In Santee, California

In addition to residential and commercial pick-up of recyclables, Waste Management operates a drop-off recycling center at 925 O'Conner Street in the city of El Cajon. Santee customers may deliver recyclable materials Monday through Friday between the hours of  8:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Waste Management will also accept the following items during recycling hours:

  • Sharps (syringes and lancets properly packaged for disposal)
  • Household batteries
  • Fluorescent light tubes
  • Used motor oil (up to 15 gallons)
  • Oil filters
  • Thermostats
  • E-waste (TVs, computers, VCRs, stereos, microwaves) (Limit: 1-2 similar items per visit)

Visit Waste Management's website for more information.

Commercial Recycling Self-Haul /Third Party Reporting Form

Other recycling information/resources:

Christmas Tree Recycling

Help divert green waste from the landfill by recycling your Christmas tree at the end of the season:  Trees will be picked up for recycling the first two weeks following Christmas.

Residents with curbside collection can recycle their Christmas trees by placing the trees in their yard waste bins on their regular pick-up day. Trees must be cut into maximum 4-ft sections and must fit into the green yard waste container. Ornaments, tinsel and tree stands must be removed before being recycled.

Flocked trees cannot be recycled, but will be collected if cut into four-foot sections and placed into the regular trash cart.

Santee residents without curbside collection such as apartment complexes can drop off trees, the first two weeks following Christmas, at the Waste Management Recycle Center in El Cajon, located at 925 O’Connor Street, one block south of the West Bradley Avenue and Johnson Avenue intersection. The recycling center will be open 7:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday, and 7:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday.

East County Recycling Centers


Waste Management Recycling Center
925 O'Conner St., El Cajon, CA 92020
(one block south of the Bradley/Johnson intersection)

Redeemable, Recyclable & Drop-Off Items:
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Household Hazardous Waste:
2nd & 4th Saturday (by appointment only)

Learn more


Redeemable, Recyclable & Drop-Off Items:

  • Aluminum, Tin & Bi-metal Cans
  • Household Batteries (alkaline, lithium and rechargeable)
  • Cardboard
  • E-Waste (T.V's, VCR's, laptop computers, fax machines, printers, monitors, etc.)
  • Fluorescent Light Tubes
  • Glass/Glass Bottles
  • Home-generated medical "sharps"
  •  (in proper containers)
  • Newspapers
  • Paper (mixed, computer, white)
  • Plastic Bottles & Beverage Containers (#1-7)
  • Other Plastic Containers (#1 & #2 only)
  • Phone Books
  • Thermostats
  • Used Motor Oil (up to 15 gallons)
  • Used Oil Filters (residential only)


Sycamore Landfill
Quiroz Recycling
8514 Mast Blvd., Santee, CA 92071
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am. - 4:00 pm
Sat: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

For More Info: 619-851-7835

  • Aluminum Cans
  • Appliances
  • Cardboard
  • E-Waste
  • Glass/Glass Bottles
  • Newspapers
  • Other Metals
  • Plastic Bottles & Beverage Containers (#1-7)
  • Other Plastic Containers (#1 & #2 only)
  • Steel Cans


Quality Recycling
619-596-CANS (2267)
10197 Riverford Road, Suite A
Lakeside, CA 92040
Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Aluminum Cans
  • Cardboard
  • Glass/Glass Bottles
  • Newspapers
  • Other Metals
  • Plastic Bottles & Beverage Containers (#1-7)
  • Other Plastic Containers (#1 & #2 only)
  • Steel Cans


Used Oil
  • When draining used motor oil, use a clean plastic container with a tight lid.
  • Reuse your used oil container, and store it safely, away from children and pets.
  • Don't mix used oil with chemicals, gasoline, water, or other substances.
  • Use a reusable 5-gallon or smaller size container.
  • State Certified Used Oil Collection Centers will take between 5 and 20 gallons per day, per person. Call the Center to confirm the amount accepted.

AutoZone #3347
285 Town Center Parkway
Santee, CA 92071

El Capitan Oil
11427 Woodside Avenue
Santee, CA 92071

Firestone Store
9763 Mission Gorge Road
Santee, CA 92071

O'Reilly Auto Parts
9675 Mission Gorge Road
Santee, CA 92071

Pep Boys #898
10041 Mission Gorge Road
Santee, CA 92071


If you have additional questions about used motor oil recycling, please call the California Integrated Waste Management Board Recycling Hotline at 1-800-CLEANUP.

This program is brought to you by the City of Santee and made possible by a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

Thank you for helping to prevent pollution!

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