DAY 28 – Recycle at the Carlsbad Recycling Center

Do something good for the environment, and yourself, and take your recycling to the Carlsbad Recycling Center at the Department of Public Works facility off El Camino Real.

We all collect plastic and glass bottles, cans, and other recyclables, and many of these can be turned in for money at the recycling center.

The Buy Back and Donation Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 until 4, and closed for lunch from 12 until 12:40.

It may surprise how much money all those bottles and can can add up to.



Redeemable Items

  • California Refund Value (CRV) aluminum cans
  • CRV glass bottles
  • CRV plastic bottles
  • CRV bi-metal cans
  • newspaper

Donation Items

  • non-CRV aluminum
  • non-CRV glass
  • non-CRV plastic
  • tin cans
  • white ledger paper
  • computer paper
  • mixed paper
  • corrugated cardboard


  • TVs, laptop computers, monitors and other cathode ray tubes (CRTs) (free of charge to drop off)
  • non-CRTs such as fax machines, VCRs, printers, camcorders, stereos and microwaves (50 cents per pound for disposal)


  • household batteries

Unacceptable Items

  • household hazardous waste
  • flourescent light tubes and other universal waste
  • medical waste

Carlsbad Recycling Center
5960 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92008