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)
- 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
- 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 the number #1-7, with associated lids and caps remaining on the item.
- Buckets (remove metal handles and place handle in the Landfill cart)
- Solid plastic storage and stacking boxes with lids
- CRV beverage containers
- Clean plastic food containers (polystyrene foam containers go in Landfill cart)
- Household cleaning containers (please place pump/spray lids in the Landfill cart)
- Plastic milk jugs (please place plastic lined paper milk cartons and shelf-stable cartons in the Landfill cart)
- Plastic film bags (please save up and bundle to reduce litter - no loose bags!)
- Prescription bottles (empty; please remove personal information)
- Water and drink bottles
**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
- 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
- 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.