Recycling, Organics and Landfill Service
Solid waste services throughout the Town of Danville are managed by the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority (RecycleSmart). RecycleSmart is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) with six Member Agencies including Danville, Walnut Creek, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga and portions of unincorporated Contra Costa County including Alamo, Blackhawk and Diablo.
RecycleSmart holds the Franchise Agreement with Republic Services for collection, transfer and disposal of residential and commercial landfill materials, recycling and organics, and with Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery for the processing of all recyclable materials and Reuse Day services.
- For all service requests, extra on-call services, billing, vacation holds and to start or stop service, call Republic Services at 925-685-4711.
- For Reuse Day questions visit www.recyclesmart.org/cleanup or call Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery at 925-692-2286. Republic Services schedules the Reuse & Cleanup Days DATES. Please visit the Reuse Days webpage to use the search tool for your dates, or call Republic Services at 925-685-4711 for your bi-annual dates.
- For unresolved concerns or general questions contact RecycleSmart at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-906-1801.
Recycling (Blue Cart/Bin)
A Quick Resource Guide
- Recycle smart. Know what materials are accepted in recycling – cardboard, paper, small household metals and cans, plastic containers #1-7 and glass containers.
- Empty, Clean and Dry – remove food and liquid, lightly wipe/rinse and shake dry.
- Don’t bag it – place recyclables loose into blue cart, or use a clear bag only.
- RE: Source Guide (countywide online search tool) – visit www.RecycleSmart.org and use “RE:Source Guide” on the home page to search for reuse, recycling and disposal information.
SB 1383 (Mandatory organics recycling)
Organic material makes up half of what Californians discard into landfills each year. Greenhouse gas emissions caused by the decomposition of organic material in landfills contribute to climate change. As of January 1, 2022, California State Law SB 1383 and RecycleSmart Ordinance No. 21-1 require residents, businesses, and schools to properly sort organic material from landfill.
SB 1383 requires local jurisdictions to monitor contamination and proper sorting by performing annual route audits. RecycleSmart or its contractor may be in your neighborhood throughout the year assessing your carts (residential and commercial). RecycleSmart is only looking for proper sorting of materials and may leave outreach on your carts with helpful tips and suggestions.
Edible Food Recovery
California State Law SB 1383 and RecycleSmart Ordinance No. 21-1 require “Tier One” and “Tier Two” Commercial Edible Food Generators to donate the maximum amount of excess edible food to feed people.
To determine if your food-generating business, venue, or event is covered under SB 1383, visit RecycleSmart.org/FoodGenerators.
Preventing food waste and donating excess edible food is good business! Visit RecycleSmart online for a list of local food recovery organizations that can dependably pick up and safely distribute fresh and prepared food, supporting our highest-need community members.
RecycleSmart is partnering with Contra Costa Health Services to inspect SB 1383 Commercial Edible Food Generators and enforcement begins January 1, 2024.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
Residents can use the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility FOR FREE. Small businesses and other commercial entities can apply for an account. Hazardous waste includes cooking oil, fluorescent lamps, propane cylinders, car batteries, fertilizers, cleaners, personal care products and more. The facility is located at:
4797 Imhoff Place
Martinez, Ca 94553
For acceptable materials, directions and hours of operation visit www.centralsan.org/hhw.
Single-family home residents can place household batteries, CFLs, cell phones and motor oil at the curb for weekly collection. Click here for more information.
Free Medical Sharps (Needles) and Medications Disposal
Disposing of needles and unused medications down the toilet, drain or in the landfill cart is illegal and harmful to the environment.
Between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, residents may come to the Danville Police Department located at 510 La Gonda Way to dispose of their unused or expired medications and medical sharps FOR FREE.
For more information contact the Danville Police Department at 925-314-3700.
A Quick Reference Guide
Drop-off rules include:
- Medications include prescription and non-prescription, pills, liquids, vitamins, pet medications and inhalers.
- All pills must be emptied from their original containers and placed in a resealable plastic bag. Empty plastic bottles #1-7 are recyclable (remove personal information).
- All liquids are to be kept in their original container and placed inside a resealable plastic bag.
- Syringes, lancets and pen needles (needles of any kind) should be disposed of in a red sharps container or puncture-proof container.