Houses: Recycling (Blue) 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 blue cart at no additional cost, or a second 64-gallon blue cart for an additional fee. For account details, or to request service changes please call Republic Services at 925-685-4711. 

For Your Information

  • Keep your recyclables clean. Please take the extra step to ensure recyclables are empty, clean and dry before placing in your blue 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). Scroll to bottom of page for additional information.
  • You can take cardboard to the Concord Recycling Center 1320 Galaxy Way in Concord.

 

Materials Accepted in Your Blue Recycling Cart:

Glass

  • 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. 

Metal

  • 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

Paper

  • Books (paperback)
  • Boxes, packages (tape ok) 
  • Carbonless paper
  • Cardboard (flatten; must fit in cart or see above 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 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)

Plastic

  • 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 Black Landfill Cart

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 (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-ring plastic bands (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.