What Goes Where? | Recology San Bruno


What Goes Where?

Find out how to properly dispose of your items below.  If you’re unable to find what you’re looking for, reach out!  For printable guides and service brochures, please visit the Sorting Guides and Signage page. For a searchable list of items, please visit WhatBin.

We accept food scraps, soiled paper, and plants in the green composting cart. Only bio-plastics labeled “compostable” and displaying a green or brown stripe may be placed in your green cart. Contact us to change the size of any of your carts.

Accepted Composting Materials
Food Scraps

  • Bread, grains and pasta
  • Coffee grounds (and filters)
  • Dairy
  • Eggshells
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Fruit, including pits
  • Meat, including bones
  • Poultry
  • Vegetables

  • Branches and brush
  • Flowers and floral trimmings
  • Grasses and weeds
  • Leaves
  • Tree trimmings
Soiled Paper

  • Coffee filters
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Paper cups (including chain store coffee cups) and plates
  • Paper ice cream containers
  • Paper bags, napkins and towels
  • Paper take-out boxes and containers
  • Paper tea bags
  • Waxed cardboard and paper
  • Wine corks
Unaccepted Composting Material 
  • Animal waste
  • Concrete, asphalt, stones, sod, dirt and bricks
  • Cooking oil
  • Diapers
  • Juice or soy milk boxes
    with foil liner
  • Recyclables (glass, aluminum, paper, plastics 1-7)
  • Palm fronds
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic corks
  • Liquids and ice
  • Plywood
  • Styrofoam packaging, food containers and packing peanuts
  • Treated and painted wood
Accepted Recycling Materials
Paper (clean, dry and unsoiled)

  • Bags (paper only, no plastic)
  • Cardboard (non-waxed)
  • Catalogues, magazines, envelopes, and junk mail
  • Computer and office paper (all colors)
  • Egg cartons (cardboard)
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Newspapers
  • Packing or craft paper
  • Phonebooks and soft cover books
  • Shredded paper (in a folded paper bag labelled “shredded paper” and placed inside your blue Recycle cart)
  • Wrapping paper (non-metallic)
Glass (no liquids or food)

  • Glass bottles and jars only (metal caps and lids too)

Plastic (no plastic bags, wrappers or Styrofoam)

  • Coffee cup lids
  • Plastic bottles and caps, tubs and lids, cups and containers, including clamshells, numbered 1-7
  • Plastic buckets
Metal (no liquids or food)

  • Aluminum cans, foil& trays
  • Caps and lids from bottles, jars and steel/tin cans
  • Paint & aerosol cans (must be empty or dry)
  • Steel (tin) cans
Unaccepted Recycling Material
  • Automotive parts and products
  • Batteries and cell phones
  • Black plastics and plastic cutlery
  • Diapers
  • Drinking glasses
  • Flower and Nursery pots
  • Food
  • Garbage
  • Garden Hoses
  • Hazardous waste
  • Juice, soup or soy milk type boxes with foil liner
  • Fluorescent, LED or HID light bulb
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic corks
  • Plastic and wire hangers
  • Plastic film, shrink wrap, pallet wrap and bubble wrap
  • Soiled paper (paper cups, plates, napkins, towels, take-out boxes
    and greasy pizza boxes)
  • Styrofoam packaging, food containers and packing peanuts
  • Waxed Cardboard or Waxed Paper
  • Window glass

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

Accepted 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
  • Foil-backed or plastic-backed paper
  • Glass mirrors and windows
  • Juice or soy milk type boxes with foil liner
  • Mylar (shiny metal) bags (potato chips, candy bars, balloons, etc)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Plastic bags, wrappers and film (not labeled “Compostable”)
  • Plastic items mixed with metal, fabric 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
Unaccepted Trash Materials
  • Appliances
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Construction debris
  • Cooking oil and grease
  • Dirt, rocks or stone
  • Electronics
  • Fluorescent, LED or HID light bulbs
  • Food scraps, soiled paper or yard trimmings
  • Household hazardous waste or chemicals
  • 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

It is illegal to put items such as electronics, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, pesticides, and other chemicals in the trash. When household hazardous wastes end up in a landfill, they can cause serious threats to humans, wildlife and the environment.