Trash & Water


Water and trash bills can be paid via U.S. mail, dropped in the white drop-off box in the Main Library parking lot off Mar Vista Street, paid in person at City Hall, or online. We accept payment by cash, check, debit or credit cards (Visa, Master Card or Discover) if you pay in person. Public Works Customer Service Division can answer most of your questions about your service, and provide copies of your bills, please call (562) 567-9530 with questions.


Low income, single-family residential customers who receive water and trash service provided by the City may be eligible for a $6 per month discount on water and a $5 per month discount to their trash service.  To be eligible, residents must apply and qualify for the Utility Users Tax Exemption.


Water Conservation

Temporary water restrictions due to drought conditions are now in place throughout Whittier as a result of Governor Brown declaring a drought state of emergency and the California State Water Resources Control Board adopting emergency regulations for statewide water conservation.  The City of Whittier has three urban water suppliers, each with temporary emergency restrictions:

The City is within the boundaries of the Central Basin Water District (CBWD) and Whittier residents are eligible for all the water conservation assistance that is offered through the CBWD programs. For tips on saving water inside and outside your home, please check out and

Notice Regarding Water Line Insurance

It has come to the City’s attention that several Whittier residents have received direct mailings from a company called “Home Emergency Insurance Solutions” of San Jose, CA. The letter offers “water line insurance protection” and appears to be in conjunction with a City program. The City of Whittier has no involvement with “Home Emergency Insurance Solutions” or its parent company, HomeServe USA Corp or HomeServe USA Repair Management Corp.

A review of the company by the Better Business Bureau shows the company has been charged with allegedly violating consumer protection laws in Kentucky, Georgia, and Massachusetts for sending mailings to mislead consumers to believe that the companies’ services were offered by or on behalf of a governmental entity. The company entered in an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance in all cases settling the charges with no admission of guilt or finding of violation of the law.

Property owners are responsible for maintaining and repairing the exterior water service line from the meter to the property. Purchasing optional insurance like the coverage offered by Home Emergency Insurance Solutions is one way to cover the expense. Another option is to just keep a savings account that you use for home maintenance and repairs.

It is always good practice to check with the Better Business Bureau before deciding to do business with a particular company.

Solid Waste Collection

The City of Whittier provides solid waste collection (trash) service to the western side of the City.  The rest of the City is served by franchised waste hauling companies, Consolidated Disposal Service (Republic) and Waste Management.


To obtain additional refuse, recycling or greenwaste containers, call the service provider printed on the container.

City of Whittier - (562) 567-9530
Consolidated Disposal Service - (562) 347-2100
Waste Management - (800) 266-7551

Click here to review further information on ordering, placement, removal and proper usage of containers as well as information on renting roll-off containers.

Holiday Trash Collection Schedule

Trash, recycling and greenwaste will be collected as regularly scheduled except for the following holidays:

2016 Schedule 

  • New Year’s Day (January 1, 2016)
  • Memorial Day (May 30, 2016)
  • Independence Day (July 4, 2016)
  • Labor Day (September 5, 2016)
  • Thanksgiving Day (November 24, 2016)
  • Christmas Day (December 25, 2016)

Whenever one of these holidays occurs on a weekday, the collection schedule will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week. For example, since Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, the collection day would be moved to Friday and the collection normally made on Friday would be on Saturday. The final collection for the week would be on Saturday.

Solid Waste Collection Franchise Agreement Process

The City is currently in the process of awarding a new franchise agreement for solid waste collection and recycling services. Information and documents pertaining to the process can be found below:

Solid Waste Collection Franchise Agreement FAQs

Agenda Reports
May 12, 2015
October 13, 2015
October 20, 2015
December 8, 2015
January 12, 2016
March 8, 2016
March 22, 2016

Request for Proposals
Athens Proposal
Republic Proposal
CR&R Proposal
Burrtec Proposal

Draft Franchise Agreement

Ordinance No. 3047

Hazardous and Electronic Waste

Extra Solid Waste Service Needed?

Up to five bundles of brush may be scheduled as a free bulky item collection on your refuse day. Do not place extra greenwaste in trash bags and set them beside the containers, they will not be recycled. Call your recycler to request additional containers or a special collection.

All refuse must be in an automated container. For occasional extra refuse, call your service provider for a special collection. Charges apply and vary depending on quantity and type of items. Residents may purchase “Refuse Overflow” tags for $2.21 for each bag of refuse in City Hall in the Department of Public Works. For collection of large quantities or unusual items, the Solid Waste Supervisor will provide a quote. A minimum charge applies.

Whittier residential customers (defined as any residential account consisting of less than four units) may request up to four (4) free pick-ups annually of oversized or overweight household articles such as furniture and/or appliances. There is a limit of two items per collection. The request for free service must be made by the property owner or property manager.  Please call your refuse service provider to schedule a collection.