What should you recycle and where should you take it? Here we provide a comprehensive guide, broken down by area.

We tried to include as many options as possible, but with so many available in the Bay Area, we couldn't include all of them. To learn more about options in your area, consult these hotlines and Web sites:

  • Contra Costa County Recycling Hotline and Web site — 800-750-4096, www.cccrecycle.org. Also find the detailed "Reuse and Recycling Guide" at www.co.co.ntra-costa.ca.us/depart/cd/Guide.pdf.

  • Alameda County Recycling Hotline and Web site — 877-786-7927, www.stopwaste.org.

  • San Mateo County Hazardous Waste Hotline and recycling Web site — 650-363-4718, www.recycleworks.org.

    A few things to note:

  • Household hazardous waste collection facilities are limited to residents within their area. Proof of residency, such as a driver's license or utility bill, is required. There is no charge for drop off, except for small businesses.

  • For a complete list of what is "universal waste" and "e-waste" — and therefore illegal to toss in the trash — visit www.co.co.ntra-costa.ca.us/depart/cd/recycle.

  • State law sets a maximum of 15 gallons or 125 pounds per visit at household hazardous waste collection facilities.


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  • It is also against the law in California to dispose of batteries — including AAA, AA, C, D, button cell, 9-volt, rechargeable and single-use — in the trash.

  • Some e-waste collection facilities and events may charge a fee. Most do not accept major appliances. Landfills and transfer stations that accept appliances usually charge a fee. Call or consult their Web sites for more detail.

    All areas

  • To find a recycling or reuse facility location near you, visit earth911.org.

  • For information about composting workshops and purchasing composting bins at a reduced price in Contra Costa County, 800-750-4096, www.cccrecycle.org.

    Electronic waste

  • For a list of possible reuse donation locations, www.wastedivision.org/EwasteOptions.htm.

  • Save the Bay provides a list of ongoing disposal events for e-waste, pharmaceuticals and batteries. www.savesfbay.org. and click on "Disposal Events."

  • To recycle DVDs, CDs and VHS tapes: Green Disk — 800-305-3475, www.greendisk.com.; FilMedia — 877-900-8273, www.film-media.com; Alternative Community Training — 800-359-4607, www.actrecycling.org/donations.

    Recycling oil

    Search for a recycling location by zip code or county at www.ciwmb.ca.gov/usedoil/centers.

    West County

    Hazardous household waste

    FACILITY: West County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 101 Pittsburg Ave., Richmond, 888-412-9277, www.recyclemore.com/article.asp?key=3.

    RESIDENTS OF: Crockett, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington, Montalvin Manor, North Richmond, Pinole, Port Costa, Richmond, Rodeo, San Pablo, Tara Hills, Tormey and unincorporated areas of West County.

    HOURS: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed noon-12:30 p.m.) Thursday, Friday and first Saturday of the month. Qualified small businesses by appointment only.

    GUIDELINES:

  • Separate and label all materials. Place leaking or dirty containers in a sturdy, labeled plastic bag. Pack other containers in sturdy box or larger container (maximum 5 gallons) with newspaper or other absorbent materials for safe transporting.

  • Bag asbestos in 6 milliliter (or triple bagged) plastic bag, no wider than 27 inches. Maximum of 30 pounds.

  • Keep all medicine in original container with drug name in place. Black out personal information, including prescription number and doctor's name. Controlled substances not accepted. (For a list of these substances, www.deadiversion.us.doj.gov/schedules/alpha/alphabetical.htm)

    WILL ACCEPT: Chemical bottles, acetone, acids and caustics, aerosol cans, antifreeze, asbestos (see guidelines above), all batteries, bleach and cleaners, chemicals, cleansers, drain cleaners, fertilizers, fire extinguishers, flares, fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, fuel, gasoline, glues, hair spray, hazardous materials and wastes (including household), herbicides, kerosene, lighter fluid, medications/pharmaceuticals (call first for details), mercury (including thermometers), motor oil, nail polish remover, needles/sharps (call 888-412-9277 to have free sharps container mailed to you), oil filters, engine/motor oils, oven cleaners, paint thinners, paint (acrylic, latex, lead, oil-based and spray), pesticides, photo chemicals, poisons, polishes, pool chemicals, propane gas cans and tanks (5 gallons or less), solvents, spray cans, thinners, waxes, window cleaner, empty helium tanks, lead, grease and cooking oils (maximum 15 gallons per person), cathode ray tubes, nonworking monitors and TVs.

    WON'T ACCEPT: Radioactive material, explosives (including firearms and ammunition), medical waste, pressurized thick-wall gas cylinders exceeding 6 gallons.

    Richmond

  • Richmond Sanitary Service: Will accept motor oil and filters in approved collection container if set out on normal recyclables collection day. Call 510-262-1610 for more information and to request free recycled used oil kit.

    Electronic waste

    n West County HHW Collection Facility: Accepts televisions and computer monitors, computers and peripherals, VCRs and DVD players, microwaves, lights/lamps containing mercury, radios and CD players, cell and cordless phones, and telephone answering machines. Limit five large electronic items per trip.

  • Electronic collection events: For a schedule of upcoming events, www.noewaste.com/calendar/index.php. or www.unwaste.com/event.-calendar.php.

