What belongs in each cart?
Commonly disposed of items are included in the searchable list below. The color-coding indicates proper sorting. Contact us for information regarding any unlisted item. Proper sorting makes a difference. Avoid contamination by sorting your recyclables properly.
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An “OOPS tag” is a gentle reminder to properly sort your waste. Proper sorting is the law.
– Please remember that only compostable/organic materials belongs in the green organic collection containers. No metal, glass, or plastic.
– Make sure everything in your blue recycling collection container is recyclable. No personal hygiene items, Styrofoam®, or hazardous waste.
Use the charts on this page to see what belongs in each container. Thank you for your efforts!
Items in gray (this table) belong in the garbage container
|6-pack rings (please cut)||metal cable wire||rubber bands|
|ash, fireplace & BBQ (damp, cold and contained)||metallic wrapping paper||rubber stamps|
|cd's||packing peanuts (to take to shipping store)||straws/stir sticks (plastic)|
|cello wrap around flower bouquets||paper clips||stuffed animals/toys (unwanted or can't be dontated)|
|ceramics (including tile)||paper used for cleaning (soiled)||styrofoam|
|cosmetics containers with residue||pencils with erasers||tape: duct/masking/packaging|
|cotton balls (soiled)||pens (ink)||tempered glass (corning ware, pyrex)|
|computer diskettes||pet feces||textiles|
|diapers||plants (plastic)||toothpaste tubes|
|feminine products||plastics (unmarked or not marked with a 1-7)||transparencies/microfilm/negatives (acctate)|
|foam (all types)||plastic wrap||utensils (plastic)|
|glass cups & glasses||polystryrene||vacuum bags|
|hangers (dry cleaners will take back hangers)||q-tips (with paper or wooden wands)||window glass|
|hose (garden or rubber)||q-tips (with plastic wand)||wood (treated)|
|ice cream wrappers (plastic)||records/tapes/cd's|
|laminated items||report covers (plastic)|
|light bulbs (no fluorescent)||pencils with erasers|
Items in green (this table) belong in the organics container
|bones||grains||shredded paper (loose, no plastics)|
|cactus||houseplants||tea bags/tea bags with staples|
|cereal||ice cream sticks (wooden)||tree twigs and branches up to 6" in diameter|
|cheese||leaves||trees (holiday, unflocked)|
|coffee cups (paper)||newspaper (food-soiled)||waxed cardboard|
|coffee grounds||ice cream sticks (wooden)||waxed paper (food-soiled)|
|coffee filters (paper)||leaves||wax paper containers/cups|
|egg shells||paper take-out cartons without metal handles||wine corks|
|facial tissue||pizza boxes (leftover pizza)||wood (uncoated, untreated)|
Items in blue (this table) belong in the recycling container
|aerosol cans (empty)||egg cartons (paper)||paper towel & toilet paper tubes|
|aluminum cans||envelopes with metal clasps||phone books|
|aluminum foil||frozen food boxes||plastic bags - BAGGED (place multiple pieces in one bag and tie off)|
|aluminum pans||fruit baskets (plastic, and if labeled 1-7)||plastics labeled 1-7|
|aseptic containers||glass bottles & jars only||pots & pans|
|bleach bottles (empty)||grocery bags (paper)||salad dressing bottles|
|boxes (shipping)||hardbound books||scrap metal|
|cans, food (bi-metal/tin)||ice cream cartons (rinsed)||shampoo bottles|
|carbonless paper||juice bottles||sharps|
|cardboard (flatten/cut large or multiple boxes)||junk mail||shoe boxes|
|catalogs||magazines||shredded paper (if contained in paper bag or box)|
|cereal boxes||milk/dairy and juice cartons (paper, rinsed)||soft drink bottles|
|computer paper||newspaper (including inserts)||soup boxes|
|cookie sheets||paint cans (empty latex)||soy milk boxes|
|detergent bottles||paper (adhesive/post-its)||tub-type containers such as those used for yogurt, cottage cheese, and margarine if labeled 1-7|
|drink boxes (juice)||paper packaging with remnant tape||water jugs|
Items in red (this table) are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. For proper disposal instructions visit www.sanramonrecycles.
|camp stove fuel tanks||fluorescent lightblubs||poisons|
|CFL lightbulbs||lancets||pool chemicals|
|cleaning products (toxic)||lye||pressurized tanks|
|computer hard drives/peripherals||medications||printers|
|computer monitors||needles||smoke detectors|
|*treated wood waste|