What goes into your recycling container?

Place all these items loosely (without bags) into your gray recycling cart, which is serviced every other week:

  • Glass: food and beverage containers; must be empty
  • Metal: food and beverage containers; must be empty
  • Plastic: Hard containers at least 4″ tall; must be empty
  • Paper: must be dry and free of food
  • Cardboard: must be dry and free of food

Note: All recyclables must be empty and free of food. If an item does not fit into any of the categories above, please keep it out of the recycling container.

Recycling Reminders & Tips

Recycling is having a bit of a wake-up call. Until recently, two thirds of the recyclables collected were exported to China. Recent changes in China’s acceptance of materials mean fewer markets available to process recyclables. This is a problem affecting communities across the world.

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 only the right stuff goes into the recycling container.

Contaminants – Keep the following items out of the recycling container.

  • Shredded paper
  • Food and liquids
  • Plant debris
  • Diapers and pet waste
  • Electronics
  • Exercise equipment
  • Automotive parts
  • Furniture and house fixtures
  • Window frames and glass
  • Food containers – to-go containers and microwavable food trays
  • Tanglers: hoses, shipping/packing straps, cables, wires, and clothes hangers
  • Textiles: clothes, shoes, household linens
  • Toys
  • Food storage containers and kitchenware – pots, pans, cooking utensils, flatware, dishware, drinking glasses/cups
  • Office supplies: pens, pencils, markers, tape dispensers, staplers, ink cartridges, binders, spiral notebooks
  • Biodegradable/compostable plastic items
  • Plastic items smaller than 4″
  • Soft plastic: salad mix bags, frozen food bags, candy wrappers, chip bags, six-pack rings
  • Polystyrene (Styrofoam)
  • Hazardous waste

Reduce and Reuse

  • Remember the four Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot.  Reduce and reuse before recycling.
  • Buy only what you need.  The less waste we generate in the first place, the less we need to manage.
  • Before disposing of an item, see if you can donate it or re-purpose (reuse) it.
  • Visit www.StopWaste.org/recycle for tips on using less.

Recycle Used Motor Oil and Oil Filters

Customers who live in a single-family home or a property with 2-4 units can recycling used motor oil and motor oil filters curbside.  Oro Loma oil jugs and filter bags must be used.  Call Waste Management at (510) 613-8710 to order your free used motor oil kit.

To recycle used motor oil and used oil filter, pour the oil into the Oro Loma oil jugs and place the used oil filter into the Oro Loma filter bag.  On your regular trash service day, place the jugs and the bag next to your trash cart.

View Tips to Reduce Recycling Contamination
What Goes Where Residential 2020
resource - Alameda County's online guide for reuse, repair, and recycling
Visit the Stop Waste website
Visit the Recycle Where? Website

How to Recycle Tips

Duration: 38 seconds

Reducing waste and recycling whenever possible is good for our community and the environment. Always put clean and dry glass and aluminum 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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