Curbside recycling keeps recyclable materials out of landfills. Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. It's good for the earth and good for you!

The internationally recognized symbol for recycling includes three arrows moving in a triangle. Each arrow represents a different part of the recycling process, from collection to re-manufacture to resale.

For items that can’t go in your bin (like those listed below), visit the County of Riverside website to find recycling locations near you.

Keeping recyclable materials out of landfills is good for the earth and community. The following recyclable materials may be placed in your blue recycling barrel:

Paper Plastic
  • Brochures
  • Cardboard
  • Catalogs
  • Cereal Boxes (Without the Liner)
  • Computer Paper
  • Coupons
  • Paper Egg Cartons
  • Frozen Food Boxes
  • Paper Bags
  • Junk Mail
  • Magazines, Newspapers
  • Paper Cartons
  • Paper Tubes
  • Phone Books
  • Tissue Boxes
  • Used Envelopes
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Anti-Freeze Bottles
  • Laundry Products
  • Lotion Bottles
  • Motor Oil Containers
  • Plastics #1- #7
  • Plastic Bags
  • Plastic Containers
  • Plastic Cups
  • Plastic Utensils
  • Shampoo Bottles
  • Soda Bottles
  • Water/Milk Jugs
Glass Metal
  • Beer Bottles
  • Beverage Containers
  • Catsup Bottles
  • Food Containers
  • Juice Containers
  • Soda Bottles
  • Wine/Liquor Bottles
  • Aluminum
  • Bottle Caps
  • Empty Aerosol Cans
  • Metal Coat Hangers
  • Metal Food Cans
  • Milk/Juice Cans
  • Paint Cans (Empty, dry cans, lids off)
  • Pet Food Cans
  • Tin Cans
  • Styrofoam

Improperly discarded household hazardous wastes and bulky items have the potential to cause physical injury to sanitation workers, contaminate septic tanks or waste water treatment systems and present hazards to children and pets.

There are many free disposal options available to residents regarding household items that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash or recycling barrels.

The following items are considered Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and CANNOT be placed inside of your brown trash or blue recycling barrel:

Household Hazardous Waste
  • Automobile Parts
  • Batteries
  • Bulky Items
  • Cell Phones
  • Computers
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Hazardous Waste Recyclers
  • Ink Jet Cartridges
  • Lead Acid Batteries
  • Medications
  • Needles
  • Tires
  • Used Oil

Ordinary recyclables (paper, plastic, glass, metal, Styrofoam) may be disposed of in any blue barrel. Other recyclable materials, such as used oil or tires, require alternative disposal methods. There are many resources (not sponsored by the City of Riverside) available to you for the disposal of recyclable materials.

This list is provided as a public service and is not an endorsement of these companies or their services. The City is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this listing.

The following locations offer alternative recycling options for items not permitted for disposal in your blue recycling or brown trash barrels.

Automobile Part Recyclers
Battery Recyclers
Bulky Item Recyclers
Cell Phone Recyclers
Computers and E-Waste Recyclers
Construction Materials Recyclers
Charitable Organization Recyclers
Salvation Army Thrift Store
Eyeglass Recyclers
  • 2051 Galleria at Tyler, Riverside
  • (951) 352-1990
  • M-F 10 am-9 pm, Sat. 9 am-9 pm, Sun. 11 am-7 pm
  • Old/Worn clothing and accessories in good condition
Sears Optical
  • 5261 Arlington Ave, Riverside
  • (951) 352-5255
  • M-F 10 am-7:30 pm, Sat. 10 am-5:30 pm, Sun. 11 am-4:30 pm
  • Old/Worn clothing and accessories in good condition
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Green Waste Recyclers
Agua Mansa (Robert A. Nelson) Transfer Station
Grocery Bag Recyclers
Stater Bros
Hazardous Waste Recyclers
County Household Hazardous Waste Facility
  • 1780 Agua Mansa Rd, Riverside
  • (951) 486-3200
  • Non- Holiday Saturdays between 9 am-2 pm
  • Motor oil, paint and any other potentially dangerous substance
Ink Jet Cartridge Recyclers
Mixed (Intermingled) Recyclers
Cash 4 Cans
  • 7633 Cypress, Riverside
  • (951) 486-3200
  • Non- Holiday Saturdays between 9 am-2 pm
  • Aluminum, metal cans, glass, mixed paper, and cardboard
JN Grease Service
Recycling Service Center
Needles/Sharps Recyclers
Tires Recyclers
Used Oil/Filters Recyclers

Electronic Waste - a broad category of waste comprised of computer monitors, TVs, and electronic devices including, but not limited to: CPU/computer towers, printers, audio and video cassette players/recorders, telephones, answering machines, cell phones, CD players, stereo equipment, smoke detectors, hearing aids, and fax machines. These items are prohibited from burial at landfills because their components might damage the environment due to high heavy metal content and other hazardous waste components.

Household Batteries - including but not limited to single-use alkaline batteries such as AAA, AA, C, D, 9V and button cell; rechargeable nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride, and lithium batteries. Rechargeable and single-use batteries both contain toxic and corrosive components that must be managed properly. Batteries can no longer be disposed of in regular trash. They can be recycled and made into new batteries.

Waste Lamps - the bulb or tube portion of an electric lighting device including, but is not limited to, fluorescent, high intensity discharge, neon, mercury vapor, high pressure sodium and metal halide lamps and may contain toxic heavy metals or other hazardous chemicals and must not be thrown away in the trash.

Mercury Containing Equipment – including thermostats, mercury switches, non-automotive mercury switches, dental amalgam, pressure or vacuum gauges, thermometers, dilators and weighted tubing, gas flow regulators, etc.

Aerosols – including containers with material remaining in the container, including those due to a clogged nozzle, damaged valve, or loss of propellant must be managed properly. Empty household aerosol containers (emptied to the maximum extent practical under normal use) are NOT regulated and may be disposed of as regular refuse.