Recycling is weekly, unlimited and picked up on the same day as your organics and trash.

If you need an additional recycling cart, call Customer Service at 800-320-8077. But if this is a one-time or occasional occurrence, your bagged recycling overage can be set out within 3 feet of the curb. However, advance notice is required! is the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board operating as one public agency. Their RE:Source Guide provides answers on where to recycle common and unusual items in Alameda County

What to Place in Your Blue Container


All materials and containers must be clean and free of food or other contamination.

Cardboard egg cartons

Junk mail

Cereal-type boxes

Computer paper
White paper

Corrugated cardboard

Mixed paper


Paperback books


Colored paper


#1 - #7 plastic beverage and food containers

Mixed rigid plastic containers

Plastic bags and film, bagged and tightly wrapped

Plastic juice bottles Plastic milk jug

Plastic soda bottles Plastic water jugs and bottles


Aluminum cans

Aluminum foil

Aluminum roasting pans (fold & flatten)

Steel/tin cans

Metal pieces (small only)


Glass bottles

Glass jars

aseptic pouches and containers

Juice boxes

polystyrene and styrofoam



Packing peanuts

Egg cartons

household batteries

Batteries can placed in a sealed zip-lock plastic bag atop the lid of the blue recycling cart on your regular collection day.

They can also be brought to the Piedmont Fire Station for recycling.

What Doesn't Belong in Your Blue Container

  • Appliances
  • Ashes of any kind
  • Bottle caps
  • Cable
  • Ceramics, pyrex, stemware
  • Clothing
  • Christmas lights
  • Concrete
  • Dirt
  • Drinking glasses
  • Food products
  • Food contaminated paper products
  • Garden hoses
  • Mirrors
  • Napkins
  • Painted wood
  • Paper plates
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bags (loose)
  • Rocks
  • Snack wrappers
  • Sod
  • Straws
  • Tissues
  • Treated wood
  • Video/audio tapes*
  • Window glass
  • Paint cans*
  • Hazardous materials of any kind*
  • Toxic materials of any kind*

*Please refer to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) section for disposal options.