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Waste Management of San Diego operates a buyback and recycling center at its transfer station in El Cajon. This center helps local residents in El Cajon, Santee and East San Diego County keep our community clean by accepting recyclables such as aluminum, glass and plastic in exchange for cash, as well as e-waste and household batteries.

If you're looking to redeem your cans and bottles for CRV, please visit our buyback and recycling center at the following location. Please contact customer service at 1(800) DUMPSTER or (619) 596-5100 with any questions. Go to the Web page for the household hazardous waste (HHW) collection facilities for more information about safely disposing of HHW.

Waste Management Recycling Center

925 O'Conner St.
El Cajon, CA 92020
(Located just southwest of the intersection of Bradley Ave. and Johnson Ave)

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Redeemable Items

  • California Refund Value (CRV) aluminum cans
  • CRV glass bottles
  • CRV plastic bottles
  • CRV bi-metal cans

Donation Items

  • non-CRV aluminum
  • non-CRV glass
  • non-CRV plastic
  • tin cans
  • newspaper
  • white ledger paper
  • computer paper
  • mixed paper
  • corrugated cardboard


  • TVs, laptop computers, monitors and other cathode ray tubes (CRTs), in addition to "other" e-waste such as fax machines, VCRs, printers, camcorders, stereos and microwaves (free of charge to drop off -- please limit to one or two of the same item per visit)


  • household batteries
  • fluorescent light tubes
  • used motor oil (no more than 15 gallons) and oil filters
  • thermostats

Unacceptable Items

  • household hazardous waste (see the HHW Web page for additional information)
  • medical waste