What Goes Where?
Find out how to properly dispose of your household materials by clicking the tabs below or by searching for an item (last tab). You can also view or download our printable sorting guides. If you’re unable to find what you’re looking for, please reach out!
We accept all food scraps, soiled paper, and plants in the green compost cart. Please do not place compostable material in plastic or compostable plastic bags, as the current regional compost facilities are unable to process those materials. Paper bags are acceptable.
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Please do not place recyclable materials in plastic bags, as the recycling facility is unable to process those materials. Paper bags are acceptable.
Few things, once they are used, are actually trash. Among such things are non-recyclable plastics and other complex materials that were not designed to be recycled.
Zero Waste Sonoma has a number of program changes and updates regarding HHW events due to COVID-19. Please check the link for the latest updates. https://zerowastesonoma.gov/covid-19
It is illegal to put items such as electronics, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, pesticides, and other chemicals in the trash. When household hazardous wastes end up in a landfill, they can cause serious threats to humans, wildlife, and the environment.
- Batteries: Recology offers curbside pickup of household batteries for those in Sonoma County. Please place batteries in a sealed plastic bag on top of your recycling cart on your service day. Your recycling driver will collect them separately from your recyclable materials. Cell phone and laptop batteries are NOT allowed.
Electronics: Any Sonoma County transfer station will accept household electronics for recycling. Goodwill will also accept electronics, working or not. Please also visit www.ZeroWasteSonoma.gov for additional recycling options, as well as for community drop-off events.
- Motor Oil: Recology offers curbside pickup of motor oil and filters. Just call customer service to request an oil kit and filter bag. When filled, call us again to request a pick-up, and place oil and filters at the curb next (NOT IN) to your recycling cart for pickup. There are also many locations in Sonoma County that will accept motor oil and filters. Visit www.ZeroWasteSonoma.gov to find a location.
- Treated Wood Waste Now Accepted: Starting August 31, 2022, treated wood (any wood that has been treated with a chemical preservative to protect the wood against attacks from insects, microorganisms, or fungi) is accepted for disposal and considered hazardous waste per California State law. It must be disposed of properly. Find a disposal site near you: https://zerowastesonoma.gov/materials/treated-wood/.
There are several options for holiday tree recycling. Please remove all lights, tinsel, trim, ornaments, and stands prior to recycling. Flocked trees are NOT accepted in the tree recycling programs but can be cut to fit in your trash bin or collected for an additional fee.
Curbside collection will be available from January 8th – 12th. Customers may place trees up to 6 feet tall on the curb the night before their regular collection day. Trees may also be cut to fit inside green carts. For non-profit fundraiser collections before January 12th, please call 707.565.3333.
*Cotati Fire Station 1 East Cotati Ave -December 26th – January 15th from 8 AM – 4 PM (no flocked trees at this location)
*Sonoma County Transfer Station until Jan 15th (regular and flocked trees accepted).