Drop-Off Materials Accepted
Cardboard, Glass, Metals, Paper, Plastic:
- Cardboard: Corrugated boxes. Must be broken down and flattened.
- Glass Containers: Bottles and jars, rinsed clean and sorted by color.
Hard Plastics:No longer accepted as of May 15, 2019.
- Mixed Paper: colored paper, cereal boxes, newspaper, shredded colored paper, file folders, junk mail, envelopes, photographs, etc.
- Plastic Beverage Containers: Narrow-neck plastic beverage bottles, free of liquid.
- Other Plastic Bottles: Narrow-neck bottles that contained household supplies, such as detergent, kitty litter, motor oil. Must be empty. That is, no residual product inside.
Plastic Film:No longer accepted as of May 15, 2019.
- Scrap Metals: Aluminum, Steel, Tin. Examples include: cast Iron; large appliances: washers, dryers, stoves, and hot water heaters. (NO refrigerators or air conditioners)
- White Office Paper: All white (bond) paper - collected in a separate container to preserve highest value
NEW POLICY: Due to changes in global recycling markets, the only materials eligible for electronics (e-waste) recycling are:
- AC Adaptor
- Audio Equipment
- Cable and Cable Boxes
- CD and DVD Players
- Tel and Cell Phone
- Computer (CPU) and Computer Monitor
- Extension Cord
- Holiday Lights
- Laptop Computer
- Power Strip and Power Supply
- TVs (NO DLP) (Wood OK)
- VHS Player
- Video Equipment
- Zip Drive
Please do not place other types of household appliances (air filters, electric blankets, etc.) in the E-waste Bin. At this time, the Center does not accept predominantly plastic electric appliances. Predominantly metal electric items can go in the Steel Bin. Questions? Please ask office staff.
- Automobile Batteries: lead-acid cell.
- Batteries: Alkaline, NiCad, lithium, and auto batteries.
- Bicycles: Bicycle and bicycle parts - bin for donations / exchange. No Salvage Permit necessary.
- Books: Bring to the Exchange Zone.
Cartons:No longer accepted as of May 15, 2019.
- Corks: Bring to the Exchange Zone.
- Electric Appliances: If item is mostly metal, (Examples: electric mower, metal table lamp, etc.), put in Steel bin. If item is plastic-rich, we can cut off and recycle the cord, but cannot accept the rest of the item. If item is in good, working condition, on-site St. Vincent de Paul accepts small household appliances + home stereo equipment for reuse. Questions? Please ask office staff.
- Exercise equipment: Scrap metal.
- Eyeglasses: Lions Club Donations - bring eye wear into the office to donate to this program.
- Fluorescent tubes and CFLs: are part of the Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste Program. As a convenience, we accept CFLs from residents within the RecycleMore service area. Fees apply for large quantities: 30 feet or more of tubes or 15 or more bulbs. Fees are subject to increase each fiscal year. Please see office staff to pay fees or to ask questions.
- Food Donation: Non-perishable, unopened donations for the Contra Costa Food Bank, within a year of listed date accepted. No glass containers.
- Hangers: All types of clothes hangers; bring to the Exchange Zone.
- Home Health Equipment: On-site St. Vincent de Paul trailer accepts many of these items.
- Sharps and Syringes: Must be in a thick plastic container with a screw top lid. Bin always locked so seek staff for assistance (office and/or yard).
- Pharmaceuticals: Remove excess packaging; empty pills into Ziploc-type bag for disposal; mix pills together. Liquids, creams, inhalers do not need to be bagged. Check online for more information on how to use the disposal bin and a list of EBMUD and BayWise disposal sites. Recyclemore.com has additional drop-off locations. Bin always locked; seek staff for assistance (office and/or yard).
Packaging for Reuse: flattened cardboard boxes ONLY, no peanuts (take to UPS or FedEx).
- Plate glass: No longer accepted as of March 7, 2016.
- "Styrofoam": ONLY white block polystyrene foam (sometimes marked with a # 6) - no food containers, no peanuts, no other types of foam, and no saran wrapping material.
- Textiles: Clothing, shoes, and household linens in clean, dry, reusable condition are accepted at our on-site St. Vincent de Paul trailer. Clean clothing, scrap shoes and all textiles can also be bagged and placed in the USagain green and white bins. Including: pillows, towels, sheets, and machine washable rugs.
- Toner Cartridges: Place in E-waste Bin
- Used cooking oil: NO SOLID GREASE (please compost solids)
- Used motor oil and filters: 5-gallon container maximum