City Services, Sustainability

Think you know how to recycle? Take the quiz

September 13, 2022


Recycling rules can be confusing. Everyone has felt that moment of hesitation at the recycling bin, but keeping these three basic rules in mind can help:

  1. Recycle only bottles, cans, paper and cardboard
  2. Keep food and liquid out of recycling
  3. Don’t place bagged recycling or plastic bags in the recycling

Hayward’s recycling program is designed to manage specific items such as bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard.  Putting other items in the recycling container can contaminate the material, causing it to be landfilled instead of recycled.

Take the City of Hayward’s recycling quiz to test your sorting knowledge and learn how to avoid common mistakes.  Participants can enter to win a zero-waste prize.

Other useful guides include the re:source tool, which will tell you how to dispose of certain products within your specific zip code.  For additional rules and tips, check out Waste Management’s Recycling Myths guidebook, or visit the City’s website