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  • All #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7 rigid plastics
  • Any plastic container with a #1, #2, #3, #5, #6 or #7 recycling symbol
  • Plastic and metal caps & lids
  • Plastic toys
  • Laundry baskets
  • Plastic crates
  • Plastic buckets
  • Plastic flower pots
  • Plastic nursery trays
  • Plastic containers
  • Children’s outdoor plastic toys (sandboxes, slides, play kitchens)*
  • CD and DVD cases
  • Large reusable water bottles
  • Clean PVC pipe (no dirt)
  • Plastic furniture*
  • Food jars
  • Glass beverage containers
  • Aluminum cans
  • Tin/steel cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Empty paint cans
  • Pie plates
  • Cake pans
  • Metal lids and caps


  • Plastic Bags
  • Expanded polystyrene (a.k.a. StyrofoamTM Brand Foam)
  • Packing foam & polystyrene packing peanuts
  • Plastic film
  • Bio-degradable or compostable “plastic” containers
  • Contaminated plastics—pipe covered in dirt, plastic containers with a lot of food stuck on them
  • Electronics
  • Auto glass
  • Ceramics
  • Fluorescent light bulbs & tubes
  • Incandescent light bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Window glass
  • Pyrex dishes
  • Porcelain
  • Wine glasses
  • Hoses
  • Rubber tires
  • Dishes, plates, bowls & glasses
  • Shoe boxes
  • Gift boxes
  • Cardboard
  • Computer paper
  • Notebook paper
  • Paper bags
  • Paper towel tubes
  • Toilet paper tubes
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Paper folders
  • Shredded paper (place in a paper bag to prevent litter)
  • Phone books
  • Office paper
  • Newspaper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Cereal & other paperboard boxes
  • Egg cartons
  • Small pieces of cardboard: place in the cart
  • Large pieces of cardboard: flatten and stack on the ground next to the recycling cart


  • Soy/ milk cartons
  • Juice boxes
  • Frozen food boxes
  •  Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Plastic/wax coated paper
  • Photographs
  • Blueprint paper
  • Mylar paper
  • Carbon paper or thermal fax paper
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Waxed cardboard



 How Do I Recycle...?

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The City of Davis contracts with Davis Waste Removal to collect trash, recyclables and organics and perform street sweeping within the city limits. Billing for these services is handled by the City's Finance Department.

Solid Waste Service Information for:

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Curbside Split-Recycling Cart


Each residential curbside recycling cart has two separate compartments. The label on the lid details what can be placed inside each of the cart's compartments. Place paper and small cardboard pieces in the side with the black lid, and place plastic, aluminum, glass bottles and cans in the side with the blue lid.  Cardboard boxes larger than 2 cubic feet should be flattened and placed on the ground next to the recycling carts on collection day.  Do not place trash inside the recycling cart.

The Davis Waste Removal recycling truck that picks up the curbside split recycling carts has two separate storage areas inside—one for paper and one for containers. When the arm of the recycling truck lifts the recycling cart and turns it upside down over the truck, the lids on the cart flap open, directing the paper into one storage area and the containers into the other. The two recycling streams are kept completely separate. When the DWR recycling truck empties the recyclables at the recycling center, it empties the paper into the paper sorting piles, and the containers into the container sorting piles.


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