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City of Santa Clara Residential Recycling

Recycling is more important than ever before to individuals and communities today. There is a pressing need to preserve our environment, save natural resources, reduce the amount of garbage going to landfills and make recycling easier.

 

Recycling

Recology South Bay - Blue Recycling BinRecycling Reminder:
Recycling is collected curbside once a week on your regular collection day: 408-970-5100

Santa Clara County Hotlines:

  • Household Hazardous Waste: 408-299-7300
  • Center for the Development of Recycling: 408-924-5453
  • Home Composting: 408-918-4640

 


Acceptable Recycling Materials
Only place recyclable materials into your recycling container!

Please empty and rinse all food and beverage containers.

Aseptic containers Aseptic containers are sterile cardboard containers, which are used to preserve food.
  • Cardboard milk cartons.
  • Cardboard orange juice cartons
  • Fruit juice boxes

 

Glass All glass food, beverage jars and bottles. Remove metal lids and place separately in bin.

  • Fruit juice
  • Mayonnaise jars
  • Spaghetti sauce jars

 

Metal All metal food and beverage containers including those made of aluminum, tin, steel and bi-metal.

  • Rinsed food and beverage cans
    (aluminum, steel, and tin)
  • Soda, pet food, soup, and tuna cans (lids okay)

 

Plastic All plastics, with or without recycle symbols (except plastic #6 which is also commonly referred to as Styrofoam/Polystyrene) 

  • Detergent and shampoo containers
  • Milk and orange juice jugs
  • Plastic bags (Recycle grocery, produce, dry cleaning and bread bags by bundling together inside a clear plastic bag.)
  • Water bottles

Paper Most clean and dry household paper:

  • Adhesive notes
  • Brown paper grocery bags
  • Cardboard (Please break down and cut fit inside recycling cart.)
  • Food boxes (cereal, crackers, remove liners)
  • Junk mail & envelopes
  • Home & office paper
  • Magazines & catalogs
  • Newspaper
  • Paper (colored, computer, white)
  • Paper (shredded) place directly into the cart or placed in a paper bag
  • Paper bags
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Phone books
  • Wrapping Paper

 

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL's)

  • Put in clear Ziploc-type plastic bags and place next to recycling cart.

 

Motor Oil & Filters

Used Motor OilUsed Motor Oil
Put used motor oil in one-gallon (or less) plastic container with tight-fitting screw-top lid. You may place up to three one-gallon containers next to your recycling cart for pick up on your regular collection day.

Used Oil Filters
Put fully drained used oil filters in sealed, leak-proof plastic bags and place next to your recycling cart.


Unacceptable Recycling Materials
Please do not place the following non-recyclable materials into your blue container!

Order Debris Box
  • Concrete, rocks, dirt

 

Electronic / Universal Waste

  • Televisions, computers, cell phones, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury switches
Household Hazardous Waste
  • Paints, solvents, cooking oil, motor oil, cleaners, corrosives, fuel tanks - propane tanks

Unacceptable Glass, Metal, Paper and Plastic
Recology South Bay does not provide garbage or yard waste services for the City of Santa Clara. For information on garbage and yard waste collection in Santa Clara, please contact City of Santa Clara Customer Service Department by calling (408) 615-2300.

Please do not recycle the following items:
Glass:
  • Window Glass
  • Light bulbs
  • Ceramics

 

Plastic:

  • Clothes hangers
  • Garden Hoses
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Styrofoam packing - "peanuts"
  • Styrofoam packing - "blocks"

 

Metal:

  • Auto parts
  • Clothes hangers
  • Fuel tanks
  • Wire rope
Mixed Paper:
  • Blueprint or carbon paper
  • Facial tissues
  • Foil
  • Food contaminated paper products and packaging such as pizza boxes
  • Food bags
  • Liners
  • Metallic paper
  • Napkins
  • Paper dishware and utensils
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic-coated paper

 

Multi-Family Dwelling / Apartment Recycling Program

Recology South Bay - Blue Recycling Bin

Recology South Bay offers collection of glass, plastic types 1-7, tin, aluminum, mixed paper, newspaper and cardboard. Service can be adjusted any time, depending on resident needs.

Our program is only $2.63 per unit per month, to be included in the monthly utility bill. Literature describing program guidelines is also distributed to all units.


To begin recycling at your complex, have your apartment manager or billing party Contact Us.
 


Acceptable Recycling Materials
Only place recyclable materials into your recycling container!

Please empty and rinse all food and beverage containers.

Aseptic containers Aseptic containers are sterile cardboard containers, which are used to preserve food.
  • Cardboard milk cartons.
  • Cardboard orange juice cartons
  • Fruit juice boxes

 

Glass All glass food, beverage jars and bottles. Remove metal lids and place separately in bin.

  • Fruit juice
  • Mayonnaise jars
  • Spaghetti sauce jars

 

Metal All metal food and beverage containers including those made of aluminum, tin, steel and bi-metal.

  • Rinsed food and beverage cans
    (aluminum, steel, and tin)
  • Soda, pet food, soup, and tuna cans (lids okay)

 

Plastic All plastics, with or without recycle symbols (except plastic #6 which is commonly referred to as Sytrofoam/Polysterene)

  • Detergent and shampoo containers
  • Milk and orange juice jugs
  • Plastic bags (Recycle grocery, produce, dry cleaning and bread bags by bundling together inside a clear plastic bag.)
  • Water bottles

Paper Most clean and dry household paper:

  • Adhesive notes
  • Brown paper grocery bags
  • Cardboard (Please break down and cut fit inside recycling cart.)
  • Food boxes (cereal, crackers, remove liners)
  • Junk mail & envelopes
  • Home & office paper
  • Magazines & catalogs
  • Newspaper
  • Paper (colored, computer, white)
  • Paper bags
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Phone books
  • Wrapping Paper

 

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL's)

  • Put in clear Ziploc-type plastic bags and place next to recycling cart.

 

Motor Oil & Filters

Used Motor OilUsed Motor Oil
Put used motor oil in one-gallon (or less) plastic container with tight-fitting screw-top lid. You may place up to three one-gallon containers next to your recycling cart for pick up on your regular collection day.

Used Oil Filters
Put fully drained used oil filters in sealed, leak-proof plastic bags and place next to your recycling cart.


Unacceptable Recycling Materials
Please do not place the following non-recyclable materials into your blue container!

Order Debris Box
  • Concrete, rocks, dirt

 

Electronic / Universal Waste

  • Televisions, computers, cell phones, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury switches
Household Hazardous Waste
  • Paints, solvents, cooking oil, motor oil, cleaners, corrosives, fuel tanks - propane tanks

Unacceptable Glass, Metal, Paper and Plastic
Recology South Bay does not provide garbage or yard waste services for the City of Santa Clara. For information on garbage and yard waste collection in Santa Clara, please contact City of Santa Clara Customer Service Department by calling (408) 615-2300.

Please do not recycle the following items:
Glass:
  • Window Glass
  • Light bulbs
  • Ceramics

 

Plastic:

  • Clothes hangers
  • Garden Hoses
  • Styrofoam packing - "peanuts"
  • Styrofoam packing - "blocks"

 

Metal:

  • Auto parts
  • Clothes hangers
  • Fuel tanks
  • Wire rope
Mixed Paper:
  • Blueprint or carbon paper
  • Facial tissues
  • Foil
  • Food contaminated paper products and packaging such as pizza boxes
  • Food bags
  • Liners
  • Metallic paper
  • Napkins
  • Paper dishware and utensils
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic-coated paper

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