Yuba-Sutter Recycles  

Curbside Recycling

Curbside recycling is a community waste reduction program that was implemented in response to the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989. All California communities are required to divert 50 percent of their municipal solid waste from landfills or face stiff fines for non-compliance. These fines, if levied, would result in higher garbage collection rates for everyone.

Why Recycle?

In addition to conserving natural resources and achieving the state-mandated 50 percent recycling goal, the less you throw away, the less you pay! The cost of the recycling program is included in the garbage collection rates. These rates are based on the size of your garbage (gray) cart. So, the less you throw away, the less you will pay for garbage service. Weekly residential garbage service is available from Recology Yuba-Sutter in three cart sizes (32-, 64- and 96-gallon carts). For areas of Yuba and Sutter counties with curbside recycling and yard waste collection service, the basic service rate is for the standard 32-gallon garbage cart and there is no additional charge for recycling and yard waste collection. If you are finding that you regularly need a larger garbage cart, you can order a 64- or 96-gallon cart at an additional cost. This is one reason why it is important for you to reduce, reuse, and recycle everything possible from soda bottles to yard trimmings.

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What Goes Where?

Blue Recycle Cart

The blue cart is for recyclable glass, plastic and paper products. These items go in the blue cart:

  • Empty Plastic Containers: any plastic container with the "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7" recycling number on the back or bottom. Look for the symbol on these types of containers:
    • beverage
    • bleach
    • condiment
    • cleaners
    • cooking oil
    • detergent
    • liquor
    • lotion
    • mouthwash
    • shampoo
    • syrup
    • milk and water jugs
    • plastc lids and bottle caps
    • plastic food trays
    • yogurt and butter tubs
    • meat trays
  • Paper Products
    • newspapers
    • magazines
    • phone books
    • paper bags
    • computer & copier paper
    • brochures
    • junk mail
    • coupons
    • catalogs
    • envelopes
    • wrapping paper
    • tissue boxes
    • paper tubes
    • cardboard boxes & pizza boxes (flattened)
    • shoe boxes
    • take-out cups & lids
    • soda & juice boxes
    • milk, cream & non-dairy cartons
    • cereal & cake boxes (remove food liners and discard them in the gray cart)
    • paper egg cartons
  • Bottles & Cans
    • glass food and beverage containers
    • empty soda & beverage cans
    • food & soup cans
    • fruit & vegetable juice cans
    • pet food cans
    • aerosol cans (empty)
    • pie tins
    • steel cans

Place recyclables loosely in the blue recycling cart. (NO PLASTIC BAGS, PLEASE!)

If you occasionally have more recyclable material than your blue cart can hold, you can place a bag next to your blue cart. If you regularly have more recyclable material than your blue cart can hold, please call for a larger blue cart. Larger blue recycling carts are available at no additional cost.

Gray Household Waste Cart

The gray cart is where you put everything that is neither recyclable nor green yard waste. Do not discard hazardous waste of any kind in any of your carts.

  • Plastics
    • plastic bread, shopping, newspaper and garbage bags
    • video tapes, CDs and CD cases
  • Glass
    • window glass
    • mirrors
    • ceramics
    • porcelain
    • crystal
    • Pyrex
    • drinking glasses
    • non-fluorescent light bulbs
  • Kitchen & Food Stuff
    • plastic wrap
    • plastic utensils
    • straws
    • potato chip & snack bags
    • food waste
    • paper plates
    • napkins
    • paper towels
    • fast food wrappers
    • plastic wrap from food trays
    • six pack rings
    • waxed paper
    • dinnerware
    • ovenware
    • pots & pans
  • Clothes & Linens
    • pantyhose
    • worn shoes
    • clothes & pillows
  • Bathroom & Pet Products
    • bathroom tissue
    • diapers
    • sanitary products
    • ear swabs
    • toothpaste tubes
    • animal waste
    • kitty litter
  • Outdoor & Metals
    • garden hoses
    • wire
    • scrap metal
  • Packaging
    • bubble wrap
    • packing peanuts
    • aluminum foil
    • rubber bands
    • Styrofoam blocks
    • paper clips
Green Yard Waste Cart

The green cart is for your green yard waste, including:

  • flowers
  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • plant trimmings
  • small branches & prunings
  • green plants
  • weeds

Your driver will NOT collect your green yard waste container if it contains:

  • plastic
  • glass
  • rocks
  • animal waste
  • large branches
  • tree stumps
  • lumber
  • herbicides & insecticides

If you have more green waste in the Spring and Fall than your green cart can hold, you can bundle the excess and place it next to your green cart. If you regularly have too much green waste, additional green carts are available at no additional cost.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Yuba-Sutter residents have three options for recycling their Christmas Trees. Please make sure your tree is free of all tinsel, ornaments and the stand before sending it to be recycled. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and are sent directly to the landfill. Since wreaths and evergreen roping are generally made with wire or plastic backing, these items should be placed in your garbage cart.

Christmas Tree recycling options are:

  1. Curbside Christmas Tree Collection for residences with Green Waste Cart collection. Place your Christmas Tree (without stands, flocking or ornamentation) at the curb beside the Green Waste Cart for collection by Recology Yuba-Sutter beginning on your first collection day after December 25th until January 15th. This service is provided as part of Recology Yuba-Sutter’s Collection Service Agreement with each City and County. Please note that if your Christmas Tree will not fit in the green waste collection truck, Recology Yuba-Sutter will send a separate truck to collect your Christmas Tree.
  2. Cut your Christmas Tree to fit inside your green yard waste cart.
  3. Take your Christmas Tree to the Marysville Transfer Station at 3001 North Levee Road between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily and pay the applicable minimum or weight-based charge or utilize a Free Dump Coupon.

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Keep Out of Your Carts

Image of three carts with slash

Not everything is safe for curbside collection! Certain common things CANNOT be placed in ANY of your carts. Mechanical collection of these items could injure collection workers or pollute our environment when they are broken and crushed together in the collection truck. Mixing these items with recyclables or other waste stored in your carts could cause a fire or explosion or otherwise damage your property and health!

  • Alkaline batteries
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Car batteries
  • Fluorescent tubes & bulbs
  • Halogen tubes & bulbs
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs
  • Neon tubes & lamps
  • Thermostats
  • TVs, Computers, Other Electronic devices
  • Paint Fuels
  • Gas & Camp Stove Cylinders
  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Acids
  • Bases
  • Pool & Spa Chemicals
  • Medicines & needles (sharps)

DO NOT PUT THESE ITEMS IN YOUR COLLECTION CARTS. See the Household Hazardous Waste page for disposal directions.

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