    Richmond

  • Action Metal Recycling — 385 Pittsburg Ave., 510-236-2488, actionmetalrecycling.com. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8-11 a.m. Saturday.

    Reuse options: Donate computers in working condition.

  • Street Tech — 2300 El Portal Drive, suites F & G, San Pablo. 510-234-1300, www.streettech.org.

  • Alameda County Computer Resource Center — 1501 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley. 510-528-4052, www.accrc.org.

    Household batteries

    In addition to household hazardous waste collection facilities, here are other locations that recycle household batteries (*drop off in photo department):

    El Cerrito

  • El Cerrito Recycling Center — 7501 Schmidt Lane.

  • Longs Drugs* — 670 El Cerrito Plaza; 10650 San Pablo Ave.

  • Radio Shack — 11299 San Pablo Ave.

  • Staples — 11545 San Pablo Ave.

  • Walgreens* — 11565 San Pablo Ave.

    El Sobrante

  • Oliver's Hardware — 4071 San Pablo Dam Road.

  • Walgreens* — 3630 San Pablo Dam Road.

    Hercules

  • Hercules City Hall — 111 Civic Drive.

  • Hercules Community Center — 2001 Refugio Valley Road.

  • Hercules Library — 109 Civic Drive.

  • Radio Shack — 3700 San Pablo Ave.

  • Rite Aid* — 1560 Sycamore Ave.

    Pinole

  • Longs Drugs* — 1401 Tara Hills Drive.

  • Pinole City Hall — 2131 Pear St.

  • Pinole Senior Center — 2500 Charles Ave.

  • Pinole Community Center — 635 Tennent Ave.

  • Radio Shack — 1592 Fitzgerald Drive.

  • Staples — 1230 Fitzgerald Drive.

    Richmond

  • Ace Atalic Hardware — 4920 McBryde Ave.

  • Longs Drugs* — 2151 Meeker Ave.

  • Richmond City Hall — 1401 Marina Way South.

  • Walgreens* — 1150 MacDonald Ave.

  • West County Resource Recovery — 101 Pittsburg Ave.

  • Whale Point Marin & Hardware Co. — 205 Cutting Blvd.

    San Pablo

  • Davis Park Senior Center — 1651 Folsom St.

  • Radio Shack — 104 San Pablo Town Center

  • San Pablo City Hall — 13831 San Pablo Ave.

  • San Pablo Senior Center — 1943 Church Lane.

  • Walgreens* — 13751 San Pablo Ave.; 15650 San Pablo Ave.

    Appliances

  • West Contra Costa Sanitary Landfill — Foot of Parr Boulevard, Richmond, 510-233-4330. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

    Central County

    Hazardous Household waste

    FACILITY: Central Contra Costa Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 4797 Imhoff Place, Martinez, 800-646-1431, www.centralsan.org/services/hhwcf.html.

    RESIDENTS OF: Alamo, Blackhawk, Clayton, Concord, Clyde, Danville, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Orinda, Pacheco, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, Walnut Creek and other incorporated areas in Central County.

    HOURS: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Qualified small businesses by appointment only. (Closed July 4th, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas through New Year's.)

    GUIDELINES:

  • Package materials in sturdy, nonleaking containers.

  • Place small, leaking containers in Ziploc bags and large, leaking containers in separate, covered and nonleaking containers (maximum 5 gallons) for transport.

  • Wet-down, but don't soak, friable asbestos containing materials; double-bag in 6 ml or larger plastic bags; seal with duct tape; mark each bag "ASBESTOS CONTAINING MATERIAL." Maximum 50 pounds per bag, 125 pounds per trip.

    WILL ACCEPT: Chemical bottles, acetone, acids and caustics, aerosol cans, antifreeze, ant stakes, asbestos (see guidelines above), all batteries, bleach and cleaners, caulking, cements, chemicals, cleansers, drain cleaners, fertilizers, fire extinguishers, flares, fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, Freon/HCFC/refrigerants, fuel, gasoline, glues, grouts, hair spray, hazardous materials and wastes (including household), herbicides, kerosene, lighter fluid, mercury (including thermometers), motor oil, nail polish remover, oil filters, engine/motor oils, oven cleaners, paint thinners, paint (acrylic, latex, lead, oil based and spray), personal care product containers, pesticides, photo chemicals, poisons, polishes, pool chemicals, propane gas cans and tanks (5 gallons or less), solvents, spray cans, thinners, varnishes, wallpaper pastes, waxes, window cleaner, helium tanks (5 gallons or less, don't have to be empty), lead, grease and cooking oils.

    WON'T ACCEPT: Medications, needles/sharps, waste contaminated with PCBs at more than 50 ppm, radioactive materials, explosives (including firearms and ammunition), unlabeled or unknown compressed gas cylinders (except propane), e-waste, treated wood waste.

    Electronic waste

  • For a schedule of upcoming collection events, www.co.co.ntra-costa.ca.us/depart/cd/recycle/options/e-waste.htm.

  • Allied Waste Services offer two "Reuse" Day curbside pickups (customers notified by flier of dates). Allowed up to five e-waste items.

    Walnut Creek

  • E-Recycle On Us — 1271 Boulevard Way, Walnut Creek, 925-934-1515, www.erecycleonus.com. Free drop off 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Contact for list of accepted items.

