City Recycling Program

The City Recycling Program was expanded in July 2001 to help decrease the amount of trash disposed at our landfill and to comply with the State mandated AB939 law which requires cities and counties to reduce their waste by 50% by the year 2000. Whittier residents received one 96-gallon green container for greenwaste, one 96-gallon blue container for co-mingled recyclables, and one 64-gallon black container for refuse. All refuse, greenwaste, and recyclables are collected on the same day. Residents may request up to three extra containers for either greenwaste (green) and/or recycling (blue) free of charge by calling Consolidated Disposal Service at (562) 347-2100. Call your refuse provider to order extra black refuse containers. There is an additional $6.65 monthly rental fee for each extra black refuse container.

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Please be aware that the landfill does not accept liquids, hazardous or toxic wastes such as full or partial cans of paint, paint thinners, solvents, automotive oil, pesticides, car batteries, bulk florescent light bulbs, metal drums that have one or both ends attached, electronics, including but not limited to televisions, laptops, tablets, cell phones, VCRs, DVDs, radios and stereos.

Los Angeles County sponsors FREE Household Hazardous and E-Waste Roundups on Saturdays for your convenience. Materials accepted include: paint, paint thinner, turpentine, cleaners with acid or lye, pesticides and herbicides, household and car batteries, motor oil, oil filters, brake fluid, pool chemicals, televisions, VCRs, DVDs, radios, stereos, computers, monitors, printers, etc. Call (888) CLEAN-LA or visit for more information.

Three Container System

Blue Containers - Recyclables


Not Acceptable

  • Tin, steel, and aluminum cans & foil
  • #1 - #7 plastic containers
    (identified on the bottom of containers)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Newspapers, inserts, junk mail, envelopes
  • Magazines
  • Colored and construction paper
  • Corrugated cardboard (flattened)
  • Cereal boxes (with liners removed)
  • Wax-coated cartons/juice boxes
  • Aerosol cans (empty, no lids)
  • Gift wrap
  • Hangers
  • Yogurt containers
  • Milk and egg cartons
  • Shredded paper (bagged)
  • Plastic bags/wrap
  • Drinking glasses
  • Plastic utensils
  • Food waste
  • Styrofoam
  • Scrap metal
  • Window or safety glass
  • Mirrors
  • Light bulbs
  • Wax paper
  • E-waste
  • Universal Waste

Green Containers - Green Waste


Not Acceptable

  • Grass and Leaves (loose, not in bags)
  • Prunings and Weeds
  • Twigs and Small Branches (4 inches or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in length)
  • Vegetation
  • Brush
  • Sawdust
  • Recyclables and trash
  • Animal and food waste
  • Construction debris, dirt and rocks
  • Palm fronds, yucca/cactus
  • Plastic bags
  • Rugs and flooring
  • Metal
  • Stumps, large branches

Black Containers - Trash


Not Acceptable

  • Trash/Refuse
  • Animal and food waste
  • Bathroom waste
  • Cat litter
  • Cigarette butts
  • Diapers and Toys
  • Rags and Sponges
  • Old clothes
  • Empty paint cans
  • Soiled paper plates
  • Car parts
  • Small amounts of dirt/rocks
  • Concrete
  • Construction Debris
  • Large Amounts of Dirt/Rocks
  • Furniture
  • Large Appliances
  • Recyclables
  • Yard Waste
  • Hazardous Waste
  • E-waste
  • Universal Wastes

Commercial and Multi-family Recycling

Recent state legislation made recycling mandatory for certain businesses and apartment buildings beginning July 1, 2012. All businesses that produce four (4) cubic yards or more of trash per week and multi-family properties of five (5) units or more (such as apartment buildings) are required to recycle through one of the following:

  • Self-haul to a recycling center.
  • Subscribe to recycling service with the hauler authorized by the City to collect, haul, carry, or transport recyclable material. Consolidated Disposal Service can be reached at (800) 299-4898.
  • Sell your recyclable material with a market value to a recycling service. The sale of recyclable materials must be documented by a bill or sale, receipt or other documentation satisfactory to the Director of Public Works.

The law does not specify what materials your business or community should recycle, but starting with typical household and office recyclables is a good place to begin. This might include office paper and mail, newspapers, magazines and catalogs, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles and containers, plastic bags and film, and cans.

See Commercial Recycing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more detailed information.

Commerical Recycling Exemption Request Form
Commercial Recycling Brochure

Organic Waste Recycling

Starting in 2016, businesses, including commercial or public entities like schools, hospitals, stores, restaurants, industrial businesses, for-profit or nonprofit organizations, residential dwellings with 5+ units, and others must recycle their organic waste over time based on the amount and type of waste the business produces on a weekly basis, with full implementation realized in 2019.

