Recycling, Trash, or Organics?
Use these resources to research what goes where and how to dispose of it safely.
Questions? Call WM at 510-613-8710.
KNOW WHAT GOES WHERE
Gray for RECYCLING, Burgundy FOR TRASH, and Green for Organics – and what goes in each one! View quick tips on what goes where.
RECYCLE EMPTY JARS & BOTTLES
When recycling jars and containers, just make sure they are empty, there is no need to clean and dry them. Yay.
DON’T BAG YOUR RECYCLABLES!
Recyclables in plastic bags can’t be handled by sorting equipment, so the recycling goes in the landfill with the trash. Not good!
FLIMSY PLASTICS GO IN THE TRASH.
Plastic wrap and plastic shopping bags contaminate recycling and damage sorting equipment.
THINK REUSE AND REDUCE ALONG WITH RECYCLE!
Donate or repurpose clothing, toys, and housewares whenever possible.
YES, ALUMINUM CANS ARE RECYCLABLE
Recycled aluminum is transformed into many diﬀerent things. PLUS, in a landﬁll, aluminum cans take 80-100 years to break down.
COATED PAPER PLATES AND CUPS GO IN THE TRASH.
Remember this for your next party.
PUT TANGLERS IN THE TRASH!
Garden hoses, cords, and wire or plastic hangers are not recyclable!
RIGID CONTAINERS ARE RECYCLABLE!
Think detergent and mustard bottles – but make sure to empty them of liquids or solids first!
THINK GREEN FOR THOSE WILTED ROSES.
Plants of any kind go in the green cart, not the trash. Your garden thanks you!
YES, FOOD OF ALL TYPES CAN GO RIGHT INTO THE GREEN CART!
From overripe fruit to chicken bones to freezer-burned meat. You get the picture.
CFL, LED and HID BULBS ARE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW)
Drop off at an Alameda County HHW facility for free! Incandescent and halogen light bulbs are not hazardous waste and can go in the trash.
PIZZA BOXES GO INTO THE GREEN CART
Any uncoated paper used for food can too!
TAKE-OUT CONTAINERS GO IN THE TRASH!
They may look recyclable, but they are not.
SKIP THE DISPOSABLES!
Carry your own reusable bag, water bottle, coﬀee cup, and utensils.
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Get to Know What Goes Where
How to Recycle Tips
Duration: 38 seconds
Reducing waste and also recycling whenever possible is good for our community and the environment. Always put empty glass and aluminum containers in the recycling bin. This video covers what is recyclable and other helpful recycling tips.
Recyclables and Compostables: Think Before You Toss!
Duration: 15 seconds
Oro Loma Sanitary District says Think Before You Toss! Put recyclables – like bottles and cans – in the recycling bin and compostables – like food scraps and grass trimmings – in the green bin. Let’s all reduce what goes into the landfill.