If curbside recycling is not an option, San Diego residents have several other options including city park and recreation centers, privately ran recycling centers and the Miramar Recycling Center. The below covers the top drop-off locations for San Diego Recycling.
Miramar Recycling Center
Located north of State Route 52, at 5165 Convoy St. in the city of San Diego, the Miramar Recycling Center is open Monday through Saturday 7 am to 4:30 pm. They accept most recyclables including large or bulky recyclable items that may not fit in your curbside bins.
Refunds for Recycling- The Miramar Recycling Center pays the CRV-California Redemption Value for all aluminum, plastic, glass, and steel beverage containers. There may also be scrap value paid out for some metals, newspapers, and cardboard.
Donation Only Recycling Items- These include items that are deemed recyclable, but do not pay out a redemption value or incur a charge to accept. Examples include TVs, computer monitors, non-CRV glass bottles, non-CRV #1 and #2 narrow-neck plastic containers, non-CRV steel cans, ferrous metals like BBQs, wrought iron, mixed paper, used residential cooking oil (max 30 quarts).
Recycling Fees- The Miramar Recycling Center accepts many items which are prohibited from normal curbside trash. These items should never be dumped improperly, this is a convenient drop off system to dispose of correctly.
*refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners (other items that contain CFCs) – $25.00/each
*large household appliances (stoves, washers, dryers, water heaters) – $12.00/each
*tires (18” and under) – $7.00/each
*toilets – $6.00/each
*small computers, household electronics (printers, keyboards) – $0.25/pound
For any materials not covered in the list or to verify pricing call Miramar Recycling Center at 858-268-8971
Recycling at the City’s Park and Recreation Centers
San Diego residents are lucky to have easy access to recycling receptacles located throughout the city’s parks and recreation centers. Accepted items include paper, cardboard, bottles, cans, jars, clean plastic food containers, plastic buckets, toys, tubs, and also shredded paper.
List of Recycling Drop off Locations https://www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/recycling/centers/centerslist
Private Recycling Centers in the City of San Diego
There are also several privately ran recycling centers throughout the city of San Diego available for drop off of recyclable household items. A few are listed below, hours vary so call ahead.
*Prince Recycling- 5096 Voltaire Street, San Diego 92107
*San Diego CRV Center- 857 32nd Street, San Diego 92102
*Quality Recycling- 13863 Poway Street, Poway 92064
*AB Recycling- 3055 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego 92105