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. 

For Your Information 

Materials Accepted in Your Blue Recycling Cart / Bin:


  • Empty, clean and dry glass bottles, containers and jars, of all colors, with associated lids and caps remaining on the item (all types of lids). 
  • CRV beverage containers
  • All other glass, mirror, ceramics, etc. should go in the black landfill cart. 



  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil (clean)
  • Aluminum pie plates
  • Cookie sheets
  • CRV beverage cans
  • Food cans (clean)
  • Pet food cans (clean)
  • Unusable, clean pots and pans
  • Tin cans



  • Books (paperback)
  • Boxes, packages (tape ok) 
  • Carbonless paper
  • Cardboard (flatten; must fit in cart / bin with lid closed) 
  • Catalogs
  • Colored and construction paper
  • Computer paper
  • Copy paper
  • Detergent boxes
  • Paper egg cartons (no polystyrene foam; if the eggs have broken put soiled paper cartons in green organics cart) 
  • Envelopes with metal clasps (okay to leave the metal in)
  • Envelopes with plastic windows
  • Gift wrap (non-metallic or glittery)
  • Glossy paper
  • Magazines
  • Mailers
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Paper bags
  • Paperboard boxes (cereal & shoe boxes)
  • Shredded paper (in a paper bag or clear plastic bag only to reduce litter)
  • Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
  • Pet food bags
  • Post-its
  • Telephone books
  • Tissue paper (gift type)



  • Empty, clean and dry plastic containers with recycling #1-7
  • Baby wipe containers
  • Bleach bottles
  • Buckets without handles
  • Solid plastic storage and stacking boxes with lids
  • CRV beverage containers
  • Detergent bottles
  • Clean food containers (no polystyrene foam)
  • Household cleaning containers (empty)
  • Lids and caps remaining on their associated container (please landfill pump/spray lids) 
  • Plastic milk jugs (please landfill plastic lined paper milk cartons) 
  • Plastic bags (put all dry and clean plastic bags in one “pillow” to reduce litter – no loose bags!)
  • Prescription bottles (empty; remove personal information)
  • Salad dressing bottles (empty, clean and dry)  
  • Shampoo and conditioning bottles
  • Water bottles
  • Plastic laundry basket
  • Small solid plastic toys (no metal, rubber, etc.) – must put in landfill if not solid plastic 


**Place the Following Contaminants in Your Gray or Black Landfill Cart / Bin

All of the materials listed below should go in your black landfill cart. Never place these materials in your blue or green carts.  

  • Dirty containers 
  • All polystyrene foam (aka Styrofoam) 
  • Receipt paper 
  • Dishes and glasses
  • Ceramics
  • All diapers (even the ‘compostable’ ones must go in landfill)
  • Face masks and latex gloves 
  • Pet waste (even in compostable bags – must go in landfill) 
  • ALL compostable and biodegradable plastics (only BPI-Certified compostable bags allowed in green organics cart to contain food scraps) 
  • Plastic coated / shiny paper cartons – hardly anything is coated with wax these days! 
  • Plastic coated food-related paper items including, shiny to-go food boxes, to-go drink cups, to-go paper coffee cups, coated paper plates, etc. 
  • Shelft stable cartons (common brand Tetra Pak) including soup boxes, juice boxes, some alternative milk products, etc. 
  • All hangers 
  • Empty metal paint cans
  • Mirror, window glass, auto glass 
  • Q-tips
  • Feminine hygiene products 
  • Wet wipes, antibacterial wipes, baby wipes 
  • Unusable textiles, bedding, clothing and shoes
  • Small plastic bits including, bread bag ties, rubber bands, small clips, parts and pieces, etc.
  • Padded envelopes, bubble wrap, air pockets and packaging film 
  • Scrap metal and car parts
  • 6-ring plastic bands (cut first) 
  • Used pens, pencils, scissors, erasers (reuse or donate if possible)