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Welcome to the City of El Cajon's Recycling web page. This page is intended to provide information regarding recycling activities within the City limits of El Cajon.

For more information on what can be recycled in your recycle bin click here.

Bulk Items
Christmas Tree
Electronic Waste
Green Waste
Household Hazardous Waste
Used Oil and Filters
Local Contacts


Waste Management, Inc. is the exclusive waste hauler for El Cajon.

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Residential Customer:

If you need to have large appliances or furniture disposed you can call Waste Management, Inc. at (619) 596-5107 and schedule a FREE BULK ITEM pick up. On an on-call, as-needed basis, Waste Management will respond to requests for the collection of bulky items. A free bulk item pick up may be scheduled during your normal pick up day and is limited to four times per calendar year for residential customers. Residents requesting bulk item pick up should notify Waste Management at least 48 hours prior to their regularly-scheduled waste collection day.

Commercial Customer:

The first item costs $35.00 with $10.00 for each additional item. The pick up date and time is during your regularly scheduled day and time.

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Instead of just throwing out your Christmas tree, try something different this year. Your discarded tree can be useful far beyond the holiday season. Remember when disposing of your Christmas tree, they are to be clean and free of all decorations and lighting, i.e., tinsel and ornaments. Flocked trees are not recyclable!

Waste Management will be providing free pick up of Christmas trees from residential customers in El Cajon for a two week service period following the Christmas holiday. These collections dates start on Monday, December 30, 2013 and run through Friday, January 10, 2014. Trees should be set put at the normal location for waste removal services. Only natural trees, no ornamental or artificial trees, or any with decorations or foreign substances such as ornaments, tinsel, debris or support stands will be accepted.

Residential Customer: Trees must be cut into four feet lengths and placed curbside by 6:00 a.m. of your service day.

Commercial Customer: (Living within an apartment complex): If there are 20 trees or more at one complex then a roll off dumpster will be required.
Call Waste Management at (619) 596-5100 to coordinate for a drop off, costs are approximately $200. If there are less than 20 trees please coordinate with your complex manager for a centralized drop off point and notify Waste Management.

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The City of El Cajon occasionally partners with neighboring East County Cities to host bi-annual electronic waste events.

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Acceptable items are computer and television monitors, central processing units (CPUs), laptop computers, printers and scanners, miscellaneous computer components, fax machines, VCRs and DVD players, stereo equipment, small household appliances, and cellular phones.

Unacceptable items are hazardous waste, business waste, microwave ovens, air conditioners, and large appliances, such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, water heaters, and stoves.

For information or questions about future events call R-1-Earth at (877) 713-2784 or call Waste Management Customer Service at (619) 596-5100.

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What to include in the carts:
- Loose grass clippings
- Leaves
- Weeds
- Pruning/branches up to 4 feet in length and less than 2 inches in diameter. Cut up long branches into lengths of 4 feet or less.
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All materials must fit inside your 38, 64, or 96-gallon yard waste cart.

What NOT to include in the carts:
- Do not mix regular trash or recyclables with yard waste.
- Concrete or Asphalt
- Tree stumps, rocks, dirt or food waste.
- Styrofoam, plastic, metal, glass or paper.
- Pet waste, dirt sod, and food waste.
- Hot ashes, coals, & flammable materials.

*** NO PLASTIC BAGS for green waste disposal in the City of El Cajon Carts

*** ALL yard waste must fit inside carts with lids completely closed and no other items either around or on top of the carts.

*** Yard waste carts must be out by 6:00 a.m. on the designated service day to avoid return trip charges.

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Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) are those wastes produced in our households that are hazardous in nature, but are not regulated as hazardous waste, under federal and state laws.

Examples of HHW include:

Household Cleaners: Drain openers, oven cleaners, wood and metal cleaners and polishers, toilet bowl cleaners, general-purpose cleaners, and disinfectants.

Automotive Products: Oil and fuel additives, grease, rust solvents, carburetor cleaners, field injection cleaners, air conditioning refrigerants, starter fluids, lubricating fluids, radiator fluids and additives, waves, polishes, cleaners, body putty, and transmission additives.

Home Maintenance and Improvement Products: Paints (liquid content), paint thinner, paint strippers, paint removers, stains, varnishes, sealants, adhesives, and wood preservatives.

Lawn and Garden Products: Herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides.

Miscellaneous: Batteries (all types), pool chemicals, fingernail polish and removers, and photo processing chemicals.

El Cajon contracts with Waste Management, Inc. to accept residentsÍ household hazardous waste for FREE and by APPOINTMENT ONLY. On the second and fourth Saturday of each month residents can drop off no more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of household hazardous waste. Call (619) 596-5100 to schedule an appointment time.

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There are two options to recycle used motor oil and oil filters within the City of El Cajon. First, Waste Management, Inc. of El Cajon can pick up the used oil and filter curbside. Second, you can take the used oil and filters to a certified used oil collection center.

Curbside Collection: After you have drained your vehicleÍs oil into a clean, clear plastic container with a tight lid, call Waste Management, Inc. at least one day prior and notify them that you will leave the oil curbside, and then leave the container at your curbside on your regularly scheduled collection day and time. To recycle your oil filter drain the oil from the filter (for at least 24 hours), place the oil filter in a zip lock bag or a special bag provided by WASTE MANAGEMENT, INC., and place the used oil filter bag curbside. If you need a free, used oil filter bag please call (619) 596-5100 and one will be sent to you.

Certified Used Oil Collection Centers: The Integrated Waste Management Board encourages the recycling of used motor oil by certifying used oil recycling collection centers throughout the state. Certified Used Oil Collection Centers will take used motor oil from the public and will pay you. Most centers will take up to 5 gallons at a time. When you take your used oil to a certified center for recycling, you are protecting the environment, conserving a valuable resource, and getting paid for it. That's a winning combination! For certified used oil collection centers located within the City limits of El Cajon.

What About Contaminated Oil: Certified center managers will not accept used motor oil that has been contaminated with other fluids such as antifreeze, solvents, gasoline, or water. So please, don't mix your used oil with anything. However, if your used oil accidentally gets contaminated, your certified center manager can tell you where to take it for proper disposal. The companies listed below are the Certified Used Oil Collection Centers within the City of El Cajon.

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Californians Against Waste
926 J Street, Suite 606 Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 443-5422
Fax (916) 443-3912

County of San Diego
County Recycling Program
Phone (858) 874-4020

I Love A Clean San Diego
4355 Ruffin Road, Suite 118, San Diego, CA 92123
Phone (858) 467-0103
Fax (858) 467-1314

Waste Management Incorporated of El Cajon
1001 West Bradley Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone (619) 596-5100
Fax (619) 596-5175

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Lobby Hours:
8:00am to 5:00pm
Monday thru Friday

Service Hours:
7:00am to 5:00pm
Monday thru Friday
8:00am to 12:00pm

Recycle (Buyback) Center Hours (located on O'Connor off Johnson Ave):
9:00 to 2:00 - Monday thru Saturday

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For additional information you may contact
Betsy Schofer at ( 619) 441-5598 -
Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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