Recycling Resources

Upcoming Public Works Events

Oct 13

E-Waste and Paper Shredding Event

October 13 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Nov 17

Oil Filter Exchange Event

November 17 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Resident

Residential Recycling and Refuse Services

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Pay As You Throw

Pay-As-You-Throw is the trash collection system that is tailored to single family residences and multi-family units of four or less where your cost for collection is based upon how much you recycle and how much your family throws away. The smaller your waste container and the more you recycle, the less you pay. There are three different sizes of mixed waste containers (the green lid):32 gallons , 60 gallons, 100 gallons
You can down size your waste container for free once a year. Also, additional yard waste and recycling containers are available upon request.
For information call (626) 744-7311

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Residential Recycling and Refuse Services

Service Include DO NOT Include
Recycling – Blue Lid Aerosol Cans (empty) • Beverage & Food Containers (rinsed) • Cardboard (flattened) • Junk Mail • Mixed Paper • Catalogs • Magazines • Phone Books • Newspapers • All Plastics 1 – 5 Food and Pet Waste • Light Bulbs • Laminated or Waxed Paper • Unlabeled Plastics • Greasy Pizza Boxes • Styrofoam and all #6 plastics
Yard Waste – Black Lid Grass Clippings • Leaves & Weeds • Branches 3” or less in diameter and trimmed to fit in the container with the lid closed. Cactus • Palm Fronds • Bamboo • Large Tree Limbs • Vegetables, Fruit • Animal Waste • Lumber • Construction Materials • Dirt/Soil
Trash – Green Lid Items soiled with food • Vacuum Dust or Sweepings • Hair Clippings • Styrofoam and all #6 plastics • Anything That Can’t be Recycled or Composted Construction Materials • Dirt/Sand • Sod • Concrete
Free Pick Up – Bulky Items (2x per year) Single family residents may schedule two free pickups of bulky items per year: Appliances • Furniture • Mattresses • 4 tires • Lawn Furniture • Barbecues • Play Equipment • Bundled Wood (3′ max.) • Fence Material • Miscellaneous (call and ask) • Call 626-744-7311 for an Appointment. Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) • Electronic Waste • Computers • Construction Materials • Dirt • Sand • Large Tree Limbs • Tree Stumps
Free Used Oil/Filter Pick Up Used oil/filter pick up will be by appointment only. Indicate # of containers. Please call 24 hours in advance of your regular trash pick-up at 626-744-7311. Day of pick-up, place used oil/filter in approved container at the curb by 7am.

To request a recycling container, or to report a missed pick-up, please call 626-744-7311.

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Christmas Tree Drop Off

Drop Off Dates & Locations: Residents can drop off their trees for recycling from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., December 26, 2017 through January 4, 2018 at the following locations:Eaton Blanche Park
3100 E. Del Mar Blvd.
Bring your tree to the parking lot on Millicent Way.

Robinson Park
1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Bring your tree to the parking lot on Morton Street.

Please Remove all stands, ornaments and lights

Curbside Pickup Dates (Your Trash Pickup Day)

Curbside pickup for Christmas trees will be available to Pasadena’s solid waste customers on their regularly scheduled collection days and routes beginning January 2 through January 12, 2018. Christmas trees may be trimmed to fit in yard waste container (Black Lid) for recycling.

For more information on this program call: Citizen Service Center at 626-744-7311 or click Special Collection Bulletin below.

Special Collection Bulletin

Special Collection Bulletin

Boletín de Colecciones Especiales

Boletín de Colecciones Especiales

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Recycling Drop Off Locations

Bottles and Cans – CRV (California Refund Value)Altadena Recycling Center
2211 N. Lincoln Ave.
NexCycle
665 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
TOMRA
1329 N. Lake Ave.
160 N. Lake Ave.
2270 N. Lake Ave.
(877) 737-5263

Please visit Earth911.com for more information on your local recycling facilities. For Further Information Call: 626-744-7311.

