Blue Recycling Cart or Bin for Apartments and Condos
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.
- You can leave staples and paper clips in your papers.
- Only rinse out jars and cans if there is a heavy food residue. During the drought, use a spatula, spoon or paper towel to remove food residue. You can then place the paper towel in your green cart.
- Plastic VHS cartridge can be recycled, but the actual tape cannot. Please pull out the tape and put it into the black landfill cart or bin.
- We can’t accept polystyrene foam because when it’s placed in a commingled bin and transported, it becomes contaminated with dirt and other materials. Because most curbside programs do not wash the material, recyclers have a hard time using it.
Put in Your Blue Cart or Bin
- All colors, lids, caps (rinsed)
- CRV beverage containers
- Books (paperback & hardback)
- Boxes, packages
- Carbonless paper
- Cardboard (must fit in cart)
- Colored and construction paper
- Computer paper
- Copy paper
- Detergent boxes
- Egg cartons (paper only; no polystyrene foam; if the eggs have broken put soiled cartons in Green Cart)
- Envelopes with metal clasps (okay to leave the metal in)
- Envelopes with plastic windows
- Gift wrap (non-metallic)
- Glossy paper
- Milk cartons
- Newspapers and inserts
- Paper bags
- Paper packaging with remnant tape
- Paperboard boxes (cereal & shoe boxes)
- Paper shreds (in a brown paper bag or clear plastic bag)
- Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
- Pet food bags
- Telephone books
- Tissue paper (gift type)
- Baby wipes containers
- Bleach bottles
- Buckets without handles
- CRV beverage containers (soda, water, juice)
- Detergent bottles
- Film packaging: packing materials, bread bags, produce bags, plastic wrap, zip lock bags, etc. (put all dry and clean plastic bags in one) Bag-the-bags!
- Food containers (no polystyrene foam)
- Household cleaning containers (empty)
- Lids and caps
- Milk jugs
- Plastic bags: shopping bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, produce bags, etc. (put all dry and clean plastic bags in one) Bag-the-bags!
- Plastic containers with recycling arrow #’s 1-7
- Prescription bottles (empty)
- Salad dressing bottles (rinsed)
- Shampoo and conditioning bottles
- Tub containers (Recycling arrow #’s 1-7)
- Water jugs
- Rigid plastics (such as buckets, laundry baskets, toys)
- Aluminum cans
- Aluminum foil (clean)
- Aluminum pie plates
- Cookie sheets
- CRV beverage cans
- Food cans (clean)
- Pet food cans (clean)
- Scrap metal
- Tin cans
Do Not Put in Blue Cart or Bin
- Ceramic dishes
- Disposable diapers
- Drinking glasses
- Facial tissues
- Paper towels, napkins, paper plates, paper cups (Please place in your green cart)
- Plastic utensils
- Plastic hangers
- Metal hangers
- Metal paint cans
- Mirror or window glass
- Sanitary napkins
- Polystyrene foam (including packaging materials)
Recyclables and Organics On-call Cleanup
Planning to trim back your trees? Want to clean out all the outdated paperwork in your home office? Just moved in and have loads of cardboard boxes and/or newspapers to recycle? If you don't have room in your recycling or organics carts for all that material, you can schedule an on-call service.
All single-family households in our service area are entitled to four (4) on-call recyclable/organics cleanups every year, at no additional charge. Call us 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.
- Branches should be no larger than 2" in diameter and bundled no larger than two feet wide and four feet long.
- Loose yard clippings such as leaves and grass should be placed in plastic bags, buckets, boxes, or personal trash cans, no more than 32 gallons per bag, box or container.
- No garbage, ashes, dirt, rocks, glass, metal, fruit or vegetables, nor fibrous plants such as cactus, ice plant, ivy, palm, or poison oak or ivy can be accepted.