Residential Recycling

Residential Single-Family Recycling

Recycle your used and/or broken holiday lights at Pete’s Ace Hardware and help out a charity this holiday season.

Lights for Life is a non-profit that helps families that have a child with cancer through the collection and recycling of old holiday string lights. The lights (working or not) are collected and sent to a recycling company who then donates the proceeds.  Lights for Life will also accept wiring such as extension cords and plain copper wire.

Please bring any unwanted lights, even those that work but take up too much energy, to Pete’s Ace Hardware at 2569 Castro Valley Boulevard from November 1, 2011 through February 15, 2012.

 

Q. What are all the recyclables that are accepted?
A.

  • All #1-7 Plastics Recycling
    Due to expanded recycling markets and to make recycling even easier, citizens no longer need to look at the bottom of empty plastic food and beverage containers to see what number plastic the container is made of to determine if it is recyclable or not. Simply place all plastic food and beverage containers in your blue recycling cart or white commercial bin for recycling. Plastic buckets and Tupperware are also accepted. (Styrofoam of any shape is not accepted.) Please note: biodegradeable plastics which are derived from renewable resources such as corn starch or sugar can are often marked with a #7 (Other). These plastics, including bio-bags, are not recyclable in Castro Valley. Place these items in your organics cart/bin or garbage cart/bin.

 

  • Aluminum Foil, Pans, and Scrap Metal
    In addition to aluminum, steel, tin, and empty aerosol cans, balled aluminum foil, pots & pans, and scrap metal smaller than two (2) feet in any direction will now be accepted.
  • Bag-A-Bag Plastic Bag Recycling
    You can reduce the amount of plastics bags you accumulate by remembering to Bring Your Own Bag when you shop. For all other clean plastic film wrap and bags, simply bundle them in a bag and place in your blue recycling cart or white commercial bin. The Bag-A-Bag recycling program is the only program offered by the District where a plastic bag is used to bundle recyclables. (Plastic bags may not be used to bundle other recyclables or organics.)
  • All Clean Paper and Cardboard
    Recycle all your paper, all the time. All clean paper, including but not limited to: mixed paper, newspaper, office paper, magazines, notebook paper, catalogs, envelopes, wrapping paper, junk mail, telephone books, paper bags, etc. and all clean cardboard, including but not limited to: corrugated cardboard, paperboard, paper egg cartons, paper towel and toilet paper rolls, shoeboxes, waxed beverages cartons, etc. are accepted.

(Paper that has been food-soiled, such as pizza boxes, coffee cups, fast-food paper wrappers and containers, paper towels & napkins, paper plates & cups, etc. are accepted in the green organics cart.)

(Shredded paper that has been bundled in a paper bag is accepted in the green organics cart.)
  • Glass Bottles, Jars, and Containers
    All glass bottles, jars, and containers of all colors are accepted. (Windows and mirrors are not accepted.)

Q. I have extra cardboard that won’t fit in my recycling cart. What do I do?
A. The following applies to Single-Family Residents:
When your blue recycling cart is full, flattened corrugated cardboard no larger than 4’ tall x 4’ wide may be placed beside the recycling cart for collection.

Q. How do I recycle Used Motor Oil? Filters? Other auto fluids?
A. The following applies to Single-Family Residents:
Place one-gallon screw-top containers curbside beside your collection carts on your regular collection day. You can recycle up to three (3) gallons per week of motor oil, transmission fluid, gear lube and other lubricants commonly used in cars and light trucks. Oil filters can be put in a heavyweight sealed clear plastic bag and placed curbside. Call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 to request delivery of a Used Oil jug and filter bag kit. Used Oil and filters may be dropped off at a Collection Center (see below).
Collection Centers in Castro Valley:

  • Castro Valley Autohaus*
20697 Park Way
(510) 581-4525
  • Jiffy Lube*
2492 Castro Valley Blvd.
(510) 582-7677
  • Kevin Hinckley Auto Tech*
5269 Crow Canyon Road
(510) 881-1052
  • Kragen Auto Parts**
2990 Castro Valley Blvd.
(510) 881-0761
  • Kragen Auto Parts**15604 Hesperian Blvd. (510) 276-7822
  • Quality Tune Up*
2780 Castro Valley Blvd.
(510) 887-9945
  • RyNck Tire & Auto Center
3430 Castro Valley Blvd.
(510) 886-9500
  • Sal's Foreign Car Service*
3343 Castro Valley Blvd.
(510) 582-5282
  • SpeeDee Oil Change
3940 Castro Valley Blvd.
(510) 886-9500

*Centers that also accept filters
**Center that only collects motor oil; does not change oil.

