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.
MIXED MATERIAL MAILER BAGS
SNACK BAGS & WRAPPERS
PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS
CDs, DVDs, VHS TAPES
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?
- All #1-7 Plastics Recycling
Place all plastic food and beverage containers in your blue recycling cart recycling. Plastic buckets and Tupperware are also accepted. (Styrofoam of any shape is not accepted.)
Please note: biodegradable plastics which are derived from renewable resources such as corn starch or sugar cane 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.
Watch this short segment from our “What Goes Where?” webinar to learn why it is important to rinse recyclables such as plastic containers here.
- Aluminum Foil, Pans, and Scrap Metal
In addition to aluminum, steel, tin, and empty aerosol cans, balled-up aluminum foil, pots and pans, and scrap metal smaller than two (2) feet in any direction, are accepted.
- Bag-A-Bag Plastic Bag Recycling
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 them in your blue recycling cart or bin.
The Bag-A-Bag recycling program is the only program offered by CVSan 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
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, shoe boxes, etc. are accepted.
Most receipts from store or restaurant purchases are made of paper that is coated with plastic and cannot be recycled or composted. Refuse receipts if possible and place them in the garbage.
Watch this short segment from our “What Goes Where?” webinar to learn more about recyclable paper here.
Paper that has been food-soiled, such as pizza boxes, coffee cups, fast-food paper wrappers and containers, paper towels & napkins, paper plates & cups, refrigerated beverage cartons, etc. cannot be recycled and are accepted in the green organics cart.
Shredded paper also cannot be recycled. Collect all shredded paper into a paper bag and place it 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.
- Shelf-stable (Foil-lined) Cartons
Clean shelf-stable (foil-lined) cartons are accepted in the blue recycling cart or bin.
I have extra cardboard that won’t fit in my recycling cart. What do I do?
The following applies to Single-Family and Multi-Family Residents with blue cart service: 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.
How do I recycle Used Motor Oil? Filters? Other auto fluids?
Single-Family residents may place one-gallon screw-top containers curbside beside their collection carts on their regular collection day. Recycle up to three (3) gallons per week of used 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. Please contact ACI at (510) 483-1400 to request the delivery of a Used Oil Recycling Kit. For more information, click here.
How do I recycle batteries?
Because of the toxic chemicals that can leak from batteries and end up in a landfill, it is against the law to throw any battery (including household batteries) into the garbage. Single-family and multi-family residents with blue recycling cart service may participate in CVSan’s curbside battery recycling program by placing used dry cell batteries (household batteries such as AAA, AA, B, C, D, 9V, and small “button” batteries) in a sealed clear plastic bag on top of your blue recycling cart on your service day. No automotive, lithium-ion or liquid batteries are accepted. Please tape terminals on 9-volt batteries.
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