Recycle Area

Recycle Area (For Elk Grove Residents Only)

Need a place to recycle:

  • Cardboard
  • Rigid Plastics
  • Yard Waste and Raw Lumber (no treated wood such as fencing, deck material, or any wood with paint, stain or varnish)
  • Metal / Corded Items
  • Clothing/ Shoes
  • Miscellaneous Recyclables

The recycling area at the SWCC is designed to assist Elk Grove residents in recycling those hard to recycle items that may not traditionally fit into your recycling cart at home. You will be required to show proof of residency in order to utilize the facility.


Special Waste Collection Center
9255 Disposal Lane
Elk Grove, CA 95624

Collection Bins are located on the same lot as the SWCC


Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Wednesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
(916) 627-3232

Acceptable Items:

Hard Rigid Plastics

Items includes plastic toys, crates, buckets, flower pots, garbage cans, containers, and other household items made of hard (rigid) plastic. Please remove batteries from items before recycling.


Perfect for right after a move! Recycle your cardboard moving boxes here.
All double-walled cardboard and shipping boxes of any size
All cardboard should be flattened prior to placing it into the recycle bin.
We will not accept coated cardboard i.e. waxed milk/ juice cartons.


All types of large scrap metal and items made predominantly of metal will be accepted. This includes I-beams, guard rails, pipes, bicycle frames, metal doors/beds, aluminum items, steel and lead.


Generally, this includes anything with a cord like blenders, vacuum cleaners, alarm clocks, toasters, washing machines, clothes dryers, hot water heaters, stoves, etc. Appliances containing freon will not be accepted, i.e. freezers, refrigerators, air conditioning units, and radiator heaters.

Note: Although most E-waste items have a cord, anything with a circuit board is considered E-waste and must be disposed of at the Special Waste Collection Center. Click here for more information.

Yard Waste, Wood and Inert Material Rules and Regulations

We Accept

  • Residential Material
  • Lawn Clippings, Leaves
  • Branches, Plant Material
  • Raw Lumber (nails ok, no treated wood such as fencing, deck materials, or any wood with paint, stain or varnish)
  • Dirt, Concrete Rocks
  • Ceramic Tiles, Toilet Porcelain Fixtures
  • Sod as Lawn Strips
  • (no metal)

We Do Not Accept:

  • Business Waste/Contractor Waste
  • Treated Wood (such as fencing, deck materials, railroad ties or any wood with paint, stain or varnish)
  • Dry Wall, Gypsum, Large Cement with Rebar in it
  • Hoses, Plant Pots
  • Stumps with a diameter larger than 1 foot
  • Mirrors Glass, Cloth Covered Items
  • Metal of any type is not accepted in Green Waste Bin

Please Be Aware of the Following Regulations:

  1. Elk Grove residents are allowed to dispose of Yard, Wood or Inert Waste once per month or a maximum 12 loads per year.
  2. Residents are limited to one truck bed size load (4 ft x 2 ft x 6 ft) of material per visit.
  3. Individuals from outside of Elk Grove are not allowed to access the Recycling Area.
  4. Gardeners/Landscapers or Contractors who live in Elk Grove are not allowed to bring in yard waste or construction material in their company vehicles.
  5. We reserve the right to limit waste loads based on availability and/or source (i.e. non-residential).
  6. No Trash of any kind is allowed at the facility, only material that is 100% recyclable will be allowed.  Thus, if you have a composite (mix of metal and wood) it will not be accepted.


Textiles, re-useable clothing and reusable shoes only. When dropping of shoes and/or clothes we ask that the items are clean/ reuseable and that the pairs of shoes are tied or taped together.

Inert Materials

Concrete, rubble, brick, rock, soil, sod, gravel and dirt will be accepted. Dry wall and plant material will not be accepted.

Miscellaneous Recyclables

This includes items that either cannot be recycled/ or cannot fit in your curbside bin at home. These items include but are not limited to: Christmas lights, any counter top appliance with a cord, and large quantities of paper materials.


The Recycling area is ONLY for recyclables. Residents will NOT be allowed to dispose of any other waste.

Why Recycle:

Recycling is an important way for individuals and businesses to reduce the waste they generate and reduce the negative impact of that waste. Recycling conserves our natural resources, saves landfill space, conserves energy, and reduces water pollution, air pollution and the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.

Saving Resources

Making products with recycled material slows the depletion of non-renewable resources such as metal, oil, and natural gas, and reduces the encroachment of new mining and drilling operations.

Saving Energy

It takes significantly less energy to make products with recycled materials than virgin materials. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a computer for 3 hours. Benefits of reducing energy consumption include reduced costs and reduced dependence on foreign suppliers.

Reducing Pollution

Using less energy means generating less water and air pollution, especially the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. Recycling also reduces runoff from mining operations and farms, soil erosion, and the toxic chemicals released when raw materials are processed.

Conserving Land

Keeping recyclable items out of our landfills keeps air and water cleaner, reduces the need to build new or expand landfills, and conserves resources by putting existing materials back to good use.

Creating Jobs

Recycling isn't just good for the environment; it’s good for the economy. Firms are emerging in research and development of recycled-content products and mechanical and chemical systems for recycling material into new products.

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