Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery is proud to partner with the residents and businesses within the RecycleSmart service area. Our innovative programs are helping our communities achieve their quest for zero waste.
What We Do
As the region’s Trusted. Proven. Essential. sustainability partner, we are committed to our mission and work hard each day to make it a reality. We are relentless in serving our customers, communities, and environment responsibly by optimizing the use of discarded materials.
Together, we are making a difference!
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We appreciate your help!
By scraping, wiping, or lightly rinsing out your food and beverage containers and only placing acceptable items in your blue cart, you are helping to ensure that your recyclables get the afterlife they deserve.
What Goes in your Blue Cart?
All colors; lids, caps
CRV beverage containers
Aluminum foil (clean)
Aluminum pie plates
CRV beverage cans
Food cans (clean)
Pet food cans
Pots and pans, cupcake pans, utensils/silverware, and metal water bottles
Cardboard (must fit in cart)
Colored & construction paper
Egg cartons (non-Styrofoam)
Envelopes with metal clips
Envelopes (standard and plastic windows)
Gift wrap (non-metallic)
Newspapers and inserts
Paper packaging with remnant tape
Paperboard boxes (cereal & shoe boxes)
Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
Pet food bags
Shredded paper (placed in a paper bag)
Tissue paper (gift type)
Containers only, empty
Plastics #1 to #7
Baby wipes containers
Buckets without handles
CRV beverage containers (soda, water, juice)
Food containers (non-Styrofoam)
Household cleaning containers (empty)
Lids and caps
Prescription bottles (empty)
Salad dressing bottles
Shampoo and conditioning bottles
The contents of your blue cart are picked up by Republic Services and make their way to our Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Pittsburg. Recently, we improved our recycling processing capabilities by making significant investments in our operation. Our sorting machine, often called Big Blue, was retrofitted entirely to increase efficiency and reduce residual. Meet Big Blue 2.0!
Residential Reuse Days
Your reusable and unwanted items are making an impact on our neighbors in need!
Twice a year, single-family households within the RecycleSmart service area can place gently used items curbside at no additional charge. Our team goes by and collects these items, brings them to our warehouse, and later, we find homes for the items picked up. Your reusable items create jobs, aid those in need, and keep material out of the landfill.
Program brochures are mailed out to residents at least two weeks before the area’s dedicated Reuse Day. To find out when your Reuse Day is, please get in touch with Republic Services at (925) 685-4711.
Household Electronics & Appliances (Please put your name on all TVs and computer screens for state reporting purposes.)
Home Decor & Accessories, Office & School Supplies
Garden, Outdoor & Sporting Equipment (No gas or oil in equipment)
Gently-Used Furniture (No broken, stained, or ripped furniture.)
Clothes & Shoes
Scrap Metal, Wire
Car Parts and Auto Batteries
Construction and Demolition
Household Hazardous Waste
Rocks or Dirt
Cribs or Car Seats
Broken or Unassembled Furniture
in just the last 12 months.
Household Battery Recycling
Partnering with RecycleSmart, we collect household batteries during the residential Reuse Days. Year-round, throughout the RecycleSmart service area, we partner with 12 community retailers so that apartments, condos, and businesses can conveniently recycle their household batteries.
Battery Drop-off Sites
Alamo – CVS/Pharmacy, 3158 Danville Blvd.
Blackhawk – CVS/Pharmacy, 3420 Camino Tassajara
Danville – CVS/Pharmacy, 650 San Ramon Valley
Danville – Danville Music, 115 Town, and Country Dr.
Danville – Walgreen’s, 611 San Ramon Valley
Lafayette – CVS/Pharmacy, 3625 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette – Ace Hardware, 3311 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Moraga – Ace Hardware, 1409 Moraga Rd.
Moraga – CVS/Pharmacy, 1480 Moraga Rd. #D
Moraga – CVS/Pharmacy, 580 Moraga Rd.
Orinda – CVS/Pharmacy, 50 Moraga Way
Orinda – Rite Aid, 27 Orinda Way
in just the last 12 months.
Together with this program, we reduce the need for raw materials and conserve resources. We also keep harmful material out of the environment and follow the law!
Community Educational Tours
We believe that education is key to improving the way we recycle and helps to encourage environmental stewardship.
We provide scheduled tours to schools, clubs, sustainability groups, and the public. During the 45-minute tour of our Recycling Center & Transfer Station, you will see how recyclables are sorted and prepared to produce recycled products later. This interactive tour gives our community a firm understanding of why reducing waste and recycling is so important.