Commercial

Commercial Recycling


Commercial Recycling

WHY RECYCLE

  • State law (AB341) now requires apartment communities/multi-family housing with 5 or more units to recycle.
  • Recycling may provide opportunities to save money.
  • Recycling helps conserve resources and extends the life of California’s landfills. It also helps create a healthy environment for our community and future generations.
  • Many apartment residents are requesting recycling; providing recycling helps promote your community as environmentally friendly and may help fill vacancies.

Types of Material to Recycle

  • Clean, dry paper
  • Cardboard and chipboard
  • Plastic (1-5) and glass bottles and jars
  • Metal and aluminum cans
  • Metal containers and empty aerosol cans
  • Plastic bags and dry cleaner bags, bundled

How to Get Started

It’s easy to recycle at your business.

  • Make sure your business has arranged for recycling services; private haulers can provide separate recycling receptacles upon request for an additional fee.
  • Help employees learn which items can be recycled.
  • Separate recyclable items from trash inside your business.
  • Place your recyclable items in external recycling containers for pickup.
  • Make sure employees, especially clean up staff, know about your recycling program.
  • Any business or individual may donate, sell and/or otherwise arrange for the pickup of
    recyclable materials.
  • For optimum participation, recycling containers should be placed near waste generation source and should be clearly labeled.
  • Mixed waste may be sent to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for diversion of recyclables.

Where to Go for More Information

Multi-Family and Apartment Recycling

WHY RECYCLE

  • State law (AB341) now requires apartment communities/multi-family housing with 5 or more units to recycle.
  • Recycling may provide opportunities to save money.
  • Recycling helps conserve resources and extends the life of California’s landfills. It also helps create a healthy environment for our community and future generations.
  • Many apartment residents are requesting recycling; providing recycling helps promote your community as environmentally friendly and may help fill vacancies.

Types of Material to Recycle

  • Clean, dry paper
  • Cardboard and chipboard
  • Plastic (1-5) and glass bottles and jars
  • Metal and aluminum cans
  • Metal containers and empty aerosol cans
  • Plastic bags and dry cleaner bags, bundled

How to Get Started

It’s easy to recycle at your apartment complex.

  • Make sure your residential community has arranged for recycling services; private haulers can provide separate recycling receptacles upon request for an additional fee .
  • Help residents learn which items can be recycled.
  • Have residents separate recyclable items from trash inside their apartments and place recyclable items in external recycling containers for pickup.
  • Make sure residents know where outside recycling containers are located. Educate new residents about the recycling program when they sign leases.
  • Any business or individual may donate, sell and/or otherwise arrange for the pickup of
    recyclable materials.
  • When space is limited for a separate recycling container, mixed waste may be sent to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for diversion of recyclables.

Where to Go for More Information

WE DO NOT ACCEPT:

business waste • ammunition • explosives • radioactive material • biological waste or tires.

Bulky Items:

furniture • refrigerators • washing machines/dryers • conventional ovens • paper • computer software.

TRANSPORTATION LIMIT FOR CHEMICAL RELATED ITEMS:

It is against the law to transport more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste to collection sites. Please pack your waste properly to prevent tipping or spilling of the waste during transportation.

Residents are limited to a total of six pieces per visit to a s.a.f.e. center.

For Information, Please Call 1-800-98-TOXIC (1-800-988-6942)

Los Angeles-Glendale SAFE Collection Center

Los Angeles-Glendale Centro De Colleccion SAFE

Construction & Demolition

Mulch & Compost

Mulch Recycling

Mulch Recycling

Mulch Giveaway Program

  • Wood from City trees that have been removed is chipped into mulch and recycled.
  • The City uses mulch at City parks and landscaped areas and offers mulch to residents through the mulch giveaway program.
  • This program provides free mulch for pickup at Robinson and Victory Parks on selected dates between February and November.
  • Residents will have access to mulch during park hours which are 6 a.m. through 10 p.m. while supplies last.
  • Residents should bring shovels, containers, gloves and eye protection to collect the mulch

2018 Mulch Program

Robinson Park

  • Robinson Park is located at 1081 North Fair Oaks Ave and the mulch program will be located in the park’s southern parking lot.
  • Pickup days include :  February 23; March 23; April 20; May 18; June 15; July 27; August 24; September 21; October 19; and November 16.

