Waste & Recycling
Waste & Recycling

Waste & Recycling

Find your local drop-off facilities and recyclers.

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As well as being your local hardware store, Cole Hardware is a leader in environmental efforts through public outreach and education, and partnerships with various City agencies. We offer recycling for hard-to-recycle items like: batteries, CFL light bulbs, and paint.

Electronics re-use and recycling. Usable computers are refurbished and donated to public charities and community programs; unusable items are recycled. Drop off locations in Santa Rosa, San Francisco and Sunnyvale. Business pickups also available. Accept all electronics (laptops, computers, monitors, TVs, network/telephone/test equipment, cables/wires, motherboards, PC cards and memory, hard drives, and industrial & home electronics).

Fee/Pick-up: all grades; large quantities. See website for more details.

Accepts hazardous wastes from households and qualifying businesses in Alameda County. Accepted materials include: batteries, fluorescents, paints, adhesives, auto additives, pesticides, herbicides, some misc. chemicals, prescription and over the counter medicines (except for controlled substances). Does not accept asbestos, railroad ties, treated wood (arsenic). Also operates facilities located in Hayward, Livermore, and Oakland, which are each open on certain days for drop off. Call or check web site for addresses, hours, open dates, and detailed lists of what you can and cannot drop off.

TOYCYCLE’s mission is to reduce waste by connecting families in local toy reuse communities. They enable families, teachers and other child-centered non-profits or agencies to exchange gently-used toys through their website and mobile app in an effort to keep them out of landfill.

Factsheet on recycling plastic in Berkeley. A list of do's and don'ts and how to properly dispose of the don'ts.

West Contra Costa County residents can properly dispose of household hazardous waste at the drive-through drop-off center - for no charge. Medical waste disposal is offered for most medications and sharps (no controlled substances). Call or visit website for acceptable materials, packaging guidelines, and directions. This facility is available to residents of El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, North Richmond, Kensington, Crockett, Port Costa and Tormey. Free Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Collection pickup service available to residents who are age 60 or older or are a disabled person residing in the cities of El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, Hercules, Pinole or El Sobrante. Call for an appointment.

Waste diversion and greening services. Events are cultural transmission points where we express and share our cultural values such as food, dance, fashion, music and more. Having a robust zero waste program helps acculturate our communities to Zero Waste, or as in San Francisco, reinforces this cultural value and builds the confidence of event attendees who appreciate sustainable event practices. Waste Busters extensive experience helping large festivals and events manage this process allows them to provide top notch programs and services to their clients.

This organization collects and redistributes clean medical equipment and supplies. They do not accept beds, feeding supplies or medicine. Leave a message if you are looking for mobile scooters. Distribution is done on a first come first serve basis every Thursday from 12pm to 4pm. Also has locations in SF and San Rafael.

ISRI actively advocates on behalf of its members on key policies, regulations, and issues, both domestic and international, that impact the recycling industry.

Recycle Textbooks wants to find books that people are not using and redistribute these books to locations where there is a real need. They accept books of all types, including hardcover, paperback, fiction, textbooks, reference and library discards. They accept books in all conditions. They sort each book that comes into their warehouse based on its type and quality. Most of the books they receive are donated to those in need, or if they are too damaged or obsolete, are recycled. About 6% of the books are sold to pay for the shipping costs of books that they distribute and to cover their overhead expenses and growth.

BWRS has been serving the Bay Area since 1992 and we take pride in finding solutions for our customers, guaranteeing that our programs will allow you to recycle more waste. BWRS offers customized programs to meet waste reduction and recycling needs. They provide: Assessment of waste reduction needs; Rent, lease & purchase options; Equipment financing; EyeSite compactor monitoring; Custom Programs. BWRS is concerned about the negative impact waste has on our environment, and our goal is to educate Bay Area businesses about the importance of recycling for our planet.

The Department of Conservation, Division of Recycling administers the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act (Act) enacted in 1986. The primary goal of the Act is to achieve and maintain high recycling rates for each beverage container type included in the program. The Division provides a number of services to achieve these goals, including enforcement, auditing, grant funding, technical assistance and education.

Factsheet on recycling and reducing waste. Read to know more about the impact of recycling and the four R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot.

Largest independent electronics recycling company in Marin County. Renew Computers gathers, sorts, and properly disposes of large volumes of computer equipment. Very old and outdated equipment is recycled, but much is refurbished and reused. They sell refurbished equipment to the general public from their warehouse and retail store. Items Accepted- Computers (No quantity limit. Computers can be working or non-working of any age. Please have cases screwed down. If possible, please bring any software or restore disks if machine is 2000 or newer.); Monitors and Television sets (No quantity limit. If you have a TV with case larger than 40" please call ahead); Printers, Faxes, Scanners; Cell Phones; Cable, Wire, and Computer Parts; VCRs, DVDs, Stereos. Items Not Accepted At This Time - Copy Machines; Household Appliances including Microwave Ovens; Speakers in wooden cabinets; Please no cardboard, packing material, or Styrofoam.

