What Goes Where?

Find out more about how to properly dispose of the items below. You may also drop off CRV and non-CRV recyclables at the Davis Recycling Center. We provide free 24-hour drop-off of the following recyclables: cardboard, plastics #1-#7, aluminum cans, tin foil, paper, glass bottles, steel cans, scrap metal, used motor oil and oil filters.  Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Reach out!  

Place food scraps in a compostable bag, paper bag or other kind of compostable container prior to placing in your organics cart.  We accept all food scraps, soiled paper, and plants in the brown organics cart.  Only bio-plastics labeled “compostable” and displaying a green or brown stripe may be placed in the organics cart.  Contact us to change the size of any of your carts.

Acceptable Organics/Compostable Materials Unacceptable Materials
Food Scraps

  • Bread, grains and pasta
  • Coffee grounds with paper filter
  • Dairy
  • Eggshells and eggs
  • Fruit (pits & peels)
  • Leftovers and spoiled food
  • Meat (including bones)
  • Seafood (including shellfish)
  • Tea and tea bags
  • Vegetables

Food Soiled Paper

  • Coffee filters
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Paper plates
  • Paper bags, napkins, tissues and towels
  • Paper take-out boxes and containers (metal handle OK)
  • Milk/juice cartons
  • Tissues


  • Cotton balls and cotton swabs
  • Hair, fur, and feathers (non-synthetic)
  • Plastic clearly labeled “Compostable”
    (green stripe or sticker to allow for easy identification)
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Wood – small pieces of lumber or sawdust from clean wood only (no plywood, press board, painted, stained or treated wood)
  • Wooden chop sticks
  • Corks – natural (drop in barrels at Whole Foods)

  • Aluminum foil or trays
  • “Biodegradable” plastic (not labeled “Compostable”)
  • Cat litter or animal feces
  • Compostable diapers
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Clothing, linens and rags
  • Cooking oil
  • Corks – plastic
  • Diapers
  • Dirt, rocks or stone
  • Flower pots or trays
  • Foil-backed or plastic-backed paper
  • Glass, metal or plastic not labeled “Compostable”
  • Liquids or ice
  • Plastic bags, wrappers or film
  • Recyclable/clean cardboard or paper
  • Polystyrene foam
  • Wood – plywood, press board, painted or stained wood



Do You Have Extra Yard Trimmings?

Learn more about seasonal yard material pile collection beginning in October.

Each residential curbside recycling cart has two separate compartments. The label on the lid explains what can be placed inside each of the cart’s compartments. Place paper and small cardboard pieces in the side with the black lid, and place plastic, aluminum, glass bottles and cans in the side with the blue lid. If you have a lot of cardboard boxes, please flatten and place next to your carts.

Recycling must be loose, free of a plastic bag liner. 

Acceptable Recycling Materials Unacceptable Recycling Materials
Metal (no liquids or food):

  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil and trays (ball foil up to softball size)
  • Caps and lids from bottles, jars and steel (tin) cans
  • Paint cans (must be empty or dry)
  • Spray cans (must be empty)
  • Steel (tin) cans


  • Bottles (leave caps on)
  • Buckets (metal handle ok)
  • CD’s, DVD’s, CDROM & Cases (remove paper insert)
  • Coffee cup lids
  • Containers and clamshells
  • Corks – plastic
  • Cups and plates (plastic only, no Styrofoam)
  • Flower pots and trays – plastic
  • Laundry detergent bottles
  • Molded plastic packaging
  • Toys (no electronics, metal or batteries)
  • Tubs and lids (yogurt containers & Tupperware)
  • Utensils – plastic

Glass (no liquids or food):

  • Glass jars and containers
Paper (clean, dry and unsoiled):

