County of San Mateo RecycleWorks Facilities

San Mateo County Facilities
The recycling program for county employees

Bottles, Cans and Plastic Containers

Many different types of beverage and dairy containers can be recycled at County facilities. Containers are collected in a variety of bins, including carts like those used for mixed paper, or smaller bins, depending on the space available. They are typically set up in break rooms, cafeterias, and near vending machines. Custodial crews will keep an eye on the bins and empty them when full, similar to the way we currently recycle mixed paper. If you don't have a bin in your office yet, contact RecycleWorks and we will make sure you get one. recycle icon

SMCO Recycling Can

Just one of the many stylish bottle & can bins available.


Bottles & Cans

Yes No
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminum, tin and steel cans
  • Plastic bottles coded # 1-7
  • Plastic tubs coded # 1-7, rinsed clean (e.g. yogurt, cottage cheese)
  • Empty all liquids and remove cap. Labels are okay.

  • Plastic films (grocery bags, shrink wrap)
  • Plastic food trays, take out containers
  • Plate glass, window, or mirror glass
  • Black plastic of any kind
  • "Styrofoam" cups and plates
  • Pyrex or ceramics
  • Liquids
  • Plastic bakery/catering trays



Plastic Containers

Yes No
  • Plastic bottles coded # 1-7
  • Plastic tubs coded # 1-7, rinsed clean (e.g. yogurt, cottage cheese, dish soap)
  • Water & soda bottles
  • Empty all liquids and remove cap. Labels are okay.

  • Plastic films (grocery bags, shrink wrap)
  • Plastic food trays, take out containers
  • Black plastic of any kind
  • Styrofoam cups and plates
  • Plastic bakery and catering trays