Trash and Recycling

Upcoming Public Works Events

Jan 02

Recreation and Parks Commission Meeting

January 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jan 13

Used Oil Filter Exchange Event

January 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Feb 06

Recreation and Parks Commission Meeting

February 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mar 06

Recreation and Parks Commission Meeting

March 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mar 24

Used Oil Filter Exchange Event

March 24, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Schedule and Collection

The Operations Section is responsible for solid waste collection and disposal from all residential properties within the City and competes with private haulers for commercial collection services.  The duties within this section also include the following activities:

    • collection and disposal of refuse from municipal offices, libraries, parks and various business districts
    • collection of recyclable material from municipal offices
    • collection of commercial refuse and recyclables
    • collection of bulky items (by appointment only) for those households with residential refuse service provided by the City of Pasadena.

Refuse Holiday Schedule

The City of Pasadena does not have Trash/Recycling Collection on the following 2018 holidays:

    • January 1 – New Year’s Day Observed
    • January 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • September 3 – Labor Day
    • November 22 – Thanksgiving Day
    • December 25 – Christmas Day

Trash and Recycling collection will be one day after your normal pick up day. On all other holidays, trash will be collected on the regular schedule.

Refuse Schedule & Map

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Refuse Days of Service and Map

Residential Recycling and Refuse Services

Bulky Item Procedure

Bulky item pick-up services are offered only to City of Pasadena Refuse customers. A customer may schedule two free bulky item pickups per year by calling 626-744-7311. Please note that bulky items are subject to scheduling availability.

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When scheduling a pick up:

  • Residents are advised to schedule the pick up at least two weeks in advance prior to their regular trash pickup day. Residents should not place any items on the parkway prior to scheduling a pickup.
  • Bulky items are picked up from the parkway in the front of the house. This is the area between the sidewalk and the street. It is the resident’s responsibility to place the items on the parkway. City staff cannot go onto private property to move bulky items to the parkway.
  • Bulky items should be placed out on the parkway no more than 24 hours prior to the scheduled pickup day, otherwise a citation may be issued by Code Enforcement.
  • Bulky items are picked up between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • All items should be placed out on the parkway by 7:00 a.m.
  • Bulky items are not scheduled on holidays even if the trash pickup is on regular schedule.
  • Residents can put out as many items that would fill a 3 cubic yard bin, which measures 4 feet wide, 5 feet long and 4 feet high.
  • When scheduling a bulky item pick up, residents are required to provide the list of the items to be placed out on the parkway. This allows staff to schedule the equipment and manpower needed to complete the pickup.
  • Items should be no bigger or heavier than what two (2) people can safely lift.

The items that we do not pick up include:

  • E-waste such as TV, DVD player, cellphone, gaming console, computers and monitors.
  • Construction and roofing material such as concrete, cement, bricks, roof shingles, tiles, dry wall.
  •  Household hazardous materials such as paint, batteries, fertilizer, oil, cleaning supplies.
  • Materials from landscaping projects such as dirt, sand, gravel, large tree branches and stumps, bushes, and railroad ties.
  •  Automobile parts except for the collection of up to two tires without the rim.

Items should be placed properly on the parkway.

  • Refrigerators should have the door removed or taped shut.
  • Pieces of wood, pipe or branches must be no longer than 3 feet. They are to be tied into easy to handle bundles.
  • Glass and mirrors should be visible to the crew for proper handling.
  • If more items are placed on the parkway than what is listed on the service order, the resident may be charged from $49.39 to $103.72.

If residents already had their two pickups for the calendar year and they need additional pickup(s), the cost will be between $49.39 to $103.72, depending on the quantity and size of the items placed out on the parkway. The field supervisor will conduct a site visit in order to determine the cost of the pick-up.

Residents whose trash collection is provided by a private hauler, such as those residing in an apartment building will need to contact their hauler to schedule the bulky pickup.

