Welcome to Cerocycling: Cero’s unique reuse & recycling program where we keep otherwise disposed of materials in circulation and help Tucsonans with difficult-to-recycle items. The items collected by Cero are redistributed at no cost back to community members and local organizations. 

Cerocycling is built around these three concepts: 

Keeping items in use and in circulation before they need to be disposed of.

Mixing in mutual aid and providing no-cost items to the community.

Specialty Recycling
Making it easy and convenient to recycle specialty items.

General Guidelines:

  • Drop off at Cero only during open hours
  • Items must be clean, organized and separated by type
  • All glass should be clearly visible to prevent breakage
  • Place items into their designated baskets inside the shop. 
  • For larger drop offs, bring items inside and place by our mural


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What’s Not Accepted:

  • Styrofoam
  • Molded cardboard
  • Large electronics
  • Medications
  • Wine & Beer Bottles
  • Batteries
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Lotion Bottles
  • Small boxes
  • Irregular shapes boxes
    • i.e. TV/thin boxes, or boxes with plastic handles built in
  • Beauty packaging
  • Cardboard scraps
  • Misc. Household Items
  • Plastic Bags
  • Dropper Bottles
  • Craft Supplies

What’s Accepted:

  • *Broken Down Cardboard Boxes.
  • **Clean, Empty Glass Jars with Lids
  • Clothing in Wearable Condition
  • Fabric Pieces and Scraps
  • Small Electronics for Recycling
  • Writing Instruments
  • Empty Prescription Pill Bottles
  • Instrument Strings
  • Unused Takeout Utensils
  • Reusable Takeout Food Containers
  • Paper Bags and Paper Grocery Bags
  • ACURE Brand Product Packaging
  • New Hygiene Items
  • Razor Blades & Cartridges

    *No boxes under 6in, or oversized boxes.
    *No appliance or furniture boxes
    **Keep all glass separate and clearly visible to prevent breakage

    Learn more about the TerraCycle programs we're signed up for.

      For Everything Else, We Recommend: 

      • The Free Store
      • FreeCycle.org
      • Listing free to Facebook Marketplace, Craiglist, OfferUp
      • Posting to your local "Buy Nothing" Groups on Facebook

      Where Does Cero Give?

      • The Tucson Community at Large
      • The Primavera Foundation
      • The Beacon Group
      • The Lot on 22nd
      • Tucson Food Share
      • After School Anarchy
      • Community Care Tucson
      • Spreading Threads
      • and more!

      Interested in being a Cerocycling Volunteer? Email hello@cerotucson.com to get involved.