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Berkeley Recycling Center - Berkeley - 669 Gilman St.

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Berkeley Recycling Center

669 Gilman St. (corner of 2nd & Gilman), Berkeley, California 94710
(510) 524-0113
Hours:

Drop-off donations: M-Sa 8:30-4
Buyback: M-Sa 9-4

The Berkeley Recycling Center offers both drop-off (free and for a fee) and buy-back services for a wide range of recyclable materials. Please see website before visiting for a list of acceptable materials, current rates, and proper preparation of buyback and drop-off materials.

Item Notes Method Destination
Aerosol Can - Empty
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Aluminum Cans - CRV Please see website for Buyback value. Please prepare your materials before you arrive at the Buyback Center - see: http://berkeleyrecycling.org/page.php?id=6
  • Free Drop-off
  • Buyback Drop-off
  • Recycle
Aluminum Foil & Pans - Clean Aluminum foil must be separate from aluminum scrap and cans; it should be free of food. Bi-metal cans, primarily pet food cans, may be added to aluminum foil at the drop-off. Aluminum scrap includes foil, signs, aluminum windows, aluminum shavings, rims, scraps, car and bicycle parts. Berkeley Recycling will purchase your aluminum scrap, or accept it at the drop-off.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Buyback Drop-off
  • Recycle
Auto Parts & Scrap Automotive parts that are mostly metal, such as automobile hoods, doors, frames, fenders, rims, et cetera, are accepted. All engine parts must be thoroughly drained of motor oil, gear oil, and antifreeze before arrival at the site. Note: Fuel tanks not accepted.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Buyback Drop-off
  • Recycle
Batteries - Automotive or Boat We now accept automotive batteries at the drop-off no fees. Automotive and marine batteries may also be recycled at most automotive shops and dealers throughout Berkeley.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Batteries - Household - Non-rechargeable No charge for up to 5 pounds, or 1 quart. Small fee/lb applies for quantities above limit.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Batteries - Household - Rechargeable (up to 5 lbs) No charge for up to 5 pounds, or 1 quart. Small fee/lb applies for quantities above limit.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Beverage Containers - Mixed Please see website for Buyback value. Please prepare your materials before you arrive at the Buyback Center: http://berkeleyrecycling.org/page.php?id=22.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Buyback Drop-off
  • Recycle
Bicycle - Scrap & Parts place in steel or aluminum scrap bins as the case may be
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Bimetal Cans - CRV Please see website for Buyback value. Please prepare your materials before you arrive at the Buyback Center - see: http://berkeleyrecycling.org/page.php?id=6
  • Free Drop-off
  • Buyback Drop-off
  • Recycle
Bimetal Cans - Non-CRV Empty bi-metal cans only; no liquids; Sapporo beer is an example of a bi-metal can.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Books - Hard Cover
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Books - Soft Cover
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Cardboard Cardboard includes corrugated cardboard and brown paper which are purchased or accepted for drop-off. We do not accept wax coated cardboard.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Buyback Drop-off
  • Recycle
Cassette & VHS Tapes - Commercially Made - Working Electronic media such as CDs, DVDs and cassettes may be recycled with books
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
CD/DVD - Non-working/Non-commercial Electronic media such as CDs, DVDs and cassettes may be recycled with books
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Cell Phones - Non-working
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Clothing - Children's Clothes, shoes and textiles must be clean and dry and dropped off in tied plastic bags. A sturdy plastic bag protects the clothes from dirt and simplifies handling.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Clothing - Good Condition Clothes, shoes and textiles must be clean and dry and dropped off in tied plastic bags. A sturdy plastic bag protects the clothes from dirt and simplifies handling.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Cooking Oil/Grease/Fats
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Dishwasher - Non-working Large appliances, including water heaters, stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers and furnaces are all accepted for a $10 charge. No refrigerated appliances.
  • Paid Drop-off
  • Recycle
Drums - Metal 55 g drums must be completely empty and dry and either cut in half or with a visible four-inch diameter hole.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Drums - Paper 55 g drums must be completely empty and dry and either cut in half or with a visible four-inch diameter hole.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Drums - Plastic 55 g drums must be completely empty and dry and either cut in half or with a visible four-inch diameter hole.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Glass Bottles & Jars - Non-CRV sort by color - clear, brown, green
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Helium Tanks - Empty Empty tanks should have visible 4\" hole. Universal Waste area.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Ink Cartridges