    Pacheco

  • Rapid Recycle — 110 Second Ave. South, B-1, Pacheco, 925-671-8008, www.rapidrecycle.net. Free drop off 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Contact for list of accepted items.

  • Bay Area Recycling Center — 73A S. Buchanan Circle, Pacheco, 925-682-8987, bayarearecyclingcenter.com. Free drop off 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Contact for list of accepted items. Also take appliances, mattresses and box springs for small fee. Pickup in Contra Costa County for $29.

    Mail-back needle/sharps disposal

  • Waste Management — 877-927-8363, www.wastemd.com. (click on Products)

  • Sharps, Inc. — 800-772-5657, www.sharpsinc.com. (click on Products-Disposal by Mail)

    Nonfriable asbestos and treated wood

    (Includes floor tiles, asbestos pipe, transite siding and coated pipe insulation.)

  • Norcal Waste Systems — 6426 Hay Road, Vacaville, 707-678-4718, www.norcalwaste.com.

  • Altamont Landfill — 10840 Altamont Pass Road, Livermore, 800-449-6349, www.wm.com/Templates/FAC4305/index.asp.

    Household batteries

    In addition to household hazardous waste collection facilities, here are other locations that recycle household batteries (* drop off in photo department):

    Alamo

  • Longs Drugs* — 3158 Danville Blvd.

    Blackhawk

  • Longs Drugs* — 3420 Camino Tassajara

    Concord

  • Ace Hardware — 4451 Clayton Road.

  • Home Depot, Department 25 — 2090 Meridian Park Blvd.

  • Office Depot, Inc. — 1631 Challenge Drive.

  • Orchard Supply Hardware — 2050 Monument Blvd.

  • Radio Shack — 4482 Treat Blvd.; 1790 Willow Pass Road; 242 Sun Valley mall

  • Sears — 101 Sunvalley Blvd.

  • The Cellular Exchange — 2151 Salvio St.

  • Verizon Wireless — 1776 Arnold Industrial Way

    Lafayette

  • Longs Drugs* — 3625 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

  • Ace Hardware — 3311 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

    Martinez

  • Ace Hardware — 3610 Pacheco Blvd.

  • Radio Shack — 1155 Arnold Drive.

    Pleasant Hill

  • Best Buy — 3260 Buskirk Ave.

  • Ace Hardware — 1530 Contra Costa Blvd.

  • Radio Shack — 1691 Contra Costa Blvd.

  • Staples — 2120 Crescent Drive.

  • Target — 560 Contra Costa Blvd.

    Moraga

  • Moraga Hardware — 1409 Moraga Road.

  • Longs Drugs* — 580 Moraga Road.

    Orinda

  • Longs Drugs* — 50 Moraga Way

  • Rite Aid* — 27 Orinda Way

    Walnut Creek

  • Longs Drugs* — 1123 S. California; 1914 Tice Valley; 738 Bancroft Road.

  • Rite Aid* — 1526 Palos Verde mall

  • Radio Shack — 2987 Ygnacio Valley Road.; 1537 N. Main St.

    Appliances

  • Acme Landfill — 950 Waterbird Way, Martinez, 925-228-7099, www.co.co.ntra-costa.ca.us/depart/cd/recycle/options/v6115.htm. Accepts water heaters and nonworking air conditioners, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, ovens, trash compactors, washers and dryers. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

  • Contra Costa Transfer & Recovery Station — 951 Waterbird Way, Martinez, 925-313-8900, www.pleasanthillbayshoredisposal.com. Accepts water heaters and nonworking air conditioners, dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves, ovens, trash compactors, washers and dryers. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. (Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.) Fee for untarped loads.

    Lamorinda Food Scrap Recycling Program

    SERVICE: Valley Waste Management customers are eligible. Food scraps are collected separate from garbage and disposed of in the yard waste cart for regular pickup. For more information, 925-935-8900, www.wastediversion.org.

    CAN RECYCLE: Food scraps, eggs shells, coffee grounds, tea bags and food-soiled paper (ie, napkins, pizza boxes, paper bags).

    CAN'T RECYCLE: Plastic bags, bathroom tissue, diapers, foil, garbage, glass, grease, hazardous waste, liquids, metal, pet waste and litter, plastic containers, soil, Styrofoam.

    Home composting

  • Contact 925-906-1801 Ext. 306, or www.wastediversion.org/composting.htm. for information about free training and a link to the schedule.

    East County

    Hazardous household waste

    FACILITY: Delta Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 2550 Pittsburg-Antioch Highway, Antioch, 925-756-1990, www.ddsd.org.

    RESIDENTS OF: Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, Oakley and Pittsburg.

    HOURS: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (closed July 4th).

    GUIDELINES:

  • Pack in nonleaking containers (maximum 5 gallons).

  • Place small, leaking containers in individual Ziploc bags. Place large, leaking containers in separate, covered, nonleaking containers for transport.

