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Welcome to CartSMART!

CartSMART is the name of the program for the weekly Recycle, Compost and Garbage collection services that started January 3, 2011 for residents in the RethinkWaste service area with Recology San Mateo County as your collection service provider.

The CartSMART program is a 3-cart weekly collection system consisting of the following:

Recycle - Blue Cart

With single-stream recycling, you can place all of your recyclables (paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and metal) into the blue Recycle cart - no more sorting!

Visit Recology's Hard to Recycle page for suggestions on items that are not accepted for recycling in our CartSMART curbside program but we would like to keep out of the landfill.

  • Glass
    • Glass bottles & jars (lids ok)
  • Metal
    • Aerosol spray cans (must be empty) 
    • Aluminum cans
    • Aluminum foil & trays (must be clean)
    • Caps & lids from bottles, jars & cans 
    • Small scrap metal 
    • Steel (tin) cans
  • Plastic (#1-7)
    • Bottles
    • Tubs
    • Clamshells 
    • Cups 
    • Strawberry baskets 
  • Paper
    • Bags 
    • Cardboard (non-waxed)
    • Catalogs
    • Computer & office paper (all colors) 
    • Egg cartons
    • Envelopes 
    • Junk mail
    • Magazines
    • Milk & cartons
    • Juice & cartons
    • Newspaper
    • Packing & craft paper 
    • Paperback books 
    • Phone books 
    • Sticky note paper 
    • Shredded paper (place in paper bag labeled "Shredded Paper" first) 
    • Wrapping paper (non-metallic) 
  • Please, NO:
    • Automotive parts & products 
    • Batteries & cell phones 
    • Black plastic 
    • Diapers
    • Drinking glasses 
    • Flower & nursery pots 
    • Food
    • Garbage
    • Garden hoses 
    • Household hazardous waste 
    • Juice, soup or soy milk boxes with foil liners
    • Light bulbs (incandescents, fluorescents or HIDs)
    • Mirrors
    • Plastic bags
    • Plastic corks 
    • Plastic & wire hangers 
    • Plastic film, shrink wrap & bubble wrap 
    • Soiled paper (paper cups, plates, napkins, towels, take-out boxes & greasy pizza boxes)
    • Styrofoam packaging & food containers
    • Packing peanuts
    • Styrofoam egg cartons 
    • Waxed cardboard & paper 
    • Window glass 

Compost - Green Cart

Food scraps collection is easy! Use your kitchen pail, or any other container that you would like to collect your food scraps in before emptying into your Compost Cart. It's environmentally the right thing to do, and can greatly help you reduce the amount of garbage you have!

Still not sure about composting? Check out Recology's Composting Tips for suggestions and ideas.

  • Food Scraps
    • Bread, grains & pasta 
    • Bones
    • Coffee grounds
    • Dairy 
    • Eggshells
    • Fish & shellfish 
    • Fruit (pits ok)
    • Meat
    • Poultry 
    • Vegetables
  • Paper Products
    (food- & beverage-soiled only)
    • Coffee filters
    • Ice cream containers 
    • Paper bags 
    • Paper cups
    • Paper plates
    • Paper napkins 
    • Paper towels
    • Paper take-out boxes & containers 
    • Pizza boxes
    • Tea bags
    • Waxed cardboard & paper 
    • Wine corks (natural only) 
  • Yard Trimmings
    • Branches & brush
    • Flowers & floral trimmings
    • Grass & yard clippings
    • Leaves
    • Tree trimmings
    • Untreated, clean wood 
  • Please, NO:
    • Animal waste 
    • Ash 
    • Cat litter 
    • Concrete & asphalt 
    • Cooking oil 
    • Diapers
    • Dirt, rocks & bricks 
    • Glass
    • Liquids 
    • Palm fronds 
    • Plastic bags
    • Plastic corks 
    • Plywood 
    • Recyclables (glass, aluminum, paper & plastics #1-7) 
    • Styrofoam packaging, food containers & peanuts
    • Treated & painted wood 

Garbage - Black Cart

Once you recycle and compost everything that you can in the blue and green carts, there shouldn't be much left for the black Garbage Cart!

Visit Recology's Hard to Recycle page for suggestions on items that are not accepted for recycling in our CartSMART curbside program but we would like to keep out of the landfill.

  • Acceptable
    • Animal waste (bagged)
    • Black plastic 
    • Bubble wrap 
    • Cat litter 
    • Ceramics 
    • Clothing & linens 
    • Coat hangers 
    • Diapers
    • Dishware & glassware
    • Foil-backed & plastic-backed paper
    • Glass mirrors & windows
    • Incandescent light bulbs
    • Juice or soy milk-type boxes with foil liners
    • Pens & pencils 
    • Plastic bags, film & wrappers
    • Rubber bands 
    • Snack bags & wrappers 
    • Styrofoam
  • Please, NO:
    • Batteries & cell phones 
    • Fluorescent lights, tubes & CFLs 
    • Household hazardous waste 
    • Liquids 
    • Medicines 
    • Motor oil & oil filters 
    • Sharp objects 
    • TVs, computers, music players & other electronics 

Download our CartSMART Program Guide for helpful information, guidelines and contact information.

CartSMART Tips

The CartSMART program was designed to make it as easy and convenient as possible for residents to keep materials out of the landfill. The list of items accepted in the blue Recycle Cart and the green Compost Cart is very extensive, leaving very little for the black Garbage Cart. Here’s some tips on how to increase your recycling and composting efforts:

  • Make it easy. Set up designated stations/containers for recycling and compost for use in the home, preferably next to your garbage or within easy reach of the kitchen. They could be anything that you wish to use, such as trash cans, reusable bags, bowls, etc. - and of course the kitchen pail provided to you for compost. This way, you can easily separate things as you go about your day, such as placing the junk mail, empty soda can or glass jar in the designated recycling container; or scraping leftovers into your kitchen pail for compost.
  • Think before you toss. Take just a second to ask yourself if an item is accepted in the blue Recycle Cart or green Compost Cart before you throw it in the garbage. If the answer is, “yes,” then do the right thing by recycling or composting it.
  • When in doubt look. There are labels on the lids of each of your carts, along with a listing of items to help you determine what can go in each cart. Our CartSMART page also details what goes where.
  • All together now. Remember, you can put all of your recyclables together, this includes bottles, cans, plastic containers, mixed paper, newspaper and cardboard. You don’t have to separate them.
  • Compost it. Put all your food scraps and food- and beverage-soiled paper products in the green Compost Cart along with your yard trimmings and grass clippings. This includes fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, dairy, bones, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, pizza boxes, paper plates, paper napkins, and paper cups, just to name a few.

 

Cart Set-Out Guidlines

  • Set carts out by 6 am on your collection day
  • Place carts curbside with wheels against the curb, or roadside, with about 2 feet between each cart
  • Arrows on cart lids should be pointed toward the street
  • Do not overfill; carts and lids must be fully closed
  • Put carts away once serviced to avoid a possible fine per code requirements of your community

Important Reminder!  Keep your carts curbside and be sure to put away carts once serviced. This helps keep roadways and bike lanes clear while keeping pedestrians and bicyclists safe!

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