What Goes in the Blue Bin?

Recyclable or Not?

While the Brentwood Connection has reported in the past that "City residents have proven [to recycle] with the steady increase in recyclables collected by the City each year," in our opinion, there is still a lot of room for improvement. If you are unsure about which materials are recyclable and which are not, here's a list provided by the city. For more information you can also call Solid Waste at (925)516-6090.

Recyclable Items:

  • Paper - newspapers, magazines, junk mail, paperback books, phone books

  • Chipboard - cereal and shoe boxes, and other similar containers

  • Corrugated cardboard (broken down to fit into cart)

  • Plastic - bottles and containers with the triangular recycling symbol with #1 to #7 (i.e. beverage, laundry, milk jugs, water jugs, tub containers)

  • Metal - tin, aluminum and bimetal cans and CRV beverage containers, aluminum foil and trays

  • Glass - clear, brown and green, including beer and wine bottles and food jars


Items that are often mistakenly thought to be recyclable. These items are not recyclable and should be placed in the brown cart:

  • Plastic grocery bags

  • Packing peanuts

  • Styrofoam

  • Garden hoses

  • Small appliances

  • Metal pipes

  • Auto and window glass

  • Plumbing fixtures

  • Drinking glasses

  • Treated wood

For more information on the City of Brentwood's residential garbage services, click on the cart to view the full PDF on Brentwood Solid Waste 2018 service guide.


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