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Curbside Recycling Collection
The City of El Cerrito provides weekly recycling for the entire City.
All recyclables, including papers, cardboard, cans and bottles, plastic containers and bags are collected in grey recycling carts. Residential recycling is collected from the curbside on the same day as garbage collection. Please place your full recycling bins on the street with the wheels against the curb by 6 am on your collection day.

NEW! Questions about recycling, green waste, or garbage? Check out our brochure: Everything you ever wanted to know about recycling and garbage services in El Cerrito. Residential: English | Español
Commercial and Multifamily: English | Español

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Materials Accepted
  • All Curbside Recycling Materials (small or large quantities) including:
  • Mixed Paper- white paper, colored paper, newspaper, shredded paper, file folders, junk mail, magazines, envelopes, etc
  • Cardboard (strapped, taped or tied together then placed next to recycling bin for pickup)
  • Plastic Beverage Containers- all clean plastics, all #s
  • Any Hard Plastics or Food Containers- all clean plastics (please, no Styrofoam food trays)
  • Glass Containers- bottles and jars rinsed clean (please bring all plate glass or large glass pieces to RERC to recycle)
  • Aluminum, Tin, and Scrap Metals- small pieces, clean and empty
  • Plastic Film and Wrapping- tightly bagged and tied off at the top- clean grocery bags, bread bags, cling wrap, etc
  • Plastic Chemical Bottles- all clean plastics that contained chemicals- (Must triple rinse)

Click here to view a flyer showing all accepted materials for the curbside program.  Please note: not all items accepted at the Drop-Off Center are included in the curbside service.  For example, electronics, large scrap metals, batteries, Styrofoam.  These items must be brought to the Recycling Center.

Elderly or disabled residents who can't move their recycling carts on their own may subscribe to free back-yard service. Please call 510-215-4350 to request this service (please be prepared to provide proof of senior status or disability).

Commercial and apartment recycling services are scheduled on specific collection days. To find out the collection day for your business or apartment complex, or to set up recycling services, please contact us at 510-215-4350 or email us.