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Recycling in the Salinas Valley

RecycleIt's easy! You don't have to leave home to recycle bottles, cans, paper, cardboard and a range of other common materials. All single-family homes and many apartment buildings in the Salinas Valley are set up for weekly collection of these recyclables. Single-family homes can even recycle used motor oil and filters at the curb! Learn more about recycling at home.

You can also redeem your recyclables for cash at one of almost 30 buy-back centers. These centers purchase materials by weight, or pay per container if it is marked "CRV" (California Redemption Value).

Tires, mattresses, batteries, toner cartridges... these materials and many more are not collected through your curbside or apartment recycling program, but they can still be recycled or even reused! Click here for a list of items and locations that accept them.

All the materials we recycle are made back into new goods, but the "recycling loop" is only closed if we also purchase these products with recycled content. Read tips on how to buy recycled.

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Buyback Centers

Get Cash for Your Recyclables

If your building does not have recycling, or if you want to do the right thing AND make some money, drop off your recyclables at local buy-back center! Check the table below for a center near you and the materials they accept.

Tips:

  • Call the center or visit their website for business hours
  • Containers should be clean, empty, dry, caps removed and sorted by material type.
  • Contact companies for their current $$ rate per material
  • Centers accepting glass, metal and plastic beverage containers marked "CRV" (California Redemption Value) will redeemed them by piece rather than weight, upon request.

CRVWhat is CRV?

California Redemption Value (CRV) is the cash amount paid per container for
most beverage bottles and cans.

Check the label!

 

 

CRV

Aluminum & bi-metal cans

Other Metals

Card-board & Chip-board

News-paper & Magazines

Mixed Paper

Plastic
#1-#7

Glass containers

Castroville
A &S Metals
11340 Commercial Parkway
(409) 633-3379
This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material no no #1, #2 This facility accepts this material
TOMRA Pacific Inc SuperMax
11288 Merritt Street
Will pay for CRV This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
Gonzales
G & L Recycling – SuperMax
851 5th St
Will pay for CRV This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
Johnson Canyon Landfill
31400 Johnson Canyon Road
(831) 675-2165
This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
Greenfield
AMD Recycling
34 El Camino Real
(831) 674-1174
This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
Greenfield Recycling
455-B El Camino Real
This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
King City
C&C Recycling
500 Jayne Street Unit D
(831) 385-0761
This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
King City Recycling
304 S First Street
(831) 386-9130
This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
Jolon Road Transfer Station
52654 Jolon Road
(831) 385-6213
This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
Pajaro
State Recycling Company
53 Porter Drive
(831) 724-4669
This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
Prunedale
NexCycle – Safeway
17539 Vierra Canyon Road
(909) 796-2210
Will pay for CRV This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
TOMRA Pacific Inc – SuperMax
7925 San Miguel Canyon Road
Will pay for CRV This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
Salinas
Salinas Recycling
316 Commission St
(831) 758-5357
Will pay for CRV This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
AMD Recycling Inc
324 Kings St
(831) 754-5639
This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
TOMRA Pacific Inc – Star Market
1275 S Main Street
Will pay for CRV This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
TOMRA Pacific Inc – Foods Co.
1030 E Alisal Street
(831) 424- 0455
Will pay for CRV This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
TOMRA Pacific Inc – Food 4 Less
1576 N Sanborn Road
Will pay for CRV This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
TOMRA Pacific Inc – Save Mart
1223 N Davis Road
Will pay for CRV This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
NexCycle – Fiesta Foods
640 E Boronda Road
(909) 796-2210
Will pay for CRV This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
NexCycle – Safeway #1110
1546 N Main Street
(909) 796-2210
Will pay for CRV This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
A&S of Castroville Inc
456 Brunken Avenue
(831) 424-3367
This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material #1, #2 This facility accepts this material
Sun Street Transfer Station
139 Sun Street
(831) 663-2796
This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material
Soledad
G & L Recycling Soledad
235 Nestles Road, Suite C
(831) 678-4744
Will pay for CRV This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material This facility accepts this material

Recycling Other Materials

Recycling Beyond the Curb: Other Materials

Recycling doesn't end at the curb! Many items that are not accepted through your curbside or apartment recycling program still don't have to go to the landfill. Some materials are even banned from the garbage. Click on a material to find out where to drop it off for reuse, recycling or safe disposal. Fees may apply, depending on the item.

Bring Recycling "Full Circle" - Buy Recycled!

There's more to recycling than setting out your recyclables at the curb. In order to make recycling economically feasible, we must buy recycled products and packaging. When we buy recycled products, we create an economic incentive for recyclable materials to be collected, manufactured, and marketed as new products.

Creating a strong market for recycled products is key to completing the recycling process or "closing the loop." You as a consumers close the loop when you purchase products made from recycled materials, or when you support companies that use recycled feedstocks in their manufacturing processes.

How to identify products with recycled content

Recycle iconWhen you see chasing arrows inside a circle, it means that the product or package has been manufactured with at least some materials that have been recycled. This mark is typically found on paper and paperboard products (e.g., cereal boxes or shoe boxes). The mark may include additional information such as the percentage of recycled material (located in the center of the mark or next to the mark) and the type of recycled material. Post-consumer content is material that has been collected from curbside recycling programs, while pre-consumer material, such as sawdust, is collected during the manufacturing process.

Note that not all products with recycled content are marked with a symbol. If you can't find recycled content products in a store, ask the manager or owner to carry them.

There are thousands of recycled content products available, and the number is growing. Here are just a few examples:

  • Office supplies, e.g. printer and copier paper, file folders, mailing envelopes, note pads etc.
  • Bathroom tissue and paper towels
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Paperboard packaging e.g. cereal boxes, shoe boxes etc.
  • Outdoor products, e.g. soaker hoses, garden edging boards, benches, tables, plastic lumber decking

To search for specific products follow the links to the Recycle Store or the Recycled Content Products Directory.


 

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