Houses: Blue Recycling Cart

One 64-gallon Recycling cart is included as part of your residential service, and picked up weekly by Republic Services. If you routinely have more than 64-gallons of recycling per week, you can request a 96-gallon Recycling cart at no additional cost, or a second 64-gallon Recycling cart for an additional fee. For account details, or to request service changes please call Republic Services at 925-685-4711. 

Recycling Cart Information

  • Please take the extra step to ensure recyclables are empty, clean and dry before placing in your Recycling cart. 
  • Flatten cardboard before recycling. For large amounts of cardboard, call Republic Services at 925-685-4711 to schedule a free extra collection of recyclables (recyclables and/or organics up to 4 times per year at no additional cost). Scroll to bottom of page for additional information.
  • Residents can take cardboard, e-waste and other recyclables to the Concord Recycling Center 1320 Galaxy Way in Concord.

Materials Accepted in Your Recycling Cart:


  • 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 Landfill cart. 


Aluminum foil and other metal kitchen items mentioned below with food residue should go in the Landfill cart. 

  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Aluminum pie plates
  • Cookie sheets
  • CRV beverage cans
  • Food cans
  • Pet food cans
  • Pots and pans
  • Tin cans


  • Books (paperback; please place hard cover books in the Landfill cart)  
  • Carbonless paper
  • Cardboard, Boxes and Packages (flatten, fold large sheets, tape ok; must fit in Recycling cart or see below for extra collections) 
  • 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 the Organics cart)
  • Envelopes with metal clasps
  • Envelopes with plastic windows
  • Gift wrap (non-metallic, glittery or with other embelishments)
  • Glossy paper
  • Magazines
  • Mailers and brochures
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Paper bags
  • Paperboard boxes that contained dry goods such as cereal and shoes 
  • Shredded paper (in a paper bag or clear plastic bag to reduce litter)
  • Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
  • Paper pet food bags
  • Post-its and notebook paper 
  • Telephone books
  • Tissue paper (gift type)


  • Empty, clean and dry plastic containers with recycling #1-7, with associated lids and caps remaining on the item. 
  • Baby wipe containers
  • Bleach bottles
  • Buckets (remove metal handles and place handle in the Landfill cart) 
  • Solid plastic storage and stacking boxes with lids
  • CRV beverage containers
  • Detergent bottles
  • Clean food containers (polystyrene foam containers go in Landfill cart) 
  • Household cleaning containers (unused cleaning products can be taken to the HHW Facility)
  • Lids and caps remaining on their associated container (please place pump/spray lids in the Landfill cart) 
  • Plastic milk jugs (please place plastic lined paper milk cartons in the Landfill cart) 
  • Plastic bags (please place plastic bags in one clear plastic bag (bundled) to reduce litter – please, no loose bags!)
  • Prescription bottles (empty; please remove personal information)
  • Salad dressing bottles  
  • Shampoo and conditioning bottles
  • Water bottles
  • Plastic laundry basket
  • Small solid plastic toys (no metal, rubber, etc.) – please place in the Landfill cart if not solid plastic 


**Place the Following Contaminants in Your Landfill Cart

All of the materials listed below should go in your Landfill cart. Never place these materials in your Recycling or Organics 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 (Exception: BPI-Certified compostable bags may be used to contain food scraps, and placed in the Organics cart)
  • Plastic coated / shiny paper cartons (assume that any paper cartons that contain liquids or food are plastic coated)  
  • 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. 
  • Clothes hangers (all material types) 
  • 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 (donate usable items during your Reuse Day) 
  • 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 (place scrap metal out on your Reuse Day
  • 6-pack plastic rings that hold beverages (please cut first) 
  • Used pens, pencils, scissors, erasers (reuse or donate if possible) 

Additional Recycling Services 

  • Put batteries (including rechargeable) in a clear bag and place on top of the blue recycling cart lid on your normal collection day. 
  • Put cell phones in a clear bag and place on top of your blue recycling cart lid on your normal collection day.
  • Put compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) in a clear bag and place on the ground next to your blue recycling cart on your normal collection day.

Recyclables On-call Services 

All single-family households can schedule up to four (4) on-call recyclable and/or organics cleanups per year, at no additional cost. Call Republic Services at (925) 685-4711 to schedule an appointment (please call at least two weeks in advance).

  • The total amount of material accepted is two cubic yards (the equivalent of fourteen 32-gallon bags).
  • Cardboard should be broken down and put in bundles no larger than 18″ x 18″. Paper and other recyclables should be put in brown paper bags, boxes or bundles using rope or twine.
  • Please click here for information about on-call organics services. 
Blue recycling bin.