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Environmental Programs
526 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-5662
Mon. - Fri. 8 am to 5 pm

Ted J. Terrasas, REHS
Sustainability Coordinator
Report Recycling Theft
Report Recycling Theft
Report the theft of recyclables by using the Report Recycling Theft form or call Monterey City Disposal Service at (831) 372-7977
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Monterey City Disposal Service LogoMonterey City Disposal Service (MCDS) is one of the last independently-owned recycling and waste collection haulers and processors.

MCDS provides commercial and residential collection of waste and recycling in Monterey.

10 Ryan Ranch Road
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-7977
Did you know that RECYCLING is the LAST step after REDUCE and REUSE. Buy quality and repair items instead of buying new or give these things to a responsible group, found at sites such as www.Freecycle.org , Last Chance Mercantile or other reuse stores. Zero Waste is obtainable.

Hosting a special event in Monterey?

Groups of 100 or more are required to provide recycling in their special event process. Find out details at monterey.org/events/recycling

Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle

Recycling Guide PosterReduce

  • Prevent waste in the first place.
  • Choose durable goods and reusable products.
  • Look for "refillable" and "rechargeable" products, such as batteries, while reducing waste.
  • Stop Junk Mail now! Get off Junk Mail lists. Remember recycling is used when all else fails. Eliminate catalogs that you receive and do not read by contacting the companies or mailing back the tag with your name and information on it.
  • Buy bulk items, concentrates and products with less packaging. Packaging is nearly one-third of the cost of our purchases and an even greater percentage of our trash.
  • Switch to reusable bags, such as cloth bags. Recycle plastic bags in your curbside bin with the Bag your Bag and Tie Program.
  • Make all picnics, parties or family gatherings Zero Waste events
  • Switch to energy and water conserving appliances in your home or business. Rebate programs help offset the costs of switching and are yet another way to help you save energy, money and our environment's natural resources
  • Download a PDF version of the Recycle Guide poster.


  • Buy quality and repair items when possible.
  • Be creative -- find new uses for old things!
  • Donate packaging peanuts to local shipping supply stores. Donate hangers to local dry cleaners. Think of other items that could be reused by other people if you no longer need or want them.


Through the repair process, many are able to coax more life out of something that could have easily been thrown out. Explore online the many businesses that offer repairs to your favorite items. Give us a call if you need help finding a repair business.


Are you cleaning out closets, sheds or garages and would like to find ways to get rid of the stuff without throwing it in the trash? Donate it! If unwanted clothing or household goods still have useable life, donate them! There are many organizations around the peninsula (as well as around the country) that specialize in taking items that are still useable and finding them new homes.

When you donate your still useable items, they generate revenue for local businesses, offer more affordable fashion items for locals, saves landfill space and reduces green house gases! Check out the locations below for opportunities to donate your unwanted goods around the peninsula.
Goodwill, 571 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey - (831) 649-6056
The Salvation Army, 1850 Fremont Blvd, Seaside - (831) 394-6507
Last Chance Mercantile, Monterey Regional Waste management District, 14201 Del Monte Boulevard, Marina - (831) 384-5313
SPCA Benefit Shop, 216 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA - (831) 373-5822; 26364 Carmel Rancho Ln, Carmel, CA - (831) 624-4211
St. Vincent De Paul, 1269 Fremont Blvd, Seaside, CA - (831) 899-2211; 214 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA - (831) 642-9387
Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shop, 26388 Carmel Rancho Ln, Carmel, CA - (831) 626-8480
Animal Friends Rescue Project, 560 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA - (831) 333-0722
Church Mouse Thrift Shop, 204 17th Street, Pacific Grove, CA - (831) 375-0838
Chatter Baux Shoppe Children's Clothing and Accessories, 157 Fountain Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA - (831) 647-8701

clothing only -

Plato’s Closet, 402 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA - (831) 641-9919
The Cat's Meow, 801 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA - (831) 393-2287
Lunablu Trading Company, 176 Bonifacio Place, Monterey, CA - (831) 641-0616
Sweet Child of Mine, 299 Webster Street, Monterey, CA (831) 708-8687
Encore Boutique Consignment Shop, 125 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA - (831) 375-1700

Sell it

  • Have a garage sale. - It’s a great way to meet neighbors and make money at the same time. Visit these Websites for helpful hints for a successful sale (copy and paste to a new browser page):
  • Sell it on eBay or Craig’s List. - eBay is an auction-type setting and Craig’s List allows you to place a dollar figure on an item and someone contacts you (or not) to purchase it.
  • Give it away. - Go to Freecycle, join up and post the items you want to give away and someone will take them away. They have certain parameters for you to follow, such as no selling of anything or posting of garage sales, for instance.


Last, but not Least RECYCLE! There are some items that you have no choice but to get rid of. Please be aware of those items that require special handling or that are banned from the landfills.
  • Follow the Household Recycling guidelines to understand what can go in your blue cart. Recycling an aluminum can saves 95 percent of the energy it would take to make a new one from scratch! The industry needs glass to make more glass.
  • Live in an apartment or condo and don't have recycling? Check out our Apartment & Multi-Family Recycling program.
  • Curbside recycling is available free of charge in the City of Monterey. If your apartment complex does not have recycling, ask your apartment manager to contact Monterey City Disposal Service to start service, it's free!
  • Household Hazardous Waste (including electronic waste, batteries & more) needs to be cautiously disposed or recycled.
  • Buy recycled products and materials. When you buy recycled content products, that's called Closing the Loop!