The 1989 California Integrated Waste Management Act (AB 939) mandates that every City and County in California divert 50% of their waste from landfills. In an effort to promote conservation and waste management practices of reduction, recycling/composting and environmentally safe land disposal, the City of Placerville urges you to help do your part in helping Placerville exceed the State’s standard.  With recycling we all save, in more ways than one. Recycling saves energy and natural resources. Did you know:

  • Reprocessing used materials reduces energy needs for mining, refining and many manufacturing processes. Reprocessing used materials to make new products reduces the consumption of natural resources!
  • Recycling paper cuts energy usage in half!
  • Recycling reduces environmental damage and reduces the risks of air and water pollution from manufacturing!
  • Recycling all of your home’s waste newsprint, cardboard, glass and metal can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 850 lbs. per year!
  • You generate an average of 4.4 lbs. of waste per day!
  • Enough energy is saved by recycling one aluminum can to light one 100-watt bulb for 20 hours!
  • Americans throw away enough aluminum every three months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet!
  • Annually, enough energy is saved by recycling steel to supply Los Angeles with electricity for almost 10 years!
  • You can make 20 cans out of recycled material with the same amount of energy it takes to make one new one!
  • One tree can filter up to 60 lbs. of pollutants from the air each year!
  • Recycling just one car saves 2,500 lbs of iron ore, 1,400 lbs of coal and 120 lbs of limestone!
  • Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates 1 job, land filling the same amount creates 6 jobs and recycling the same 10,000 tons creates 36 jobs!

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Below please find a list of local recycling locations and facilities: Please call locations listed for verification on items accepted for recycling.

Recycling HHW/Automotive/Recyclable

El Dorado Disposal/Materials Recovery Facility
4100 Throwita Way, Diamond Springs, CA
(530) 626-4141

Acceptable Items to place in your recycle cart :

  • All California redemption value drink containers
  • Clean paper and mail
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Cereal boxes (without the liner) / Shoe boxes
  • Brown paper bags
  • Newspaper and magazines
  • Shredded paper in tied clear plastic bags - No confetti
  • Paperback books
  • Catalogs, phone books
  • Milk cartons
  • Juice boxes
  • Soy milk cartons
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Plastic bottles, jars and jugs with lids and caps removed
  • Plastic dairy tubs (yogurt, margarine) with lids and caps removed
  • All colors of glass jars, bottles and jugs with lids and caps removed
  • Aluminum foil or foil baking pans
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel or tin cans
  • All colors of glass jars, bottles and jugs with lids and caps removed
  • Scrap metal (limit 2 ft. x 2 ft., 35 pounds; without wood, plastic, or rubber attachments)

Unacceptable Items to place in your recycle cart:

  • Food scraps, food-soiled paper or boxes
  • Plastic trays (bakery, meat, etc.)
  • Prescription vials
  • Paper towels, plates or napkins
  • Disposable diapers or rags
  • Ceramics or dishes
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirrors or window glass
  • Greasy or sharp scrap metal
  • Needles or syringes
  • Toxic containers (antifreeze, oil, syringes, etc.)


Free Recycling of Old Mattresses and Box Springs!

E-Waste (for more detailed information go to or call the number listed above)

TV, computer monitors and cpu, copiers, radios and stereos, dvd playes, cordless phones, fax machines, phones, cd players, satellite receivers (not dish).

Household Hazardous Waste, propane tanks – limit 4, fluorescent bulbs and tubes – limit 15, household batteries, Paint

Motor Oil Disposal

Motor oil is a serious environmental hazard if not properly collected and recycled.

We accept motor oil and oil filters from our customers. Contact customer service and we will send you containers. Fill the containers and call to schedule a pick up: El Dorado Disposal Customer Service at (530) 626-4141 or email


Put used motor oil in securely closed 1-gallon milk jugs and take them to a location equipped to collect and recycle motor oil.



Kragen Auto Parts #280
3970-F Missouri Flat Rd.
Placerville, CA
(530) 626-9191
(used oil)

All Star Rents
561 Placerville Dr.
Placerville, CA
(530) 622-3642
(batteries, used oil and tires with fee per tire)

Big O Tires
85 Placerville Dr.
Placerville, CA
(530) 622-6956
(tires with fee per tire and 4 tire limit)

Diamond Auto
4639 Missouri Flat Rd.
Placerville, CA
(530) 622-9214
(passenger tire for fee per tire & based on space available)

Les Shwab
1415 Broadway
Placerville, CA
(530) 622-9400
(tires for fee per tire)

Gilly’s Auto Wreckers
2561 Blacks Ln.
Placerville, CA
(530) 622-4052
(cars for fee)


399 Placerville Dr.
Placerville, CA
(530) 622-4848
(White office grade paper)

El Dorado Recycling Center
4100 Throwita Way
Placerville, CA

UPS Store

1390 Broadway #B
Placerville, CA
(530) 642-0601
(Packing peanuts, clean)

Mail Boxes Etc.
3966 Missouri Flat Rd.
Placerville, CA
(530) 642-8003
(Packing peanuts, clean)

Mountain Mail Service
685 Placerville Dr
Placerville, CA
(530) 626-1634
(Packing peanuts, clean)

Christmas Tree Recycling Program

Residents of El Dorado County may bring Christmas trees to Western El Dorado Recovery Systems (WERS) 4100 Throwita Way, Diamond Springs, CA, (530) 626-4141, for recycling. The maximum is two trees per vehicle and is scheduled for two days the first week in January. As the time draws near return to find out more information.

For Placerville residents El Dorado Disposal Service, (530) 626-4141, will pick up, on your normal collection day, your cut and bundled Christmas tree for an additional charge. Trees must be cut into pieces less than 3’ long and bundled. Christmas trees can be the gift that keeps on giving too, if you chip them and turn them into compost or mulch!