For quick and convenient drop-off of recyclables, come to Berkeley Recycling on the corner of Gilman and Second Streets in Berkeley. Enter the site from Second Street and turn left immediately inside gate.
Drop-off hours: 8:30-4 PM, Monday - Saturday
Please prepare recyclables for drop-off before you arrive. To learn how, see our Materials Prep page.
Materials that may be dropped-off for recycling
- Mixed paper and white paper
- Magazines and phone books
- Aluminum cans
- Aluminum foil and clean pet food cans
- Aluminum scrap
- Scrap steel
- Large and small appliances (no refrigerated appliances)
- Tin cans
- Bi-metal cans
Glass bottles and jars, sorted by color
Note that window glass, pyrex, drinking glasses cannot be recycled at Berkeley Recycling.
- #1 PET narrow-neck bottles
- #2 HDPE narrow-neck bottles
- Plastic Containers. See Plastics, on this website.
- Rigid Plastic. See Plastics, on this website.
- Cooking oil
- Clothes, shoes and accessories
Household Hazardous Waste
What is it? Sometimes called “Universal Waste,” (UW), they are products that contain harmful chemicals which, if put in the trash, may harm people or the environment. UW may contain corrosive chemicals that can cause burns, as well as toxic metals like cadmium and lead. Selected HHW can be dropped off at Berkeley Recycling.
What you can drop off at Berkeley Recycling
Only specific household hazardous wastes are accepted at Berkeley Recycling including:
- Fluorescent bulbs
- Household Batteries
- Tool Batteries
- Automotive Batteries
- Cell Phones, Smart phones and tablets
- Ink Cartridges
- Mercury Switches
- Appliances (no refrigerators, computers or peripherals)
- Light ballasts (labeled “PCB free”)
What You Can Drop Off at Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facilities accept the following additional materials:
- Paint, stain, varnish, thinner and adhesives
- Auto products such as old fuel, motor oil, oil filters and batteries
- Household batteries, fluorescent bulbs, cleaners and sprays
- Garden products, including pesticides and fertilizers
- Home generated "sharps" waste in approved containers.
- Prescription and over the counter medicines, except for controlled substances
For more information, please see Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste