Recycling Center Takes Clothing and More

The center's stated purpose is to keep as many materials as possible out of landfills.


The Shoreway Recycling Center in San Carlos is now accepting used clothing from San Mateo County residents at its public recycling center, along with other items previously not collected, including hard and soft cover books, working household goods (dishes/utensils, pots/pans, kids toys and games, lamps, fans, etc.), car batteries, and scrap metal.

South Bay Recycling, which operates the Shoreway facility on behalf of RethinkWaste, has partnered with St. Vincent De Paul to collect the reusable clothing, books and household goods for their programs.

The goal is to reuse or recycle as many of the items brought to the center as possible.

The Recycling Center is open to the general public, including businesses, for buy-back items and some drop off items. Some limitations apply to waste items such as batteries and fluorescent tubes.

Here's a list of other items the center will accept at no charge to San Mateo County residents:

  • Cardboard
  • Mixed paper
  • Glass
  • Cans
  • Plastic containers
  • Used motor oil filters
  • Used motor oil (up to 15 gallons)
  • Used motor antifreeze (up to 10 gallons)
  • Latex paint (up to 10 gallons)
  • Electronics (computers, TVs, cell phones, etc.)
  • Batteries
  • Sharps (must be in authorized sharps container)
  • Residential cooking oil (up to 15 gallons)
  • Fluorescent light tubes (household only, 6 tubes per visit, must be less than 6ft)

The Public Recycling Center is open Mondays through Saturdays from 8:30a.m. to 4:30 pm, and is located at 333 Shoreway Rd., San Carlos, just off Highway 101 at Ralston Avenue.

You can visit their website for more information. 

DanC November 18, 2011 at 01:58 AM
Great news. Thanks for the article, Dave.
Martha Simmons November 18, 2011 at 06:18 AM
This is great news! Can anyone help with ideas how to donate non-reusable clothing? I have a stack of old ripped jeans, shirts with permanent stains etc. which aren't even good enough to give away. Can they be recycled or made into rags somewhere? I heard that someplace is using old denim as insulation.....
Camden Swita November 18, 2011 at 09:12 AM
Hi Martha, You might want to contact Dustin McGahan about places you could turn the denim in for insulation. He wrote an article about it: http://pacifica.patch.com/articles/whats-in-a-wall-insulation-reborn Also, I use old t-shirts and scraps of jeans as rags in my home, especially in the garage where grease from bikes etc. pretty much makes them worthless for anything else. Another option is to donate the cotton t-shirts to a local school. Art students can use the Ts as smocks and band kids can cut up the clothing for instrument cleaning kits. Some string and a strip of a cotton t-shirt make for a perfect swab for a trumpet or sax.


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