What goes where

Blue recycle bin

Recycle

Recycle paper cups and paper sleeves
Paper cups
Empty contents. Recycle paper cups and sleeves.
Newspapaer for recycling
Newspapers, magazines
Put cereal box in blue recycling bin
Cereal boxes
Remove plastic lining (if any) and put lining into clear plastic bag and into blue bin.
Junk mail for recycling
Junk mail, phone books
Glossy paper okay.
Paper bag for recycling
Paper bags
Clean, not greasy or food-stained.
Egg carton for recycling
Egg cartons
Paper and plastic egg cartons okay. No polystyrene foam.
Put construction paper in blue recycling bin
Packing paper, craft paper
recycle paper envelopes
Envelopes
Envelopes with plastic okay.
Shredded paper for recycling
Shredded paper
Place in sealed paper bag, label “shredded paper.”
Recycle sticky notes
Sticky notes
Flatten cardboard to recycle
Cardboard
Break down boxes, put in recycle bin. If waxy cardboard, put in green bin.
Make aluminum foil into ball to recycle
Aluminum foil
Clean foil, no food. Make foil into ball.
Recycle soup cans
Cans
Empty contents. Aluminum, steel, or tin.
Recycle empty paint can
Paint cans
Must be empty, dry. If wet paint, hazardous waste.
Recycle empty spray can
Spray cans & bottles
Empty contents.
Recycle bottle cap
Bottle caps
aluminum tray and foil in recycle bin
Aluminum containers & trays
Recycle aluminum cans
Aluminum cans
Empty contents.
Recycle tin can
Tin can
Empty contents.
Plastic bottle for recycling
Plastic bottles
Empty contents.
Plastic container  for recycling
Plastic containers (clean, all kinds)
Empty contents. Put items labeled "compostable" in green bin.
Plastic cups for recycling
Plastic cups, plates
No polystyrene foam. If labeled "compostable," put in green bin.
Plastic coffee lid for recycling
Plastic coffee cup lids
If labeled "compostable," put in green bin.
recycle plastic clamshells
Plastic clamshells
Empty contents.
recycle food containers
Food containers
Empty contents.
Plastic tubs and lids
Plastic tubs & lids
Empty contents.
Plastic toy for recycling
Plastic toys
Plastic only. No mixed materials, electronics, metal or batteries.
recycle cd/dvd
CDs//DVDs
Plastic bag for recycling
Plastic bags, plastic wrap
Put clean plastics inside clear plastic bag. If labeled "compostable," put in green bin.
Put bubble wrap inside clear plastic bag
Bubble wrap
Put bubble wrap inside clear plastic bag and into blue bin.
Glass bottle and jar in blue recycle bin
Glass bottles
Empty contents. Metal caps & lids okay. No broken glass.
Glass jar blue recycle bin
Glass jars
Empty contents.
soy milk aseptic carton in blue recycle bin
Soup or soy milk cartons
Empty contents.
milk carton in blue recycle bin
Milk cartons, juice cartons (waxy paper)
Empty contents.
recycle juice box
Juice boxes
Empty contents.
recycle clothes
Clothes
Clean. Put in clear bag, then in blue bin (rips, holes, single socks okay). No cowboy boots, stiletto heels, sneakers, belts, feather boas, accessories.
recycle fabric
Fabric
Clean. Put in clear bag, then in blue bin (rips, holes, single socks okay). No boots, belts, accessories.
Bag towels and linen in blue recycling bin
Linens
Clean. Put in clear bag, then in blue bin. Towels, curtains okay.
recycle rags
Rags
Clean. Put in clear bag, then in blue bin. Towels, curtains okay.
Green compost bin

