California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Map of Recycling Locations

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What types of public facilities are included on the map?

A: The map shows active, permanent facilities that collect recyclable commodities from the public. In most cases, retail locations are not included on the map, so be sure to check for local businesses that take recyclable items (such as electronic waste or batteries) from their customers. Temporary recycling events for the collection of specific materials are not included, but more information about these events is available from your local government. Additionally, landfills are not listed on the map unless they are co-located with a facility that separates out recyclable materials prior to disposal.

Q: What types of materials do the recycling facilities within each category accept?

A: Below is a list of recyclable materials accepted by various facilities. Be sure to contact the facility before attempting to drop off any materials to confirm that they are open to the public and accept your recyclable material.

  • Beverage Containers: Includes facilities accepting plastic, glass, and metal beverage containers under the Beverage Container Recycling Program. These recycling centers pay consumers California Redemption Value (CRV) for beverage containers subject to the program.
  • Carpet: Includes facilities accepting wool and plastic fiber carpet, or carpet padding.
  • Electronics: Includes facilities accepting electronic materials covered by the Electronic Waste Recycling Act. Examples of electronic waste include: devices with cathode ray tubes (CRT), such as old computers and televisions; devices with liquid crystal displays (LCD), such as modern computers, televisions, and cellphones; and other electronic materials and equipment, such as microwaves and DVD players. A general rule of thumb is if it has a plug, it is electronic waste. When recycling a device with a CRT or LCD, please check to make sure the facility is a verified recycler.
  • Household Hazardous Waste: Includes facilities that accept leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients. Examples of household hazardous waste include: batteries, pesticides and herbicides, drain cleaners, antifreeze, glue and adhesives, oven cleaners, pool cleaners, and electronic waste.
  • Medications: Includes facilities that collect prescription or over-the-counter drugs and related pharmaceutical waste.
  • Sharps: Includes facilities accepting hypodermic needles and other devices used for the delivery of medications.
  • Tires: Includes facilities that accept vehicle tires or tire-related materials.
  • Used Oil: Includes facilities that accept spent lubricating oil.

Q: Where do I take recyclable materials that aren’t listed?

A: Information for recycling mattresses and paint can be found on the websites of the stewardship organizations for the respective programs.

  • Mattresses: Visit Bye Bye Mattress to find a used mattress recycler, renovator, or drop-off location near you. Users should note that as of July 1, 2014, mattress retailers are required to offer consumers the option to have a used mattress picked up for recovery at no additional cost when a new mattress is delivered to the customer.
  • Paint: Visit PaintCare Inc. to find household hazardous waste programs and other places that accept leftover paint from the public.

For any other materials not specifically listed on the map or that you are unsure about, contact your local government directly.

You can also try to find additional materials using CalRecycle’s Facility Information Toolbox (FacIT). FacIT is a facility inventory of California's solid waste handling, recycling, and market infrastructure. The facility inventory includes primary processors (such as transfer stations, materials recovery facilities, and compost facilities) and secondary processors (such as recycled feedstock producers and recycled product manufacturers), emerging technology facilities, disposal facilities, and some primary collection facilities.

Q: I see the facility locations (via the icons) on the map for my selected material type(s). How do I find out more information about a specific facility, such as the address and phone number?

A: To access facility information, including the name, address, phone number, and material(s) collected, select the colored icon for the material type you selected. A gray square will pop up with this information. You can click “Zoom to” at the bottom left-hand corner of the information box to zoom to the facility on the map.

Q: How do I use the map?

A: The “Search By” function allows you to search for recycling facilities by material type within a specified boundary area and location. You can search for facilities within an Assembly district, Senate district, county, or city. Once you have selected the boundary to use for your search, use the dropdown menu to further specify the search criteria.

To search by address, ZIP code, or facility name, use the search bar within the “Search by” function. Once you input the search criteria, hit enter on your keyboard. A “Search Results” box will appear with specific facility names and site locations relevant to the search criteria on the left-hand side. On the right-hand side, a geographic location(s) will appear. Double click on any of the information provided in the box to zoom into a specific facility or location. Once zoomed into a specific facility or location, you can access additional information about a specific facility or facilities within the geographic area.

Below the search function is a list of recyclable materials with a check box next to each material. Click on the check box to see the recycling facilities for the selected material type(s) within your specified search area. You can select multiple material types at one time. As you select materials, an icon legend will appear below the list.

There is also a zoom tool at the top left-hand corner of the map.

Q: Can I search for recycling facilities for multiple material types at the same time?

A: Yes. However, please note that selecting multiple material types at one time may cause facilities to overlap, either due to their proximity to each other or because a facility collects multiple material types. When you click on an icon within a cluster of facilities, an arrow may appear at the top of the information box. If there is a number, such as 1/6, that means there are six facilities in that cluster for which you can access information by clicking on the arrow in the top right-hand corner of the information box. To avoid overlapping facilities, select fewer materials at one time or zoom into the cluster using the map’s zoom tool, which is at the top left-hand corner of the map.

Q: What does the “Imagery" icon do?

A: This function, found in the search bar, allows you to switch the map view. Simply select the icon to switch the view.

Q: Where does the data for the locations of these facilities come from?

A: The map pulls data from several CalRecycle databases, including the Facility Information Toolbox (FacIT), the Used Oil Recycling Program database, and the Division of Recycling Integrated Information System (DORIIS).

Q: If I notice a facility is missing or that facility information needs to be updated, who do I contact?

A: If you find that information for a facility is inaccurate, a facility isn’t located on the map but should be (such as a newly opened facility), or a facility is located on the map that shouldn’t be (such as a recently closed facility or a facility that does not collect materials from the public), please refer to the contacts below. The more information you provide, the better we are able to maintain the most accurate data.

Last updated: April 11, 2017
CalRecycle, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov
Public Affairs Office, opa@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 341-6300