El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center

Winter Drop-off Hours
November 1 through February 1
Monday - Friday: 8:00am to 4:45 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am to 4:45pm

Spring/Summer Drop-off Hours
February 2 through October 31
Monday - Friday: 8:00am to 5:45pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am to 4:45pm

Master Fee Schedule

New fees for FY 2019-20 go into effect on July 1st of each year.  View or download the MASTER FEE SCHEDULE for the Recycling + Environmental Resource Center (PDF). Please review item #5 for a list of all fees and services. 

In response to COVID-19 and in compliance with the shelter in place order, the Recycling Center is CLOSED. Curbside garbage and recycling services will continue. Other services may be limited and slower than usual during this time. Please check www.el-cerrito.org/covid19 for updates. (3/16/2020)

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.  Please take a look at the video entitled Where Recycling is a Pleasure to learn more.

Materials Accepted and Not Accepted at the Center:

Materials Accepted
Materials Not Accepted
The Exchange Zone
Rules of Conduct

For a list of locations that will pay for bottles and cans, please visit:



of items we cannot take: Resource Information Guide

Holiday Hours

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.