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Public Recycling Center


  • Cardboard
  • Mixed Paper
  • Glass
  • Cans
  • Plastic Containers
  • Film Plastic
  • Used Motor Oil Filters
  • Used Motor Oil (up to 15 gallons)
  • Used Motor Antifreeze (up to 10 gallons)
  • Latex Paint (up to 10 gallons)
  • Electronics (Computers, TV’s, cell phones, faxes, VCR’s, etc.)
  • Fluorescent Lighting Tubes (household only, 6 tubes per visit, must be less than 6ft)
  • Household Batteries
  • Sharps (must be containerized in an authorized Sharps container)
  • Cooking Oil (residential only up to 15 gallons)
  • Used Clothing
  • Medicine/Pharmaceuticals (non-controlled substances)
  • Automobile batteries



California redemption value (CRV) containers may be redeemed at the Buy-Back Center Look for the CRV message on the bottle or can. Reverse vending machines are available at the Buyback Center. Simply place bottles and cans in the machine to receive your cash redemption.

We buy Cardboard, over 300 lbs. $ .045 per lbs., over 1000 lbs. $ .05 per lbs.

    • Description of Items AcceptedRate
    • Aluminum Cans$1.58 per lb
    • Glass$0.105 per lb
    • #1 PET Plastic$1.17 per lb
    • #2 HDPE Plastic$.59 per lb
    • #3 PVC Plastic$.56 per lb
    • #4 LDPE Plastic$2.03 per lb
    • #5 PP Plastic$.57 per lb
    • #6 PS Plastic$5.53 per lb
    • #7 Other$.31 per lb
    • Bi-Metal$.35 per lb


Daily Load Limits – English
Daily Load Limits – Spanish
Recycling Refund Law Change – non-CRV material

  • Effective January 1, 2014, in accordance with the revisions to Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations (14CCR), Section 2535(f), a certified recycler shall not pay refund value to, or claim refund value for any material received from any person, operation or entity who is not certified by the Division, delivering a load of material in excess of 100 pounds of aluminum or plastic beverage containers, or 1,000 pounds of glass beverage containers, per day.


  • Effective November 1, 2013 consumer will no longer be allowed to include non-CRV containers with CRV-eligible containers when bringing recyclables to recycling centers for redemption.


Hazardous Waste Not Accepted

The following items are NOT accepted at the Shoreway Environmental Center, and cannot be thrown in the trash:

  • Oil-based Paints, Stains & Finishes
  • Automobile Fluids
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Fertilizers and other garden chemicals
  • Cleaning Chemicals

For proper disposal contact: County of San Mateo Department of Environment Health Services (650) 363-4718 www.smhealth.org/hhw

Hours of Public Use of Transfer Facility:

  • Monday – Friday 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s Day.

Hours for Public Recycling Center:

  • Monday – Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Closed on Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s Day

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