SRDC, Inc. was formed in 1983 with the intent to recycle concrete and asphalt.

Through processing recyclable paper, plastic, metals and any other recyclable material, you can move forward your goal of zero waste and develop an additional revenue stream for your organization.

Computer & Technology Resource Center (formerly Alameda County Computer Resource Center) offers free pickups in Berkeley and all the e-waste they accept is free to drop off (no fees). All donations are tax deductible. For a complete list of what they accept please visit website. They give FREE computers to schools, non-profits and individuals (see website). Mon - Fri 9AM - 5PM Sat. 10AM - 5PM Also has a location in Novato. Both locations need volunteers !

This recycling drop-off takes a variety items including construction material and debris, metals, organics, paper, plastics and some special materials. Please call or see website for exact items and pricing.

Provides document shredding services. Shredded paper is recycled. Services available nationwide. Website features a search feature to locate services near you.

A San Francisco, Bay Area electronics waste recycler with over 20 years of experience helping thousands of corporate clients and consumers recycle and dispose of electronic assets containing sensitive data, hazardous components and other materials. They offer pick-up and drop-off services.

Use of the facility is free and for San Francisco residents only. Proof of residency is required (e.g. drivers license). Open Thursday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Facility is NOT open Sunday-Wednesday and some holidays.) Residents may also request a pick up at their homes. Safely and securely dispose of medicine at a drop-off site near you. The website shows 13 volunteer pharmacies and all ten San Francisco police stations that allow San Francisco residents to responsibly dispose of medicine. The police stations will accept controlled substances. The website offers locations for needle and syringe disposal. This program is funded in part by grants from pharmaceutical manufacturers. Contact the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility at (415) 330-1300 for more information.

Drop-off recycling for e-waste, household appliances, styrofoam, metals and plastics. Green hauling, construction debris hauling and e-waste collection services also available. Restored and refurbished electronics, office equipment are sold at their "Unwaste Recycled Goods" store.

Collects old or unwanted medications for safe disposal,.. returned in ORIGINAL containers, with names removed from container. NO controlled substances. Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Factsheet on alternatives to plastic. Includes a list of common types of plastics and reasons to avoid them.

This website offers a map and locator of the mattress collection and recycling centers in any geographic location, along with information on the program. By California law (Dec. 30, 2015), all new mattress and box spring sales are charged a fee which supports this statewide mattress recycling program. Valuable resources are recycled instead of sent to the landfill.

Accepts hazardous wastes from households and qualifying businesses in Alameda County. Accepted materials include: batteries, fluorescent bulbs, paints, adhesives, auto additives, pesticides, herbicides, some misc. chemicals, prescription and over the counter medicines (except for controlled substances). Does not accept asbestos, railroad ties, treated wood (arsenic). Also operates facilities located in Fremont, Hayward, and Livermore, which are each open on certain days for drop off. Call or check web site for addresses, hours, open dates, and detailed lists of what you can and cannot drop off.

When your old fluorescent bulbs go dark, don't throw them in the trash or recycling bins. Instead, bring them back to a participating retailer where they'll be disposed of properly. It's a great way to protect the environment and support local businesses.

The major recycling materials which they handle are all kinds of waste paper such as Old Corrugated Containers. newspaper, white paper, mixed paper, and many more. We are also certified recycling center and processor in California. The buyback and sorting procedures for bottles, aluminum cans, and plastics of all types are followed by the state rules. We provide processing services for their mixed rigid containers for the City, shopping centers, warehouse, and many more.

Expert on source reduction of solid waste, particularly of office paper waste. He works at Lawrence Berkeley Labs and can offer some technical advice for source measurement and reduction.

Accepts hazardous wastes from households and qualifying businesses in Alameda County. Accepted materials include: batteries, fluorescents, paints, adhesives, auto additives, pesticides, herbicides, some misc. chemicals, prescription and over the counter medicines (except for controlled substances). Does not accept asbestos, railroad ties, treated wood (arsenic). Also operates facilities located in Fremont, Livermore, and Oakland, which are each open on certain days for drop off. Call or check web site for addresses, hours, open dates, and detailed lists of what you can and cannot drop off.

Drop off/Pickup: bathroom fixtures, doors, windows, hardware, toilets, sinks, wire, lighting, lumber, ironwork, cabinets, tools, insulation.

The No Drugs Down the Drain program is a public outreach program to alert California residents living in specific regions about the problems associated with flushing unused, unwanted, and expired medications down the toilet or drain and to provide them with other, safe and proper disposal choices. Can search by zip code for medication drop off sites near you.

