Recycling, Trash, or Household Hazardous Waste?

Use these resources to research what goes where and how to dispose of it safely.

Questions?  Call WM at 510-613-8710.

Bulky Waste
Pickup >

Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste
Dropoff >

SB 1383 and Sorting Organics - Starts Jan 2022

Important SB 1383 Info:
No Organics in Trash >

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Alameda County’s
Online Guide to
Reuse, Repair, and Recycling >

Visit
RecycleWhere.org

Visit
StopWaste.org

16 Things to Know About
RECYCLING RIGHT

Tips to Help You Know What Goes Where and Put It There.

Know your three cans

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.
RECYCLE

don't bag recycling

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.
TRASH

THINK REUSE AND REDUCE ALONG WITH RECYCLE!

Donate or repurpose clothing, toys, and housewares whenever possible.

Recycle Aluminum Cans

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 and LED BULBS ARE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW)

Drop off at an Alameda County HHW facility for free!

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.

Reusable coffee cup, straw, utensils

SKIP THE DISPOSABLES!

Carry your own reusable bag, water bottle, coffee cup, and utensils.

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HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT WHAT GOES WHERE?

Ask us on Facebook:
@OroLomaSD
#OroLomaRecycleRight

Why Recycle Right?

Our recycling programs are designed to manage specific items such as bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard. Putting other items in the recycling container contaminates it. If the recycling container has too much trash in it, it can’t be recycled at all, and is landfilled!  You can help reduce recycling contamination by knowing what goes where –  recycling, organics and trash – and putting it there.

Get to Know What Goes Where!

Take our fun online recycling quiz and become a Recycling Hero!

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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.

Important Numbers

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

(510) 613-8710 Waste Management of Alameda County

(877) STOPWASTE Alameda County Recycling Hotline

(800) 606-6606 Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste

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