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It's time to rethink how we recycle. The new curbside collection system expands the definition of recyclable items. Many other "waste" products - like batteries, computers, and lightbulbs - have a proper collection process too. Almost anything you can hold in your hands has a place in the recycling stream. Take recycling to the next level. Rethink.

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The City of Pittsburg and Pittsburg Disposal Service are pleased to announce a new expansion of your residential collection service! Pittsburg residents have three, all wheeled garbage, recycling, and yard waste toters since April 2009. This new residential collection service is easier to maneuver, with lids to reduce theft and littering. It offers residents a greater choice of collection service levels, along with easier and more convenient recycling and weekly yard waste collection pick up.

Download Pittsburg Disposal's newsletter (PDF)

Also visit the links on the left for how to properly dispose of household hazardous wastes, e-waste, and used motor oil at the Delta Diablo Sanitation District's Household Hazardous Waste collection facility.

Download a new brochure for kids! (PDF)Mt Diablo Recycling for Kids
Watch the Video to learn all about the new system.
Pittsburg Disposal's Nicole Adler walks you through how to use the new toters.

Click here to download the video from Pittsburg Disposal's webiste (WMV)ToterBlue

Single-Stream Curbside Recycling

Beginning in April 2009, you will have new BLUE recycling toters that you can use for ALL of your recycling. All of the following recyclables can be put into the blue toter. Be sure to clean containers and remove all caps and lids before placing the containers in the toter.  

  • Loose Newspaper
  • Newspaper Inserts
  • White Paper
  • Office Paper
  • Colored Paper
  • Magazines
  • Cardboard
  • Telephone Books
  • Junk Mail
  • Boxes, Packages
  • Carbonless Paper
  • Catalogs
  • Construction Paper
  • Coupons
  • Envelopes with Metal Clasps
  • Envelopes with Plastic Windows
  • Manila Folders
  • Paper Bags
  • Paper Packaging with Remnant Tape
  • Shredded Paper (in a Plastic Bag)
  • Chipboard (Cereal & Show Boxes, etc.)
  • CLEAN Pizza Boxes
  • Milk/Juice Cartons
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Tin Cans
  • Glass Bottles
  • Glass Jars
  • California Redemption Plastic #1 - #7
  • Non California Redemption Plastics #1 - #7
  • Soft Drink Bottles - PET #1
  • Milk Jugs
  • Plastic Water Jugs – HDPE #2 Only
  • Colored Plastics – HDPE #2
  • Shampoo & Bleach Bottles
  • CLEAN Aluminum Foil
  • CLEAN Aluminum Pie Plates
  • Food Cans
  • Pet Food Cans
  • Steel Cans
  • Detergent Bottles
  • Salad Dressing Bottles
  • Water Jugs
  • Narrow Neck Plastic Bottles #1 & #2
  • Plastic Bags
  • Egg Cartons/Non-Styrofoam
  • Soft Covered Books
  • Tubs and Containers (Yogurt, Margarine, etc.)
  • 5- Gallon Buckets
  • Laundry Baskets
  • CLEAN Plastic Food Containers
  • Toys such as Plastic Tricycles
  • Plastic Plant Pots (No Soil)
  • Towel Paper Tubes



Weekly Green Waste Pick-up.

 Your yard waste will be picked up every week with your regular garbage collection service. You will receive a GREEN toter to put all of your yard waste in.

It's Easy. It's Convenient. 

What to Include
  • Ground Clippings
  • Leaves
  • Tree Trimmings
  • Yard Debris
  • Brush
  • Wood Chips
  • Weeds
  • Straw
  • Hay
  • Garden Trimmings
  • Cactus
  • Grass Flower and Flower Cuttings
  • Pruning
  • Shrubbery
  • House Plants
  • Tree Twigs and Branches (must be 6” or less in diameter & 3’ or less in length)

What not to Include
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Wood or Treated Lumber
  • Inorganic Materials
  • Recyclable Materials
  • Plastics
  • Cardboard, Paper, etc.
  • Plastic Bags
  • Rocks
  • Concrete
  • Sod
  • Dirt
  • Pet Waste
  • Large Tree Trunks or Stumps (greater than 6” in diameter or more than 3’ in length)



Shrink Your Trash Can
Separate all of your recyclables and green waste, and you'll have less to put into your Brown toter. Your garbage rate depends on the size of your brown toter, so the smaller you go, the more you'll save.


Pittsburg Disposal Service
The City of Pittsburg Curbside Recycling Program and garbage collection service are provided in partnership with Pittsburg Disposal Service. Learn more about Pittsburg Disposal at their webiste:

Pittsburg Disposal Service 
981 Railroad Avenue 
Pittsburg, CA 94565
(925) 432-6262

Please call if you have questions or require special services.

For more information about the new service, you can also call the new service hotline at 925-432-7172 925-432-7172 .

IF you have extra waste that you can't compost, recycle, or give away, then dispose of this material at the local recycling center and transfer station.

Apartments & Condos
In these complexes, most managers and owners provide multi-family resident recycling services. If your complex does not have this service or you have questions about this service, please call Pittsburg Disposal at (925) 432-6262.

Recycling Center and Transfer Station
1300 Loveridge Road
Pittsburg, CA 94565
(925) 473-0180
Open: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

What is a recycling center and transfer station?
It is a facility where residential and commercial garbage is taken, the recyclable items are separated out of the garbage, and transported out to be recycled into new products. The remaining garbage is taken to a landfill for disposal.

This covered, paved and clean facility makes dropping off loads of garbage easier then out in the dirt and wind. Call to inquire about rate schedule and days of operation.

Recycling Drop-off & Buy-back Centers
Look for areas near you to recycle glass, cans, and plastic. The new Mt. Diablo Recycling Facility accepts many kinds of recyclables. MtDiabloRecyclingFacility

Mt. Diablo Recycling Facility
1300 Loveridge Road
Pittsburg, CA 94565
(925) 682-4518

Visit them online at



Did You Know?
Recycling one glass jar saves enough electricity to light an 11 watt CFL bulb for 20 hours.
Learn More! Visit the "Conversionator" from the National Recycling Coalition

Did You Know?
The junk mail Americans receive every year weighs a total of 2.6 million tons - almost 3 times the weight of the Golden Gate Bridge.


Plus, 540 million phone books are distributed each year. That is 106 thousand miles of phone books, or enough to wrap the earth over 4 times. You can opt out of receiving a phone book and save trees, water, energy and emissions. 

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Did You Know?
Putting green waste into landfills creates methane, a greenhouse gas that is 21 time as potent as carbon dioxide. Learn more about Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change on our Climate Action pages.

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