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Sonoma County Waste Management Agency

Single-stream blue recycling cart

Resources for the blue cart recycling

Poster for single-stream recycling (PDF: 1.4 MB)
Póster con información de reciclaje mixto (PDF: 502 kB)

Not accepted in the blue recycling cart:

Many of the items listed below can be recycled, just not through the curbside program. Use the “What would you like to recycle?” search function at the top of this web page and choose a topic.

  • Appliances containing freon
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries (except Windsor)
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Carpet
  • Ceramic dishware
  • Chip or candy wrappers (mylar material)
  • Compostable plastics
  • Coat hangers
  • Cutlery
  • Diapers
  • Disposable diapers
  • Down-filled items
  • Electronics with screens (TVs, computer monitors, etc.)
  • Foil-backed or plastic-backed paper
  • Food
  • Footwear
  • Glassware
  • HDPE & PVC irrigation/plumbing pipe
  • Hoses
  • Household hazardous waste or chemicals
  • Large items (furniture, metal, plastic, wood, etc.)
  • Leather
  • Light bulbs: incandescent and fluorescent lamps
  • Liquid
  • Medications/Pharmaceuticals
  • Mirrors or window glass
  • Motor oil
  • Needles/Syringes
  • Nylon
  • Paint
  • Paper towels used for personal hygiene or food soiled paper
  • Photographs or blueprint paper
  • Pizza boxes
  • Plastic bags/film
  • Plastic labeled "Compostable" or "Biodegradable"
  • Plastic lined cartons
  • Plastic Utensils
  • Plexiglas
  • PVC pipe
  • Pyrex
  • Rubber
  • Shredded paper
  • Soiled paper (paper cups, plates, napkins, tissues, towels, take-out boxes and greasy pizza boxes)
  • Straws or pop tops
  • Stuffed animals
  • Styrofoam
  • Terra-cotta nursery pots
  • Textiles
  • Vinyl siding
  • Waxed cardboard or waxed paper
  • Wood, including treated wood
  • Yard debris

Blue recycling cartLocal jurisdictions have contracts with franchised garbage companies to provide service for collection of garbage, recycling and yard debris for residences and businesses.

Single-stream recycling means that cans, paper, glass, plastic and cartons can be mixed together. These items are then locally processed for recycling at a materials recovery facility.

Contaminated carts will not be serviced by your garbage company. If your cart is left behind, please remove the contamination and notify your garbage company for the blue single-stream cart to be serviced. Common contaminants are food, liquid, diapers, loose plastic bags, bubble wrap and shredded paper.

Accepted in the blue recycling cart:

PaperPaper

  • Newspaper & inserts
  • Magazines & junk mail (envelopes with windows okay)
  • Office paper
  • Telephone, paperback books & catalogs
  • Cardboard (flatten or cut boxes to fit loosely inside cart)
  • Frozen food packaging
  • Paper bags & egg cartons
  • Wrapping paper (nonmetallic only)

For options to recycle shredded paper, use the "What would you like to recycle?" search function at the top of this web page. Choose the topic " Paper, shredded and confidential shredding service."

PlasticPlastic containers & rigid plastics

  • Empty household plastic containers (leave screw-top lids on containers)
  • Plastic items such as 5 gallon buckets
  • Laundry baskets
  • Plastic crates
  • Plastic lids larger than 4” in diameter     
  • Plastic toys
  • Play equipment
  • Lawn furniture
  • Infant car seats (fabric covers removed)
  • Nursery pots & plant 6-packs
  • Empty plastic quart-sized motor oil containers provided the containers have been drained for 48 hours (leave screw-top lids on containers)
  • Plastic jewel cases that hold CDs/DVDs provided that the front paper covers have been removed

How to prepare: Empty containers before recycling. Leave screw-top lids on containers. If lids are removed from the container, they must be larger than 4” in diameter. Leave labels on.

For options to recycle plastic bags, use the "What would you like to recycle?" search function at the top of this web page. Choose the topic " Plastic bags (drop-off locations)."

Glass bottles and jarsGlass

  • Bottles
  • Jars

How to prepare: Empty containers before recycling. Leave screw-top lids on containers. If lids are removed from the container, they must be larger than 4” in diameter. Leave labels on.

CartonsCartons

  • Milk  cartons 
  • Soy/rice milk cartons & juice boxes (aseptic packaging)

How to prepare: Empty containers before recycling. Leave screw-top lids on containers. If lids are removed from the container, they must be larger than 4” in diameter. Leave labels on. Remove straws.

CansCans

  • Aluminum, tin & steel/bimetal cans
  • Foil
  • Aerosol cans empty & without pressure
  • Metal or plastic paint cans only if the paint residue is dry

How to prepare: Empty containers before recycling. Leave screw-top lids on containers. If lids are removed from the container, they must be larger than 4” in diameter. Leave labels on.

CansMetal, scrap

  • Small household scrap metal items not smaller than 4 inches long and not larger than 2 feet in any dimension and weighing less than 25 pounds.

How to prepare: Remove textile or rubber components. No freon-containing appliances. Metal items must fit loosely in the cart.

ElectronicsSmall electronics
Look for products with digital displays or programmable features.

  • Household electronic devices cannot be larger than 2 feet in any dimension such as home printers, cell phones, answering machines, radios & digital appliances (no glass)

How to prepare: No TVs, computer monitors or other electronic devices with screens. Remove batteries prior to recycling. Remove cords and dispose of in the garbage or drop-off for recycling.

For more options to recycle electronics, use the "What would you like to recycle?" search function at the top of this web page. Choose the topic "Electronics."

BatteriesHousehold batteries (Windsor only)

  • Household batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt)

How to prepare: Pick up special yellow battery collection bags at Windsor Town Hall, Windsor Public Works Department or Windsor Refuse & Recycling office in Santa Rosa. • Place batteries in bag and seal firmly. • Place bag on top of blue recycling cart for pickup.

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