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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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Pittsburg Disposal Service is now Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery (MDRR - Pittsburg).  Pittsburg residents will continue to have the same service level;  three toters - one each for garbage, recycling, and yard waste. Residents can choose different service levels based on toter sizes for a greater choice of collection service pricing, along with easier and more convenient recycling and weekly yard waste collection pick up. Please see below what is accepted and what is not accepted into the three carts provided.

In addition, residents have 2 additional pickup days per year to be placed in bags or to be bundled for a maximum two (2) cubic yards. These services also include curbside pick-up of items such as oil and batteries. Call ahead of time before placing on the curb.  MDRR also offers bins as well as bulky pick-up, for extra fees. Call their office at (925) 682-9113 or email them at schedule a pick-up and discuss costs.

For more information, go to their website at

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

Single-Stream Curbside Recycling 

The BLUE recycling toters 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
  • Cardboard
  • Manila Folders
  • Paper Bags
  • Shredded Paper (in a Plastic Bag)
  • CLEAN Pizza Boxes
  • Milk/Juice Cartons
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Tin Cans
  • Glass Bottles
  • Glass Jars 
  • CLEAN Aluminum Foil
  • CLEAN Aluminum Pie Plates
  •  California Redemption Plastic #1 - #2
  • Non California Redemption Plastics #1 - #2
  • Soft Drink Bottles - PET #1
  • Milk Jugs
  • Plastic Water Jugs – HDPE #2 Only
  • Colored Plastics – HDPE #2
  • Shampoo & Bleach Bottles #2
  • CLEAN Plastic Food Containers #1 or #2
  • Food Cans
  • Pet Food Cans
  • Steel Cans
  • Water Jugs
  • Narrow Neck Plastic Bottles #1 & #2



Weekly Green Waste Pick-up.

The GREEN toter is for your yard waste. Yard waste will be picked up every week with your regular garbage and recycling collection service. 

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.


Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery
The City of Pittsburg's Curbside Recycling Program and Garbage Collection Service are provided in partnership with Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery.  Learn more about Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery at their website:

Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery 
555 California Avenue 
Pittsburg, CA 94565
(925) 682-9113

Please call if you have questions or require special services.

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. Complexes are now required to have this service per state law, AB341. If you have questions about this service, please call Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery at (925) 682-9113.

 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 happens at the Recycling Center and Transfer Station (RCTS)?
It is a facility where residential and commercial garbage is taken as well as directly unloaded and the recyclable items are separated out of the garbage and transported out to be recycled into new products. The transfer station also accepts construction and demolition materials and recycles on average 91% of all material accepted.  RCTS has the largest chipping and grinding operation in Contra Costa for green and wood waste materials.  These materials are either sent out for composting, mulch, bark, plywood, or energy fuel.  The facility source separates as much possible to be recycled and the remaining garbage is taken for disposal at Keller Canyon Landfill. 

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. Mt. Diablo Recycling Facility accepts many kinds of recyclables. MtDiabloRecyclingFacility

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

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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. 

Yellow Pages Opt Out

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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