Recycling Resources

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new objects or products. It is an important way to reduce pollution and conserve resources. Recycling can be done at home, at work, or at recycling centers. Some materials, such as glass and metal, can be recycled over and over again. Others, such as paper and plastic, can only be recycled a few times.

As a professional Realtor® and certified EcoBroker™, I have rounded up the best online resources for the Environmentally-conscious citizens of Earth.

For all-things recycling, check out Sonoma’s Zero Waste Recycling Guide


  • Central Disposal Site Reuse & Recycling – The recycling drop-off area at Central Disposal Site features a z-wall where recyclables such as scrap metal, cardboard, glass, metal, and plastic containers, and newspaper can be conveniently unloaded.
  • Sonoma County Refuse Disposal Sites – From Zero Waste Sonoma, find your local county refuse disposal sites and learn about the schedules and fees for your disposals.
  • Waste Reduction Model (WARM) – Learn about the EPA’s model to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through practices including source reduction, recycling, anaerobic digestion, combustion, composting, and landfilling.
  • Recology – Serving Sonoma and Marin County, Recology makes a shift from traditional waste management to resource recovery, as a resource ecosystem that serves to achieve high landfill diversion and meet sustainability goals.


  • How Paper is Recycled – Learn more about Paper Recycling.
  • How to Recycle Paper – Delve into the three main streams of paper waste and learn how best to recycle them.
  • Improve Paper Recycling – From Earth911, paper products account for half of all recycling products but only 33% of those products are actually recycled, learn how you can improve paper recycling.



Batteries and Hazardous Waste

  • All About Recycling Batteries – The EPA’s resource for recycling batteries including types of batteries, single-use and rechargeable batteries, and state and federal laws on recycling batteries.
  • Zero Waste Sonoma Recycling Batteries – Your local resource for recycling household batteries including alkaline and rechargeable batteries that cannot be landfilled in California because they contain acids and toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel. Find recycling locations throughout Sonoma County, including curbside recycling.
  • Recycling Motor Oil and Filters –  Zero Waste Sonoma allows residents and businesses to recycle oil and other hazardous materials right from your curbside.
  • Hazardous Waste – Learn about which household items are considered hazardous, and how you can dispose of them safely.


  • Donate or Recycle Used Electronics – Information on donating or recycling used electronics, including programs from most major electronics stores.
  • CalRecycle’s E-Waste Map – An interactive map to help you find local e-waste recycling locations near you.
  • Recycle at BestBuy – See all the products your local BestBuy will recycle, including electronics, appliances, and fitness equipment. Don’t forget to inquire about trade-in items that are redeemable for BestBuy gift cards.
  • Before You Recycle Those Electronic Devices – From Californians Against Waste, learn about the choices to make before recycling electronics, including the leading brands and popular retail locations that will take back your electronic devices.



  • Recycling Laws – Take a look at Zero Waste Sonoma’s overview of State and local waste policies.
  • CalRecycles Laws and Regulations – Local and California State laws and regulations about all-things recycling, including federal guidance and regulations.
  • Sonoma County Integrated Waste – Learn about Sonoma County’s strategies and programs in place to prevent most waste from ever going to a landfill.



  • Sonoma Compost – We operate the successful Sonoma County Organic Recycling program. We Keep It Cleanproduce premium quality organic compost and mulch from 100% recycled organics.
  • – A thorough guide to composting.
  • Apartment and Condo Composting – The EPA’s guide to composting at home.