    WILL ACCEPT: Chemical bottles, acetone, acids and caustics, adhesives, empty aerosol cans, antifreeze, all batteries, bleach and cleaners, caulking, cements, chemicals, cleansers, drain cleaners, drain openers, fertilizers, fire extinguishers, flares, fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, Freon/HCFC/refrigerants, fuel, gasoline, glues, grouts, hair spray, hazardous materials and wastes (including household), herbicides, insecticides, kerosene, lighter fluid, medications/pharmaceuticals (no controlled substances), mercury (including thermometers), motor oil, nail polish remover, needles/sharps (call 925-756-1990 to request container), oil filters, engine/motor oils, oven cleaners, paint thinners, paint (acrylic, latex, lead, oil based and spray), personal care products, pesticides, photo chemicals, poisons, polishes, pool chemicals, propane gas cans and tanks (5 gallons or less), solvents, empty spray cans, thinners, varnishes, waxes, window cleaner, empty helium tanks, lead, grease and cooking oils.

    WON'T ACCEPT: Appliances (contact Contra Costa Waste Recycling Center and Transfer Station at 925-473-0180; Brentwood call 925-516-6090), asbestos and treated wood (contact Altamont Landfill at 925-449-6349), compressed gas cylinder (except propane), infectious or biologically active materials, radioactive material, explosives (including firearms and ammunition), tires (contact 800-750-4096; Brentwood call 925-516-6090).

    Electronic waste

    DELTA HHW Collection Facility: Accepts televisions and computer monitors; computers and peripherals; tape, zip and optical drives; microwaves (no other appliances); laptops; power supplies; VCR and DVD players; portable electronic devices; radios and stereo equipment; satellite dish receivers; PC boards; paper shredders; oscilloscopes; fax machines; telephones, cell phones and answering machines (batteries removed) and electronic lab equipment (no radioactives).

    Household batteries

    In addition to household hazardous waste collection facilities, here are other locations that recycle household batteries (*drop off in photo department):

    Antioch

  • Orchard Supply Hardware — 4873 Lone Tree Way; 2388 Buchanan Road.

  • Radio Shack — 4498 Lone Tree Way; 2655 Somersville Road.

  • Staples — 4863 Lone Tree Way

  • Target* — 5769 Lone Tree Way

    Brentwood

  • Ace Hardware — 8900 Brentwood Blvd., Suite. J

    Oakley

  • Radio Shack — 2591 Main St.

    Pittsburg

  • Best Buy — 4405 Century Blvd.

  • Radio Shack — 682 Bailey Road; 196 Atlantic Ave.

  • Staples — 2000 North Park Blvd.

  • Target* — 4301 Century Blvd.

    Appliances

  • Recycling Center & Transfer Station — 1300 Loveridge Road, Pittsburg, 925-473-0180, www.co.co.ntra-costa.ca.us/depart/cd/recycle/options/v6164.htm. Accepts water heaters and nonworking air conditioners, dishwashers, refrigerators, stove, ovens, trash compactors, washers and dryers. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

    Alameda County

    Hazardous household waste

    OAKLAND FACILITY: 2100 East 7th St., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. select Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (www.stopwaste.org for dates).

    HAYWARD FACILITY: 2091 West Winton Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's weeks).

    LIVERMORE FACILITY: 5584 La Ribera St., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. select Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (www.stopwaste.org for dates).

    Recycling Hotline: 800-606-6606, www.stopwaste.org.

    RESIDENTS OF: Alameda County.

    WILL ACCEPT: Acetone, acids and caustics, empty aerosol cans, ammunition, antifreeze, all batteries, bleach and cleaners, chemical bottles, chemicals, cleansers, drain cleaners, fertilizers, fire extinguishers (less than 50 pound capacity), fireworks, flares, fluorescent tubes/bulbs/lamps, Freon/HCFC/refrigerants, fuel, gasoline, glues, grease/cooking oils, personal care products, empty helium tanks, herbicides, household hazardous wastes, kerosene, lead, lighter fluid, medications/pharmaceuticals (no controlled substances), mercury (including thermometers), nail polish remover, needles/sharps in approved containers (available from medical provider or pharmacy; if difficulty obtaining first container, 510-670-6460 or HHWSharps@acgov.org), oil and filters, oven cleaners, paint (spray, acrylic, latex, lead, oil based), empty paint cans, paint thinners, PCBs (call first), pesticides, photo chemicals, poisons, polishes, pool chemicals, propane gas tanks, solvents, empty spray cans, waxes and polishes.

    WON'T ACCEPT: Asbestos, explosives, railroad ties, radioactive materials, medical waste, most compressed gas containers, computers, monitors, televisions, microwave ovens, other electronic equipment and appliances.

    Asbestos

  • World Environmental — 6233 San Leandro St., Oakland, 800-428-5232. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

  • Altamont Landfill — 10840 Altamont Pass Road, Livermore, 800-449-6349, www.wm.com. 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

    Medicine/pharmaceuticals

    (Search for others using Recycle Wizard at www.stopwaste.org.)

  • Chimes Pharmacy — 3210 College Ave., Berkeley, 510-652-1990, www.chimespharmacy.com. Noncontrolled only.

  • Elephant Pharmacy — 1607 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-549-9200, www.elephantpharm.com/index.php. Noncontrolled only.

  • Versailles Pharmacy — 2801 Encinal Ave., Alameda, 510-523-4907. Pills in original bottles, exchange any number of mercury thermometers in double-bagged Ziplocs for one digital thermometer.

    Household batteries

    In addition to household hazardous waste collection facilities, here are other locations that recycle household batteries:

    Hayward

  • AERC Recycling Solutions — 30677 Huntwood Ave.

