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WasteFreeSD FAQs during COVID-19


WasteFreeSD FAQs during COVID-19

Updates on Local Recycling Facilities and Centers, and How to Maintain Zero Waste Practices

If you are curious about how to stay on top of zero waste practices, proper recycling, and responsible disposal during COVID-19, you’re not alone! Our WasteFreeSD hotline (incorporated residents call:1-800-237-2583; unincorporated residents call: 1-877-713-2784) has received an influx of calls regarding shifts in policy, and updates on the status of recycle centers and buyback facilities.

I Love A Clean San Diego’s Recycling Programs Department has developed an overview of some of their most frequently asked questions, including up to date information on operating hours and changes in recycle policy. Although this list is not comprehensive, we will post updates as we hear about them.

We are all brainstorming creative ways to continue sustainable practices. Please continue to share your questions with us and any unique ways you’ve been able to maintain waste free habits.

Operational Status of Commonly Requested Centers

  • The Miramar Recycling Center is still open and accepts CRV as well as e-waste, u-waste and most metals. Please visit for a full list of accepted items.
  • AutoZones are open and collecting used motor oil and filters. Please call your Local AutoZone to verify hours.
  • EDCO Buyback facilities are all closed until further notice.
  • Fallbrook Recycling and Transfer Station is closed until further notice
  • All PaintCare drop off locations are on hold until further notice. They have cancelled all events through June and are suspending the bulk pick up as well.
  • The Solana Center is closed to all recycling and compost drop off until further notice. Please visit their website for updated information.

Open Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facilities

El Cajon:
(619) 596-5100
1001 W. Bradley Avenue
El Cajon, California 92020
Open 2nd and 4th Saturdays every month.
Please call to make an appointment.
Open to Unincorporated residents and City of El Cajon residents only.

Chula Vista:
1 (800) 237-2583
1800 Maxwell Road
Chula Vista, California 91911
Open Wednesday and Saturday every week.
No appointment necessary.
Open to Unincorporated and City of Chula Vista residents only.

Update on Beverage Recycling Centers, In Store Redemption and Grocery Bags

According to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order on Beverage Recycling Centers, In-Store Redemption and Grocery Bags, Public Resources Code section 14571.6, subdivisions (a) and (b), is suspended for a period of 60 days.

MEANING: While California has temporarily suspended enforcement of bottle and can takeback requirements, local retailers and recycling centers may determine whether or not to close or stop redeeming CRV during this time. Consumers are advised to call ahead before bringing CRV containers for redemption. Cans and bottles can still be recycled in your blue bin.

While California has temporarily suspended the single-use carryout bag ban, you can ask to put your groceries in your cart and bag them at your car with your reusable bags!

For questions or concerns on the CRV recycling call CalRecycle at 1-800-RECYCLE.

For additional information regarding recycling resources and zero waste practices, please call our toll free hotline:

Incorporated residents call: 1-800-237-BLUE (1-800-237-2583)
Unincorporated residents call: 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784)

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