Recycling plays an important role in managing the waste generated in homes and businesses, and it reduces the need for landfills. We take pride in every effort we make to ensure that the delicate environment is protected for many generations to come.

The list of recyclable items continues to grow. Below is a current list of common household products that can be recycled.

Recyclable Items

All numbered plastics
Aluminum cans
Aluminum foil
Cereal boxes
Detergent containers
Empty aerosol cans
File folders
Foam packing blocks**
Frozen food boxes
Glass jars
Green waste*
Juice bottles
Junk mail
Liquor bottles
Milk & juice cartons
Mixed paper
Pie tins
Plastic containers
Plastic milk jugs
Soda bottles
Telephone books
Tin cans
Used motor oil*
White paper

Non-Recyclable Items

Bathroom tissue
Bubble wrap
Dry cleaning bags
Facial tissue
Food-stained paper
Household chemicals
Medical waste
Padded envelopes
Plastic bags
Tyvec-type envelopes
Used paper towels
Waxed cardboard
Window glass

*Green waste and used oil cannot be disposed of in your recycle container.  Please contact your local customer service center for proper handling.

**The Upper and Lower Desert cities are only accepting foam packing blocks (such as the foam blocks that protect new televisions or computers) at this time.  Please contact your local customer service center for more information.

Recycling Resources

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day (ARD), November 15, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.

California Department Of Conservation

The Department of Conservation provides services and information that promote environmental health, economic vitality, informed land-use decisions and sound management of our states natural resources.


CalRecycle is the new home of California's recycling and waste reduction efforts.  Officially known as California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.

Earth 911

A public and private sector partnership to empower the public with community 
specific resources to improve their quality of life.

Environmental Protection Agency

Recycling tips from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Glass Packaging Institute

At the forefront of glass container recycling efforts.

National Recycling Coalition

NRC initiates partnerships between global business leaders and local governments to provide profitable and environmentally innovative solutions to waste reduction.


A national trade association that promotes PET recycling and the use of PET plastic. Includes information for starting a community PET recycling program.


The Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents leading manufacturers of plastic resins.

Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)

Advancing the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste in North America.