Residential-Garbage, Recycling, & Yardwaste

Service information for garbage, recycling and yardwaste collection. How-to information for properly disposing of common household materials:

  • prescriptions,
  • medicines,
  • household batteries, and
  • more commonly used household materials that cannot go into your trash.

Additional lawn and garden resources for learning how to compost at home, and use grass clippings as fertilizer on your lawn. 
 

Oakley Disposal

Recycling Collection: Acceptable and Unacceptable Recycling Materials

Yard Waste Collection: Acceptable and Unacceptable Yard Waste

Lawn and Garden          
 

Composting

Composting at home helps contribute toward reducing the amount of organic material that ends up in landfills while at the same time it can be turned into an important useful product, like garden fertilizer. It can be done in most backyards, and is simple and easy to do.

Fact sheets         
Composting is Good for your Garden and the Environment
   
Videos
Composting It's Second Nature- Part I
Composting It's Second Nature -Part II

Thank you to the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority (CCCSWA) for permission to use these videos that were produced by the CCCSWA.              
 

Grasscycling


Grasscycling is another practice that helps reduce organic material disposed in landfills. It is a quick, easy and natural way to recycle grass cuttings by leaving the clippings on your lawn when mowing. These grass clippings decompose and becomes a natural fertilizer for your lawn

Fact Sheet
Grasscycling Tips and How to information
Video
Grasscycling Video (English)
Grasscycling Video (Spanish)
 


Used Oil & Oil Filters    

Oakley Disposal's Curbside Motor Oil Program


Used motor oil is hazardous because it gets contaminated with heavy metals, iron steel particles and copper when it is in the engine.  Oil poured down your sink, or directly onto the ground, or in the sewer can work its way into our waterways and ground waters and pollute the groundwater.
 

One quart of oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking water.


Oakley Disposal will pick up your used oil free at the curb. The oil must be collected in a motor oil kit available from Oakley Disposal. Contact Oakley Disposal for a collection appointment and for a free motor oil kit to be mailed to your home.  Once the container is full, call (925) 757-7660 or email  to arrange for a free pickup.
   

Household Batteries


Many commonly used rechargeable and single use household batteries are considered hazardous waste because they may contain mercury, lead, cadmium, and/or nickel. These include:

AAA, AA, C, D 9-volt, button cell, car, and computer batteries

Contact the Delta Diablo Household Hazardous Waste Disposal facility for proper disposal.


Delta Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
2550 Pittsburg-Antioch Hwy, Antioch, CA 94509-1373
(925) 756-1990



Prescriptions and Medications


Prescriptions and medications should not be disposed of in the trash, down the drain or down the toilet. This includes any prescription or nonprescription substances intended to be swallowed, inhaled, injected, applied to the skin or eyes, or otherwise absorbed. Contact the Delta Diablo Household Hazardous Waste Disposal facility for proper disposal.


Delta Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
2550 Pittsburg-Antioch Hwy, Antioch, CA 94509-1373
(925) 756-1990

 


Sharps


Sharps include: 

  • hypodermic needles,
  • pen needles,
  • intravenous needles,
  • lancets, and
  • other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications.


Do NOT put hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets in your trash! 

State law (Section 118286 of the California Health and Safety Code) makes it illegal to dispose of home-generated sharps waste in the trash or recycling containers, and requires that all sharps waste be transported to a collection center in an approved sharps container.


Proper disposal of sharps will help prevent potential health risks to children and family members, healthcare providers, sanitation workers, and pets. Contact the Delta Diablo Household Hazardous Waste Disposal for proper disposal.


Delta Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
2550 Pittsburg-Antioch Hwy, Antioch, CA 94509-1373
(925) 756-1990

Delta Diablo HHW Sharps Collection Information


               
Newsletters    

Oakley Disposal Newsletters

 

Street Sweeping

Map
   

More Recycling Resources:


Waste Reduction and Recycling Guide

The Contra Costa County Waste Reduction and Recycling website (CCC Waste Reduction & Recycling) offers valuable resources for source reduction, reuse and recycling throughout Contra Costa County. The website is laid out to assist users in identifying resources to reduce, reuse, and recycle items from home, school or work, and is for residents and businesses operating within the City.

County Recycling Hotline -- 1-800-750-4096

Reuse and Recycling Options Search by Material


 Recycling Resources
Reduce Waste
Recycle
Buy Recycled
Bottle and Cans Recycling Center Locator
 

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