Resource Recovery


What you might consider trash, we call resources – just a simple change in perspective. This is why we describe what we do as resource recovery.

We create recycling programs and build infrastructure to recover recyclables and reduce landfill-bound materials. By seeking out and utilizing new technologies to sort and extract materials, we’re able to return organic materials to farms as compost, and provide raw recycled materials (such as plastic or aluminum) to manufacturers.

While you’re sorting your compost and recycling, we’re discovering ways to recover and reuse both. Take a simple plastic bottle, for example. These plastics can be recycled and made into new products, like jackets made of plastic bottles. You might even see your old furniture as part of an art installation one day.  This recovery process is crucial in reducing the impact of waste on our environment.

Want to know how your home or business can be increase your recycling and composting efforts? Learn how.




Recycling Services

On average, Recology recovers over 600 million pounds of recyclables each year, and we’re continuously researching ways to recycle more items to be made into new products. Our latest effort has been in implementing a system to collect and recycle “film plastics” – which are used to make items like grocery bags. Historically, film plastics were a hard-to-recycle item with little to no end-market.  We’re working to change this.

Composting Services

Recology built the first large scale compost facility in California in 1996, and today, we compost over 1 billion pounds of food scraps and yard trimmings annually.  The compost we make from your organic materials are then used by local farmers to grow food, which is returned to you in the form of fresh produce, grains, or wine. In 2013, we sold 296 million pounds of compost in California alone. Learn more about our compost by visiting Recology Organics.