Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Repair
Did you know that RECYCLING is the LAST step after REDUCE & 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. Read below for more information.

the Reuse Centre
  • 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
  • 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.

Here is a listing of local Repair businesses that can help you put new life back into old items...

Shoe Repair
  • Frederico’s Drive in Shoe Service - 542 Abrego Street, Monterey, CA 949-3322
  • Dandy Shoes & Service - 167 Webster, Monterey 647-1253
Camera Repair
  • Myrick Photograph - 598 Fremont Street, Monterey, 649-1900

Furniture Repair
  • Monterey Furniture & Restoration - 210 Ramona, Monterey, 373-3030
  • Retrospect - 222 Ramona Ave, Monterey, 644-9624
  • Pacific Furniture Restoration - 471 Wave Street, Monterey, 375-5928

Bicycle Repair

  • Aquarian Bicycles- 486 Washington Street, Monterey, 920-4221
  • Forest Hill Bike Shop -1173 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, 644.0525
  • Sports Center Bicycles - 1576 Del Monte Blvd, Seaside, 899-1300

Appliance Repair

  • Professional Appliance Service‎ - 400 Foam Street, Monterey, CA - 443-2101‎
  • Decker's Appliances‎ - 746 Broadway Avenue, Seaside, CA‎ - 394-5112
  • Mike's Appliance‎ - 1219 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA‎ - 375-6260
  • Built-In Distributors‎ - 2024 Fremont Boulevard, Seaside, CA‎ - 899-2666
  • Browns Appliance Service‎ - 291 Watson Street, Monterey, CA - 647-9870

Computer Repair

  • PC People‎ - 534 Abrego Street, Monterey, CA‎, (831) 649-5900
  • That Computer Place‎ - 1105 Del Monte Avenue, Monterey, CA‎ - (831) 649-4100‎
  • Apple Store Del Monte‎ - 240 Del Monte Center, Monterey, CA‎ - (831) 647-4480‎
  • Computer Corner - 535 Foam Street, Monterey, CA‎ - (831) 649-9500
  • User-Friendly Computing‎ - 716 Munras Avenue, Monterey, CA‎ - (831) 641-9653
  • Computer Solutions - 1319 Burton Ave, Suite B, Salinas, 831.753.0769x113
  • Monterey Bay Computer‎ - 462 Webster Street, Monterey, CA‎ - (831) 238-5074

Tool Repair

  • Peninsula Power Tool & Supply‎ - 828 Lighthouse Avenue, Monterey, CA‎, (831) 375-4244‎
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.

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 - Phone: (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

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 apartmnet 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. Click for more info.
  • Buy recycled products and materials. When you buy recycled content products, that's called Closing the Loop!
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
Contact Us
Environmental Programs
526 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-5662
Mon. - Fri. 8 am to 5 pm

Ted J. Terrasas, REHS
Sustainability Coordinator
Did You Know?
Today, nearly 100 million people participate in recycling every day. This is one way individuals can actively help maintain a clean and healthy environment.
Waste Hauler
MCDS (Monterey City Disposal Service) 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
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