Commercial & Household Recycling

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Commercial Trash BinBeginning July 1, 2012, all businesses, commercial enterprises, public agencies and schools that generate four or more cubic yards of waste per week, and all multi-family dwellings with five or more units were required by a new state law to participate in mandatory commercial waste recycling.

Recycling containers actually cost less than the same size trash container. Adding recycling container could allow businesses to reduce the size or quantity of trash containers used, or the number of times they are serviced per week, saving money throughout the year.

Participating properties should contact AVCO Disposal, Inc. to set up a recycling account.  Companies have the option to set up an independent recycling program, but must provide acceptable proof of ongoing recycling to the Town, including reports detailing the weight of waste generated, the weight of recycling materials diverted from the waste stream, and the location to which the recycled materials were sent.

Each city is tasked with monitoring the program within its own boundaries, reporting the statistics to the state, and tracking businesses that are out of compliance with the regulation, according to Assembly Bill 341, which became law on January 1, 2012.

Contact AVCO Disposal at (760) 245-8607 to set up a recycling account or with any questions you may have.

Click here for What a Business Can Recycle

Click here for What Multi-Family Units Can Recycle




One of the best things you can do for the environment right now is to recycle.  Not sure how to decide what goes where?  Download the attached list of recyclables and fasten it on your refrigerator.  Believe it or not, studies indicate that for every ton of waste dumped in the landfill, there are an additional 71 tons of waste discarded “upstream” that came from the extraction, mining, manufacturing or processing, transporting and sale of the products.Tiny worker

According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board, recycling saves enough energy annually to power 1.4 million California homes. Estimates show it saves up to 14 million trees, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions that harm the atmosphere. Methane, a greenhouse gas produced by decomposing trash, is 21 times stronger than carbon dioxide at retaining atmospheric heat. Recycling also helps reduce air pollution in California by 165,142 tons annually and cuts greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equal to taking 3.8 million passenger cars off the highway.

As much as possible, cut down on use of disposable plastics.  Plastics are light, cheap and handy – but they are made from petroleum.  When they are discarded, either in the landfill or as litter, they break down into tiny petroleum bits which are hazardous to plants, animals and our water systems.  Imagine every single plastic bag as a handful of toxic sand being tossed into your environment.  If you must use them, return plastic shopping bags to stores to be recycled.

Better yet, take your own reusable cloth bag to the store to buy groceries.  Many grocery stores are now selling these reusable bags which are good for the environment as well as being strong and convenient.

Questions on recycling?  Call 760-245-8607

Following is a quick list showing what is trash, what is recyclable and what is household hazardous waste (HHW).  Click this link Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) to jump to the HHW page.

*Absolutely no toxic or hazardous waste!

HHW Center Accepts:

*Recycle Bin:
(Do not "bag" Recyclables)

*Trash Can:

  • Home-generated sharps
  • Used motor oil
  • Paint and paint thinner
  • Auto and furniture polish
  • Batteries - auto
  • Batteries - household
  • Electronic equipment
  • Weed killer
  • Pesticides
  • Chemical drain cleaners
  • Pool chemicals
  • Household cleaners
  • Fertilizers
  • Antifreeze
  • Wood preservatives
  • Poisons
  • Medicines
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Hobby supplies
  • Aerosol cans
  • Electronic equipment (Fluorescent tubes, Televisions, Computer Monitors)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Brochures
  • Cardboard
  • Catalogs
  • Cereal boxes
  • Computer paper
  • Coupons
  • Glass bottles/jars
  • Junk mail
  • Laundry bottles
  • Ledger paper
  • Magazines
  • Metal coat hangers
  • Mixed paper
  • Newspaper
  • Paper tubes
  • Phone books
  • Plastics #1 - #7 (all rigid containers)
  • Plastic milk/water jugs
  • Tin cans
  • Tissue boxes
  • Used envelopes
  • Wrapping paper
  • Soft drink bottles
  • Water bottles
  • Bathroom waste
  • Bubble wrap
  • Carbon paper
  • Carpet
  • Ceramic glass
  • Disposable diapers
  • Drinking glasses
  • Flooring
  • Food waste
  • Yard waste
  • Mirrors
  • NCR paper
  • Nursery pots
  • Paint cans (empty, dry)
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic toys
  • Plastic eating utensils
  • Rags
  • Soiled paper
  • Sponges
  • Styrofoam
  • Textiles
  • Window glass
  • Waxed milk cartons


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