    Berkeley

  • Berkeley Recycling Center — 2nd and Gilman

    San Leandro

  • RecycLights — 2423 Williams St.

    Emeryville

  • IKEA — 440 Shellmound St.

    Oakland

  • Battery recycler available at Oakland libraries and Parks and Recreation departments.

    Electronic waste

    Berkeley

  • Alameda County Computer Resource Center — 1501 Eastshore Highway, 510-528-4052, www.accrc.org. Will accept free drop off of all computer-related items (except cracked monitors), batteries, electronics, small appliances (such as microwaves and toasters), video/audio tapes and holiday lights 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Must be California resident with ID. Free pickup in Berkeley only (leave voice mail message at 510-528-4755).

    Fremont

  • Allied Waste/E-Cycling Center — 42600 Boyce Road, 510-657-3500, www.ci.fremont.ca.us/Environment/ElectronicsRecycling/ResidentialElectronicsRecycling.htm. Fremont residents only (ID and utility bill required) may visit two times a year for free and drop off four items per visit (TVs 30 inches or larger count as two items). 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; Saturday by appointment.

  • Fremont Recycling & Transfer Station — 41149 Boyce Road, 510-252-0500, www.fremont-recycling.com. Residents of Fremont, Union City and Newark (ID required). Free drop off 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday of nonworking appliances (some fees apply), computers, other electronics and dirt.

    Hayward

  • AERC Recycling Solutions — 30677 Huntwood Ave., 510-429-1129, www.aercrecycling.com. Small quantity drop off and large quantity pickup (call first for both). 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Some items have a fee. Computers and televisions free with drop off.

  • E-Recycling of California — 31775 Hayman Ave., 800-795-0993, www.erecyclingofcalifornia.com. Free drop off of televisions and monitors, fee for other electronics. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (call first).

    Oakland

  • Universal Waste Management — 721 37th Ave., 888-832-9839, www.unwaste.com. Free drop off 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday for computer-related items, audio/video tapes, televisions and other electronics. Free pickup of large quantities (call for details). Web site also has schedule of collection events.

    San Leandro

  • Gomax Recycling — 14551 Griffith St., 510-351-1900. Free drop off 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily of most electronics.

  • Davis Street Transfer Station & Recycling Park — 2615 Davis St., San Leandro, 510-638-2303. Fee for some electronics. Free for computer monitors, laptops and TVs.

  • Electronic Waste Management — 1900 Marina Blvd., Suite B, San Leandro, 510-351-7511, www.noewaste.com. Free drop off noon-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday. Accepts most electronics, batteries and wire. Doesn't accept fluorescent bulbs, furniture, household appliances or smoke detectors. Web site also lists collection events. Online form available to speed up drop off.

    Union City

  • A.S.I. Cyber E-Waste Recycling — 33455 Western Ave., 510-468-2642, www.recycle1234.com. Free drop off 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday of most electronics. Fee for pickups and microwaves only.

  • Tri-CED Community Recycling — 33377 Western Ave., 510-471-3850. Free drop off 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday of computer-related items, televisions and other electronics; also accepts CRV items for buyback, cardboard, magazines, newspaper and phone books.

    Food Scrap Recycling Program

    SERVICE: Food scraps are collected separate from garbage in food pails and disposed of in the yard waste cart for regular pickup. To request a yard waste cart and/or food pail, contact service provider for each city.

    CAN RECYCLE: Food scraps, eggs shells, coffee grounds, tea bags and food-soiled paper (ie, napkins, pizza boxes, paper bags).

    CAN'T RECYCLE: Plastic bags, bathroom tissue, diapers, foil, garbage, glass, grease, hazardous waste, liquids, metal, pet waste and litter, plastic containers, soil, Styrofoam.

  • Alameda — Alameda County Industries, 510-483-1400, www.stopwaste.org/docs/alameda_brochure.pdf.

  • Albany, Emeryville and Oakland — Waste Management of Alameda County, 510-613-8710, www.stopwaste.org/docs/albany.pdf. (Albany), www.stopwaste.org/docs/em.-foodbro021705.pdf (Emeryville) and www.oaklandpw.com/page33.aspx. (Oakland).

  • Berkeley — Berkeley Refuse Services, 510-981-7270, www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContestDisplay.aspx?id=5606.

  • Castro Valley — Castro Valley Sanitary District, 510-537-0757, www.cvsan.org.

  • Fremont — Allied Waste, 510-657-3500, www.ci.fremont.ca.us/Environment/Recycling/FoodScrapRecycling.htm.

  • Newark — Tri-Cities Waste Management, 510-624-5900, www.stopwaste.org/docs/newark_foodscrap_brochure_11.05.pdf.

  • San Leandro — Alameda County Industries, 510-357-7287 or City of San Leandro Recycling Hotline, 510-577-6026, www.stopwaste.org/docs/food_brochure.-screen.pdf.

  • Union City — Tri-CED, 510-429-8030 or city recycling coordinator, 510-675-5466, www.ci.union-city.ca.us/recycle/food_scrap.htm

    Home composting

  • Alameda County — Free composting classes, low-cost composting bins and worm composting bins. For more information, 510-444-7645, www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=441.

