Recycling services are provided at no cost to citizens of Santa Cruz County.
Items Accepted at All Sites These can be placed in the co-mingled Green or Blue Recycling Containers:
Aluminum cans and foil
Newspaper, magazines, catalogues (no phone books)
Plastic-such as soda and shampoo bottles, milk / water jugs
No tubs, pails or other plastic
Steel / tin cans-such as canned food cans
Glass must be placed in the glass container. Do not mix glass with the above recyclables, because glass is a contaminate in a single stream sort line. The glass can cause lacerations and puncture wounds to the employees who sort the recyclable materials and it also damages the equipment used in a single stream sort line.
Clear and colored glass are acceptable. Glass is currently being stocked pile and mechanically broken up by our tracked equipment. After construction of processing area, and when approximately 25 tons are accumulated, the glass will be transported to the Phoenix area for recycling.
Brown paper grocery bags can be recycled with corrugated cardboard
No wax coating (produce boxes)
Please empty, flatten and cut to 3’ by 3’ (no Styrofoam or bubble wrap)
Pressed board (cereal, shoe or 12-pak containers)
Loose Newspaper and newspaper inserts
Please do no bundle or bag your newspaper
Junk mail and envelopes
Mixed paper, light colored paper
White office paper, copy or computer paper
No bright colored papers and envelopes
No goldenrod (bright yellow receipt paper)
No glue or adhesive paper
All magazines and small catalogs (includes large catalogs with glue bindings).
Electronic components contain hazardous material, such as lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. The facilities accept:
Items Accepted by Rio Rico & Sonoita Sites
Antifreeze and motor oil
Place in waste oil container
Computers, printers, electronic equipment, and circuit boards - stacked on pallets
Household chemicals such as chlorine, paint thinner and other solvents
Spray and liquid paint
Residential only, first 5 tires are free without rims