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).
  • You can also take cardboard to the Concord Recycling Center 1320 Galaxy Way in Concord.

Materials Accepted in Your Blue Recycling Cart:


  • All colors, lids, caps 
  • Bottles
  • CRV beverage containers
  • Jars


  • 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 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
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Paper bags
  • Paperboard boxes (cereal & shoe boxes)
  • Shredded paper (in a paper bag or clear plastic bag to reduce litter)
  • Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
  • Pet food bags
  • Post-its
  • Telephone books
  • Tissue paper (gift type)


  • Baby wipe containers
  • Bleach bottles
  • Buckets without handles
  • CRV beverage containers
  • Detergent bottles
  • Clean food containers (no polystyrene foam)
  • Household cleaning containers (empty)
  • Lids and caps (please landfill pump/spray lids) 
  • Plastic milk jugs (please landfill paper milk cartons) 
  • Plastic bags (put all dry and clean plastic bags in one "pillow" to reduce litter)
  • Plastic containers with recycling #1-7
  • 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 


**Place the Following Contaminants in Your Black Landfill Cart

  • Dirty recyclables
  • All polystyrene foam (aka Styrofoam) 
  • Receipt paper 
  • Unusable or broken dishes and glasses
  • All diapers
  • Pet waste
  • All compostable and biodegradable plastics (BPI-Certified compostable bags allowed in green organics cart to contain food scraps) 
  • Paper cartons (with shiny / plastic coating)
  • Tetra Pak cartons (shelf stable) 
  • All hangers 
  • Empty metal paint cans
  • Mirror or window glass
  • Q-tips
  • Feminine hygiene products 
  • Unusable textiles, bedding, clothing and shoes (donate usable items during your Reuse Day

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.