    Reuse directory

  • Get the Berkeley Reuse Directory, a guide to 200 reuse, rental and repairs shops in the Berkeley and Albany, at branch libraries, 510-981-7270, pwreuse@ci.berkeley.ca.us.

    Tri-Valley

    Hazardous household waste

    See Alameda County

    Pleasanton

  • Pleasanton's Recycling Buyback Center — 3110 Busch Road, 925-846-2042. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Bring in 75 pounds of recyclable materials in any three-month period and receive a credit for recycling fee on next Pleasanton Garbage Service bill. Must have yellow recycling statement from back of bill stamped during each visit. Will accept: CRV aluminum cans, glass and plastic (exchanged for cash), mixed paper (including magazines and phone books), newspaper, nonwaxed cardboard, cereal boxes, brown bags and other plastics.

    Household batteries

    In addition to household hazardous waste collection facilities, here are other locations that recycle household batteries (* drop off in photo department):

    Castro Valley

  • Ace Hardware — 2569 Castro Valley Blvd.

    Dublin

  • Orchard Supply Hardware — 7884 Dublin Blvd.

  • Best Buy — 4820 Dublin Blvd.

    Livermore

  • City of Livermore City Hall — 1052 S. Livermore Ave.

    Pleasanton

  • Verizon Wireless — 6070 Johnson Drive., #D

    San Ramon

  • Orchard Supply Hardware — 1041 Market Place

  • Radio Shack — 3191 Crow Canyon Place

  • Recycle for Breast Cancer — 31 Beta Court, Suite C.

  • Staples — 2710 Crow Canyon Road.

  • Target — 2610 Bishop Drive.

    Danville

  • Longs Drugs* — 650 San Ramon Valley Blvd.

  • Danville Music — 3 Railroad Ave.

  • Radio Shack — 4808 San Ramon Valley Blvd.

  • Walgreens* — 611 San Ramon Valley Blvd.

    Electronic Waste

    San Ramon

  • Recycle for Breast Cancer — 31 Beta Court, Suite C., 800-315-9580, www.recycleforbreastcancer.org/dropoffanytime.htm. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. (Closed Easter, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.) Free drop off for most electronics. Tabletop microwaves have $20 disposal fee. Does not accept Styrofoam, paint, oil, thermometers, fluorescent lamps, air conditions, refrigerators, washers, dryers, back-up power supplies and car or lead batteries. Online form available to speed up drop off.

  • Archway Recycling — Free residential pickup service in Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore on set dates (925-548-2161, archwayrecycling.com/Page_7.html. for schedule). Items accepted include all computer-related, copy machines, telephones, televisions and audio electronics.

  • E-Cycle Electronic Waste Recycling — 2442 Research Drive, Livermore, 925-371-1050, www.ecycle.info. Accepts any computer or electronic item that contains a circuit board, even nonworking. 1-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and by appointment on weekends and evenings. Free drop off of most items (fee for major appliances, microwaves, copiers VCRs and video tapes; $5 hard-disk wipe).

    Food Scrap Recycling Program

    SERVICE: Food scraps are collected separate from garbage in food pails and disposed of in the yard waste cart for regular pickup. To request a yard waste cart and/or food pail, contact city's service provider.

    CAN RECYCLE: Food scraps, eggs shells, coffee grounds, tea bags and food-soiled paper (ie, napkins, pizza boxes, paper bags).

    CAN'T RECYCLE: Plastic bags, bathroom tissue, diapers, foil, garbage, glass, grease, hazardous waste, liquids, metal, pet waste and litter, plastic containers, soil, Styrofoam.

    Dublin

  • Amador Valley Industries — 877-479-9545, www.ci.dublin.ca.us/pdf/Garbage-How%20To%20Guide.pdf.

    Asbestos

  • Altamont Landfill — 10840 Altamont Pass Road, Livermore, 800-449-6349, www.wm.com. 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

    Benicia

    Hazardous household Waste

    FACILITY: Vallejo-Napa Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 889A Devlin Road, American Canyon, 800-984-9661.

    RESIDENTS OF: Solano County.

    HOURS: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

    WILL ACCEPT: Polishes, cleaners, oven cleaners, drain openers, lighter fluids, nail polish and removers, fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, pool chemicals, poisons, batteries, paints (includes latex and oil-based), paint thinners and strippers, wood preservatives, grease and rust solvents, wood and metal cleaners, transmission fluids, gasoline, automotive fluids, glues, cement, photo chemicals, aerosol containers, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, oil and oil filters, antifreeze, medical waste, outdated medicine, syringes and barbecue propane tanks.

    WON'T ACCEPT: Smoke detectors, radioactive items, ammunition, explosives, PCBs.

    Electronic waste

  • FMRC Recycling — 4690 East 2nd St. #7, Benicia, 707-747-7032. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Accepts free drop offs of computer-related items (except broken monitors), TVs, fax machines, copiers, telephones, stereos, radios and VCRs, DVDs and tape players. Won't accept any kitchen appliances.

  • Pacific Rim Recycling — 3690 Sprig Road, Benicia, 800-999-6067, pacificrimrecycling.com. Will accept computer equipment and televisions for free from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Maximum of five items per car.

