Frequently Asked Questions


I'd like to compost in my backyard.  Do you have tips on how to do it?

Food ScrapsRecology is a large-scale composter.  Our technologies and techniques for composting are different than those of backyard composting, but the basics are the same. You need air, water and bugs to turn food scraps and yard trimmings into a valuable soil amendment.

We recommend the EPA's page "Create Your Own Compost Pile" to learn about backyard composting.

What can I do with the stuff that's hard to recycle?

Hard to recycle items include:

 What types of materials can I recycle?  What number plastics are recyclable?

Recyclable materials include:

  • Glass (including unbroken clear, green and brown glass containers of all shapes and sizes, wine, soda and milk bottles)
  • Paper, cardboard and wood (including office paper, paper bags, soft cover books, phonebooks, notebooks, envelopes, construction paper, cake mix, cereal and shoe boxes, corrugated cardboard, and empty toilet and paper towel rolls) 
  • Ferrous and non-ferrous metals (including aluminum cans and aluminum foil, pie plates, cat food containers, beer, soda, soup and tin cans, and wire hangers)
  • Plastic Containers (including water and soda bottles, yogurt containers, laundry detergent bottles, disposable cups, shampoo bottles, and milk jugs)

Recyclable Plastics ChartRecology of the Coast can accept the list of materials above. However, there are several important items to note:

  • Not all plastics are recyclable. Make sure that the plastic item you intend to recycle has a number within the chasing arrow mark somewhere on the packaging. If there is none, that item is not recyclable.
  • Recology of the Coasts accepts plastic containers marked with a #1 - #7 on the bottom, with the exception of Styrofoam containers marked with a #6.

 What do I do with my couch, dresser, or other bulky items?

We accept appliances, furniture and mattresses, books, clothing, carpets, toilets, and almost any other "bulky" item in the free Bulky Item Pick-up Program. Click your city of residence to be redirected to the guidelines of the Bulky Item Pick-Up Program:

Pacifica, El Granada, Pillar Point, Princeton, Miramar, Montara, Moss Beach

I have more questions!  Where can I learn more?

Have you visited our Recovered Resource blog?  You may find answers to your questions there.  We're also on Facebook, Twitter, and at your community events.  You can also always contact us with your questions!