A group providing locations to recycle natural wine corks for reuse. Local Drop off point is : Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant 1605 San Pablo Ave Berkeley CA 94702 510-524-1524 Other Drop Off Locations: http://recork.org/locations/

Collects old or unwanted medications for safe disposal,.. returned in ORIGINAL containers, with names removed from container. NO controlled substances. Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Since 2006, Green Hauling has specialized in delivering clean containers directly to your home or job site, just about anywhere in Alameda, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, San Francisco, and surrounding Bay Area. You can load the containers or they can do the lifting for you. Our goal is to make the task of removing your clutter as quick and painless as possible, all while keeping an eye towards the environment. We repurpose or recycle 85% of all materials collected, taking their green efforts a step further by hauling materials in their fleet of vegetable oil-powered vehicles. In most cases, they are available on short notice calls. We offer debris boxes, and junk removal and hauling.

Offers free and low-cost drop-off recycling of TVs, laptops, cell phones, ink cartridges, CDs/DVDs, and batteries. They also provide pick-up service: call or email. Monday - Saturday 10-6 / closed 1:00 - 1:30 They also have San Francisco, Berkeley, Mountain View, and San Rafael locations.

Reclaims and converts 100% post-consumer textile waste into wiping cloths (rags).

The Sutta Company is a recycling and sustainability company providing comprehensive services to more than 1,000 corporate clients in 34 states.

They provide document shredding and paper recycling services.

Buyback/Drop-off/Pick-up. They operate a 40,000 square ft store of recycled or salvaged materials, including doors, wrought iron, fireplaces, door moldings, windows, sinks, granite, marble, and brick building materials.

The Fremont Recycling and Transfer Station is a multipurpose solid and hazardous waste management and material recovery facility owned and operated by BLT Enterprises, Inc. Tri Cities residents can take advantage of our award winning transfer station for all their waste disposal and recycling needs.

Providing zero waste event services and consulting. They strive to minimize discards throughout the duration of your event on every level. Serving the San Francisco Bay Area.

Accepts mixed loads of asphalt and concrete for recycling.

California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) brings together the state's recycling and waste management programs and continues a tradition of environmental stewardship. Through landmark initiatives like the Integrated Waste Management Act and Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, California works toward a society that uses less, recycles more, and takes resource conservation to higher and higher levels. Our state now leads the nation with a 59 percent recycling rate for all materials, and in the past 20 years, we have created more than 85,000 jobs through expanding recycling markets. CalRecycle’s mission is to inspire and challenge Californians to achieve the highest waste reduction, recycling and reuse goals in the nation. Through innovation and creativity, sound advancements in science and technology, and efficient programs that improve economic vitality and environmental sustainability, we build a stronger California. They run the CRV program and have plenty of resources regarding the recycling of food scraps, ewaste, used oil filters, old tires and also where to purchase recycled products.

Alameda County Industries provides residential, commercial and industrial collection services for recyclables, organics and garbage. We are the franchised hauling company for the cities of Alameda and San Leandro excluding the Oro Loma Sanitary District. For details, please see website.

California Waste Solutions provides recycling, waste management and materials brokering services to public and private sector clients throughout northern California.

Glass Processing company. And they recycle window glass, milk cartons and some plastics.

This vendor handles: Books: Hard cover - Recycle Books: Soft cover - Recycle Cardboard Newspaper Paper: Computer Paper: Mixed Paper: White Paperboard

Will pick up veggie oil from restaurants for recycling or reuse. Might pick up glycerin from biodiesel producers depending on quantity and location. National corporation.

The Transfer Station and Recycling Center are both open seven days a week from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Pleasanton Transfer Station accepts all non-hazardous solid waste.

Accepts hazardous wastes from households and qualifying businesses in Alameda County. Accepted materials include: batteries, fluorescents, paints, adhesives, auto additives, pesticides, herbicides, some misc. chemicals, prescription and over the counter medicines (except for controlled substances). Does not accept asbestos, railroad ties, treated wood (arsenic). Also operates facilities located in Fremont, Hayward, and Oakland, which are each open on certain days for drop off. Call or check web site for addresses, open dates, and detailed lists of what you can and cannot drop off.

Ohmega Salvage buys and sells usual and unusual salvaged building materials: doors, windows, stained glass, pedestal sinks, claw-foot tubs, lighting fixtures, mantels, wrought iron, marble, door & window hardware, and architectural elements. Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm, Sunday, 11:00 am to 5:30 pm

Residential and commercial waste removal and hauling services. The company attempts to divert collected waste from landfills by sending it to reuse centers, donation centers, thrift stores, salvage yards. The truck is powered by biodiesel.

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