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Effective July 1, 2021, the County of San Diego requires all single-family households, businesses, and multi-family complexes to recycle. This recycling effort targets single-stream recycling where all recyclable materials are mixed together. The County passed a new ordinance that amended the Solid Waste Regulatory Code relating to solid waste and recycling collection. This amendment to the code now requires all residential and commercial generators to have recycling services.
Click here for information regarding the County of San Diego’s recycling requirements for single-family residences and multi-family complexes.
With our commingled recycling program, you can put all of your recyclables in one container. All you need to remember is what you CAN and what you CAN’T put in your blue recycling cart.
appx. 35.75" x 29.75" x 43.25"
appx. 31.75" x 24.25" x 41.75"
appx. 24.25" x 19.75" x 37.50"
Residents can request additional recycling carts at no additional cost.
Soiled disposable plates or cups, soiled paper towels, tissue, carbon paper, plastic bags (NO plastic grocery bags, newspaper delivery bags, or chip/snack bags), ceramics, drinking glasses, Styrofoam packing peanuts, mirrors, batteries, light bulbs, clothing or shoes.
Recycle all food and beverage containers—clear and colored glass. No need to remove labels.
Flatten or cut boxes to a size that fits comfortably inside the recycling cart.
Recycle your newspaper and everything that is delivered with it—including inserts, coupons, etc.
Recycle aluminum cans and steel cans—including clean & dry paint cans, and empty aerosol cans. Also, recycle aluminum foil.
To recycle cartons, place empty cartons in the recycling cart along with all paper, metal, plastic, and glass recyclables accepted through the program. Please ensure that food and beverage cartons are empty prior to placing them in the recycling cart. They do not require rinsing as long as they are empty.
Recycle all rigid plastics, such as bottles, jugs, and jars, marked to , and all beverage containers labeled “CA Redemption Value” or “CA Cash Refund” including:
Look on the bottom of a plastic item and you should find the “chasing arrow” symbol with a number in the center like the two shown
( to ).
Recycle virtually all clean and dry paper including writing paper (all colors), computer paper, Xerox paper, “no carbon required” (NCR) forms, catalogs, brochures, magazines, junk mail, phone books, post-it type notes, and shredded paper (place shredded paper inside paper bags to contain shreds). EDCO accepts them all, PLUS if those items have staples, window envelopes, or even those little metal clasps on legal envelopes, they’re OK, too! But, please, no large metal items like clasps on Acofastener notebooks or 3-ring binders.
You can also recycle cereal boxes and other clean food packaging, including cake boxes, flour bags, frozen dinner boxes, paper egg cartons, and soda/beer 12-pack carrying boxes. Also recycle paper grocery bags, gift boxes, shoe boxes, paper gift wrap, calendars, and core tubes from paper towels, etc.
*All food and beverage containers do not require rinsing as long as they are empty and free of food and liquids.
Items that are too large to place in the blue recycling cart can be dropped off at no cost at any of our Buyback Centers.
Over the past year, there have been global concerns over recyclable material quality and these expectations are not going away.
In January 2018, China will no longer accept 26 types of recyclable materials into their country. Nearly 60% of recyclable materials generated in California are currently exported to China and other Asian markets. As a result, processing mills throughout the country and the world are demanding recycling facilities ship only recyclables with less than one percent contamination which is a significant change in material requirement standards. A minimal amount of contamination such as garbage, green waste, or other debris can ruin a complete load of recyclable material. The quality of recyclable material can impact your costs should contamination require recycling being dumped as trash.
Please help us prevent and reduce recyclable material contamination by reviewing EDCO’s guidelines and acceptable items in our residential recycling program.
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