Curbside Single Stream Recycling

What is Single Stream Recycling?
Single Stream Recycling allows you to put all your recyclable materials - cans, plastics, mixed paper and cardboard - into one brown 64-gallon recycling cart.

Can I get a different size cart ?
You may request a smaller (40-gallon) or larger (96-gallon) recycling cart. To order a new cart, call 510-429-8030.

What materials can I put in my recycling cart?
It is very important to the success of the City of Union City's recycling programs that residents place only the correct items in the recycling cart.

Recycling Cart - Acceptable Materials
Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Brown glass
  • Clear glass
  • Green glass
  • Bottles
  • Jars
  • CRV bottles (beer, juice, wine coolers, etc.)
  • Water bottles
  • Soda bottles
  • Juice bottles
  • Milk jugs
  • Water jugs
  • Bleach & detergent bottles
  • Food containers (cottage cheese, margarine tubs, yogurt cups)
  • Prescription bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Baby wipe containers
  • Aluminum beverage cans
  • Steel and tin food cans and lids
  • Paint cans (remove excess paint, let residue dry)
  • Newspaper (including inserts, advertisements)
  • Junk Mail
  • Envelopes
  • Coupons
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Office paper
  • Computer paper
  • Construction paper
  • Paper bags
  • Shopping bags
  • Books (no hardcover)
  • Carbonless paper
  • Gift wrap (no metallic/foil)
  • Phone books
  • Tissue paper (gift wrap, dry cleaning)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Cereal boxes
  • Cracker boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Juice boxes and cartons
  • Milk and cream cartons
  • Egg cartons
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminum foil (clean)
  • Aluminum furniture
    (plastic webbing removed)
  • Aluminum pie pans
  • Metal lids and caps from glass bottles
  • Pots and pans (metal only)

What should NOT go in the cart?
Do not place garbage, food-soiled paper, yard waste, motor oil, automotive parts or hazardous materials in the recycling cart. The new brown cart is only for recyclable materials. Carts contaminated with other materials will not be picked up.

How do I set out my recycling cart?
On the same day each week that your garbage is picked up, roll your recycling cart out to the street before 6 a.m., placing the wheels of the cart up against the curb. Leave about a two-foot clearance on either side of the cart so it can be easily picked up by the robotic arm on Tri-CED's new automated collection trucks.

Why Single Stream Recycling?

  • Single Stream recycling simplifies recycling - all recyclable materials are mixed together in one container.
  • Single Stream recycling is so easy, the number of people who recycle increases; therefore, the pounds of recycled materials collected also increases.
  • Single Stream recycling cuts down on litter on collection day
  • The hinged lids on the carts keep recyclable materials in the cart and dry.
  • The wheeled carts make transportation easier, no more heavy lifting of those yellow tubs.
  • Automated collection reduces the amount of time collection trucks are on the streets and that's good for the environment.

How do I get more information?
For more information about single stream recycling, please call Tri-CED Community Recycling at (510) 429-8030 or the city's recycling coordinator at 675-5466.


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