Recycling, Organics, and Landfill Service

Solid waste services in the Moraga are managed by the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority (RecycleSmart). RecycleSmart is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) with six Member Agencies including Moraga, Danville, Walnut Creek, Orinda, Lafayette and portions of unincorporated Contra Costa County including Alamo, Blackhawk and Diablo.

RecycleSmart holds the Franchise Agreement with Republic Services for collection, transfer and disposal of residential and commercial landfill materials, recycling and organics, and with Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery for the processing of all recyclable materials and Reuse Day services.

RECYCLING (BLUE CART / BIN)

A quick resource guide  

  1. Recycle smart. Know what materials are accepted in recycling – cardboard, paper, small household metals and cans, plastic containers #1-7 and glass containers.
  2. Empty, Clean and Dry – remove food and liquid, lightly wipe/rinse and shake dry.
  3. Don’t bag it – never use a bag or container; place recyclables loose into blue cart.
  4. RE:Source Guide (countywide online search tool) – visit www.RecycleSmart.org and use “RE:Source Guide” on the home page to search for reuse, recycling and disposal information.    

More blue cart information here

ORGANICS (GREEN CART)

A quick resource guide   

  1. Include the food – compost all food scraps in the green cart including meat, dairy, grains, fruit and pits, bones and shells, cooked food, leftovers and to-go food – don’t forget the food when you’re cleaning out the fridge or pantry! 
  2. Uncoated food-soiled paper – compost paper towels, napkins, uncoated paper plates, to-go boxes (uncoated/textured), and pizza boxes. 
  3. How to contain food scraps – use newspaper, paper bags or BPI-Certified compostable bags to contain food scraps. 
  4. NO plastic accepted in the green cart – no plastic bags, and remove all food packaging and place in landfill, including plastic coated paper (ice cream cartons, milk cartons, to-go drink cups and shelf stable carts).
  5. Free 3-gallon kitchen food scrap pail – residents can call Republic Services at 925-685-4711 to request a free pail once every two years (multifamily residents should ask property manager).  

More green cart information here

SB 1383 (MANDATORY ORGANICS RECYCLING) 

Organic material makes up half of what Californians discard into landfills each year. Greenhouse gas emissions caused by the decomposition of organic material in landfills contribute to climate change. As of January 1, 2022, California State Law SB 1383 and RecycleSmart Ordinance No. 21-1 requires residents, businesses, and schools to properly sort organic material from landfill. 

Contamination Monitoring

SB 1383 requires local jurisdictions to monitor contamination and proper sorting by performing annual route audits. RecycleSmart or its contractor may be in your neighborhood throughout the year assessing your carts (residential and commercial). RecycleSmart is only looking for proper sorting of materials and may leave outreach on your carts with helpful tips and suggestions. 

AB 1276 (REDUCING SINGLE USE FOODWARE ACCESSORIES) 

The State of California (AB 1276) now requires all retail food facilities and food delivery platforms to provide single-use foodware items upon request only. This law was established to help reduce the amount of waste generated by single-use items and to encourage consumers to choose reusables. AB 1276 does not apply to school cafeterias, residential and health care facilities, and correctional facilities.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION FACILITY 

Residents can use the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility FOR FREE. Small businesses and other commercial entities can apply for an account. Hazardous waste includes cooking oil, fluorescent lamps, propane cylinders, car batteries, fertilizers, cleaners, personal care products and more. The facility is located at:  

            4797 Imhoff Place
            Martinez, CA 94553
            800-646-1431

For acceptable materials, directions and hours of operation visit www.centralsan.org/hhw.

Single-family home residents can place household batteries, CFLs, cell phones and motor oil at the curb for weekly collection. Click here for more information.  

FREE MEDICAL SHARPS (NEEDLES) AND MEDICATIONS DISPOSAL 

Disposing of needles and unused medications down the toilet, drain or in the landfill cart is illegal and harmful to the environment. 

Between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, residents may come to the Moraga Police Department located at 329 Rheem Blvd. to dispose of their unused or expired medications FOR FREE

Sharps:

  • Moraga Fire Station – 1280 Moraga Way
  • Orinda Police Department – 22 Orinda Way
  • Lafayette Fire Station – 3338 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Pharmaceuticals: 

  • Town of Moraga, Police Department, 329 Rheem Boulevard, Moraga
  • City of Orinda, Police Department, 22 Orinda Way, Orinda
  • City of Lafayette, Police Department, 3471 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

A quick reference guide

Drop-off rules include:

  • Medications include prescription and non-prescription, pills, liquids, vitamins, pet medications and inhalers. 
  • All pills must be emptied from their original containers and placed in a resealable plastic bag. Empty plastic bottles #1-7 are recyclable (remove personal information).
  • All liquids are to be kept in their original container and placed inside a resealable plastic bag.
  • Syringes, lancets and pen needles (needles of any kind) should be disposed of in a red sharps container or puncture-proof container.