Walnut Creek Recycling Service

Single-Stream Recycling Provided by VWM

Place carts out by 5 am and leave at least 4 feet between carts and any other object.

  • The burgundy carts permit recycling of paper and paper products commingled with glass, plastic, tin and aluminum containers. The lid label shows what materials are acceptable.
  • Place all recyclables in the burgundy recycling cart, and be sure all materials fit in the cart with lid closed.
  • Collections occur the same day as garbage service. Place cart at the curb by 6 a.m. on your collection day or the night before.
  • Emptied carts must be stored on your property out of public view.
  • Before discarding items, consider reusing or donating.
  • Extra cardboard can be recycled by scheduling an on-call recycling-only cleanup.
  • If you routinely have more than 64 gallons of recyclables, you can request another 64-gallon recycling cart for an additional fee. Call 925-935-8900.
  • The Walnut Creek Recycling Center at 480 Lawrence Way provides drop-off and buyback of recyclables. It is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Free 24-hour drop-off is available for many recyclables. Call VWM at 925-935-8900 for more information or check out the CCCSWA website at www.wastediversion.org.
Not for Burgundy Cart

Plastic bags, plastic film wrap, Styrofoam, paper or plastic cups, paper towels, Kleenex or other facial tissues, plastic utensils, sharps, metal or plastic hangers, mirror glass and disposable diapers

Garbage, organic or green waste materials.

Ok for Recycling

Books (paperback)
Boxes, packages
Carbonless paper
Cardboard (cut to fit in cart)
Cereal boxes
Colored and construction paper
Computer paper
Copy paper
Detergent boxes
Egg cartons (paper only; no Styrofoam)
Envelopes with metal clasps
Envelopes with plastic windows
Frozen food packages
Gift wrap (non-metallic)
Junk mail
Manila folders
Newspapers and inserts
Office paper
Paper (adhesive/postits)
Paper bags
Paper packaging with remnant tape
Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
Pizza boxes (no food residue)
Shredded paper (in a paper bag)
Telephone books
Tissue paper (gift type)
Aerosol cans (empty)
Aluminum cans
Aluminum foil (clean)
Aluminum pie plates
Beverage cans
Cookie sheets
Food cans (clean)
Paint cans (empty, dried, latex)
Pet food cans
Pots &pans
Scrap metal
Small metal items
Steel cans
Tin cans
(Empty; all colors;lids, caps OK)
Beverage containers
(Containers only; empty; rinsed; with chasing arrows #1-#7;)
Baby wipe containers
Beverage containers (soda, water, juice)
Bleach bottles
Buckets without handles
Detergent bottles
Food containers
Fruit basket (plastic, #1-#7)
Household cleaning containers
Milk jugs
Plant containers (#1-#7)
Prescription bottles (empty, #1-#7)
Salad dressing bottles (rinsed)
Shampoo, conditioner, toiletry bottles
Tub containers (yogurt, cottage cheese, margarine, #1-#7)
Water jugs