Use this guide to help decide which cart to put your unwanted materials into for curbside pickup. And be sure to follow City Curbside Collection Guidelines when placing your carts out for service each week.
||Recyclable ORGANIC Waste||Non-Recyclable Waste||Special Handling|
|Recycling Cart||Yard Waste Cart||Trash Cart||Do Not Dispose Curbside
- Aerosol cans (completely empty)
- Food Waste
- Food-soiled paper
- Animal waste
- Deceased animals (up to 10 lbs.)
- Old Clothes (not suitable for donation)
- VCR tapes
- Plastic bags (all types)**
* Recycling Plastics
The following types of plastics can be recycled in Thousand Oaks. Lids and labels can be kept on containers. Please rinse containers.
- Water bottles, soft drink bottles, salad dressing bottles; peanut butter containers.
- Milk and juice containers, squeezable bottles such as honey and ketchup; yogurt and margarine tubs
- Cosmetic, shampoo, mouthwash bottles, dish and laundry containers and cleanser bottles
** Recycling Plastic Bags
Please do NOT place plastic bags, plastic film or plastic wrap in your recycling. These items get caught in the recycling machinery and cause expensive repairs and downtime. They belong in the TRASH. You are encouraged to use re-usable alternatives. Plastic bags can be recycled in the drop boxes located in most grocery stores (including Walmart, Target and Kohls stores).
+ Donate Packaging Materials
Many postal service retailers (UPS Store, Post Net, etc.) will accept donations of clean bubble wrap and polystyrene packing peanuts. Contact local retailers to confirm acceptance of donated items before bringing them for donation.
Have Excess Paper and Cardboard to Recycle?
Used moving boxes are in high demand, so we encourage residents to give them away on NextDoor, Freecycle, Craigslist, or local Facebook groups. New residents who just moved into a new home can call their trash hauler to ask them to a free, one-time pickup of excess cardboard that you bundle together and place next to your trash cart on trash day. Residents can also order a free bulky item pickup.
Have Larger Pieces of Metal to Recycle?
If metal items do not fit in your home recycling bin, you can bring it to any of the following recycling facilities:
Camarillo Recycling in Camarillo
SA Recycling in Oxnard
Standard Industries in Ventura
We advise that you call first to verify the items are accepted. You can also take it to Free Landfill Day which is twice per year for Thousand Oaks residents. Residents can also order a free bulky item pickup.
If you're wondering about something that's not on the list above, check out Athens Services' What Goes Where Recycling Guide to find out what waste items go where. Just type in any unwanted item and it will tell you what to do with it. You can also e-mail questions to GoGreen@toaks.org