Drop-Off Materials Accepted

Cardboard, Glass, Metals, Paper, Plastic:

  • Cardboard: boxes must be broken down and flattened
  • Glass Containers: bottles and jars rinsed clean and sorted by color
  • Hard Plastics: clean plastics containers, furniture, pipe, toys, etc.
  • Mixed Paper: white paper, colored paper, newspaper, shredded paper, file folders, junk mail, envelopes, photographs, etc.
  • Plastic Beverage Containers: clean plastics, all #s
  • Plastic Chemical Bottles: plastics that contained chemicals, oils etc., must be empty, that is, no residual product inside. 
  • Plastic Film: all flexible plastics, all must be clean and dry.  Examples include:  grocery bags, bread bags, cling wrap, bubble wrap, non-rigid plastics.
  • Scrap Metals: Aluminum, Steel, Tin.  Examples include:  cast Iron; large appliances: washers, dryers, stoves, and hot water heaters. (NO refrigerators or air conditioners)

Electronic Waste (anything with a cord) NO FEES:


  • Appliances: Microwaves, toasters, toaster ovens (small plug-in appliances)
  • Cameras and video equipment (including digital and disposable)
  • Cell Phones, Chargers, Cords, etc.
  • Computers, Computer Monitors, Televisions, Laptops, hardware, etc.
  • Digital Thermometers
  • Electric Shavers and Toothbrushes
  • Hair dryers, curlers, and straighteners
  • Ink cartridges, toners
  • Printers, Copy Machines, Scanners, and Fax Machines
  • Radios, stereo equipment
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Video games and consoles
  • Wiring and cables
  • Zip disks (NOTE: we are NOT currently accepting zip disks, VHS, or cassettes due to the market changing.)

Hard to Recycle Items:

  • 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 Exchange Zone
  • Cartons (all varieties except tetra packs) must be rinsed.  They are pulped for their paper fibers.
  • Corks: bring to Exchange Zone
  • Exercise equipment: scrap metal
  • Eyeglasses: Lions Club donations - bring eye wear into the office to donate to this program.
  • Fluorescent tubes and CFLs: free drop-off for residents in RecycleMore Service area, including El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, and unincorporated Contra Costa communities of Bayview, East Richmond Heights, El Sobrante, Montalvin Manor, North Richmond, Rollingwood and Tara Hills. Must show proof of residency; all businesses and residents of other cities charged a fee.
  • 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 Exchange Zone
  • Home healthcare equipment: bring in to office
  • Sharps and Syringes:  must be in a thick plastic container with a screw top lid.  Bin always locked 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: reusable flattened cardboard boxes ONLY, no peanuts (take to UPS or FedEx).
  • Plate glass: No longer accepted as of March 7, 2016.
  • Reusable household materials: Goodwill donation truck
  • "Styrofoam": ONLY White block polystyrene foam - No food containers, peanuts, other types of foam, or wrapping material. [no fee]
  • Textiles: Goodwill accepts clean clothing, scrap shoes and textiles. For items that cannot be given to Goodwill, please utilize the USagain green and white bins.
  • Used cooking oil: NO SOLID GREASE (please compost solids)
  • Used motor oil and filters: 5-gallon container maximum