Compost

Compost meat including bones
Meat (including bones)
compost coffee grounds and paper filter
Coffee grounds, coffee filter
compost fruits and vegetables
Fruits & vegetables
compost eggs and eggshells
Eggs, eggshells
Put food scraps in compost
Food scraps, leftovers, spoiled food
Compost fish including shell
Fish (including shells)
Put fish and shells in green bin.
compost paper take-out containers
Paper boxes
compost greasy pizza box
Greasy pizza boxes
compost ice cream tub
Paper ice cream containers
Metal or plastic rim okay.
Compost take-out boxes
Paper take-out box
Paper take-out clamshell in green bin
Paper clamshells
Paper soup cup in green compost bin
Paper soup cup
compost used paper plates
Paper plates
compost used paper towels
Paper towels
compost tissues
Tissues
compost used napkin
Napkins, greasy paper bags
compost tree branch small
Branches, shrubs & twigs
Break branches down to fit in bin.
Tree and bush trimmings go in the green compost bin
Tree trimmings
Cut to less than 4 feet long & 6 inches wide.
compost flowers
Flowers & floral trimmings
Grass and weeds go in the green compost bin
Grass, weeds
compost leaves
Leaves
Wood crates
Metal wire okay.
Corks, natural
If plastic, put in blue bin.
wood in green compost bin
Wood
Nothing painted, stained, or treated. No plywood or pressboard.
compost used wooden choopsticks
Wood chopsticks, coffee stirrers, toothpicks
Small pieces of wood break down in the compost over time.
Feathers
No synthetic fibers.
Cotton balls & swabs
Toss used cotton balls & swabs in green bin. No swabs with plastic stems.
Hair
Fur from cats, dogs, etc.
Mushroom-based foam packaging
compost compostable bags and utensils
Compostable bags
Item must be labeled "compostable" or BPI. Bags labeled 'biodegradable' go in black bin.
Waxy cardboard goes in the green compost bin
Waxy cardboard, wax paper
compost compostable cup
Compostable cups, plates, bowls, utensils
Item must be labeled "compostable" or BPI. Bags labeled 'biodegradable' go in black bin.
Black landfill bin

Landfill

polystyrene foam in black landfill bin
Polystyrene foam blocks
Recycle polystyrene foam at the public dump (Recology's transfer station).
polystyrene foam in black landfill bin
Polystyrene foam peanuts
Recycle polystyrene foam at the public dump (Recology's transfer station).
Diaper in black landfill
Diapers
Dog or cat poop, kitty litter
For health & safety, always put in landfill bin.
Shiny mylar bags black landfill bin
Shiny wrappers
Shiny wrappers (potato chip bags, protein & candy bars) cannot be recycled. They include multiple materials fused together.
foil paper multi-material landfill
Foil-backed or plastic-backed paper
Items made of more than one material are difficult to recycle.
Mixed plastic and metal items (like pens) go in the black landfill bin
Plastic items with other materials
Items made of more than one material are difficult to recycle.
latex glove in black landfill bin
Latex & rubber gloves
Incandescent lightbulb in landfill
Light bulbs (incandescent)
Broken pottery goes in the black landfill bin
Broken pottery
Broken glass in landfill
Broken glass
Broken ceramics in landfill
Broken ceramics
no bin

No bin

hazardous motor oil
Motor oil
Call Recology to schedule a free pick-up: (415) 330-1405.
Construction debris
Recology provides debris box services and temporary bins for all types of commercial and residential projects.
Hazardous chemicals
Items such as electronics, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and pesticides contain toxic chemicals, which are illegal to put in any bin. Schedule a free pick-up: (415) 330-1405.
Chemical sprays, liquids & powders
Many common household products (cleaners, detergents, pest sprays, etc.) may contain toxic chemicals. Schedule a free pick-up: (415) 330-1405.
CFL bulbs hazardous waste
Light bulbs (CFL, fluorescent)
Fluorescent tubes & bulbs (CFLs) and LEDs have toxic chemicals. Take to a designated drop-off location.
properly dispose paint at drop-off location
Paint
Properly dispose of unused paint at a designated drop-off location, or call for a free household hazardous waste pick-up.
Art supplies are hazardous
Art supplies
Art supplies may contain hazardous chemicals which must not go in any bin. Call Recology to schedule a free pick-up.
Mercury thermometer hazardous
Mercury thermometer
Appliances are hazardous
Appliances
donate bulky items
Furniture
Request a bulky item pickup from Recology.
take medicine to safe drop-off site
Medicine, medications, pills
Take to designated drop-off location. Properly dispose of sharps using a biohazard container.
Syringes are hazardous
Syringes, needles
Take to designated drop-off location. Properly dispose of sharps using a biohazard container.
take batteries to drop-off location
Batteries
Put household batteries (AA, A, etc.) into clear plastic bag on top of black bin. If lithium ("Li" or "Lithium"), tape over battery contacts.
Batteries for cars and other large items do not go in any of the three bins.
Batteries used for cars, large toys, portable devices
Call Recology for a pick-up of lead acid batteries.
Toys with electronics and/or batteries do not go in any of the three bins
Toys with electronics or batteries
Schedule a pickup or drop off for electronics
Computer, monitor, peripherals
Schedule a pickup or drop off for electronics
Electronic cords, chargers