Q. How to I recycle batteries?
A. The following applies to Single-Family and Multi-Family Residents with Blue Cart Service:
Because of the toxic chemicals that can leak from batteries that end up in a landfill, it is against the law to throw any battery (including household batteries) into the trash.  To participate in CVSan’s new curbside battery recycling program, place used dry cell batteries in a sealed clear plastic bag on top of your blue recycling cart on your service day.  The following types of batteries are accepted curbside:

  • Alkaline and Zinc-Carbon
  • Button-Cell
  • Rechargeable

Q. How much do I pay for monthly solid waste services?
A. Visit the Rates page for a listing of residential service rates.

Residential Multi-Family Recycling

Q. What are all the recyclables that are accepted?
A.

  • All #1-7 Plastics Recycling
    Due to expanded recycling markets and to make recycling even easier, citizens no longer need to look at the bottom of empty plastic food and beverage containers to see what number plastic the container is made of to determine if it is recyclable or not. Simply place all plastic food and beverage containers in your blue recycling cart or white commercial bin for recycling. Plastic buckets and Tupperware are also accepted. (Styrofoam of any shape is not accepted.)
  • Aluminum Foil, Pans, and Scrap Metal
    In addition to aluminum, steel, tin, and empty aerosol cans, balled aluminum foil, pots & pans, and scrap metal smaller than two (2) feet in any direction will now be accepted.
  • Bag-A-Bag Plastic Bag Recycling
    You can reduce the amount of plastics bags you accumulate by remembering to Bring Your Own Bag when you shop. For all other clean plastic film wrap and bags, simply bundle them in a bag and place in your blue recycling cart or white commercial bin. The Bag-A-Bag recycling program is the only program offered by the District where a plastic bag is used to bundle recyclables. (Plastic bags may not be used to bundle other recyclables or organics.)
  • All Clean Paper and Cardboard
    Recycle all your paper, all the time. All clean paper, including but not limited to: mixed paper, newspaper, office paper, magazines, notebook paper, catalogs, envelopes, wrapping paper, junk mail, telephone books, paper bags, etc. and all clean cardboard, including but not limited to: corrugated cardboard, paperboard, paper egg cartons, paper towel and toilet paper rolls, shoeboxes, waxed beverages cartons, etc. are accepted.

(Paper that has been food-soiled, such as pizza boxes, coffee cups, fast-food paper wrappers and containers, paper towels & napkins, paper plates & cups, etc. are accepted in the green organics cart.)

(Shredded paper that has been bundled in a paper bag is accepted in the green organics cart.)
  • Glass Bottles, Jars, and Containers
    All glass bottles, jars, and containers of all colors are accepted. (Windows and mirrors are not accepted.)

Q. I have extra cardboard that won’t fit in my recycling cart. What do I do?
A. The following applies

to Single-Family Residents:
When your blue recycling cart is full, flattened corrugated cardboard no larger than 4’ tall x 4’ wide may be placed beside the recycling cart for collection.

Q. How do I recycle Used Motor Oil? Filters? Other auto fluids?
A. The following applies to Single-Family Residents:
Place one-gallon screw-top containers curbside beside your collection carts on your regular collection day. You can recycle up to three (3) gallons per week of motor oil, transmission fluid, gear lube and other lubricants commonly used in cars and light trucks. Oil filters can be put in a heavyweight sealed clear plastic bag and placed curbside. Call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 to request delivery of a Used Oil jug and filter bag kit. Used Oil and filters may be dropped off at a Collection Center (see below).
Collection Centers in Castro Valley:

  • Castro Valley Autohaus*
20697 Park Way
(510) 581-4525
  • Jiffy Lube*
2492 Castro Valley Blvd.
(510) 582-7677
  • Kevin Hinckley Auto Tech*
5269 Crow Canyon Road
(510) 881-1052
  • Kragen Auto Parts**
2990 Castro Valley Blvd.
(510) 881-0761
  • Kragen Auto Parts**15604 Hesperian Blvd. (510) 276-7822
  • Quality Tune Up*
2780 Castro Valley Blvd.
(510) 887-9945
  • RyNck Tire & Auto Center
3430 Castro Valley Blvd.
(510) 886-9500
  • Sal's Foreign Car Service*
3343 Castro Valley Blvd.
(510) 582-5282
  • SpeeDee Oil Change
3940 Castro Valley Blvd.
(510) 886-9500

*Centers that also accept filters
**Center that only collects motor oil; does not change oil.

Q. How to I recycle batteries?
A. The following applies to Single-Family and Multi-Family Residents with Blue Cart Service:
Because of the toxic chemicals that can leak from batteries that end up in a landfill, it is against the law to throw any battery (including household batteries) into the trash. To participate in CVSan’s new curbside battery recycling program, place used dry cell (household) batteries in a sealed clear plastic bag on top of your blue recycling cart on your service day.

Q. How much do I pay for monthly solid waste services?
A. Visit the Rates page for a listing of residential service rates.