Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
for Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and the City of Palo Alto

Moving Boxes & Packing Materials

Moving boxes are usually made of heavyweight cardboard, and may be used for storage and transport.

Post online for reuse.


Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Berkeley Recycling Center 669 Gilman St.
(corner of 2nd & Gilman)
Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off Please see website. Flatten boxes, separate paper
Boxes for Moving & Storage 995 Detroit Ave. Unit A Concord Reuse Free Drop-off Boxes must be flattened.
Craigslist 222 Sutter St
Floor 9
San Francisco Reuse Free Pick-up, Buyback Pick-up
El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center 7501 Schmidt Ln. El Cerrito Recycle Free Drop-off Cardboard bin.
Facebook Buy Nothing Groups 1 Hacker Way Menlo Park Reuse Free Pick-up
FreeCycle The Freecycle Network
PO Box 294
Tuscon Reuse Free Pick-up
GreenWaste of Palo Alto 2765 Lafayette St Palo Alto Recycle Pick-up for a Fee Remove all packing material, flatten and place in your blue recycle cart. Excess cardboard can be cut or folded it into 2’ x 3’ pieces and placed in a tied bundle next to your blue cart.
International Paper 42305 Albrae St. Fremont Recycle Pick-up for a Fee
Lindsay Wildlife Experience 1931 First Ave Walnut Creek Reuse Free Drop-off Brown packing paper donations are used for animal enrichment. It can wrap food, be nesting material, or be fun to tear. Drop at the Guest Experience Desk at the front entrance.
Mannequin Madness 1301 Cotton St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Accepts small and large donations of air pillows for reuse to ship mannequins. (No boxes, Styrofoam peanuts, or packing paper.)
Nextdoor Headquarters
420 Taylor St
San Francisco Reuse Free Pick-up, Buyback Pick-up
RAFT - Resource Area For Teaching 1355 Ridder Park Dr San Jose Reuse Free Drop-off Collapsible boxes, decorative gift boxes, end cuts and punch outs from manufacturing, foam pieces, mailers, misses or overruns
ReUse: CAL's Campus Thrift Store 2495 Bancroft Way
MLK Student Union (between Superb & OCF offices)
Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off
SMaRT Station 301 Carl Rd Sunnyvale Recycle Free Drop-off No food contaminated paper, foil paper or thermal paper. Staples and tape are ok.
The UPS Store (39120 Argonaut Way) 39120 Argonaut Way Fremont Reuse Free Drop-off Call for space and materials accepted like Air pillows
UPS Store 3020 El Cerrito Plaza El Cerrito Reuse Free Drop-off No boxes, just clean bagged packaging material by type. Call first.
Waste Management of Alameda County 172 98th Ave. Oakland Recycle Pick-up for a Fee Commercial waste hauling service

Curbside Service

Recycling Note
Large or multiple pieces should be flattened, bundled with twine, string, or tape and set next to the recycling cart.
Castro Valley Sanitary District
Hayward (Oro Loma - L2)
OCC & Mixed Paper
San Leandro
San Leandro (Oro Loma - L3)
San Lorenzo (Oro Loma)
Unincorporated Oro Loma (L1)
Union City

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