    Appliances

  • Freon Free — 409 D Railroad Ave., Suisun City, 707-429-9013. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed noon-1 p.m.). Accepts all major appliances and most smaller appliances, including TVs, computers and monitors, for a fee.

    Household batteries

  • City of Benicia Corp Yard — 2400 E 2nd St., Benicia

    SAN MATEO COUNTY

    Hazardous household waste

    Collection events almost weekly rotate between locations in South San Francisco, Pacifica, San Bruno, San Carlos, Menlo Park, San Mateo, Redwood City and Half Moon Bay.

    Appointments required to minimize drop-off time. Call 650-363-4718 and choose option 3, online appointments page at events.smhealth.org/events/. for "Make Appointment" link.

    For more information, erouan@co.sanmateo.ca.us, 650-363-4305.

    WILL ACCEPT: Acetone, acids and caustics, aerosol cans, antifreeze, batteries, bleach and cleaners, chemical bottles, cleansers, drain cleaners, fertilizers, fire extinguishers, flares, fluorescent tubes/bulbs/lamps, Freon, fuel, furniture, gasoline, glues, personal care products, household hazardous waste, herbicides, kerosene, lighter fluid, mercury (including thermometers), nail polish remover, oil filters, engine oils, oven cleaners, paint (spray, acrylic, latex, lead, oil based), empty paint cans, paint thinners, PCBs, pesticides, photo chemicals, poisons, polishes, pool chemicals, propane gas cans/tanks, nonworking refrigerators, solvents, spray cans, waxes, window cleaner.

    WON'T ACCEPT: Explosives or ammunition, medical/infectious wastes, radioactive wastes, compressed gasses (except propane for camping stoves or barbecues), asbestos, tires, appliances or e-waste, construction or business waste.

    Pharmaceutical/Medications

    Drop-off containers available at police departments in Atherton (83 Ashfield Road); Belmont (Old Twin Pines Lane); Burlingame (1111 Trousdale Drive); Daly City (333 90th St.); Hillsborough (1600 Floribunda Ave.); Millbrae (581 Magnolia Ave.); Pacifica (2075 Coast Highway); San Bruno (1177 Huntington Ave. East); San Mateo (2000 South Delaware St.); South San Francisco (33 Arroyo Drive, Suite C). A container also is available at the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office (400 County Center, Redwood City). For more information, call office of Supervisor Adrienne J. Tissier at 650-363-4572.

    Household batteries

    In addition to household hazardous waste collection facilities, here are other locations that recycle household batteries:

    Daly City

  • Allied Waste Daly City — 1680 Edgeworth Ave.

  • Bayshore Library — 460 Martin St.

  • City Hall — 333 90th St.

  • Serramonte Library — 40 Wembley Road.

  • Westlake Library — 275 Southgate Ave.

    San Carlos

  • San Carlos Recycling Center — 333 Shoreway Road. Also accepts fluorescent lamps and latex paint.

  • City Hall — 600 Elm St.

    Atherton

  • Atherton Permit Center — 83 Station Lane.

  • Town Hall — 91 Ashfield Road.

    South San Francisco

  • Blue Line Transfer, Inc. — 500 East Jamie Court. Also accepts fluorescent lamps and latex paint.

    Burlingame

  • Burlingame City Hall — 501 Primose Road.

    Pacifica

  • Coastside/Seacoast Disposal — 1046 Palmetto Ave. Also accepts fluorescent lamps and latex paint.

    Redwood City

  • County Office Building — 455 County Government Center, Public Services, 1st floor

    Menlo Park

  • Menlo Park Library — 800 Alma St.

  • Belle Haven Child Development Center — 410 Ivy Drive.

  • Onetta Harris Community Center — 100 Terminal Ave.

    Millbrae

  • Millbrae Library — 1 Library Ave.

    Half Moon Bay

  • Ocean Shore Hardware — 111 Main St. Also accepts fluorescent lamps and latex paint.

  • Reece Computer Systems — 225 Cabrillo Highway, Suite 103D.

  • Strawflower Electronics — 160 San Mateo Road, Suite E.

    San Bruno

  • San Bruno Garbage Co., Inc. — 101 Tanforan Ave. Also accepts fluorescent lamps and latex paint.

    San Mateo

  • City Hall — 330 W. 20th Ave.

    For more drop off locations, www.recycleworks.org.

    Electronic waste

  • All working and nonworking electronics can be dropped off for free at Goodwill Donation Centers in San Mateo County. For locations, www.sfgoodwill.org., 888-446-6394.

  • Allied Waste Daly City — 1680 Edgeworth Ave., Daly City, 650-756-1130. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

  • Coastside Scavenger Co. — 1046 Palmetto Ave., Pacifica, 650-355-9000. Pacifica and Miramar residents only. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday (closed noon-1 p.m.) Also takes appliances for a fee.

  • San Bruno Garbage Co. Transfer Station — 101 Tanforan Ave., San Bruno, 650-583-8536. Tuesday and Thursday by appointment; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Appliances for a fee.

  • Blue Line Transfer, Inc. — 500 East Jamie Court, South San Francisco, 650-589-5511. 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Also takes appliances for a fee.

  • Ox Mountain Landfill — 12310 Highway 92, Half Moon Bay, 650-726-1819, hmbrecycles.com/Recycling.Disposal.Facilities.htm.#Ox_Mountain_Recycling. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Also takes appliances for a fee.

