El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM to 4 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM
AIR QUALITY NOTE: THE RECYCLING CENTER IS SUBJECT TO TEMPORARY CLOSURE IF AND WHEN OUTDOOR AIR QUALITY REACHES UNHEALTHY LEVELS, THAT IS, WHEN THE AQI IS OVER 150.
El Cerrito is noteworthy for its modern recycling center, Where Recycling is a Pleasure. The facility is a model for other communities to replicate the process and the steps that led to its construction. Please also take a look at a video that includes the grand opening celebration as well as some interesting information.
Master Fee Schedule
New fees go into effect on July 1st of each year. View or download the MASTER FEE SCHEDULEfor the Recycling + Environmental Resource Center (PDF). Please review item #4 for a list of all fees and services.
The Center offers community members a convenient way to reduce their environmental footprint. The Center is a one-stop shop for reuse and recycling. It’s also the hub of El Cerrito’s environmental programs and activities, from energy efficiency and climate action to urban greening. As a LEED facility that features a zero-net energy building, recycled rain-water catchment, rain gardens, native plantings and reused building materials, the Center is a living model of sustainability.
IMPORTANT UPDATES: The Recycling Center accepts clean white block Styrofoam -- ONLY from El Cerrito residents, and ONLY on THURSDAYS. Proof of residency is required. Drive behind the facility just like for the HHW drop-off for the forklift operators to assist you. The Admin Office also accepts fluorescent light bulbs, sharps, and pharmaceuticals from non-residents, for a fee.
Materials Accepted and Not Accepted at the Center:
The Recycling Center and Offices are closed the following holidays: New Year's Day, Dr. MLK Jr. Birthday, Presidents' Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day (and the day after), Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, and starting at Noon on New Year's Eve Day.