Location & Hours

Public Recycling Center

The buyback portion of the Public Recycling Center (PRC) is temporarily closed as of Friday, August 16 while we assess market conditions and necessary program costs. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For alternate local buyback locations, please visit RecycleStuff.org.

The PRC will continue to accept free drop off of the following items from residents only:

  • auto batteries
  • cardboard
  • cooking oil (residential only, up to 15 gallons)
  • electronic waste (TVs, computers, etc.)
  • fluorescent lights (residential only, up to 6 feet in length and limit 6 tubes per visit)
  • household batteries
  • latex and oil-based paint (up to 10 gallons)
  • small appliances (items with a power cord that do not contain fuel, batteries, or refrigerants)
  • sharps (must be in an authorized sharps container)
  • used motor oil (up to 15 gallons), oil filters, and antifreeze (up to 10 gallons)

Address: 333 Shoreway Road, San Carlos, CA 94070 – Use Gate #1

Phone: (650) 802-8355

Public Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day


The Transfer Station

The Transfer Station is used for the unloading and transfer of solid waste, construction and demolition (C&D) debris, and organics. Public entrance to the Transfer Station is through Gate 1. Click here for list of current rates.

Address: 333 Shoreway Road, San Carlos, CA 94070 – Use Gate #1

Phone: (650) 802-8355

Public Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day