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
**Please see important updates to the right of this column**

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 for FY 2020-21 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. 


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: In response to COVID-19 and in compliance with the shelter in place order, the Recycling Center is operating with limited hours and services.

The Center will be OPEN 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., TUESDAY through SATURDAY, with limited operations. All customers are required to wear masks, and maintain a 6 foot distance between themselves and other customers and staff.

We are currently not accepting any Styrofoam. The Exchange Zone is closed, and we are not accepting pharmaceuticals, sharps or fluorescent light bulbs from customers outside the RecycleMore Service Area. The Recycling Center Office, Lobby, and Public Restrooms are closed.

Drop-off recycling of the following materials is available at this time: Cardboard, Scrap Metal, Electronics, Books, Magazines, Paper, Clothing & Shoes, Motor Oil, Cooking Oil, Glass Bottles, Plastic Bottles #1+#2, Aluminum Cans, Bicycles, and select Household Reusables.

Curbside garbage and recycling services or El Cerrito residents will continue on their usual schedule. Other services may be limited and slower than usual during this time.  Visit www.el-cerrito.org/covid19 for updates. (5/15/2020)

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:



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, 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.