Hard to Recycle

There are several items that we cannot accept in our recycling program, but we don’t want to see them end up in the landfill either. Many of these items can be taken to special recycling locations, or reused by local businesses.

Office Depot, Staples, and Office Max take back used cartridges and offer rewards points for recycling. You can also drop them off at Green Citizen.

Did you know CDs and DVDs are recyclable? Discs are shredded and recycled into a number of new products, often as automotive or construction materials. Even motorcycle helmets!

You can mail or drop off your unwanted CDs and DVD at GreenCitizen’s Peninsula Drop-Off Center, located on Mahler Road in Burlingame. You do not need to separate the disc from the case; both can be recycled for a charge of $0.75/lb.

GreenCiitzen Electronic Recycling
1831 Old Bayshore Hwy Suite 2, Burlingame, CA 94010

You can also sell or trade your old CDs and DVDs:

Rasputin Music & DVDs
630 San Antonio Road, Mountain View, CA 94040

Lynx Recyclers
1440 Norman Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 988-2999

Super Link Plastic, Inc.
888 92nd Avenue
Oakland, CA 94603
(510) 568-1086

Donate shipping and packing materials to be reused. Styrofoam peanuts and bubble wrap are extremely difficult to recycle, so it’s best to reduce and reuse when possible.

UPS Store (Peanuts, air pillows, bubble wrap)
Visit www.TheUPSStore.com or call (800) 789-4623 for the locations nearest you.

Recycled Glassworks
Accepts waste glass from windows, shelves, doors, and tabletops.
238 Bonview Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 641-5610

In a landfill, plastic bags take up to 1,000 years to degrade. As litter, they breakdown into tiny bits, contaminating our soil and water. Luckily, several grocery stores on the Peninsula recycle plastic bags, including Safeway, Whole Foods, Nob Hill Foods, and Mollie Stones.

Nursery pots and buckets can be donated for re-use. Many local nurseries will take back black rigid plastic pots and return them to growers for reuse. A list of nurseries that take back pots can be found at www.recyclestuff.org.