School Garbage Program

Garbage Containers Use the grey garbage containers as your last resort. Try to recycle and reuse as much and as often as you can before tossing items in the garbage because anything placed into the garbage goes directly to the landfill. There isn't a filtering system to pull out recyclables or reusable goods so Recology encourages you to take advantage of our Recycling Program. Some items that Recology cannot accept may actually be accepted or donated elsewhere. For a list of locations or for more general recycling and waste reduction information, please visit RecycleWorks of San Mateo County.

Acceptable Garbage Materials
Only put un-recyclable materials into your gray container!
  • Bubble wrap
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Clothing and linens
  • Diapers
  • Glass mirrors and windows
  • Kitty litter and animal feces (bagged)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Plastic bags, wrappers and film

  • Rubber bands
  • Small pieces of plywood, pressboard, and painted or stained wood
  • Snack bags and wrappers
  • Styrofoam packaging, food containers and packing peanuts
  • Wire and plastic hangers

Hazardous and Universal Waste & Universal Waste

Hazardous and Universal Waste (including Electronic Waste) are rapidly growing problems that account for significant amounts of toxic waste in landfills. They are illegal to put into the trash or pour down a drain or gutter because they will contaminate the soil, drinking water and air. To learn how to legally, safely and properly dispose of these and other items, visit RecycleWorks or the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program for more information.