What Goes Where?
Find out how to properly dispose of your household materials by clicking the tabs below or by searching for an item (last tab). You can also view or download the printable sorting guides. If you’re unable to find what you’re looking for, please reach out!
We accept all food scraps, soiled paper, and plants in the green compost cart. Please do not place compostable material in plastic or compostable plastic bags, as the current regional compost facilities are unable to process those materials. Paper bags are acceptable.
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Please do not place recyclable materials in plastic bags, as the recycling facility is unable to process those materials. Paper bags are acceptable.
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.
Zero Waste Sonoma has a number of program changes and updates regarding HHW events due to COVID-19. Please check the link for the latest updates. https://zerowastesonoma.gov/covid-19
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.
Electronics Collection: Recology Sonoma Marin will collect electronics for recycling, as a bulky item pickup. Please contact customer service to set up an appointment, and for more details. Any Sonoma County transfer station will accept household electronics for recycling. Goodwill will also accept electronics, working or not. Please also visit www.ZeroWasteSonoma.gov for additional recycling options, as well as for community drop-off events.
Batteries: Please place batteries in a sealed plastic bag on top of your recycling cart on your service day. Your recycling driver will collect them separately from your recyclable materials. Note this is only for residential customers in the city limits of Santa Rosa.
- Motor Oil: We offer a curbside pickup for motor oil and filters – call customer service to request an oil kit and you will be provided with a container and zip-lock filter bag. When filled, call customer service to request a pick up, and place oil and filters at the curb next (NOT IN) to your recycling cart for pickup. There are also many locations in Sonoma County that will accept motor oil and filters. Visit www.ZeroWasteSonoma.gov to find a location.
There are several options for holiday tree recycling. Please remove all lights, tinsel, trim, ornaments and stands prior to recycling. Flocked trees are NOT accepted in the tree recycling programs but can be cut to fit in your trash bin or collected for an additional fee.
Curbside collection will be available January 2nd – 6th, and also the week of January 8th -12th. Residential customers may place trees up to 6 feet tall on the curb the night before their regular collection day. Trees may also be cut to fit inside green carts. For non-profit fundraiser collections before January 12th, please call (707) 565-3333.
*Sonoma County Fairgrounds at 1350 Bennett Valley Road. Enter at the Jockey Club parking lot (no flocked trees at this location).
*Sonoma County Transfer Station until Jan 15th (regular and flocked trees accepted).