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Just because something has a recycle symbol doesn’t make it recyclable.
Click the button below to make sure items are accepted in Oakland’s curbside service.
What DOES go in the Recycling:
- Plastic bottles, tubs, and lids
- Plastic milk jugs
- Plastic containers
- Clean clamshell and other plastic take-out containers
Only these types of plastics go in your curbside cart. Unsure if you can recycle an item? Search recyclewhere.org.
- Clean paper
- Clean cardboard
- Junk mail and magazines
- Empty glass jars
- Empty glass bottles
- Clean aluminum foil
- Metal containers
- Aluminum cans
The following items are NOT accepted in Oakland’s curbside recycling service:
Compost has its own bin. Click here to learn what to compost!
Summer Challenges: hot ashes, cigarette butts, chip bags, styrofoam plates, wipes
Dirty aluminum foil
Plastic bags, wrap, and film
Unrecyclable plastic, including but not limited to shrink wrap, bubble wrap, red solo cups, plastic forks & spoons, and children’s toys
Ceramics, plates and cups
Face masks and gloves
String lights, extension cords, power outlets, wire cable, and fire extinguishers
Household chemicals and propane tanks
Cell phone batteries, computer batteries, car batteries, and tool batteries
Small appliances and electronics
Drop it off at Oakland’s Household Hazard Waste facility at 2100 East 7th Street, Oakland.
Visit StopWaste’s website for more info.
Blankets and curtains
Household items, including
but not limited to: wood, blinds,
Is that still usable? Donate it! Visit recyclewhere.org to find out where to donate your usable household goods and clothing.
Remember to put household batteries in a sealed plastic bag on top of your recycle bin, and your motor oil recycling kit next to the bin. Acceptable batteries include: alkaline, button cell and ni-cadmium. For more information, check out our brochure.
Put Motor Oil Recycling Kit next to the bin. Complete the free tools form on our website for a free kit.
Common items that go in the Green Bin:
Fruit and vegetable scraps
Meat and bones
Cheese, butter and eggshells
Bread, cereal, rice and pasta
Take out boxes
Fats, oils and grease – in solid form
Loose leaf tea and coffee grounds
Food-soiled paper and cardboard,
such as napkins, paper towels,
pizza boxes, and egg cartons
Want to reduce food waste? Learn how at StopFoodWaste.org.
Tips for Cleaner Composting:
- Line the kitchen pail with newspaper, paper towels, or shredded paper to help soak up liquids and odors.
- Place cardboard at the bottom of your compost bin to absorb moisture.
- Place food scraps in a sealable container in the freezer until your pick-up date.
- Empty foodscraps into a paper bag to transport to the bin — the paper bag can be composted, too.
Items you want to recycle that don’t go into the cart? Look them up at RecycleWhere.org
Prevent Food Waste!
By making small shifts in how you shop, prepare, and store food, you can toss less, eat well, save money, and help reduce climate change.
- Food storage guides and resources: http://stopfoodwaste.org/resources
- Recipes, additional food storage tips/tricks and ways to identify when food is good or bad: http://stopfoodwaste.org/tips
- Share excess food. OLIO is a free app connecting neighbors with each other, and volunteers with local businesses, so food can
be shared instead of thrown away: https://olioex.com/
- Step-by-step guide that helps businesses set up a surplus food donation program:
- Informative article on how reducing food waste is an important solution to climate change: