Think You Know how To Recycle? Take the Quiz

September 26, 2023

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

Here are some tips to help avoid the most common mistakes seen in Hayward:

  1. Don’t place bagged recycling or plastic bags in the recycling
  2. Keep flimsy plastics out of the recycling, even if they have a recycling symbol
  3. Take-out containers go in the trash

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 Together for Hayward e-gift card when you take the quiz.

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