Recycle Area

Beginning in September, our Recycle Area will be closed while we complete some required improvements. 

During construction, you can take your recyclables, free of charge, to the Elder Creek Transfer Station at 8642 Elder Creek Rd. Sacramento, CA 95828. Their hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 6 am to 5 pm, Saturday, 8 am to 3 pm, and closed on Sundays.

View Transfer Station Map

Renovation of the Recycle Area does not affect the main operation of the Special Waste Collection Center. Acceptance of household hazardous waste will continue during normal operating hours Sunday - Wednesday, 9 am to 4 pm and the Reuse Room will remain open Sunday – Wednesday 9 am to 3:30 pm.

We anticipate reopening the newly updated Recycle Area in October 2018. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to serving you when we reopen a new and improved Recycle Area. If you have any questions, please call (916) 627-3232.

Recycle Area (For Elk Grove Residents Only)

For hard-to-recycle items that do not fit into your curbside cart.

Special Waste Collection Center
9255 Disposal Lane
Elk Grove, CA 95624

Sunday - Wednesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
(916) 627-3232

Acceptable Items:

Styrofoam (Packing Material)

#6 type Styrofoam accepted
No food containers
No flexible sheet of foam
No packing peanuts (some local UPS stores accept this)


  • All double-walled cardboard and shipping boxes of any size
  • All cardboard should be flattened prior to placing it into the recycle bin.
  • We will not accept coated cardboard i.e. waxed milk/ juice cartons.


All types of large scrap metal and items made predominantly of metal will be accepted. This includes I-beams, guard rails, pipes, bicycle frames (remove tires), metal doors/beds, aluminum items, steel and lead.

Inert Materials

Concrete (no rebar), brick, rock, gravel, ceramic tile, and dirt will be accepted. Sod, plant material, dry wall, toilets, terra cotta pots, and porcelain will not be accepted in this bin.


Generally, this includes anything with a cord like blenders, vacuum cleaners, alarm clocks, toasters, washing machines, clothes dryers, hot water heaters, stoves, etc. Appliances containing freon will not be accepted, i.e. freezers, refrigerators, air conditioning units, and radiator heaters.

Note:  Although most E-waste items have a cord, anything with a circuit board is considered E-waste and must be disposed of at the Special Waste Collection Center.  Learn more.

Yard Waste and Wood

We Accept:

  • Residential Material
  • Lawn Clippings, Leaves
  • Branches, Plant Material
  • Raw Lumber (nails ok, no treated wood such as fencing, deck materials, or any wood with paint, stain or varnish)
  • Sod as Lawn Strips

We Do Not Accept:

  • Business /Contractor Waste
  • Treated Wood (such as fencing, deck materials, railroad ties or any wood with paint, stain or varnish)
  • Dry Wall, Gypsum, Large Cement with Rebar in it
  • Hoses, Plant Pots
  • Stumps with a diameter larger than 1 foot
  • Mirrors Glass, Cloth Covered Items
  • Metal of any type is not accepted in Green Waste Bin

Please Be Aware of the Following Regulations:

  1. Elk Grove residents are allowed to dispose of Yard, Wood or Inert Waste once per month.
  2. Residents are limited to one truck bed size load (4 ft x 2 ft x 6 ft) of material per visit.
  3. Individuals from outside of Elk Grove are not allowed to use the Recycling Area.
  4. Gardeners/Landscapers or Contractors who live in Elk Grove are not allowed to bring in yard waste or construction material in their company vehicles.
  5. We reserve the right to limit waste loads based on availability and/or source (i.e. non-residential).
  6. No Trash of any kind is allowed at the facility, only material that is 100% recyclable will be allowed.  Thus, if you have a composite (mix of metal and wood) it will not be accepted.

No trash items will be accepted.

The Recycling area is only for recyclables.

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