Victory Park

  • Victory Park is located at 2575 Paloma Street and the mulch program will be located at the southern parking lot adjacent to Paloma Street.
  • Pickup days include: February 9; March 9; April 6; May 4; June 1; July 13; August 10; September 7; October 5 and November 2.

2018 Mulch Delivery

Victory Park Robinson Park
2/9/2018  2/23/2018
3/9/2018  3/23/2018
 4/6/2018   4/20/2018
 5/4/2018   5/18/2018
 6/1/2018   6/15/2018
 7/13/2018   7/27/2018
8/10/2018   8/24/2018
 9/7/2018   9/21/2018
 10/5/2018   10/19/2018
 11/2/2018  11/16/2018

Ordering Compost Bins

What To Compost

Kitchen Waste • Lawn Clippings (use thin layers so they don’t mat down) • Chopped Leaves (large leaves take a long time to break down) • Shredded Branches • Garden Plants (disease-free plants) • Shredded Paper • Weeds (before they go to seed) • Straw or Hay • Newspaper • Wood Ash (sprinkle lightly between layers) • Tea Leaves and Coffee Grounds

Do Not Compost

Meat Scraps and Fatty Trash • Excessive Wood Ashes (counteracts with manures) • Sawdust (generally slows the decomposition of the pile)

How To Order A Compost Bin

Cost: $56.00

  1. Pay $56 for the compost bin at Municipal Services Cashier window located at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Avenue Room 106.
  2. Pick up bin by showing receipt to receptionist at Public Works office located upstairs (3rd floor) in room N306

For more on composting visit www.smartgardening.com

Compost Bin Order Form

Special Waste

One-day E-Waste Collection Events


One Day E-Waste Collection Events

RECYCLE YOUR OBSOLETE ELECTRONICS

Televisions • Computer Monitors • Computer Peripherals • Cell and Telephones • DVDs/VCRs • Radios • Copiers • Printers • Lap Tops • Scanners • Cable TV Equipment • Microwave Ovens • Fax  Machines • Printer Cartridges.

Upcoming E-Waste/Document Shredding Events:

Oct 13

E-Waste and Paper Shredding Event

October 13 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

UPCOMING E-WASTE-DOCUMENT SHREDDING EVENT

E-waste items include computers, keyboards, printers, monitors, laptops, docking stations, scanners, shredders, fax machines, computer mice, telephones, televisions, flat screens, VCRs, DVD players, PDAs, cassette players, tape drives, stereos and household batteries. Many of these products have parts that can be recycled.

Document shredding is limited to a maximum of five legal-size boxes of documents for shredding.

Ewaste June 16 2018


Used Motor Oil/Filter Certified Collection Centers


Used Motor Oil/Filter Certified Collection Centers

USED MOTOR OIL & FILTER CERTIFIED COLLECTION CENTERS

  • O’Reilly Auto Parts

    919 N. Lake Ave.
    Pasadena, CA
    (626) 797-9525

  • O’Reilly Auto Parts

    1860 E. Colorado Bl.
    Pasadena, CA
    (626) 585-9084

  • AutoZone

    550 N. Lake Ave.
    Pasadena, CA
    (626) 798-6745

  • Pep Boys

    1135 E. Colorado Bl.
    Pasadena, CA
    (626) 793-8181

  • Jiffy Lube

    1420 E. Walnut St.
    Pasadena, CA
    (626) 793-9896

  • Firestone Complete Auto Care

    1110 E. Colorado Bl.
    Pasadena, CA
    (626) 578-0351

  • Jiffy Lube

    1603 E. Colorado Bl.
    Pasadena, CA
    (626) 449-4396

  • Valvoline Instant Oil Change

    3800 E. Foothill Blvd.
    Pasadena, CA
    (626) 765-0173

The City will collect used oil at your curb! Please call for an appointment and review the following requirements:

