Single-Stream Recycling


Don’t fill your garbage cart with items that should be recycled…recycle more and waste less! With single-stream recycling, all your recycling goes in one cart!


Have you ever wondered how we sort your recyclables?  Watch this short video to find out!


*Now recycle all your rigid plastics* (see below for the details)Single Stream updated Jun08


Single-Stream Recycling – acceptable items:


  • Cardboard (must be broken down and placed in the cart)
  • Boxboard (such as shoe boxes, cereal boxes)
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines, catalogs & glossy paper
  • Paper bags
  • Paper packaging
  • Milk, juice & aseptic (foil-lined) cartons
  • Junk mail
  • Phone books & soft-cover books
  • Envelopes (labels or windows okay)
  • Office paper (all colors)
  • Shredded paper in clear bags
PLEASE NO hardcover books, binders, tissues, towels, paper with plastic coatings (such as photographs or label paper), food-soiled paper, waxed paper, foil-lined paper, or plastic shipping envelopes.  Compost tissue, towels & all food-soiled paper! Plastic envelopes can be recycled with other film plastic at some stores.  Drop off hardcover books at these local reuse centers and thrift stores or schedule a Recycle More pickup.
  • Bottles & jugs
  • All CRV containers
  • All numbers & colors
  • Rinsed & empty, leave caps on
  • Rigid non-bottle plastics, such as:
  • Tubs & containers (e.g. yogurt, margarine)
  • Buckets, pails & crates
  • Toys (e.g. plastic tricycles)
  • Clamshell trays & deli containers
  • Laundry baskets
  • Plant pots (no ceramics)


PLEASE NO Styrofoam or other polystyrene (#6 PS plastic), PVC (#3 plastic), plastic bags or plastic film/wrap/flexible packaging. Read more on Napa’s plastic bag ordinance.

Click here for more info on plastics.



  • Aluminum cans
  • Tin & steel cans
  • Clean aluminum pans & foil
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Scrap metal (up to 36″)
  • Pots, pans & utensils
  • Loose lids from jars 

PLEASE NO electronic or computer equipment (click here  for e-waste options).

  • Bottles & jars
  • All colors, lids removed
  • Rinsed & empty (labels okay)


PLEASE NO window glass, mirrors, crystal, Pyrex, ceramics, light bulbs, or fluorescent lamps/tubes.




  • Please place all recyclable items loose in the cart
  • Items outside the cart will not be picked-up
  • Do not bind or bundle any items
  • Flatten all cardboard/boxes and place in cart
It’s more efficient to roll out your blue recycling cart only when it is at least half full. That saves time, energy and resources for everyone!
Only When Full

because your garbage bill is based on the size and/or frequency of your garbage service, and the more you recycle the less trash you have to dispose. Recycling is offered at no extra charge to all businesses and residents in our service area.