New Plastics Accepted at Berkeley Recycling

Two new categories of plastic are now being accepted at Berkeley Recycling Drop-off.

Category 1: Plastic containers

Plastic drink bottles in a bin

This category is mainly non-redemption food packaging such as yogurt and dairy tubs, food take-out containers, clam shells and drink cups. 

All containers and packaging must be empty and clean: no food residue, liquids or other contaminants. Soiled plastics with food should be washed or discarded in the garbage. No film or plastic bags.

Please put plastic bottles in #1 or #2 container bins.


Category 2:  Clean rigid plastic

Rigid plastic containers

This category includes clean 5-gallon buckets, plastic nursery pots, crates, trays, plastic furniture, large plastic containers.  “Clean” means no significant metal or wood attachments, such as a plastic chair with metal frame.  No rubber or vinyl hoses, PVC pipe, laminated plastic, toys, block styrofoam or packaging peanuts. 


El Cerrito Recycling accepts block styrofoam, and other plastic recycling options.