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. 

​Densifier down (09-28-2019)

Unfortunately, our machine is down again and we are unable to process Expanded Polystyrene (Styrofoam) until the machine is up and running.  It may take one or more weeks. Thank you for your patience. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Drop-off Recycling Center

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:



Resource Information Guide

of items we cannot take.

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.