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Light Bulbs - Fluorescent Tubes & lamp ballasts. Free -4 ft tubes- up to 10; 8 ft tubes- up to 6. Small fee per bulb over. Also accepts circular, u-shape & industrial lights for a small fee.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Linens/Blankets/Towels - Good Condition household textiles of good quality, that are ready to be re-worn and re-used. Household textiles include tablecloths, towels, beddings, blankets, bedspreads, etc.must be clean and dry and dropped off in tied plastic bags. A sturdy plastic bag protects the clothes from dirt and simplifies handling.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Magazines Please see website for Buyback value. Please prepare your materials before you arrive at the Buyback Center: http://berkeleyrecycling.org/page.php?id=22.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Buyback Drop-off
  • Recycle
Major Household Appliances - Non-working Large appliances, including water heaters, stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers and furnaces are all accepted for a $10 charge. No refrigerated appliances.
  • Paid Drop-off
  • Recycle
Metal Cans - Non-CRV
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Moving Boxes & Packing Materials Please see website. Small fee applies.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Newspaper Please see website for Buyback value. Please prepare your materials before you arrive at the Buyback Center: http://berkeleyrecycling.org/page.php?id=22.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Buyback Drop-off
  • Recycle
Non-ferrous Scrap Metal Aluminum scrap includes foil, signs, aluminum windows, aluminum shavings, rims, scraps, car and bicycle parts. Berkeley Recycling will purchase your aluminum scrap, or accept it at the drop-off.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Buyback Drop-off
  • Recycle
Paper Please see website for Buyback value. Please prepare your materials before you arrive at the Buyback Center: http://berkeleyrecycling.org/page.php?id=22.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Buyback Drop-off
  • Recycle
Paper Bags
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Paperboard Boxes/Tubes
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Phonebooks Newspaper usually includes newsprint, phone books and newspaper inserts. They should be dry and and may not include strings, boxes, brown paper bags, cardboard or plastic bags.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Buyback Drop-off
  • Recycle
Plastic Bottle - CRV #1 PET narrow-neck Bottles and Jugs – CRV or non-CRV. These are purchased at our Buyback or donated at the drop-off. They include carbonated soda, water and juice bottles, and spring water bottles and jugs.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Buyback Drop-off
  • Recycle
Plastic Bottle - Non-CRV #3 through #7 buyback by count, and #1 & 2 non-crv by weight.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Buyback Drop-off
  • Recycle
Plastic Bucket
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Plastic Wide Mouth Container These must be clean and empty and are accepted for donation only. Plastic Containers is a new category of plastic now being accepted at Berkeley Recycling. It typically includes food containers such as yogurt and dairy tubs, food take-out containers, clam shells and drink cups. This category also includes non-food rigid packaging. No plastic bags, film plastic or styrofoam.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Rigid Plastics Typically includes items such as 5-gallon buckets, crates, large plastic containers, nursery pots, plastic lawn chairs and other scrap plastic. Rigid plastic should be clean and nursery pots should be emptied of dirt. No rubber, PVC pipe, vinyl or laminated plastic.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Scrap Metal accepts mostly metal scrap free of charge, including bicycle parts, washers, dryers, dishwashers, stoves, and metal toasters. Lawnmowers and small engines must have fluids drained prior to arrival. Berkeley Recycling does not accept 55-gallon drums (unless cut in half), cylinders or propane tanks.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Shoes - Good Condition Clothes, shoes and textiles must be clean and dry and dropped off in tied plastic bags. A sturdy plastic bag protects the clothes from dirt and simplifies handling.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Small Household Appliances - Non-working Please see website. Small metal appliances include toasters, toaster ovens, blenders, fans, etc.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Stove/Oven - Non-working Large appliances, including water heaters, stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers and furnaces are all accepted for a $10 charge. No refrigerated appliances.
  • Paid Drop-off
  • Recycle
Washer/Dryer - Non-working Large appliances, including water heaters, stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers and furnaces are all accepted for a $10 charge. No refrigerated appliances.
  • Paid Drop-off
  • Recycle
Water Heaters - Non-working Large appliances, including water heaters, stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers and furnaces are all accepted for a $10 charge. No refrigerated appliances.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle

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