All-In-One Recycling! There is No Need to Separate Recycling!

Place all these items directly into your recycling cart, which is serviced every other week.

  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Aluminum and tin cans
  • All plastic containers, types 1-7.  Examples include plastic bottles (water, soda, juice, milk, shampoo, bleach) and wide mouth containers (yogurt, butter, deli)
  • Clean, flexible plastic bags such grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, clean plastic film or clean plastic food packaging (sandwich, bread, and produce bags), along with bubble wrap and thin plastic wrapping.  Plastic bags and wrapping must be bundled into one plastic bag and self-tied.
  • Mixed paper – newspapers, magazines, junk mail, cereal, boxes, egg cartons, phone books, milk and juice cartons (dry)
  • Cardboard – must fit in the recycling cart

Recycling Reminders & Tips

Recycling is having a bit of a wake-up call. Until this year, two thirds of the materials collected from curbside recycling carts were exported to foreign markets. Recent changes in China’s acceptance of mixed plastics and mixed paper mean fewer places to recycle these materials. It’s a problem affecting communities across the U.S., Europe and Australia.

While haulers explore long-term solutions for recycling, residents and businesses should continue to recycle and focus on reducing waste overall and making sure that the materials we recycle have the highest value:

Use Less Paper and Plastic

  • Reduce and reuse come before recycling. The less waste we generate in the first place, the less of it we need to manage.
  • Visit for tips on using less.

Clean & Dry Recyclables to Ensure Highest Value

  • Recycling cart: Items should be empty, clean, dry, and free of food and liquids.

Keep Green Cart Green

  • Only place allowable materials in your recycling and green waste (organics) carts.
  • Green waste (organics) cart: No plastic, glass, or metal should ever go in the green waste (organics) cart—quality compost starts with yard trimmings and food scraps.

We have worked together with our community for many years to instill good recycling habits among residents and businesses. It is now time to redouble our efforts and build on our past successes.

Recycle Used Motor Oil and Oil Filters

To dispose of used motor oil and oil filters, place up to two one-gallon jugs and two oil filters in special bags next to your trash cart every week.  Used oil filters must be drained first.  To order free oil jugs and free oil filter recycling bags, call 510-613-8710.

What does NOT go inside recycling cart

  • Rocks, dirt, concrete
  • Pressure-treated or painted wood
  • Plastic bags – not even the “compostable” ones, which clog up machinery and must be removed by hand
  • Palm leaves or cactus
  • Glass, metal, styrofoam, liquids
  • Textiles – clothes or shoes
  • Broken dishware and glass
  • Diapers and pet waste
  • Hoses and wires
  • Juice boxes and pouches
  • Electronics (computers, monitors, radios, phones, toasters, vacuum cleaners, etc.)
Visit the Stop Waste website
Recycle Where?

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.

Important Numbers

(510) 276-4700 Oro Loma Sanitary District Office 24/7 Emergency Response

(510) 613-8710 Waste Management of Alameda County

(877) STOPWASTAlameda County Recycling Hotline

(800) 606-6606 Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste

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