  1. Please call the Citizen Service Center at 626-744-7311 to schedule a container delivery and pick up day (we will deliver containers for you to use and pick up the container on your existing trash day)
  2. The City will pick up a maximum of two – 1 gallon containers per week (City provided containers are required)

For Further Information Call (626) 744-7311

Upcoming Oil Filter Recycling Events

Oil Filter Exchange Flyers English – Septmber 2018
Oil Filter Exchange Flyers Spanish – September 2018
Oil Filter Exchange Flyers English – November 2018
Oil Filter Exchange Flyers Spanish – November 2018


Sharps Disposal Information


Sharps Disposal Information

HOME-GENERATED NEEDLES, SYRINGES AND LANCETS

The City of Pasadena offers FREE 1-quart Sharp Waste recycling for residents.

Pasadena Public Health
1845 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Each container comes with a full set of instructions for proper packaging, as well as a return box for mailing containers.
To sign up for the sharps waste program please call Pasadena Public Heath 626-744-6005.

Proper disposal of sharps waste helps the general public and trash collection workers avoid possible exposure to infectious diseases!

 


Household Hazardous Waste


Household Hazardous Waste/E-waste Collection Centers

FOR THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES AND THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

WE ACCEPT:
paint and solvents • used motor oil and filters • antifreeze, and other automotive fluids • cleaning products • pool and garden chemicals •  aerosol cans • all medicine • auto batteries • household (alkaline) batteries • fluorescent tubes and bulbs, thermostats, and other mercury-containing lamps.
WE ALSO ACCEPT:
computers • monitors • printers • network equipment • cables • telephones • televisions • microwaves • video games • cell phones • radios • stereos • VCRs • electronic toys.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT:
business waste • ammunition • explosives • radioactive material • biological waste or tires.
Bulky Items:
furniture • refrigerators • washing machines/dryers • conventional ovens • paper • computer software.
TRANSPORTATION LIMIT FOR CHEMICAL RELATED ITEMS:
It is against the law to transport more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste to collection sites. Please pack your waste properly to prevent tipping or spilling of the waste during transportation.
Residents are limited to a total of six pieces per visit to a s.a.f.e. center.
For Information, Please Call 1-800-98-TOXIC (1-800-988-6942)

Household Hazardous Waste Event – July 2017


Household Battery/CFL Recycling Drop Off Locations


Household Battery/CFL Recycling Drop Off

HOUSEHOLD BATTERY/CFL RECYCLING DROP OFF LOCATIONS

PASADENA LOCATIONS

  • Hastings Library

    3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.
    Pasadena, CA

  • Hill Avenue Library

    55 S. Hill St.
    Pasadena, CA

  • Jackie Robinson Center

    1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
    Pasadena, CA

  • La Pintoresca Library

    1355 N. Raymond Ave.
    Pasadena, CA

  • Pasadena Central Library

    285 E. Walnut St.
    Pasadena, CA

  • Pasadena Senior Center

    85 E. Holly St.
    Pasadena, CA

  • Victory Park Center

    2575 Paloma St.
    Pasadena, CA

  • Villa Parke Center

    363 E. Villa St.
    Pasadena, CA

  • Crown City Hardware*

    1047 N. Allen Ave.
    Pasadena, CA

  • Orchard Supply Hardware*

    3425 E. Colorado Blvd.
    Pasadena, CA

  • Santa Catalina Library

    999 E. Washington Blvd.
    Pasadena, CA

  • True Value Hardware*

    409 N. Fair Oaks St.
    Pasadena, CA

* Fluorescent tubes accepted at these locations.

