Apts/Condos: Recycling (Blue) Cart or Bin

Blue bins and carts are mixed recycling for glass, metal, plastic, paper and cardboard.  If your bins/carts are overflowing, you can contact Republic Services at (925) 685-4711 to request more collection services throughout the week at no additional charge. 

Additional Tips

  • You can leave staples and paper clips in your papers.
  • Only rinse out jars and cans if there is a heavy food residue. During the drought, use a spatula, spoon or paper towel to remove food residue. You can then place the paper towel in your green cart.
  • Plastic VHS cartridge can be recycled, but the actual tape cannot. Please pull out the tape and put it into the black landfill cart or bin.
  • We can’t accept polystyrene foam because when it’s placed in a commingled bin and transported, it becomes contaminated with dirt and other materials. Because most curbside programs do not wash the material, recyclers have a hard time using it.

Put in Your Blue Cart or Bin

Glass

  • All colors, lids, caps (rinsed)
  • Bottles
  • CRV beverage containers
  • Jars

Metal

  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil (clean)
  • Aluminum pie plates
  • Cookie sheets
  • CRV beverage cans
  • Food cans (clean)
  • Pet food cans (clean)
  • Scrap metal
  • Tin cans

Paper

  • Aseptic packaging (juice boxes, soup boxes)
  • Books (paperback & hardback)
  • Boxes, packages
  • Carbonless paper
  • Cardboard (must fit in cart)
  • Catalogs
  • Colored and construction paper
  • Computer paper
  • Copy paper
  • Detergent boxes
  • Egg cartons (paper only; no polystyrene; if the eggs have broken, put soiled cartons in Green Cart)
  • Envelopes with metal clasps (okay to leave the metal in)
  • Envelopes with plastic windows
  • Gift wrap (non-metallic)
  • Glossy paper
  • Magazines
  • Milk cartons
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Paper bags
  • Paper packaging with remnant tape
  • Paperboard boxes (cereal & shoe boxes)
  • Paper shreds (in a brown paper bag or clear plastic bag)
  • Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
  • Pet food bags
  • Post-its
  • Telephone books
  • Tissue paper (gift type)

Plastic

  • Baby wipes containers
  • Bleach bottles
  • Buckets without handles
  • CRV beverage containers (soda, water, juice)
  • Detergent bottles
  • Film packaging: packing materials, bread bags, produce bags, plastic wrap, zip lock bags, etc. (put all dry and clean plastic bags in one) Bag-the-bags!
  • Food containers (no polystyrene foam)
  • Household cleaning containers (empty)
  • Lids and caps
  • Milk jugs
  • Plastic bags: shopping bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, produce bags, etc.  (put all dry and clean plastic bags in one) Bag-the-bags!
  • Plastic containers with recycling arrow #’s 1-7
  • Prescription bottles (empty)
  • Salad dressing bottles (rinsed)
  • Shampoo and conditioning bottles
  • Tub containers (Recycling arrow #’s 1-7)
  • Water jugs
  • Rigid plastics (such as buckets, laundry baskets, toys) 

Do Not Put in Your Blue Cart or Bin

  • Ceramic dishes
  • Disposable diapers
  • Drinking glasses
  • Facial tissues
  • Paper towels, napkins, paper plates, paper cups (food contaminates paper recycling)
  • Plastic utensils
  • Plastic hangers
  • Metal hangers
  • Metal paint cans
  • Mirror or window glass
  • Q-tips
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Polystyrene foam (including packaging materials)