Residents in our service area receive:
What Items Can Be Recycled:
Below is a list of items that can be recycled in your curbside recycling containers. You can also use the "How do I get rid of" tool to search hundreds of household items for recycling and disposal options. This feature is also on the free SacGreenTeam App. Download the App in the App Store or Google Play. With the app, you can also find your collection calendar, your street sweeping calendar, sign up for reminders, schedule a bulky waste pickup, and report missed service. You can also play the Sort Smart game.
Paper and Cardboard
Paper and cardboard including newspapers, magazines, junk mail, paper egg cartons, and cereal/cracker boxes (with plastic bag/liners removed).
Metal Beverage and Food Cans
Empty and dry soup and vegetable cans, dog and cat food cans, and soda cans. Labels and lids are ok.
Glass Bottles and Jars
Empty and dry glass bottles and jars. All colors are accepted. Labels and lids are ok.
Plastics Bottles and Containers
Do Not Recycle These Items:
Because anything bagged is treated like garbage, and goes to the landfill. Place your recyclable items into your cart loose.
Padded plastic envelopes, plastic bags, and plastic wrap.
Because thin, flimsy plastics can jam up the machinery at the recycling processing facility. Even if these items have a chasing arrow image (three arrows in a shape of a triangle) they are not allowed in your curbside recycling cart. Please reuse these items if possible. Some local stores accept flimsy plastics for recycling. Find a drop off near you at the PlasticFilmRecycling website. If none of these are options for you, please put these in the garbage cart.
Food waste, liquids, food-soiled items.
Because food and liquids contaminate and make other recyclable items no longer recyclable. Contaminated items go to the landfill. Empty all liquids before placing in your recycling cart.
Clothes, shoes, blankets.
Because these items get tangled in the recycling processing equipment. Donate, or dispose of these in your garbage cart.
Hangers, cords, hoses, plastic packaging straps.
Because these items get tangled in the recycling processing equipment. Reuse or dispose of in your garbage cart.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) – Items like household batteries, cleaners, pesticides, fluorescent light tubes/bulbs and paint never belong in any of your curbside carts (Garbage, Recycling or Green Waste)! Drop these off for free at any local HHW drop-off site in Sacramento County.
Download the Curbside Collection Services Brochure to learn about all curbside programs, including what materials are accepted in the green waste cart and trash cart.
Removing recyclables from a curbside cart is a crime pursuant to Section 6.20.160 of the Sacramento County Code. To report scavenging, call the Sacramento County Information hotline at 916-875-5656 or TDD 916-875-7105.