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Recycling at Home

Want to do a better job of recycling but not sure what goes where?

  • Explore this Recycling for Residents section of our website for comprehensive information about recycling in Alameda County. 
  • Find out what goes in your curbside bins from your city's local recycling and garbage service provider.
  • Use Recycle Where to find out how to recycle just about everything.
  • Make a custom recycling sign showing your friends and family what goes in each bin. 
  • Need more help? Please call the toll-free Alameda County Recycling Hotline at 877-STOPWASTE or email us at


Basic Tips for Recycling at Home

  1. Don't Be a Polluter. Take Household Hazardous Waste to Local Collection Facilities. Many common household products, such as used motor oil, leftover paint, pesticides and fertilizer products, are considered hazardous waste because they contain chemicals that are poisonous, corrosive or flammable. These products will contaminate the ground, water or air when poured on the soil, emptied down the drain or dumped in the trash. Find out where to drop off household hazardous waste for free in Alameda County.
  2. It's Illegal to Put Electronics in the Garbage. Many electronic products contain toxic substances. If thrown into the trash and landfill, they can contaminate our land, water and air. Electronics can be brought to Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facilities or use Recycle Where to find nearby drop-off locations for outdated or unwanted computers, phones, TVs, DVD players, gaming equipment and other E-waste. 
  3. Put Food Scraps, Food Soiled Paper and Yard Trimmings in the Green Container. Instead of sending your food scraps, food soiled paper and plant trimmings to the landfill where they create methane, a potent greenhouse gas, put them all in your green bin. The contents of Alameda County's green containers get recycled into compost, a valuable soil amendment prized by farmers and gardeners. Find out more about recycling food scraps.
  4. Recycle All Your Paper. All the Time. Your unwanted paper products—newspapers, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, cereal boxes, wrapping paper, cardboard, even your children's "almost-masterpieces"—are valuable resources that can be recycled into new products. Make sure everyone in your household knows to put all paper in your recycling container. (If it's soiled with food, put it in your green container with the food scraps and yard waste.) 
  5. Know Your City's Rules for Plastics Recycling. Plastic packaging and other plastic products usually have one of seven numbers found inside the chasing arrows, commonly called the recycling symbol. The number identifies the type of plastic used to manufacture the item. But just because it has the recycling symbol doesn't mean it can be put in your recycling container. To find out which plastics you can recycle, check with your local recycling service provider. To find where to recycle plastics that aren't accepted by your provider, use Recycle Where.
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