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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Items in gray (this table) belong in the garbage container
6-pack rings (please cut)metal cable wirerubber bands
ash, fireplace & BBQ (damp, cold and contained)metallic wrapping paperrubber stamps
binders (plastic)mirrorsrubber/neoprene
bubble wrapnailsrugs/mats
carbon papernylonsponges
cd'spacking peanuts (to take to shipping store)straws/stir sticks (plastic)
cello wrap around flower bouquetspaper clipsstuffed animals/toys (unwanted or can't be dontated)
ceramics (including tile)paper used for cleaning (soiled)styrofoam
cosmetics containers with residuepencils with eraserstape: duct/masking/packaging
cotton balls (soiled)pens (ink)tempered glass (corning ware, pyrex)
computer diskettespet fecestextiles
diapersplants (plastic)toothpaste tubes
feminine productsplastics (unmarked or not marked with a 1-7)transparencies/microfilm/negatives (acctate)
foam (all types)plastic wraputensils (plastic)
glass cups & glassespolystryrenevacuum 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 itemsreport covers (plastic)
light bulbs (no fluorescent)pencils with erasers


Items in green (this table) belong in the organics container
bonesgrainsshredded paper (loose, no plastics)
breadgrass cuttingsshrubs
cactushouseplantstea bags/tea bags with staples
cerealice cream sticks (wooden)tree twigs and branches up to 6" in diameter
cheeseleavestrees (holiday, unflocked)
chopsticks (wooden)meatvegetables
coffee cups (paper)newspaper (food-soiled)waxed cardboard
coffee groundsice cream sticks (wooden)waxed paper (food-soiled)
coffee filters (paper)leaveswax paper containers/cups
dairy productsmeatweeds
egg shellspaper take-out cartons without metal handleswine corks
facial tissuepizza boxes (leftover pizza)wood (uncoated, untreated)
flowerspruningsyard waste


Items in blue (this table) belong in the recycling container
aerosol cans (empty)egg cartons (paper)paper towel & toilet paper tubes
aluminum cansenvelopes with metal claspsphone books
aluminum foilfrozen food boxesplastic bags - BAGGED (place multiple pieces in one bag and tie off)
aluminum pansfruit baskets (plastic, and if labeled 1-7)plastics labeled 1-7
aseptic containersglass bottles & jars onlypots & pans
bleach bottles (empty)grocery bags (paper)salad dressing bottles
boxes (shipping)hardbound booksscrap metal
cans, food (bi-metal/tin)ice cream cartons (rinsed)shampoo bottles
carbonless paperjuice bottlessharps
cardboard (flatten/cut large or multiple boxes)junk mailshoe boxes
catalogsmagazinesshredded paper (if contained in paper bag or box)
cereal boxesmilk/dairy and juice cartons (paper, rinsed)soft drink bottles
computer papernewspaper (including inserts)soup boxes
cookie sheetspaint cans (empty latex)soy milk boxes
detergent bottlespaper (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 tapewater jugs


Items in red (this table) are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. For proper disposal instructions visit www.sanramonrecycles.

batteriesfertilizersphoto chemicals
camp stove fuel tanksfluorescent lightblubspoisons
CFL lightbulbslancetspool chemicals
cleaning products (toxic)lyepressurized tanks
computer hard drives/peripherals medicationsprinters
computer monitorsneedlessmoke detectors
electronicspainttelevision (tv)
e-wastepaint removerthermometers
fax machinespesticidesvarnish