Replacement pouches are free at drop-off locations.


How to Reduce Junk Mail


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Hosting a Zero Waste Event

Get Off National Mailing Lists

To get off mailing lists, click on the link below for free online registration, or complete the registration form, and mail it with $1.00 (check or money order only) to DMAchoice of Direct Marketing Association. They assist consumers to reduce the unsolicited national advertising mail received at home. While completing registration, provide all possible ways of spelling your name, as well as anyone else at your address who does not want to receive junk mail. If you receive mail sent to multiple addresses (such as a business address or vacation home), you can provide those additional addresses also. They will retain your information in their database for three years and will mail this information to business subscribers four times a year.

DMAchoice
Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512
(212) 768-7277

Notify Data Brokers

Another way of reducing junk mail is by contacting data brokers. Provide them with your name and address. Data brokers are companies that specialize in collecting and selling mailing lists and other personal data. Here are major data brokers (click on the links below to opt out online):

Acxiom Corporation

P.O. Box 2000
Conway, AR 72033-9928
(877) 774-2094

Datalogix

ATTN: California Privacy
10075 Westmoor Dr
Westminster, CO 80021

Epsilon

P.O. Box 1478
Broomfield, CO 80036
(888) 780-3869 / optout@epsilon.com

Experian Consumer Services

901 W Bond St.
Lincoln, NE 68521
(402) 458-5247 IHS
321 Inverness Dr S
Englewood, CO 80112
(800) 447-2273

InfoGroup

1020 E 1st St
Papillion, NE 68046
(402) 593-4500 / contentfeedback@infogroup.com

OPT OUT: Lexis/Nexis

Stop Coupons And Ads

Contact the company sending you these materials to stop. One such company is:

Valassis Direct Mail Inc
19975 Victor Pkwy
Livonia, MI 48152

Stop Directory Deliveries

This nationwide opt-out website allows you to choose which phone books and directories are delivered to you:
www.YellowPagesOptOut.com

Reduce Credit Offers

There are four credit bureaus which sell credit information to anyone who wants them. If you don’t want your information sold, you could call just one toll-free number: 888-5OPT OUT (888-567-8688), 24 hours a day, to opt out, or go to OptOutPrescreen.com. Or write to each of the bureaus below (include your full name, current and previous address (if you have moved in the last 6 months), social security number, and date of birth):

  • Equifax Inc.

    Options
    P.O. Box 740123
    Atlanta, GA 30374-0123

  • Experian

    Opt-Out
    P.O. Box 919
    Allen, TX 75013-0919

  • Trans Union

    Name Removal Option
    P.O. Box 505
    Woodlyn, PA 19094

  • Innovis Consumer Assistance

    P.O. Box 495
    Pittsburgh, PA 15230-0495

Report Faxes

Instead of replying to the unsolicited fax, forward it with your complaint (form) to the Attorney General or call (800) 952-5225. Attach the complaint form to the faxed ads, and mail them to the address on the form.
Complaints about unsolicited faxes may also be forwarded to:

Federal Communications Commission
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Complaints
445 12th St, SW
Washington, D.C. 20554
Phone: (888) 225-5322
Fax: (866) 418-0232 (Guidelines for faxing complaints)

Other Resources


 

Zero Waste

Zero Waste Pasadena 2040

Zero Waste Pasadena 2040

What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is a philosophy and design framework that promotes not only reuse, recycling, and conservation programs, but also, and more importantly, emphasizes sustainability by considering the entire life-cycle of products, processes, and systems. In this Zero Waste Strategic Plan (Zero Waste Plan), we will use the term “Zero Waste” to mean both reducing waste at the source and maximizing diversion from landfills, with the overall goal of striving for Zero Waste.

