Don't trash that old skirt that no longer fits or throw away that old paint in your shed.
There are places in and around Castro Valley where you can ditch things you don't use anymore without filling up the landfills.
A good place for Castro Valley residents and business owners to start their recycling mission is to visit the website of Stopwaste.org. There you can find out what you can recycle curbside or elsewhere.
Paper and Plastic:
Drop-off Locations and Hours Stopwaste.org has an on-line "Recycling Wizard" that can lead you to places in the area you can recycle paper and plastics. Just type in the item you want to recycle and it will tell you where you can go and their hours of operation. You can also call a toll free hotline at 1-877-786-7927 for more information.
Castro Valley has a curbside recycling program that collects paper and plastic. For questions about pick-up days for your neighborhood's curbside recycling click here to find the website of the Castro Valley Sanitary District.
Drop-off Location and Hours Goodwill Industries (Click here and type in your zip code to find the location and hours of the Goodwill store nearest you.) Other area charities that accept clothing include St. Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army. Two other thrift stores in the area are Thrift Town on E. 14th Street in San Leandro and Eco Thrift in Hayward. Consignment stores are also a good option to recycle gently used clothing. One consignment store in Castro Valley is Second Avenue Consignment, located at 20573 Santa Maria Avenue. Call 510-538-7172 before going to find out current hours.
Electronics, Computers, Cellphones:
Drop-off Location and Hours Stopwaste.org provides a comprehensive list you can find here of places in the area which accept e-waste.
Staples Office Supply Stores located throughout the Bay Area, also accept computers and electronic devices for recycling. You can find out about their recycling program here.
Paint: (Hazardous Waste)
Drop-off Location and Hours Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste has drop-off locations in Oakland, Fremont, Hayward and Livermore serving Alameda County residents. Each site has its own days and hours of operation which you can find here. You can also call 1-800-606-6606 for more information. Keeping hazardous materials such as paint, pesticides, solvents and other chemicals out of the waste stream (where it can pollute water, air and soil) is essential.
Household Goods, Furniture:
Drop-off Location and Hours of Operation In addition to the obvious purveyors of used household items, such as Goodwill, Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul, where you can donate goods, there is also Eco Thrift in Hayward and San Leandro's Thrift Town.
You might also try recycling your housewares at consignment stores. Two in the East Bay include Second Home and Urban Island
Still stumped how to get rid of sometimes difficult to recycle items such as well used upholstered furniture or mattresses? Visit Stopwaste.org's "Recycle Wizard" and search for how to recycle "special materials". It will provide you with places in the Bay Area to get rid of many items including couches, mattresses and box springs, tires, appliances, hearing aids, exercise equipment, cars, carpets and much more.