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Residential Recycling

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Sharps/Needle Disposal

Recyclables go into your Grey cart.

Acceptable recyclables are:

  • All aluminum and steel cans
  • All colors of glass bottles and jars
  • Clear, colored, and white plastic containers, if labeled on the bottom
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Junk mail
  • White ledger paper
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Magazines
  • Colored and construction paper
  • Cereal boxes (with liners removed)
  • Telephone books

Non Acceptable recyclables are:   (These should be placed into your trash cart not in your Grey recycling cart.)

  • aluminum foil
  • scrap metal,
  • window or safety glass
  • mirrors
  • light bulbs
  • Foam cups or packing materials
  • wax paper
  • ceramics
  • drinking glasses
  • plastic wrap
  • food waste
  • packaging materials
  • Pyrex glass

Green waste goes into your Green or Burgundy cart.

Acceptable  materials are:

  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • brush
  • shrubbery prunings
  • sawdust
  • tree trimmings
  • tree limbs smaller than 4" in diameter.

Non Acceptable materials are:

  • palm fronds
  • cactus or yucca
  • dirt or rocks
  • plastic or paper bags
  • pet waste
  • food waste.
Please do NOT place any of the above items into Green carts. By placing all of your green waste and recyclables into your Green or Burgundy and Grey carts, you will be able to decrease the amount of refuse that you need to place into your trash cart, possibly allowing you to switch to a smaller trash cart and save money!

If you have more green waste and recyclables than will fit into your existing carts, you can call (800) 266-7551 to request additional green waste and recycling carts at no additional cost.

Used Motor Oil Recycling

With funds from the California Integrated Waste Management Board, the City of San Dimas has implemented a curbside used motor oil collection and recycling program for single-family residential areas.

On trash day, residents may place their used oil at the curbside in a tightly sealed container for the trash collectors to pick up. For best results, it is also a good idea to contact Waste Management at (800) 266-7551 a minimum of 24 hours in advance to schedule a pick-up. If you do not have a sealable container, you may pick one up free of charge from City Hall. The containers are available in 6-quart and 15-quart capacities.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Waste Management offers free collection and recycling of real Christmas trees. Up to 14 days after Christmas, you may leave your tree on the curb on your scheduled collection day along with your carts. A container will also be conveniently placed at a facility for drop off as well.

These trees will be recycled, so please remove all tinsel, garland, ornaments, lights, and stands. Trees must be no more than 6 feet in length. If your tree is taller than 6 feet, please cut it in half to create two shorter pieces. Flocked trees will be accepted but cannot be recycled.

Recycling Resources

• Find locations to recycle everything from batteries to motor oil by zip code at: www.earth911.com
• One man’s trash is another’s treasure. Before you throw it out, try posting on www.ciwmb.ca.gov/cal/
• Give old items new life via FreeCycle. Give away or get stuff for free at www.freecycle.org