    Appliances

  • Sims Metal — 699 Seaport Blvd., Redwood City, 650-369-4161. Accepts appliances made mostly of metal, including refrigerators, freezers, water heaters and microwaves.

  • Project 90 — 720 South B. St., San Mateo, 650-333-8574, www.projectninety.org. Call to verify if will accept donation. Some pickups available in San Mateo County only.. Also takes electronics.

  • Pescadero Transfer Station — Bean Hollow Road at Artichoke, 650-879-0729. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday-Tuesday. Charges fee.

    Nursery pot recycling

    These are a few of the nurseries who take back black rigid plastic pots for reuse:

  • Bongard's Treescape Nursery — 12460 Highway 92, Half Moon Bay. Accepts 1-15 gallon.

  • Carlmont Nursery — 2029 Ralston Ave., Belmont. Accepts 5 gallon and larger, black only.

  • Golden Nursery — 1122 2nd Ave., San Mateo. Accepts Golden Nursery containers only, 1 gallon and larger.

  • Growers-Propagators of America — 12480 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. Accepts all sizes.

  • Half Moon Bay Nursery — 11691 Highway 92, Half Moon Bay. Accepts 4-inch and larger, but no six packs.

  • M&M Nursery — 332 Woodside Road, Redwood City. Accepts 5 gallon and larger.

  • Pacific Nursery — 2499 Hillside Blvd., Colma. Accepts 1 gallon and larger.

  • Redwood City Nursery — 2760 El Camino Road, Redwood City. Accepts all sizes; call first.

  • Wegman's Nursery — 492 Woodside Road, Redwood City. Accepts 1 gallon and larger, black only; call first.

  • Yerba Buena Nursery — 19500 Skyline Blvd., Woodside, Accepts 1-15 gallon, black only.

    PG&E

    Rebates: PG&E offers several energy-efficiency rebates. To learn more about the available rebates, guidelines and qualifications, 800-933-9555, www.pge.com/rebates.

    SmartAC: Helps community conserve energy when electricity reaches capacity by temporarily reducing amount of electricity your air conditioner uses. Can earn $25 cash reward for every SmartAC device installed. Installation free. To learn more, 866-908-4916, www.pge.com/myhome/saveenergymoney/energysavingprograms/smartac/.

    Climate Smart: Voluntary program in which PG&E calculates how much your home energy use contributed to the greenhouse gas emissions and neutralizes this by adding that amount to your monthly energy bill (average is $5 a month). All of this money helps fund greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in California. Enroll online, www.pge.com/myhome/environment/whatyoucando/climatesmart/climatesmarthowitworks/index.shtml.

    Solar: Read PG&E's Solar Guide online, www.pge.com/myhome/saveenergymoney/solarenergy.

    CONTRA COSTA WATER DISTRICT

  • Residential high-efficiency clothes washer rebate — For information: 925-688-8320 www.ccwater.com/conserve/rebates_rwasher.asp.

  • High-efficiency toilet rebate program — For information 925-688-8320, www.ccwater.com/conserve/rebates_rtoilets.asp.

  • Single-family residential home water use survey — Call 925-688-8320 or sign-up online at www.ccwater.com/conserve/singlefamily.asp.#. Free water conservation devices available with home water use survey or by picking them up at the Water Conservation Office, 1331 Concord Ave., Concord. For more information on the devices, www.ccwater.com/conserve/devices.asp.

    ALAMEDA COUNTY WATER DISTRICT

  • To find out about the district's residential high-efficiency clothes washer rebate and weather-based irrigation controller incentive program, 510-668-4207, www.acwd.org/wc_athome.php5.#washerRebate.

    EAST BAY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT

  • WaterSmart clothes washer rebate — For information: 925-933-9555, www.ebmud.com/conserving_.&_recycling/residential/clotheswasher_rebate/default.htm.

  • WaterSmart irrigation controller program — For information: 866-403-2683, www.ebmud.com/conserving_.&_recycling/residential/clotheswasher_rebate/default.htm.

  • WaterSmart residential landscape rebates — For information: 866-403-2683, www.ebmud.com/conserving_.&_recycling/residential/landscape_rebate/default.htm.

  • WaterSmart high-efficient toilet rebate — For information: 866-403-2683, www.ebmud.com/conserving_.&_recycling/residential/toilet_replacement_rebate/default.htm.

  • Self-survey kit available online, www.ebmud.com/conserving_.&_recycling/residential/water_wise_kits/default.htm.

    MID-PENINSULA WATER DISTRICT

  • For information on the clothes washer rebate program and water conservation kits: 650-591-8941, www.midpeninsulawater.org/view/24.

    WESTBOROUGH WATER DISTRICT

  • For information on the clothes washer and low-flush toilet rebate programs: 650-589-1435, www.westboroughwater.com/conservation.htm.

    COASTSIDE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT

  • For information on rebate programs and free shower head and faucet aerators: 650-726-4405, www.coastsidewater.org/water.-conservation.html#SmartRebates.

    DUBLIN SAN RAMON SERVICES DISTRICT

  • For information on high-efficiency clothes washer and low-flush toilet rebates: 925-828-8524, www.dsrsd.com/your_water_services/rebates.html.