Reuse - An Alternative to Garbage Cleanups

Reuse - An alternative to Garbage Cleanups

Instead of throwing away unwanted items, you can conserve landfill space through the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority's "Reuse and Cleanup Days" program. Place unwanted items out curbside the day before either of your two annual community cleanup days. Pacific Rim Recycling will collect your reuseable items, which will be distributed to non-profit and charitable organizations. Allied Waste Services will mail the guidelines for both reuse and cleanup collections to you two weeks in advance of your community's scheduled reuse and cleanup days.

  Acceptable Reuse Items
Art materials: canvas paintings, pictures, art books, sculptures, frames, blank paper.
ok Audio and video items including CDs, jewel cases, DVDs, audio and video tapes, records and record players.
ok Bicycles.
ok Books - all kinds.
ok Place cleanup items in a single pile at a distance of 5 feet or more from your garbage cart.
ok Chairs, tables, lamps, cabinets, child-sized and other lightweight furniture in good condition.
ok Clocks, watches: the older the better (broken OK).
ok Clothing, vintage accessories.
ok Computer CPUs, computer monitors, peripherals and tabletop TVs (limit of 5 per household; non-working OK).
ok Garden items: wood or metal lawn furniture, flower pots (ceramic and terra cotta only), planter boxes, watering cans and statuary.
ok Household items: ceramic, metal and glass kitchenware, vases and knick-knacks, utensils, placemats, tablecloths, cutting boards (nothing plastic).
ok Ladders: metal and wood only.
ok Leather and scrap leather.
ok Luggage - wheeled only.
ok Musical instruments.
ok Paper goods, magazines.
ok Rugs: patterned area rugs in good condition rolled to 6-foot lengths.
ok Small household electronics (non-working OK; radios, blenders, toasters, mixers, blow dryers, etc., but no microwave ovens).
ok Skis and bowling balls (no exercise machines).
ok Shoes, purses and belts.
ok Textiles, bed spreads and pillows, blankets, comforters, fabrics, sheets, towels, decorations, notions, vintage items and unique handcrafted items.
ok Tools: hand, power and electrical for home and garden.
ok Toys (wood and tin only; no plastic) and stuffed animals.
ok Wood (decorative): solid hardwood, softwood (i.e. moldings, shutters), high-grade plywood, unpainted lumber. (No particle board)
ok Wrought iron & unusual metal items: gates, grates, furniture - the older the better.
  Not Acceptable
No No console or big-screen TVs. No more than 5 monitors/TVs per household. Call Allied Waste Services at 925-603-1144 for collection at a nominal fee.
No No large furniture, mattresses or throw pillows. No refrigerators, microwaves or large appliances. No items more than 100 lbs or longer than 4 ft.
No No construction or demolition debris. No particle board or particle board furniture. No stained or painted lumber. No rocks, dirt or concrete.
No No tires or auto parts.
No No BBQs, lawnmowers or garden umbrellas.
No No plastic toys or plastic furniture. No cribs, strollers or car seats.
No No exercise machines.
No No hazardous waste including paints, chemicals, solvents, motor oil or batteries.
No No non-wheeled luggage.