  • Paper bags
  • Cardboard (non-waxed); for large pieces of cardboard: flatten and stack on the ground next to the recycling cart
  • Cereal boxes and paperboard (remove plastic liner)
  • Computer and office paper
  • Egg cartons (paper)
  • Envelopes (windows okay)
  • Junk mail and magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Packing or Kraft paper
  • Phonebooks
  • Sticky notes
  • Shredded paper (place in sealed paper)
  • Wrapping paper

  • Batteries
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Electronics
  • Food scraps
  • Glass mirrors and windows
  • Incandescent light bulbs,
    Fluorescent light bulbs and HIDs
  • Film plastics and plastic bags
  • Fabric
  • Rubber
  • Plastic labeled “Compostable” or “Biodegradable”
  • Scrap metal
  • Soiled paper (paper plates, napkins, tissues, towels, take-out boxes and greasy pizza boxes)
  • Styrofoam
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Wood
  • Yard trimmings

Few things, once they are used, are actually considered garbage. Among such things are non-recyclable plastics and other complex materials that were not designed to be recycled.

Acceptable Garbage Materials Unacceptable Trash Materials
  • Cat litter and animal feces (bagged)
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Cigarette Butts (extinguished – run under water prior to disposal)
  • Dental floss
  • Diapers
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Glass mirrors and windows inside a double brown paper bag and smashed in small pieces
  • Incandescent light bulbs
    (no fluorescents or HIDs)
  • Mylar (shiny metal) bags (potato chips, candy bars, balloons, etc)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Plastic items mixed with metal or rubber
  • Plastic labeled “Biodegradable” only
  • Rubber bands
  • Six-pack ring holder – please cut up
  • Sponges
  • Styrofoam
  • Twist ties
  • Wood – small pieces of plywood, press board, and painted or stained wood

  • Appliances
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Coat hangers
  • Construction debris
  • Cooking oil and grease
  • Dirt, rocks or stone
  • Electronics
  • Fluorescent or HID light bulbs
  • Food scraps, soiled paper or yard trimmings
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Large items (furniture, metal, plastic, wood)
  • Liquids or ice
  • Motor oil
  • Needles or syringes
  • Paint
  • Recyclable cardboard, glass, metal, paper or plastic
  • Toys with electronics or batteries
  • Waxed cardboard and paper


Do You Have Extra Trash?

If you have extra trash that does not fit in your cart, please contact us. 

Hazardous & electronic waste accounts for significant amounts of toxic waste in landfills. Items such as electronics, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, paints, pesticides, cleaning products, old medications and other chemicals are illegal to put in the garbage or pour down a drain or gutter because they contaminate our soil, drinking water and air.

Examples of Hazardous waste: Aerosol cans, antifreeze, batteries, bleach, chlorine, cooking oil, fluorescent lamps, garden chemicals, gasoline, household cleaners, hydraulic fluid, insect sprays, mercury waste, motor oil, oily rags, paint products, pool chemicals, sharps in containers, thermometers, tile cleaners, tile remover, transmission fluid, used oil filters, medications.

Examples of Universal & Electronic waste: Batteries, fluorescent bulbs, computers, monitors, cords, phones, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, microwave ovens, or iPods.


Residents: Yolo County residents can bring their hazardous waste, electronics, and universal waste to the household hazardous waste (HHW) Drop-Off Days at the Yolo County Central Landfill for free every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. View detailed drop off information here. For universal waste, such as microwaves and small appliances, residents may donate them to Goodwill.

UC Davis campus residents: UC Davis operates a separate household hazardous waste collection program. Thus, residents on campus are NOT eligible to bring HHW materials to the Yolo County landfill for disposal.  For information about on-campus disposal, please visit UC Davis Zero Waste.

Businesses can dispose of their materials though Yolo County’s Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Program at the Yolo County Central Landfill.

Motor oil & filters: City of Davis customers may drop off used motor oil (in tightly secured containers) and oil filters at the Davis Recycling Center at no charge. For more drop off options, visit the City of Davis motor oil page. 

For information about Bulky Item Drop Off Days and curbside collection, visit the Bulky Items page.