Residential Recycling Program

Recology Vacaville Solano Recycling Cart Recycling is more important today than ever. In order to keep our communities safe and clean, we all must pitch in to help recycle and reuse as much as possible. Recology Vacaville Solano provides a convenient curbside recycling collection program to residential customers.

Recycling collection is provided to customers that reside within the city limits of Vacaville and in the Solano county area surrounding Vacaville. Customers are provided with one 96 gallon blue recycling cart.

Recology Vacaville Solano Curbside Recycling Instructions

Place these materials inside your blue toter...
METAL - Tin and Aluminum Cans
You do not need to remove labels or crush cans. Please rinse containers.
  • Food and beverage cans (aluminum, steel, and tin)
  • Clean aluminum pans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Loose lids from jars

NO: coat hangers, scrap metal, fuel tanks or propane tanks.

Remove lids and throw them away.
  • Glass Bottles (from juice, soda, wine and liquor -- clear, green and brown -- CRV and non-CRV)
  • Glass Jars (from spaghetti sauce, apple sauce, and other food items)

NO: Mirrors, light bulbs, ceramic, window panes, dishware, drinking glasses or mugs, and vases.

Remove the lids from the bottles and throw them away. You do not need to remove the labels. Please empty and rinse all containers.

recycle numberLook on the bottom of the bottle for the #1 - #7 recycling symbol.
  • All #1 - #7 Narrow-neck Plastic Bottles and Jugs (water, soda , juice, milk, bottles water or other household products)
  • All California Redemption Value (CRV)
  • All colors
  • Non-bottle plastic like toys and trays, plastic tubs from margarine, butter or yogurt

NO: plastic bags, garden hoses, Styrofoam, PVC or other piping

Please place all materials in your blue toter.
  • Junk Mail, envelopes
  • Newspapers (includes inserts)
  • Office Paper
  • Magazines (includes glossy publications)
  • Chipboard (boxes from cereal, shoes, crackers or gifts)
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Paperboard Egg Cartons (not Styrofoam)
  • Corrugated Cardboard (cardboard with ridges typically used for heavy-duty boxes - please flatten cardboard
  • Shredded paper (please place in a paper bag)
  • Clean pizza boxes
  • Soft cover books and phone books
  • Rinsed milk and juice cartons
  • Paperback books

NO: Hardback books, carbon paper, photographs, facial or toilet tissues, plastic or foil lining from cereal or cracker boxes, paper contaminated by food, and thermal fax paper.

To help prevent empty toters from falling and blocking sidewalks after they are emptied, please follow our toter replacement procedures.
toter placement
  • Toters® should be placed out with the wheels touching the curb. The lid should open to the street with the handle in the back.
  • Don't block the sidewalk.
  • Don't park cars within 5 feet of Toters®.
  • Place Toters® 5 feet apart.
  • Put Toters® out by 6:00 A.M. on your pickup day.
  • Remove Toters® from curb by 6:00 PM and place them at the side of the house or in the rear yard at all other times.
  • Call Recology Vacaville Solano at (707) 448-2945 if you have questions.

Please Do Not Place these materials inside your blue toter...
Construction Debris
  • Concrete, rocks, dirt, wood
Electronic / Universal Waste
  • Televisions, computers, cell phones, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury switches
Green Waste
  • Place Green Waste in your Green Toter
Household Hazardous Waste
  • Please take Household Hazardous Waste to the HHW Facility located at 855½ Davis Street open every Saturday from 9am to 3pm.

Household Batteries

Residents may place household batteries on top of their blue cart in a clear, zip-lock or tie-close plastic bag clearly marked "Used Batteries". The types of batteries allowed for collection and recycling will include:

Regulated batteries must bear the 3 chasing arrows or a comparable recycling symbol.

  • Nickel-cadmium batteries must be labeled "nickel-cadmium" or "Ni-Cd", with the phrase "BATTERY MUST BE RECYCLED OR DISPOSED OF PROPERLY".
  • Rechargeable consumer products containing non-removable Ni-Cd batteries must be labeled with the phrase "CONTAINS NICKEL-CADMIUM BATTERY. BATTERY MUST BE RECYCLED OR DISPOSED OF PROPERLY."

Used Motor Oil and Filters

Recology Vacaville Solano - Used Motor Oil and FiltersResidential customers can place used motor oil and oil filters out for collection. Place these items next to your blue toter on collection day. Oil and filters must be in containers provided by Recology Vacaville Solano or they will not be collected. Oil Jugs and Oil Filter bags are provided free of charge by Recology Vacaville Solano to customers.

Please contact us to order your free jugs and filter bags.

Close the Loop -- Buy Recycled!

There is another important step to recycling: buying products made with recycled content. When you purchase products with recycled content, manufacturers will continue to use recyclables in their products and will expand their use to other products.

Compare labels to find the product with the highest percentage of "post-consumer" recycled content. ("Post-consumer" is the material you recycle in your curbside bin.) Many products, such as greeting cards, tissue, toilet paper and paper towels, offer a variety of recycled-content choices. Be sure to look for the recycling symbol! Other products, such as aluminum cans, almost always contain high post-consumer recycled content, even if the can doesn't have the symbol.
Recycle Symbol
Remember to look for the familiar "chasing arrows" recycling symbol when you shop!

REUSE -- Leave less for the future!

You can help the environment and your pocketbook by buying reusable products. Consider sponges, dish towels, and cloth napkins in place of paper towels and disposable napkins, rechargeable batteries, and products in reusable packaging, such as glass jars.

Instead of throwing that old coat or dress away, consider donating your unwanted household items to a nonprofit or church-run thrift store. Look in the Yellow Pages under "consignment", "second hand", "thrift", "antiques", or "used" such as "clothing - used" or "furniture dealers - used".

Local Recycling Resources

If you are interested in learning more about how to reduce, reuse, and recycle, check out these resources for finding additional information:

By Phone

  • "10 Easy Ways to Buy Recycled" - a guide from the California Department of Conservation - 1-800-RECYCLE

On the Internet

Recology Vacaville Solano - Local Recycling Resources
  • Earth's 911 - - offers extensive listings of recycling and waste reduction resources for neighborhoods throughout the U.S.
  • Recycle City - - provides fun games and activities that also educate the user about recycling issues.

Vacaville Recycling

  • Recology Vacaville Solano (707) 448-2945
    Operates recycling, refuse, and yard waste collection. Can answer questions or address issues related to the actual pickup of materials.
  • City of Vacaville Recycling Web Site
    Provides detailed information about the City of Vacaville curbside recycling program, household hazardous waste program, used motor oil recycling, reuse and smart shopping, and other related issues.
  • City of Vacaville Recycling Info Line(707) 454-5705
    Provides recorded information about all of the City of Vacaville's recycling programs.
  • City of Vacaville Recycling Coordinator (707) 469-6509
    Can answer questions about specific materials accepted in the new curbside recycling program or about recycling or environmental programs in the City of Vacaville.