Businesses can meet the mandatory organics recycling requirements through any of the following:
• Source separate organic waste from other waste and participate in a waste recycling service that includes collection and recycling of organic waste.
• Recycle its organic waste on site, or self-haul its organic waste off site for recycling.
• Subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that specifically recycles organic waste.

Organics recycling requirements depend on the amount of organic waste generated by the business each week (see chart below). The minimum threshold of organic waste generation by businesses decreases over time, so a larger proportion of the commercial sector will be required to comply in the new organics recycling requirements in the coming years.

 Date  Threshold to arrange for organic waste recycling services
 April 1, 2016  Businesses that generate 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week
 January 1, 2017  Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week
 January 1, 2019  Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week
 Summer/Fall 2021  *Businesses that generate 2 cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week

*Takes effect if CalRecycle determines that statewide disposal of organic waste in 2020 has not been reduce by 50% of 2014 levels

The mandatory commercial organics recycling law (AB 1826) was signed in 2014 to help achieve California’s aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas emission goals. California landfills about 30 million tons of waste each year, of which more than 30% is organic, which could be composted or used to produce renewable energy. Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic waste in landfills have been identified as a significant source of emissions contributing to global climate change.

Beverage Container Recycling

Aluminum cans, glass bottles and plastic bottles can be redeemed for California Redemption Value (CRV) at the following locations.  Contact the business for hours and amounts accepted.

Puente Hills Materials Recovery Facility
(562) 908-4875
2800 S. Workman Mill Road

(800) 969-2020

  • Whittwood Vons, 15740 La Forge Ave.

Replanet USA
(877) 737-5263

  • Ralph's, 14919 Whittier Blvd./Colima Rd.
  • Stater Bros., 14212 Mulberry Drive
  • Food-4-Less, 7810 Norwalk Blvd.

Used Motor Oil Recycling

The City of Whittier provides free containers in the Public Works Department for transporting used motor oil safely to collection centers. These containers may be picked up at the Public Works Counter on the main floor of City Hall, 13230 Penn Street. The following local businesses accept used oil and some also collect used oil filters. Call the business for hours and amounts accepted:

11855 Whittier Blvd.
(562) 692-0251
Jiffy Lube
14180 Lambert Rd.
(562) 945-3253
Valvoline Instant Oil Change 
13401 Whittier Blvd.
(562) 945-6863
O'Reilly Auto Parts
14860 E. Whittier Blvd.
(562) 698-1720
Firestone Tire & Service Center
11230 Washington Blvd.
(562) 692-0801
Oil Can Henry's
15806 Whittier Blvd.
(562) 902-6600
Gerkey & Sons Lube Pit Stop
8806 Painter Ave.
(562) 945-4240

 Did you know that your car may not need an oil change as often as you think? Fewer oil changes saves you time and money, and helps protect the environment.  Simply check your owner's manual or consult your authorized dealership for the recommended oil change interval number for your vehicle.  More information.

Obtaining Refuse/Recycling Containers

Call your service provider to request additional containers. The basic service level includes providing each single family resident with a 96-gallon green container for greenwaste, a 96-gallon blue container for co-mingled recycling, and a 64-gallon black container for refuse. Residents may request up to three extra green and/or blue containers free of charge. There is a monthly charge for extra black refuse containers. Click here to see a list of acceptable materials for each container.

Whittier Solid Waste Collection (562) 567-9540
Consolidated Waste Disposal Service (562) 347-2100
Waste Management (626) 960-7551


The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works sponsors free Gardening Workshops to learn composting, grass recycling and gardening techniques. For more information call the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works at 1-888-CLEAN-LA (1-888-253-2652) or visit their website at

Construction & Demolition Recycling

The City has prepared a C & D Recycling Waste Brochure that contains information where construction materials such as asphalt, concrete, brick, rock, glass, wood and metals can be recycled.

Donation Referral for Household Items

The City has prepared a Donation Directory that contains information where materials such as clothing, household appliances, food, toys, televisions, furniture, mattresses, typewriters, and computers can be donated.

Tire Recycling

To find a center that accepts used tires call 1-888 CLEAN LA (253-2652) or visit their website at

Collecting Electronics

The City of Whittier now collects electronics from single-family residents. Electronics have been added as a bulky item pick up and include computer monitors, TVs, VCRs, stereos, PC/laptop computers, fax machines, scanners, printers, etc. Please call your refuse hauler for more information.

Multi-family residents may participate in a local Household Hazardous Waste Round Up sponsored by the LA County Department of Public Works. Call (888) CLEAN-LA or visit for more information.

Who to Call

Call (888) CLEAN-LA (1-888-253-2652) or or for additional information on free Household Hazardous Waste round-ups.

To Report Illegal Storm Drain Dumping or to Receive Information on Storm Water Pollution - call Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (800) 303-0003 or visit

Brochures Available for Download