito's 100th Anniversary! Go 100% Renewable!
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For it's 100th anniversary, El Cerrito has a lot to celebrate.
As an El Cerrito business or resident, you can celebrate your
energy options and celebrate taking action toward a cleaner,
greener planet for future generations.  For just a penny more
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Mark your calendars. Please join us for the following events!
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Recycling Center Spring / Summer Hours
February 2, 2017 through October 31, 2017
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:45 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM

The El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Office is open from 9 am and closes at 5 pm.

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Holiday Schedule for Solid Waste Collection

The El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center and East Bay Sanitary offices will be closed for business for the following holidays: December 24, 25, and 26, 2016 and January 1 and 2, 2017. On December 23, the Recycling Center Office will be closed but other facility functions will remain open. On December 31, the Recycling Center will close at 12:30 pm.

Curbside collection of Recycling, Green Waste, and Garbage will occur as normally scheduled on these holidays. Christmas trees will be picked up free of charge through January 13.

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Green Team Event: Cerrito Creek Spruce-Up
Saturday, April 8, 2017 
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

We will work alongside Cerrito Creek as it borders El Cerrito Plaza, and in nearby tributary creeks. The creek is beautiful here but needs some care. Meet at Junket Deli, 235 El Cerrito Plaza. Sponsored by the Environmental Quality Committee.

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Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, 2017 
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Each year in April, the City celebrates Earth Day through a morning of volunteerism and work parties, followed by socializing and music at our Volunteer Appreciation Lunch. You can host a work party or volunteer as a group or individual. For more information, visit here.

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Citywide Garage Sale
Saturday, May 20, 2017
9 AM to 3 PM

Find great deals while keeping waste out of the landfill and getting to know your neighbors.  The deadline to register to host a garage sale is April 14th, 2017 at 4 pm.  For more information, call City staff at 510.559.7686.

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Hillside Festival
Sunday, May 21, 2017 
 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Join the Environmental Quality Committee, El Cerrito Trail Trekkers, Friends of Five Creeks, and the El Cerrito High School Mountain Bike Team in discovering the Hillside Natural Area through talks, hikes, and displays on the unique history and nature of one of El Cerrito's best-kept secrets. To start out, meet on the meadow about the Schmidt Lane entrance to Hillside Natural Area. Schedule of events to be posted here.

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El Cerrito Trail Trekkers
Saturday, June 17, 2017
10 AM to 1 PM

Join El Cerrito Trail Trekkers for a hike in the Hillside Natural Area as they host "It's Our Fault."

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El Cerrito Green Team
Sunday, June 25, 2017
10 AM to 12 noon

Join El Cerrito's Green Team as we clean up the northern entryways to town.  Let's keep trash from polluting our creeks and the bay, and let's present visitors with a positive first impression of our city.  Wear a hat and bring water.  All ages welcome (under 18 with guardian).  Meet at the empty lot at the northwest corner of San Pablo and Cutting Avenues, next to the Freeway Motel.  Sign-up today or simply show up.  For more information,  call City staff at 510-559-7686 or email us.

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Centennial 4th of July Festival at Cerrito Vista Park
Sunday, July 3, 2017 
5 PM to 7 PM

Monday, July 4, 2017
10 AM to 12 noon

Join us for music on July 3 from 5  pm to 7 pm.  Music, rides, games, food, and more on July 4 from 10 am to 6 pm. 

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El Cerrito Historical Society (ECHS) and the Environmental Quality Committee (EQC)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
6 PM to 7.30 PM

Join the ECHS and EQC hosted talk by David Weinstein on "Where Recycling is a Pleasure" at the Recycling + Environmental Resource Center at 7501 Schmidt Lane.



























El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee (EQC)
Meets every 2nd Tuesday | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
El Cerrito City Hall Council Chambers, 10890  San Pablo Avenue
The EQC is a Council-appointed body of residents and business representatives who work to involve the community directly in understanding and reducing our impact on the environment. Regular meetings of the EQC often host informative presentations on environmental issues and policies. Visit for more information on the Environmental Quality Committee.

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Baxter Creek Work Party
First Saturday of the Month
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
email for additional information

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Tree Committee
Second Monday of the Month
7:00 PM
City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Avenue
email for additional information

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Vegetable Gardening in El Cerrito

4th Saturdays, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
The El Cerrito Community Garden Network and El Cerrito Library are teaming up to provide a series of monthly introductory vegetable gardening workshops running April through November, no workshop in August.  The workshop format will be a 30-minute presentation at the Library and then a hands-on project (30-60 minutes) at the nearby Community Demonstration Garden in Fairmont Park.
Free event.  For required registration, visit: Vegetable Gardening Workshops
Seed Library locations: Library and Recycling Center's Administration Building.

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El Cerrito Green Teams
Semi-regular events organized by the Environmental Quality Committee and the Public Works Department.
Help keep El Cerrito Green by volunteering at a Green Team event. For more details about the Green Teams or to volunteer for future events, visit: Or, please contact the Operations + Environmental Services Division for more information about volunteer projects: email or phone at 510-215-4350.