Residential Recycling

Residential Single-Family Recycling
The CVSan community is on track to meet our goal of zero waste by the year 2029! Recycling materials by separating them out of the garbage is one way we will achieve this. By separating plastic, metal, paper, cardboard and glass, and placing them in the blue recycling cart, they can be processed for reuse and diverted from garbage and the landfill. Everyone benefits from the efforts we make to reduce our waste!

For details about what belongs in the recycling cart and is serviced by Alameda County Industries, click here.

CVSan’s Dirty Dozen
Be sure to keep your recycling cart free from the Dirty Dozen! These are 12 of the most common household items that contaminate the recycling cart/bin and harm the recycling process.

Food Waste Organics Cart Group of food soiled paper (smaller group) Colorful shredded paper

FOOD SCRAPS
Organics
Tip: Plan ahead when cooking your meals to use ingredients you already have before they go bad.

FOOD-SOILED PAPER
Organics
Tip: Instead of paper napkins, plates, and cups, choose to use reuseables.

SHREDDED/SMALL PAPER
Organics
Tip: Small paper includes anything smaller than a sticky note. Put shredded paper in a larger paper bag and then place in the organics cart/bin.

Person picking up dog pet waste in yard Mailer package envelope in mailbox Candy Snack Wrappers Edited to Remove Product Name Cropped and Border

ANIMAL WASTE
Organics - Place vegetarian animal waste in here from animals like rabbits and hamsters.
Garbage - Place non-vegetarian animal waste in here from animals like dogs and cats.

MIXED MATERIAL MAILER BAGS
Garbage
Tip: Consider saving and reusing mailer bags for future shipments instead of placing them in the garbage.

SNACK BAGS & WRAPPERS
Garbage
Tip: Choose snacks that use compostable packaging or create your own snacks.


Colorful plastic utensils Hygiene products dental floss toothbrush toothpaste Bundled plastic bags

PLASTIC UTENSILS

Garbage
Tip: Invest in lightweight reusable utensils to use during get-togethers.

PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS
AND DIAPERS
Garbage
Tip: Look into companies that sell zero waste hygiene products. Also, consider using reusable diapers!

PLASTIC BAGS/FILM
Recycling Place in here ONLY IF bundled in a larger plastic bag.
Garbage Place in here if bags/film are loose.

CDs DVDs and VHS Tapes Electronic waste e-waste Paint and Chemical HHW

CDs, DVDs, VHS TAPES
Garbage
Tip: Consider donating usable CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes to a local charity or thrift store.

ELECTRONICS & BATTERIES
Special Handling
Place in your annual Bulky & Reuse Pick-Up, Drop off at a CVSan Recycles Day event or at a Household Hazardous Waste facility.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
Special Handling
Drop off at a CVSan Recycles Day event or at a Household Hazardous Waste facility.


Watch a segment from Zero Waste Week’s  “What Goes Where?” webinar to learn about the main materials that go in the garbage here.

For more information on what to do with items you’d like to recycle, click here.

What recyclables are accepted in the blue cart?

I have extra cardboard that won’t fit in my recycling cart. What do I do?

How do I recycle Used Motor Oil? Filters? Other auto fluids?

How do I recycle batteries?

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