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Please Remember to Recycle Right

Recycling is at a crossroads in California and across the globe. A crackdown from China on what materials it will accept and how “clean” those materials must be, is causing a ripple effect throughout the industry that ends in how you sort materials in your kitchen. It is not only about the recyclability (ability to be recycled) of a specific material but also about its marketability (does it have any value).

What you think is recyclable might not be and how you handle the materials you recycle might need to change.

 We want to help ensure you recycle right. We’re rolling out new recycling rules and providing you information about what is recyclable and what is not. Please see below for more information so you can be sure to recycle right.

Recycling Rules

Here are some easy recyclable rules to remember when you’re discarding items. Please help us clean up the recycling stream! Click here to view a helpful guideline. Click here for a printable version of the recycling guide.

Contamination Tag

If you find this tag attached to your recycling cart, that means our driver found something in your cart that does not belong. Please take note of the contamination and place that item in the trash going forward. In the future, you may face an extra charge for having contamination in your recycling cart. Click here to view tag.

Why Clean the Stream?

If a load of recycling contains non-recyclables – even by just a fraction – that entire load risks not being recycled. That’s according to new guidelines being enforced by China, a major importer of recyclable materials created in the U.S. Why does it matter? Quite simply, if you’re not recycling right you could be preventing tons and tons of materials from ever seeing a second life. Learn more here.

Tools for You

Below are some helpful posters and flyers you can print out at home or the office (English and Spanish) to help remind family members and co-workers what is recyclable and what goes where. To learn more about why it is important to Recycle Right, visit

Recycling Guide Handout (pdf) | Recycling Guide Poster (pdf)



It’s Easy to Recycle Right

Follow these simple guidelines to avoid contamination.


 Recycling Calendars