The Shoreway Transfer Station is OPEN to normal operating hours.  Due to the current Shelter-in-Place Orders given by San Mateo County’s Health Officer, the Shoreway Public Recycling Center remains CLOSED until further notice.

The Shoreway Environmental Center is located in the City of San Carlos, California. The facility receives solid waste and recyclables hauled by the general public, contractors and franchised collection vehicles servicing RethinkWaste Member Agencies. Materials are consolidated and loaded into large transfer trailers for shipment offsite to the Ox Mountain Landfill and to recycling facilities for construction and demolition waste and organic materials.

Public entrance to the Shoreway Environmental Center is through Gate 1 at 333 Shoreway Road, San Carlos for all areas of the facility.


Transfer Station is open

All site employees and visitors will be required to use masks/face coverings and observe all local mandated social distancing measures while on site.

The Transfer Station accepts household and business solid waste, clean green waste and wood, appliances*, auto and truck tires, concrete and asphalt and like materials, clean fill dirt, mixed demolition debris, and other non-hazardous materials and items.

*Refrigerant units accepted only with certification of Freon removal.

Rates are charged by the cubic yardage, by ton or per unit. Acceptable forms of payment include: Cash, Business Checks, Credit Cards, and Debit Cards with a Visa/Mastercard Logo. No personal checks.

Customers who have recyclable items for drop-off at the Public Recycling Center will be directed by scale house staff to the Public Drop-Off area.

View the Rate Schedule for a list of acceptable materials and fees.

The following items are not accepted:

  • Hot Ashes
  • Sealed Containers
  • Animal Waste
  • Aerosols, including spray paint
  • Dead Animals
  • Liquid Waste or Sludge
  • Radioactive or Reactive Materials
  • Any Type of Hazardous Waste

Please contact the San Mateo County’s Household Hazardous Waste Program at (650) 363-4718 for proper disposal of hazardous waste.

Public Recycling Center is closed

Due to the current Shelter-in-Place Orders given by San Mateo County’s Health Officer, the Shoreway Public Recycling Center is closed to the public until further notice. 

Please Note: The buyback portion of the Public Recycling Center (PRC) is closed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For alternate local buyback locations, please visit