Zero Waste is not necessarily 100 percent recycling but it shifts the focus to waste reduction, product redesign and elimination of wasteful practices. It is a framework for reducing generation of waste and maximizing diversion, not a strict tonnage goal. By implementing the proposed policies and programs, Pasadena will be moving towards Zero Waste, even though there will still be some residual waste that will be disposed.

Pasadena has already met and exceeded the State of California’s ambitious 50 percent diversion goal and achieved 73 percent diversion in 2010. This Zero Waste Plan is anticipated to accomplish a minimum of 87 percent diversion, which sets Pasadena well on the path to Zero Waste. Pasadena is now poised to move beyond “waste management” to envisioning a world without waste.

Why this plan?

The City of Pasadena (City) began its journey on the road to Zero Waste in 2005 with the adoption of the United Nations Urban Environmental Accords, which include a goal of Zero Waste by 2040.

In fall 2011, the City began a planning process to identify the policies, programs, and facilities that will be needed to move as close to Zero Waste as possible by 2040. The Zero Waste Plan is the beginning of a long-term systematic effort to:

  • Reduce the total amount of disposed materials originating within Pasadena
  • Reduce the quantity of disposed materials generated per person within Pasadena
  • Increase the quantity of recyclable and compostable materials as these items are diverted from landfills
  • Support State and federal efforts to build the environmental and social costs into the price of products and packaging and
    require manufacturers to take back products at the end of their useful life.

In developing Pasadena’s Zero Waste Plan, consideration was given to existing programs and the feasibility of undertaking additional initiatives. Community involvement was integral throughout the planning process.

Who participated in the development of this plan?

The plan was prepared by the City of Pasadena Department of Public Works with input from businesses, schools and community members, all included as stakeholders in the planning process. These stakeholders participated in the Zero Waste workshops that were held on February 2, May 24 and August 22, 2012.

What does the plan do?

This plan describes the policies, programs and infrastructure that could be developed to achieve the City’s goal of Zero Waste. To understand the effectiveness of the Zero Waste policies and programs identified through the Zero Waste planning process, the City refined and estimated the diversion potential of 19 Zero Waste initiatives which address each of the generator sectors in Pasadena:

  • Single-family residential – single-family homes and multiplex residences up to four units
  • Commercial and multifamily – businesses and institutions with cart service or bin service and multifamily complexes with five units or more
  • Other – Pasadena residents or businesses (including landscapers and construction companies) hauling materials to
    a landfill or transfer station in their own vehicles

Recommended Zero Wast Program Initiatives

  1. Adopt Zero Waste Plan/resolution
  2. Implement product & disposal bans (e.g., polystyrene food packaging)
  3. Enhance educational outreach
  4. Promote junk mail blocking & catalog & phone book opt-out
  5. Expand product stewardship efforts & extended producer responsibility (EPR) policies
  6. Enhance enforcement of anti-scavenging ordinance
  7. Foster development of local & regional infrastructure for processing food scraps & other organics & compostables
  8. Provide business technical assistance
  9. Expand school programs
  10. Implement diversion programs for food scraps & other organics & compostables
  11. Review Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) fee structure
  12. Expand commercial & multifamily recycling
  13. Optimize construction & demolition (C&D) waste diversion
  14. Optimize waste diversion at City facilities
  15. Implement diversion of food scraps & other organic & compostable materials at stadiums & other large events
  16. Develop Zero Waste business partnership program
  17. Expand recycling in public areas
    Optimize self-haul reporting & waste diversion
  18. Foster development of local & regional infrastructure for processing residual mixed waste (i.e., no market materials)

Recycling Tree created by Pasadena Unified School District students

How much waste do we generate?

One destination for Pasadena’s waste is disposal in a landfill. Waste can also be redirected or “diverted” from the landfill through activities such as recycling, beneficial reuse and composting.

“Generation” is the sum of tons disposed plus tons diverted and it is used to determine the diversion rate. “Diversion Rate” is the percent of waste diverted from the landfill.


