Sorting garbage, recycling and organics

Don't know if you can recycle something? We can help.
Facebook, Tweet or Instagram a photo @CityofHayward with #CanIRecycleThis, or email a description to You can also use StopWaste's RE:Source guide below for answers on what's accepted in Hayward.

All plastic containers (1-7)
All metal containers
All glass containers
Paper and cardboard

Yard Trimmings
Food Scraps
Soiled paper plates, cardboard boxes, and paper towels
Untreated wood
Avoid “biodegradable” plastic bag and utensils – these don’t biodegrade fast enough

Composting at Home:

Coffee cups
Plastic utensils and straws
Plastic bags and wrappers
Fabric and clothes that cannot be donated
Ceramics and Porcelain
Containers with multiple layers, like juice bags and boxes
Foam packaging


See our guides for more information:
PDF icon Residential Guide to Recycling Services.pdf
PDF icon Business Recycling Mandates.pdf
PDF icon Business Guide to Recycling Services.pdf

Household Hazardous Waste – bring your hazardous items for free to the Hayward Household Waste Facility at 2091 West Winton Avenue, Hayward. Acceptable Items include fluorescent bulbs, paints, stains, solvents, adhesives, garden and auto chemicals, batteries, electronic waste.