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Containers

Ordering Containers

To obtain additional refuse, recycling or greenwaste containers, call your service provider.

Republic Services - (562) 347-2100
Athens Services -   (888) 336-6100

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 an unlimited number of blue containers and up to two green waste containers free of charge. There is a monthly charge for extra black refuse containers and green waste containers beyond two. Use the chart below to see what materials are acceptable in each colored container.


Placement of Containers

  • Place containers in the street with lids closed or in the alley on one side only where the large black alley containers are/were placed.
  • Wheels must be against the curb.Front of container should face the street or alley if you are serviced in an alley.
  • Place container a minimum of 3 feet from obstructions and other containers to allow for automated collection.
  • Place all containers out for collection by 6:00 a.m. on your regular collection day and no sooner than 6:00 p.m. the day before.  The City designated collection day is the 24 hour period from 6:00 p.m. the day before to 6:00 p.m. the day of collection. (WMC 8.12.140)

Removal of Containers

Please remove all containers (refuse and recycling) from the curb and alley once they are emptied. All containers (except the large 300-gallon alley containers) must be removed from the public right-of-way and stored on a customer’s private property. They must also be out of public view from the front and sides of property. According to Municipal Code Section 8.12.132, residents may request a “Refuse Container Permit” for those serviced in an alley who cannot place their containers on their private property. Call your refuse hauler.

Temporary Roll-Off and Bin Rental

The City has two exclusive haulers that service sections of the City. Request temporary roll-off and bin rental from the hauler that services your zone.

Republic Services - (562) 347-2100
Athens Services -   (888) 336-6100



Blue Containers

Acceptable

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 (loose)
  • 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

Acceptable

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

Acceptable

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