Items NOT accepted at the El Cerrito Recycling Center

Unacceptable Items


    • Air Conditioners
    • Automotive tires
    • Automotive fluids like coolant, gasoline etc - Tuesdays Only
    • Ballasts from electrical lighting fixtures
    • Bricks, pavers, broken concrete, ceramics
    • Carpeting, carpet padding, rugs
    • Explosives
    • Fiberglass
    • Foam Rubber
    • Furniture, such as: Sofas, Chairs, Shelving, Tables, Bed Frames, etc., unless made of metal, then can be put in scrap metal bin
    • Garbage, Construction Debris
    • Green Waste: Wood, Grass, Yard Waste, Dirt, Food Scraps
    • Mattresses, Box Springs, Futons
    • Mirrors of any type
    • Paint of any type - Tuesdays Only
    • Food-soiled Paper, Plastic, and Cardboard (please compost food-soiled paper products. Please wash and recycle soiled plastics); "Kleenex" tissues
    • Peanuts - any type of packaging peanuts. Donate to UPS, FedEx, Handle With Care, or other packing stores
    • Sheet glass (like plexiglass and plate glass)
    • Pressurized Tanks: Propane, Acetylene, Helium, Nitrous Oxide, or Aerosols
    • Pyrex glass
    • Refrigerators, water coolers
    • Smoke Detectors
    • Toilets
    • VHS tapes - Commercially and home recorded tapes can be donated to Goodwill
    • Waxed Paper, Waxed Cardboard (please compost)
    • Wood: lumber, plywood, particle board, broken furniture
    • Zip disks, audio cassette tapes

Options for disposing of items not accepted at the Recycling Center


Note: fees may apply - call for details

The Golden Bear Transfer Station and West Contra Costa County Landfill are located at 1 Parr Boulevard in Richmond. The Berkeley Transfer Station is located at 1201 Second Street in Berkeley.

For additional resources and information on recycling, check Recyclemore (Contra Costa County) and Stopwaste (Alameda County). For information on where to properly dispose of household hazardous waste, check West Contra Costa County HHW or Alameda County HHW. (Proof of residency is required at HHW facilities.)

The Recycling Center does not buy back any materials from the public. For the locations of California Refund Value (CRV) Centers, check CalRecycle.