Recycling: It's the Law!
Residential Recyclable Materials
Residences (Single family and multifamily unit complexes with four or more units) must recycle aluminum, glass bottles and jars, mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, jugs and jars, tin and bi-metal cans, white goods (appliances) and green waste. In addition, haulers are now are accepting Rigid Plastics marked 1 to 7 for recycling and all beverage containers labeled "CA Redemption Value" or "CA Cash Refund." Examples of Rigid Plastics include plastic buckets with metal handles, plastic drums, totes & empty garbage cans, plastic milk crates, kitty litter buckets, laundry baskets, lawn furniture, and pet carriers, plastic toys, plastic agricultural trays/pots, plastic pallets, and other mixed plastic containers.
Recyclable material includes:
Food & Beverage Containers — Milk, soda, water, salad dressings, cooking oil, yogurt containers, cottage cheese containers, etc.
Jars & Canisters — Peanut butter jars, mayonnaise jars, aspirin bottles and 35mm film canisters.
Cleaning Products & Detergents — Bleach, detergent, soap, shampoo, drain cleaners, etc. (Containers must be empty.)
Automotive & Yard Care Products — EMPTY motor oil, antifreeze, plant food and herbicide containers.
Miscellaneous Rigid Plastics — Including, but not limited to, plastic buckets with metal handles, plastic drums, totes & empty garbage cans, plastic milk crates, kitty litter buckets, laundry baskets, lawn furniture, and pet carriers, plastic toys, plastic agricultural trays/pots, plastic pallets, and other mixed plastic containers.
Curbside Collection Services
Private recycling and franchised waste companies provide curbside recycling and trash collection services throughout the unincorporated area. For a list of service providers for your area, click here for franchised waste haulers, and click here for recycling haulers.
So, what can be recycled curbside?
Refrigerators, Freezers and Air Conditioners
If you're in the market for a new fridge or freezer, or simply want rid of that extra one in the garage, consider recycling. Please visit SDG&E if interested, click here. For questions on current rebate programs, call 1-800-599-5792
Drop-off recycling centers
Many private and public recycling centers are available throughout the county. Click here for a location near you or call the County’s Recycling Hotline at 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784).
Apartments and Condos
Don’t have recycling at your complex? Want to do something about it? Consider becoming a block leader and help bring recycling to your complex. The County’s Recycling Section can provide you with bins for your apartment and brochures for fellow tenants. Click here for a guide to recycling at Apartments & Condos.
Reduce your Junk Mail!
Click here for ideas on how to reduce your junk mail footprint!
No-Cost Chipping Service for Fuel (Vegetation) Reduction
This program offers a No-Cost Chipping Service for fuel (vegetation) reduction to qualified residents in certain areas of the unincorporated County. Click here for more details.
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