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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 the side where the large black alley containers are placed.
  • Wheels must be against the curb. The front of container should face the street or alley if you are serviced in an alley.
  • Place container a minimum of 3 feet from parked cars, 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.

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

Acceptable/Non Acceptable Items

Blue Containers - Recyclables

Acceptable Not Acceptable
Tin, steel, and aluminum cans & foil Plastic bags/wrap
#1 - #7 plastic containers (identified on the bottom of containers) Drinking glasses
Glass bottles and jars Plastic utensils
Newspapers, inserts, junk mail, envelopes Food waste
Magazines Styrofoam
Colored and construction paper Scrap metal
Corrugated cardboard (flattened) Window or safety glass
Cereal boxes (with liners removed) Mirrors
Wax-coated cartons/juice boxes Light bulbs
Aerosol cans (empty, no lids) Wax paper
Gift wrap E-waste
Hangers Universal Waste
Yogurt containers
Milk and egg cartons
Shredded paper (bagged)

Green Containers - Green Waste

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

Metal

Stumps, large branches

Black Containers - Trash

Acceptable Not Acceptable
Trash/Refuse Concrete
Animal and food waste Construction Debris
Bathroom waste Large Amounts of Dirt/Rocks
Cat litter Furniture
Cigarette butts Large Appliances
Diapers and Toys Recyclables
Rags and Sponges Yard Waste
Old clothes Hazardous Waste
Empty paint cans E-waste
Soiled paper plates Universal Wastes
Car parts
Small amounts of dirt/rocks

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