Solid Waste, Recycling, and Compost

Solid Waste and Recycling Services

Richmond's collection services are provided by Republic Services. Visit Republic Services' website,, or call 510-262-7100 for more information about commercial and residential rates, billing or account information,  Pay Your Bill Online, report a missed pickup or lost or damaged carts/bins, or request on-call cleanups or bulky item collection services. Follow Republic Services' Quarterly Newsletter for up-to-date information, news, and recycling activities. Ratepayers may visit Waste and Recycling Rates and Contracts to access 2018 rates and existing franchise agreements with Republic Services.

Waste Reduction Resources

Before disposing of items, review the Contra Costa County Waste Reuse and Recycling Guide for information on organizations that may accept items for reuse or recycling. For more information, visit Contra Costa County Waste Reduction and Recycling

Republic Services Recycling Guide
  1. Recycling Guide
  2. Organics Guide

What Goes Into the Blue Recycling Cart?

  • Cardboard (flattened)

  • Paper - newspaper, junk mail, envelopes, magazines, catalogs, cereal & shoe boxes, colored & white paper, telephone books, paper bags

  • Glass - bottles and jars

  • Plastic - milk, juice, soda & water bottles, narrow-neck bottles, 

    to-go containers, tubs, bags (bundled)

  • Metal - aluminum, steel, tin cans, empty aerosol cans, aluminum foil & pans

  • NOT ACCEPTED- compostable or biodegradable plastic, paper towels, napkins, polystyrene foam (styrofoam), candy wrappers, chip bags, tetra pak containers.
Recycling Guide