Home Recycling

Home Recycling (Photo credit: Aleksandra Suzi)

Recycling Tips With Uzette

April 18, 2018

In my house we try to recycle as much as we can but there’s always room for improvement.  I am home most of the time - so I do most of the cooking and cleaning - though we share some household responsibilities.  Consequently, I feel it is my obligation to take care of the recycling.  I am not the best but I do try.  

The other day I was having a conversation with co-workers, you know them as the Alice Morning Show...I discovered we had yet another thing in common. We all have spouses that have differing opinions on what goes in our home recycling bins.

Sarah's House... John and her disagree as to whether light plastic food containers for the ready food from Whole Foods can be recycled.  Also, he gets mad when she doesn’t THOROUGHLY clean stuff being thrown in recycling.  Even if there’s a trace of peanut butter in the jar or any milk in the container.

Vinnie’s House... Vin and his gal don’t disagree about any particular items because Dusty is very adamant about recycling everything.  Vinnie does say that he has stopped using plastic water bottles whenever he can.

Bryn’s House…Our resident ninja says there are certain times they purchase canned goods that are not aluminum but are the harder type of metal and the discussion has ended with these items going into the recycling bin.  Another discussion at his house, is the Chinese takeout boxes.  Bryn thinks because they are made out of cardboard they should go into the recycling bin but Anita thinks because wax coats the boxes-they should be put in the garbage bin.  Any suggestions?

I have found the greatest help from my Recology / San Mateo trash bins.  Check out the photos below with what you should/should not put in your bins.  Thanks to Bryn, I just recently learned about the recycle numbers on the bottom of containers that coincide with my blue recycle bin.  I have decided to make home recycling my 1Thing to help out the environment.  What’s your 1Thing?

Recology Recycling

Recycle - Blue Cart:

  • Glass bottles & jars (lids ok)
  • Aerosol spray cans (must be empty) 
  • Aluminum cans 
  • Aluminum foil & trays (must be clean) 
  • Caps & lids from bottles, jars & cans 
  • Small scrap metal 
  • Steel (tin) cans
  • Plastic Bottles 
  • Plastic Tubs 
  • Plastic Clamshells 
  • Plastic Cups 
  • Plastic Strawberry baskets
  • Paper Bags 
  • Cardboard (non-waxed) 
  • Catalogs 
  • Computer & office paper (all colors) 
  • Egg cartons 
  • Envelopes 
  • Junk mail 
  • Magazines

Garbage - Black Cart: (Acceptable)

  • Animal waste (bagged) 
  • Black plastic 
  • Bubble wrap 
  • Cat litter 
  • Ceramics 
  • Clothing & linens 
  • Coat hangers 
  • Diapers

(NOT Acceptable)

  • Batteries & cell phones 
  • Fluorescent lights, tubes & CFLs 
  • Household hazardous waste 
  • Liquids 
  • Medicines 
  • Motor oil & oil filters 
  • Sharp objects 
  • TVs, computers, music players & other electronics 

More information on recycling available at rethinkwaste.org

Listed are some events to celebrate Earth Day around the Bay Area.  Hopefully, we can observe our Earth every day not just for today but for tomorrow and generations to come.

Saturday April 21st 
Earth Day San Francisco 2018
Civic Center, SF  11a

8th Annual Earth Day Naked Bike Ride 
Ferry Building, SF  11a

Cupertino Annual Earth Day and Arbor Day Festival
Civic Center, Cupertino 11a

Santa Cruz Earth Day 2018
San Lorenzo Park 11a

John Muir Birthday-Earth Day Celebration in Martinez
Contact John Muir National Historic Site for info 11a

14th Annual Earth Day at Stinson Beach 
North Parking Lot 10a-2p

Sunday April 22nd
8th Annual Berkeley Vegan Earth Day 
David Brower Center, Berkeley 10a-6p

Alum Rock Park Earth Day 2018
Alum Rock Park, San Jose 9a

Charity Kahn Concert
Mill Valley Library 11a-12p

14th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Stinson Beach
South End Stinson Beach 10a


- Happy Earth Day/Week/Month/Year Everyone!