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Residential Waste Diversion Program
In 2015 residential waste collected curbside made up 46% of total waste collected in unincorporated areas of Monterey County. That is why Monterey County residents play a critical role in the preservation of our beautiful ecosystem and in the achievement of waste diversion requirements set by the State.
To support and increase residents’ efforts to divert waste and ensure compliance with State requirements, Recycling Services ensures that simple, convenient solutions to divert waste at home are available to residents. In addition to the standard collection services (Brochure-English) (Brochure-Spanish), the following convenient curbside collection services are also available:
- Used motor oil and oil filters
- Household batteries
- Electronics and Bulky items (e.g., furniture and appliances)
- Holiday Tree-cycling
Some household items cannot be collected through curbside collection at this time. Click on the links below to find out how to properly dispose of:
- Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) Salinas Valley Peninsula/Coastal Areas
- Home-generated Sharps 2017 Sharps Drop Off-(English) (Spanish)
- Expired or unused Pharmaceuticals 2017 Pharmaceuticals Drop Off-(English) (Spanish)
Recycling is also available to residents of multi-family complexes, including apartments, condos, and employee housing.
Standard Collection Services2010, Monterey County Board of Supervisors awarded the garbage & recycling contract to Waste Management. Residents can choose from 4 different garbage cart sizes. Recycle and yard waste carts are included with garbage carts service. Residents can also recycle used oil, batteries, bulky items and holiday trees curbside.
To view all the services that are available to you and to see what to put in your recycling bin please visit: Waste Management Website or click on the Residential Recycling Guide:
|Service Provider Name/Website Link||Region||Phone Number of Service Provider|
|Waste Management||Unincorporated Monterey County & King City||1 (800) 321-8226|
|Republic Services of Salinas||City of Salinas||(831) 775-3840|
|Monterey Disposal Services||City of Monterey||(831) 372-7977|
|Tri-Cities||Soledad, Gonzales, & Greenfield||1 (888) 678-6798|
|GreenWaste Recovery||City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, City of Del Rey Oaks, City of Marina, City of Pacific Grove, City of Pebble Beach, City of Sandy City, City of Seaside.||(831) 920-6707|
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Free Recycling of up to 2.5 Gallons of used oil & 1 filter
Monterey County Garbage Service subscribers with cart service can recycle up to 2.5 gallons of used oil and one filter a week when they use the container and filter bag provided by their garbage company. Call your garbage company for more information on how to obtain one free.
Household Batteries (unincorporated county residents only)
Household batteries including rechargeable and cell phone batteries can be recycled curbside by placing them in a clear plastic bag, sealing shut and taping it to the top of the recycle cart.
- The fee collected per unit in California, as approved by the state is $10.50. This fee applies to every mattress and box spring sold as of December 30, 2015.
- Residents can drop off their old mattress at no-cost at a participating collection site or recycling facility. the $3 reimbursement per mattress is only given at our participating recycling faculties. It is limited to five units per person per day.
Beverage Container Recycling Centers
To find the nearest Beverage Container Recycling Center please click on the link below.
Electronic and bulky items (unincorporated county residents only)
Each residential customer receives one (1) free on-call collection services per calendar year. Call Waste Management at 800-321-8226 to schedule your pick up today. Items should be set out within 3 feet from the curb. These items should be placed loosely on the curb and cannot exceed 5 cubic yards.
Universal waste (except fluorescent tubes) and E-waste up to 0.5 cubic yards can be included as part of your bulky waste pick-up but must be bagged or placed in a box or container.
Unincorporated Monterey County residential customers please click on the On-Call Collection Flyer’s below to find out more information:
Contact information for self-haul of bulky items:
|Link to website that shows Salinas Valley Recycling & Disposal Facilities. The map shows directions, hours of operation, fees and a detailed list of acceptable items.
|Monterey Peninsula Residents||Link to the Monterey Peninsula Landfill and Recycling Facility.|