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Recycle Center

For Elk Grove Residents Only

If you have hard-to-recycle items that do not fit into your curbside cart such as large amounts of green waste, toys, or an appliance, then as an Elk Grove Resident you may bring up to one (1) load per month (the size of an average pick-up truck bed) to the Recycle Center at the Special Waste Collection Center at no additional charge.

Acceptable Items:

Styrofoam (Packing Material)

  • #6 type Styrofoam accepted
  • Only clean food containers marked with a #6
  • 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, seats, handle bar grips), metal doors, metal bedframes, aluminum items, steel and lead.

Note: This facility is not a CRV center so we cannot offer cash back for recyclables. Please see information on CRV Recycling Center in the area.

Inert Materials

Concrete (no rebar), brick, rock, gravel, ceramic tile, and dirt will be accepted. We can NOT accept dry wall, toilets, terra cotta pots, and porcelain.


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:  Anything with a circuit board is considered E-waste and must be disposed of at the Special Waste Collection Center.

Yard Waste and Wood

We Accept:

  • Residential Material only
  • 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)
  • Stumps with a diameter larger than 1 foot

*We will not accept material transported in a business or contractor's vehicle. Waste must be transported in a privately-owned vehicle with no business markings.

Please Be Aware of the Following Regulations:

  1. Elk Grove residents are allowed to dispose of recyclables once per month.
  2. No Glass, mirrors, cloth fabric, mattresses
  3. Residents are limited to one truck bed size load (4 ft x 2 ft x 6 ft) of material per visit.
  4. Individuals from outside of Elk Grove are not allowed to use the Recycling Area.
  5. Recyclables, including yard waste or construction material, will not be accepted if transported in a company/contractor vehicle.
  6. We reserve the right to limit waste loads based on availability and/or source (i.e. nonresidential).
  7. No Trash of any kind is allowed at the facility, only material that is 100% recyclable will be allowed.  Thus, composite material (mix of metal and wood, or plastic and metal) will not be accepted.

No trash items will be accepted.

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