Your Three Carts

While you’re sorting your compost and recycling, Recology is finding new ways to reuse your materials. Whether you’re a business owner, property manager, or resident, we will work with you to tailor programs based on your needs. Wondering what goes where?


Food scraps, soiled paper, and yard trimmings (such as grass, branches, and plants) go in the green or brown compost cart.


Paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum/tin cans, hard plastics, and soft plastics such as bags & bubble wrap go into the blue recyclables cart.


What is trash? Not much! Cat litter, ceramics, ashes, and broken glass to name a few. Less of these items placed in the landfill cart the better.


Americans with Disabilities Act
Disabled residents (pursuant to Americans with Disabilities Act) who are unable to place their containers at the curb have the option of placing their containers beside their home, visible from curbside. Please let us know!



Recycling is collected with a fully automated truck that uses a mechanical arm to retrieve the cart and place it back on your curb. Using the fully automated system makes the placement of the carts more important than ever – the mechanical arm needs to be able to grab a cart without touching the other carts.

  • Place your carts on the street no later than 7:00 AM on your scheduled collection day.
  • Place wheels against the curb and close cart lids.


32-gallon 24.25″ 19.25″ 38.5″
64-gallon 31.75″ 24.25″ 41.75″
96-gallon 35.25″ 29.75″ 43.25″
1.5-cubic yards 3′ 7′ 4′
2-cubic yards 4′ 7′ 5′
3-cubic yards 4′ 7′ 5′
4-cubic yards 5′ 7′ 5′
6-cubic yards 6′ 7′ 5′
8-cubic yards 6′ 7′ 8′

Please visit the City of Cupertino for rate information.


We accept food scraps, soiled paper, yard debris, and plants in compost carts.

Acceptable Compost 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

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

Food Soiled Paper:

  • Coffee filters
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Paper plates
  • Paper bags, napkins, tissues and towels
  • Paper take-out boxes
  • Aluminum foil or trays
  • “Biodegradable” or cornstarch plastics
  • Cat litter or animal feces
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Clothing, linens and rags
  • Cooking oil
  • Corks – plastic
  • Diapers
  • Dirt, rocks or stone
  • Flower pots or trays
  • Paper milk, juice and other beverage cartons
  • Liquids or ice
  • Plastic bags, wrappers or film
  • Recyclable/clean cardboard or paper
  • StyrofoamTM

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

  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminum and bi-metal cans
  • Aluminum foil (clean, no food)


  • All plastics, with or without
    symbols, flower pots, bottles,
    buckets & party cups
  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic bags and film plastic


  • Aseptics (paper cartons that include boxed soups, juice boxes and soy containers).
  • Cardboard must be flattened to fit inside recycling container with lid closed.
Mixed Paper (clean, dry and unsoiled):

  • Books (paperback and hardcover)
  • Cereal, cracker and frozen food boxes (plastic liners removed)
  • Envelopes, junk mail, paper bags
  • Shredded paper (please put into a paper bag before placing in recycling cart)

Glass (no liquids or food):

  • Glass bottles and jars only
    (labels and lids too)
  • Batteries
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Coat hangers
  • Electronics
  • Food scraps
  • Glass mirrors and windows
  • Incandescent light bulbs,
    Fluorescent light bulbs and HIDs
  • Plastic items mixed fabric or 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 trash. Among such things are non-recyclable plastics and other complex materials that were not designed to be recycled. 

Acceptable Trash Items 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
  • Mylar (shiny metal) bags (potato chips, candy bars, balloons, etc)
  • Plastic items mixed with metal or rubber
  • Plastic labeled “Biodegradable”
  • Rubber bands
  • Sponges
  • Styrofoam
  • Twist ties
  • Garden hoses, packing
    foam peanuts, Styro-
    foamTM, pet waste
  • Appliances
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Cooking oil and grease
  • Electronics
  • Fluorescent 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