Mojave Desert & Mountan Recycling Authority

Can I Recycle This?

Learn what is recyclable and how to properly recycle in the High Desert area.

Can I Recycle This?

Learn what is recyclable and how to properly recycle in the High Desert area.

Watch Our New Recycling Video

This video explains what you can recycle in your curbside recycling bin in the San Bernardino County Desert and Mountain communities.

How Do I Know What’s Recyclable?

A common question, even for experienced recyclers, is “can I recycle this?”

Materials usually are either “dry” and recyclable, or “wet” and compostable. We offer some general guidelines below.

Keep in mind that most materials have some immediate value — bottles and cans alone can yield a lot of cash for school programs and more. See CRV information for residents and schools.

If you want to know more about the issues involved with recycling various materials, consider visiting CalRecycle’s web site, which contains information on many materials.


What You Should Recycle

Here is a list of general items that can be recycled in most curbside recycling programs or dropped off at a local recycling facility.  

It’s important to follow your town or county’s recycling rules, so be sure to check with your hauler to make sure you’re recycling right.

Paper and Cardboard Recycling at Work


Paper and Cardboard Recycling Tips
  • Clean, dry, and free of food waste
  • Flatten boxes
  • Remove liners from cereal/food boxes
  • Plastic window envelopes and staples are okay
  • No spirals from notebooks


  • Rigid containers (#1, #2, #5)
  • PET (#1) plastic bottles
  • HDPE (#2) plastic bottles
Recycle Plastic Containers
Plastic Bottles & Container Recycling Tips
Recycle Metal Cans and Trays


  • Tin cans
  • Aluminum cans and foil
Metal Cans & Trays Recycling Tips
  • Clean, dry, and free of food waste
  • Aerosol cans must be empty of pressure and product


  • Glass bottles and jars of any color, shape or size
Recycle Glass Containers
Glass Bottles & Jars Recycling Tips

Download our Recycle Bin Flyer

Download our handy printable flyer and post it on your refrigerator or near your recycling bins to remind everyone about what belongs there.

Recyclables Not Accepted Curbside

Below are items that can (and should) be recycled, but are not accepted in most curbside recycling programs, therefore you will need to make special arrangements for proper recycling.

Find Your Hauler

The best place to start for information about your local curbside recycling service is to contact your hauler.

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