Skip to Content
Accessibility Assistance | resize text: increase font size - decrease font size | reset | print
Sonoma County Waste Management Agency

About plastics

Caps on! Leave screw-top lids on empty plastic, glass and metal containers.

About Compostable Plastics

Compostable plastics sold at stores as garbage bags, clear cups and utensils are considered replacements for conventional plastics. However, disposing of these products is not a good environmental choice. 

These products are not accepted in the curbside yard debris cart or in the blue single-stream recycling cart and must be disposed of in the garbage.

In addition, compostable plastic bags are not recyclable at grocery stores offering plastic bag recycling.

Recycle your clean plastic bags at participating grocery stores

Look for these symbols on bags: HDPE #2 and LDPE #4. Common examples include grocery, produce and bread bags, newspaper bags, retail bags (remove hard plastic or string handles), product/case wraps (e.g., paper towels, bathroom tissue, napkins, water bottles, snacks, etc.), zip lock bags (remove hard components), plastic shipping envelopes (remove labels), bubble wrap and air pillows (deflate), dry-cleaning bags (remove paper and hangers) and furniture/mattress and electronic wrap. Remove receipts & food from plastic bags. Only clean and dry bags can be recycled.

Bring Your Own Bag!

Image of reusable bagCarryout Bags Ordinance prohibits all grocery stores and retail establishments from distributing single-use plastic carryout bags.

Plastic items that can be recycled

Any color plastic is accepted with curbside recycling:

  • Empty plastic containers including milk jugs, soda bottles, shampoo, detergent, party cups, deli trays, tub containers such as yogurt and butter tubs.. Leave screw-top lids on containers. If lids are removed from the container, they must be larger than 4" in diameter. Leave labels on.

    Empty plastic quart-sized motor oil containers are accepted in the blue single-stream recycling cart in all areas of Sonoma County provided the containers have been drained for 48 hours.
  • Rigid plastics including 5-gallon buckets, laundry baskets, plastic crates, plastic lids larger than 4" in diameter, plastic toys, play equipment, lawn furniture, infant car seats (fabric covers removed), nursery pots and plant 6-packs, CD jewel cases provided the front paper covers are removed, and HDPE black irrigation pipe, including emitters (no dirt). These items must fit loosely in your cart

Do not include curbside: Photos, hoses, PVC pipe, Styrofoam such as takeout food containers or meat trays, terra-cotta nursery pots, vinyl siding, Plexiglas, PVC and plastic bags including compostable plastic bags.

For Styrofoam peanuts:

To locate mail packaging stores accepting Styrofoam peanuts for reuse, use the "What would you like to recycle?" search function at the top of this web page. Choose the topic "Styrofoam peanuts."

For plastic or poly sheeting rolls:

To locate drop-off recycling options for rolls of plastic sheeting or poly sheeting often used on construction projects, use the "What would you like to recycle?" search function at the top of this web page. Choose the topic "Plastic or poly sheeting rolls."

For PVC and HDPE irrigation and plumbing pipe:

HDPE black plastic irrigation pipe, including emitters, can be recycled in the blue single-stream recycling cart provided dirt is removed. Cut pieces to fit in the container. No PVC pipe.

For additional drop-off and pick up recycling options, use the "What would you like to recycle?" search function at the top of this web page. Choose the topic " Irrigation and plumbing pipe."


Sonoma County Waste Management Agency ● 2300 County Center Drive, Suite B-100 ● Santa Rosa, CA 95403