Request Pick Up

Trash FAQs

Pay-As-You-Throw is the trash collection system approved by Pasadena’s City Council in May 1999. The program is tailored to single family residences and multi-family units of four or less.  With Pay-As-You-Throw, your cost for collection is based upon how much you recycle and how much your family throws away. The more you recycle, the less you pay. It is important to reduce, reuse and then recycle everything from your soda bottles and magazines to yard trimmings.
The program is environmentally friendly, and it helps the city meet the requirements set by AB939 which requires a 50% reduction of trash going to the landfill by the end of the year 2000. Pasadena needs your continued help to meet this goal, avoid potential $10,000/day fines, and extend the life of Scholl Canyon Landfill.
Residential customers may downsize their mixed waste container size or reduce the number of mixed waste containers once per year at no charge. If you are upsizing your service or you have already made a service level change in the last year, there will be an $35.81 charge.
Customers have three containers for the following purposes:

  • Mixed waste (trash) with a GREEN lid
  • Recycling with a BLUE lid
  • Yard waste with a BLACK lid
A customer service representative will help you select the best size mixed waste container for your family. There are three different sizes of mixed waste containers (the green lid).

  • 32 gallons
  • 60 gallons
  • 100 gallons

Additional yard waste and recycling containers are available upon request.

A bin can be rented for a one-time trash pick up, or you may consider changing your regular service level. The cost for a temporary bin is $92.95. Please call 744-7311 to schedule temporary bin service. Call at least one week in advance.
Your collection day will not change. Your trash, recycling and yard waste containers will be picked up on the same day before 5 p.m. but not at the same time. Be sure to roll your containers back from the curb at the end of the day.
Recycling helps the city meet the requirements set by California law (AB939) requiring a 50% reduction of trash going to the landfill by the end of the year 2000. Pasadena needs your continued help to meet this goal, avoid up to a $10,000/day fine and extend the life of Scholl Canyon Landfill.
Recycling:

  • Keeps your collection rates down
  • Reduces the need for new landfills
  • Saves energy
  • Supplies valuable materials to industry
  • Conserves resources for our children’s futures

All of the following items are recyclable, aerosol cans (empty), cans (beverage and food cans), cardboard (flattened), glass containers, junk mail, cereal boxes, newspaper (flattened), paper (any color), plastic (labeled 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 on the bottom), telephone books and magazines.

Motor oil can be recycled but not in the recycling container.  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)
Yard trimmings are grass clippings, leaves, weeds and branches that are no longer than 4 feet and thinner than 3 inches in diameter. The container lid must be closed. Yard trimmings are recyclable, so please do not contaminate them with any of the following:Yard trimmings are NOT palm fronds, bamboo, food waste (including fruits and vegetables), plastic, dirt, cactus, tree stumps, branches greater than 3″ in diameter, street sweepings, ashes, animal waste, lumber, logs, large tree limbs, old garden hoses or broken flower pots.

Yard trimmings are collected on the same day as garbage and recycling are collected. These materials must be properly prepared for collection and set out at your curb.

DO NOT place hazardous material in your trash container, recycling container, or in your yard waste container. The City of Pasadena participates in a countywide hazardous materials recovery program. Round-ups are periodically scheduled throughout the area. To find out when the next one is, or to dispose of materials, contact Los Angeles County at their toll free number 1-888-CLEAN-L.A. or visit them on the Web. http://www.888cleanla.comHousehold hazardous waste is any material discarded from home that threatens public health and safety or the environment due to its chemical nature. Examples of hazardous products in your home include batteries, paint, aerosol products, pesticides, and vehicle fluids.

There is a separate, free, Christmas tree recycling program. Notices will be sent to residents to inform them of their tree pickup date. For your tree to be collected and recycled, you:

  1. Must place your tree at the curb by your specified time
  2. Must remove all tinsel, ornaments and decorations
  3. Must remove all metal and plastic bowls/stands
  4. Must place tree on the curb, not in the alley

Rates & Fees

Content coming soon…

Commercial Haulers

Commercial Haulers

Commercial Haulers

Am I allowed to use a commercial hauler?

The city will not collect solid waste from commercial units, estate-type residential units (19,000 or more land sq. ft) or multiple family residential units containing 5 or more family residential units, except upon written request made to the director by the property owner or his duly authorized agent for such service for a minimum period of 6 months.

Collection, removal and disposal of solid waste from all single-family residential units and all multiple family residential units containing 4 or less family residential units shall be performed exclusively by the city.

