Recycle Programs
The City of  AUBURN 

Recycle Programs

Solid Waste Management & Recycling

The City of Auburn has several ways for the residents and businesses to recycle to maintain compliance with the California State Assembly Bill 939 such as:

By reducing, reusing, recycling and buying recycled-content products every Californian can help to protect our environment and assist in keeping our states cities and countryside clean.

City of Auburn's garbage that is collected - both residential and commercial - is processed at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)where recyclable materials are recovered from the garbage, including:

The residual garbage that cannot be recycled is taken to the Western Regional Sanitary Landfill near Lincoln.

To learn more about the MRF process please visit Western Placer Waste Management Authority and

Business Recycling

The City of Auburn and Recology Auburn Placer encourage businesses to recycle. Many local businesses and schools participate in recycling programs for cardboard, aluminum cans, glass and office paper.
For additional information please call either: City of Auburn at 530-823-4211 ext 142 or Recology Auburn Placer at 530-885-3735.

New: Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulation-Effective July 1, 2012

NEW Placer Green Business Certification Program now offered!

Businesses interested in participating in the Placer Green Business Certification Program
are encouraged to call the Business Environmental Resource Center at (916) 874-2100
or visit their website at

Residential Recycling

The City of Auburn and Recology Auburn Placer have implemented a residential recycling program called the "Blue Bag Program". Through this program Recology Auburn Placer will deliver "blue bags" to City residents. The "blue bags" are then placed next to or into their garbage can on their designated pick up day.

The following items can be placed in the "blue bags":

To request "blue bags" please call Recology Auburn Placer at 530-885-3735.

Residential Green Waste Program

Recology Auburn Placer offers a Residential Green Waste Program. The program allows residential customers to place their green waste in a separate green toter. Recology Auburn Placer then collects and transports the green waste to the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) near Lincoln, CA. The MRF then uses the green waste to produce composting material for resale at the MRF.
Any questions regarding the Green Waste Program please call either: City of Auburn at 530-823-4211ext 142 or Recology Auburn Placer at 530-885-3735.

Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is illegal to dispose of within your household garbage. HHW include: electronics, paints, household batteries and cleaners, automotive batteries and fluids. These items are generally accepted free of charge for households at theMRF's HHW Facility. There is a maximum of 15 gallons or 125 pounds per visit. For more information please call 916-543-3960. Some HHW can be accepted free of charge at the Auburn Transfer Station, please call for more information 530-885-3735.

Solid Waste Hauler

Recology Auburn Placer is the City of Auburn's franchised refuse collection hauler for residential and commercial customers. The Services Recology Auburn Placer provides are:

  • Weekly Garbage Service
  • Weekly Green Waste Collection
  • Auburn Transfer Station
  • Sharp Drop Off Locations
  • Yearly Cleanup Day
  • Debris Box Rentals
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Convenient Battery Drop Off Locations

Solid Waste Collection Rates (pdf version)

Used Paint

California's PaintCare Program is a result of Assembly Bill 1343 (Huffman), passed in 2010. California is the second state in the U.S. to enact industry-supported, paint stewardship legislation. The legislation is further clarified through regulations. This model legislation ensures environmentally-responsible management for postconsumer (leftover) architectural paint and relieves local and state governments of the economic burden of postconsumer paint management. California's PaintCare Program began October 19, 2012.

If you have leftover paint that you want to dispose of, there are several retail locations in Auburn that will take your paint and recycle it at no cost to you. Its is highly recommended that you contact the specific retail store prior to driving to the location to verify the specific quantity limits, as they may vary

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