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Recycling Guidelines

Residents of single-family homes, small apartment/condominium buildings, or businesses that are serviced by the City, can recycle by using City-provided recycling carts/bins. If you have not received your purple recycling cart, submit a Request a Refuse/Recycling Cart request or call the Refuse Hotline at (562) 570-2876. 

  1. Recyclables are collected each week on the same day as your trash. Carts must be out by 7:00 a.m.
  2. Use our online form to report any scavenging activities. 
  3. Bring carts in within 12 hours after they have been emptied.

How Do I Prepare My Recyclables?

  • Make sure all recyclables are EMPTY, CLEAN, and DRY. 
  • Do not put plastic bags, food and yard waste, trash, or hazardous waste in your purple recycling cart. 
  • Shut your lid to prevent litter and contamination.

What Can I Recycle In My Purple Cart? 

What Items Go In the Gray Refuse (Trash) Cart? 

Items That Do Not Belong in Your Recycling or Refuse Carts

The following items should NOT be placed in your recycling and refuse carts. These items require a special collection pickup request or should be disposed of at a hazardous waste collection center or collection event. 

*Please note that a special collection request service for bulky or oversized items and used motor oil and filters are for residents with City-serviced accounts only. If you have a private hauler, please contact them if you would like to utilize this service. 


Download the Recycling/Refuse Guidelines List PDF available in: 

To learn more about our curbside recycling program: