El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center

Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM to 4 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM
Sunday: Closed

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 SCHEDULE for the Recycling + Environmental Resource Center (PDF). Please note:  Fees for OESD start at item #4. 

Beginning July 1, 2023, fees for non-residents to drop off Pharmaceuticals, Sharps, Fluorescent Tubes, or large quantities of certain materials will be:
• Pharmaceuticals: $4.00 per drop-off
• Sharps: $4.00 per drop-off
• Fluorescent Tubes: $0.70 per linear foot
• Large Quantity of Books, Magazines, Cardboard, or Paper: $8.00 per cubic yard (~26 bankers boxes)
Per Resolution 2023-35 of the City Council of the City of El Cerrito adopting revisions to the Master Fee Schedule for Fiscal Year 2023-24.


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:

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:  CalRecycle

HelpfuL LIST 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, Juneteenth, 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.