Hard To Recycle Items

There are several items that we can't take in our recycling program, but we don't want to see them end up in the landfill either. Many of these items can be taken to special recycling locations, or reused by local businesses.

You can also check with RecycleWorks for a database of where to recycle items, as well as where to buy green.

Ink Jet and Laser Printer Cartridges

  • Office Depot
    Up to 5 eligible cartridges in store per day, per person. Customers will receive points back in Rewards for every cartridge.
    Visit www.OfficeDepot.com to find a location near you.
  • Staples
    Up to 10 per calendar month, per person.
    Customers receive points back in Staples Rewards per cartridge.
    visit www.Staples.com to find a location near you.
  • Office Max
    Up to 20 a month per person. Customers can receive points back in rewards for every cartridge.
    Visit www.OfficeMax.com to find a location near you.
  • Green Citizen San Mateo Center
    Visit www.GreenCitizen.com for more information.

CDs and DVDs

DVD Image
Did you know CDs and DVDs are recyclable? Discs are shredded and recycled into a number of new products, often as automotive or construction materials. Even motorcycle helmets!

You can mail or drop off your unwanted CDs and DVD at GreenCitizen's Peninsula Drop-Off Center, located on Mahler Road in Burlingame. Just be sure to separate the disc from the jewel case, and they'll recycle both for free.

GreenCitizen Peninsula Drop-Off Center
1576 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 493-8700 x103

You can also sell or trade your old CDs and DVDs:

Vinyl Solution Records
151 West 25th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

Rasputin Music & DVDs
630 San Antonio Road, Mountain View, CA 94040

Packaging Materials:

Don't throw away packaging materials to be dumped in a landfill, donate them instead!

UPS Store (Peanuts, air pillows, bubble wrap)
Visit www.TheUPSStore.com or call (800) 789-4623 for the locations nearest you.

Waste Glass:

Recycled Glassworks
Accepts waste glass from windows, shelves, doors, and tabletops.
238 Bonview Street
San Francisco, CA

(415) 641-5610

Plastic Bags:

Several grocery stores on the Peninsula recycle plastic bags, including:

Wire and Plastic Hangers:

You can donate undamaged wire and plastic hangers. Check your favorite dry cleaners - odds are they'll be happy to take them off your hands. You can also check with used clothing stores or your local thrift store.

Nursery Pots and Buckets

Nursery pots and buckets can be donated for re-use. Many local nurseries will take back black rigid plastic pots and return them to growers for reuse. A list of nurseries that take back pots can be found on RecycleWorks.org.

Other great resources:

Plastic Loose Fill Council

Peanut Hotline
(800) 828-2214

Environmentally responsible and customer-friendly material

Plastic Bag Recycling