What haulers may I use?

On August 6, 2007, City Council approved an action to close the solid waste franchise system to any new franchisees under chapter 8.61 of the Pasadena Municipal Code until further action of Council. Existing franchisees with the City on or prior to August 6, 2007 may apply for a franchise renewal by following the procedures set forth in section 8.61.070.

Franchise System Requirements

Attention Solid Waste Collection Haulers and Composting Haulers

Effective, August 23, 2015, a revised Solid Waste and Collection Franchise System Ordinance #7264 in Chapter 8.61 of the Pasadena Municipal Code allows new haulers that only haul organic material to a compost facility to apply for a franchise and collect specified materials from commercial entities and single family residences.

Qualified Solid Waste Collection and Composting Haulers

Companies collecting, transporting, disposing and recycling in the City of Pasadena;

On August 6, 2007, City Council approved an action to close the solid waste franchise system to any new franchisees under chapter 8.61 of the Pasadena Municipal Code until further action of Council. Existing franchisees with the City on or prior to August 6, 2007 may apply for a franchise renewal by following the procedures set forth in section 8.61.070.

On September 29, 2014, City Council approved an action to maintain a closed franchise system for solid waste haulers and construction and demolition haulers and open the franchise system to new haulers that collect and transport organic material to a composting facility that has been permitted by the State of California.

Basic Requirements for a Franchise Renewal
Past Performance Review
A copy of the revised Pasadena Municipal Code Section 8.61 is available online or by requesting a copy from:

Carmen Rubio
(626) 744-7162
crubio@cityofpasadena.net

NON-EXCLUSIVE SOLID WASTE FRANCHISE HAULERS, Effective April 17, 2017

#  COMPANY TELEPHONE CONTACT PERSON
1. AAA Rubbish, Inc.  * (562) 927-9669 Matthew and Nancy Kotanjian
2. American Reclamation* (818) 552-4074 Craig Doerr
3. Arakelian Enterprises, Inc. dba Athens Services * (626) 336-3636 Gary M. Clifford II
4. Cedarwood-Young, Company dba Allan Company (626) 962-4047 Lizette Jimenez
5. City of Pasadena – Public Works Department/SMIWM (626) 744-7311 Citizen Service Center
6. City Rent A Bin/Serv-Wel Disposal/A Rent A Bin * (323) 726-4056 Mickey Shubin
7. Consolidated Disposal Service, L.L.C., dba Republic Services* (818) 683-1660 or

(562) 298-2934

Renee Chan
8. Direct Disposal  * (323) 262-1604 Dan Agajanian
9. Haul-Away-Rubbish Service Company, Inc. * (323) 721-0371 Morrie Beliakoff
10. Heritage Disposal, Inc.* (626) 576-7325 Cindy Arutunian
11. Interior Removal Specialist, Inc.* (323) 357-6900 Richard Ludt
12. J & L Hauling & Disposal, Inc.* (818) 470-9356 or

(818) 470-9504

Juan Lopez
13. Metropolis Disposal Inc. * (818) 901-2020 Lisa Hale
14. NASA Services, Inc. * (888) 888-0388 Jack Topalian
15. Perez Disposal Company, Inc. * (818) 366-3500 Maria Barreda
16. Southland Disposal Company* (323) 780-7150 Robert M. Arsenian
17. United Pacific Waste * (562) 699-7600 Customer Service/

Michael Kandilian

18. Universal Waste Systems, Inc. * (800) 631-7016 Mark Blackburn
19. Valley Vista Services, Inc. * (626) 855-5554 or

(626) 855-5510

Chris Perez or

Derek Rojas

20. Ware Disposal Company, Inc. * (877) 714-9273 or

(714) 664-0677

Jay Ware or

Jason Rush

21. Waste and Recycling Services * (562) 945-2688 Mark Klistoff
22. Waste Management/dba USA Waste of California, Inc.* (866) 445-8296 Builders Direct Team
*Accepts Construction & Demolition Debris

For additional information, please contact: Carmen Rubio, Program Coordinator II – (626) 744-7162 – crubio@cityofpasadena.net

Franchise List Effective 9-26-17

Recycling

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Construction and Demolition Debris Recyclers

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