  • Generation = Disposal + Diversion
    Diversion Rate = (Generation – Disposal)/Generation x 100%

For 2010, the State estimated that Pasadena generated as a whole 584,840 tons of waste. Of this total, 152,881 tons were disposed in a landfill and 431,959 tons were diverted, yielding a diversion rate of just over 73 percent for Pasadena.

A portion of Pasadena’s diverted material consisting of green waste, such as tree trimmings, grass clippings and other landscaping materials, is used as alternative daily cover (ADC) at Scholl Canyon landfill. However, based on legislative trends, diversion credit for ADC is likely to be discontinued. The City’s diversion rate would be reduced by approximately 3 percent (or daily per capita disposal would be increased by 0.65 pounds per person per day) if this material is not diverted by other means such as composting. It is therefore in Pasadena’s best interest to develop alternatives for diverting food scraps and other organic and compostable materials.

What do we throw away?

To plan for Zero Waste, we first need to understand what we throw away. Exhibit ES-1 shows the composition of Pasadena’s disposed materials based on the results of the 2008 Statewide Waste Characterization Study conducted by CalRecycle. Currently, 77 percent of what is disposed could be recycled or composted and the remaining 23 percent are “no market” materials that cannot be recycled or composted.

Recyclable materials include: paper, plastic, metals, glass, and construction and demolition materials. Compostable materials include: food scraps, yard trimmings, and compostable paper. No market materials (those that cannot be recycled) include: treated wood, composite materials (things stuck to other things) and diapers.

How does Pasadena compare with other California cities?

Many cities across the country are adopting Zero Waste Plans to optimize resources and meet ever higher waste diversion goals. In considering Pasadena’s Zero Waste Plan, it is helpful to look at other California cities to gain perspective. Plans vary depending on the initiatives selected, infrastructure available, waste processing opportunities and levels of service provided.

City Baseline Diversion Rate Zero Waste Diversion Goal
Alameda 67% 89%
Los Angeles 76% 90%
Pasadena 73% 87%
Santa Monica 77% 98%

Waste Management Trends and Material Recovery Potential
Source: CalRecycle 2008 Statewide Waste Characterization Study

Pasadena’s Path toward Zero Waste

Pasadena began the transition from a consuming to a conserving society when the Integrated Waste Management Act (Assembly Bill 939) passed in 1989. From the initial blue box curbside recycling pilot through implementation of a fully automated Pay-As-You-Throw variable rate system, Pasadena’s diversion rate has increased from 37 percent in 1995 to 73 percent in 2010. Partnering with the City are the franchise haulers who divert 60 percent of mixed waste and 75 percent of Construction and Demolition Materials from the landfill. Although Pasadena diverted 73 percent of materials from landfills in fiscal year 2010, further diversion is possible. Based on a waste characterization study conducted by CalRecycle in 2008, nearly 77 percent of Pasadena’s disposed materials are reusable, recyclable or compostable. To move beyond the current level of diversion toward the goal of Zero Waste, a plan and implementation schedule is needed. This is no small task. The City and its partners will need to increase diversion through existing programs and develop new, more aggressive programs. The City conducted workshops and solicited input from stakeholders throughout Pasadena and among different generator sectors to elicit feedback on the interests and preferences of the community to implement Zero Waste programs and policies. Based on this feedback, the City has developed a 26-year program which is expected to increase Pasadena’s diversion rate to a minimum of 87 percent by 2040.

The Zero Waste Plan is a working document. It represents what the Department of Public Works believes to be the best initiatives at this point in time to achieve maximum diversion. In developing this plan, careful consideration was given to the potential effectiveness, feasibility and level of community support for each initiative proposed. In order for this to be the best possible plan for Pasadena to approach Zero Waste, it will be necessary to review and update this plan as new technologies, opportunities, and challenges arise. City staff will review and update the plan every three years.

Download and Read the Full Plan

Pasadena Zero Waste Strategic Plan

View of the Colorado Street Bridge