Cart Contamination and Overfill

Contamination

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.

 

Overfill

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.  

 

Contaminated Cart Surcharge - Effective March 1, 2021

Surcharges for cart contamination range from $6.09 to $18.20 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:

Contamination 

  

Overfilled Cart Surcharge - Effective March 1, 2021

Surcharges for overfilled carts range from $6.09 to $18.20 per cart/per incident depending on cart type and size.

 

Please follow these guidelines to avoid overages:        

  • Break down cardboard boxes
  • Place recyclables loosely in the cart
    • Do not place items in plastic bags, as it creates contamination.
  • Keep appliances and household waste out of recycling & organics carts
  • Increase cart size if needed
  • Make sure cart lid closes completely 
  • View the "Avoiding Overfilled Carts" video (YouTube)

                                                                                             

Learn More About Recycling

Helpful Resources - Contamination & Overfill

 

For additional questions/concerns, please contact Republic Service or Waste Management. You may also put in an Ask Stockton request.  

              

External Links


Cal Recycle - State of California website

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 3/10/2021