Recycling requirements have changed due to stricter environmental regulations. Carts designated for recycling must be re-routed to a special sorting facility when contaminated with items that cannot be recycled. This special handling increases the cost of processing recyclables because it requires hand-sorting.
When the cart lid does not close completely, garbage can blow out. This garbage can scatter, clog storm drains, pollute water runoff and enter local waterways, including the Delta. "Recycle Right" and keep Stockton clean and green.
Surcharges for cart contamination range from $6.47 to $19.33 per cart/per incident depending on the cart size. Three contamination incidents within three months may require an increased cart size and rate.
These videos provide information on how to "Recycle Right":
Please follow these guidelines to avoid contamination:
Surcharges for overfilled carts range from $6.47 to $19.33 per cart/per incident depending on cart type and size.
Please follow these guidelines to avoid overages:
Cal Recycle - State of California website
This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 2/7/2023