COVID-19 Update: Thursday, July 9, 2020

WHITTIER, Calif. – Governor Gavin Newsom and the County of Los Angeles recently mandated the closure of beaches, museums, and indoor restaurant service for a minimum of three weeks. (Read latest information here)

City Recycling Program

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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 two extra containers for greenwaste (green) and an unlimited number of recycling (blue) containers free of charge. Call your refuse hauler to request extra containers.

  • Republic Services - (800) 299-4898
  • Athens Services - (888) 336-6100

Three Container System

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


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

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 in your area. Republic Services (800) 299-4898; Athens Services (888) 336-6100
  • 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.

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 Puente Hills Materials Recovery Facility.

  • 2800 S. Workman Mill Road

 Contact the business for hours and amounts accepted. (562) 908-4875

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:

  • AutoZone
    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

  • Valvoline Instant Oil Change
    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.

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 two extra green carts and an unlimited number of blue containers free of charge. There is a monthly charge for extra black refuse containers. See the information above for a list of acceptable items for each container.

  • Republic Services - (800) 299-4898
  • Athens Services - (888) 336-6100


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).

Construction & Demolition (C&D) Recycling

In an effort to comply with the California Waste Management Act of 1989, the City of Whittier adopted the California Green Building Standards Code. Essentially, any construction or demolition of residential projects up to three (3) units on residential zoned property or commercially zoned property over two thousand five hundred square feet (2,500 sq. ft.) is subject to a 65% recycling requirement and the completion of a Waste Management Plan.

Tire Recycling

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

Mattress Recycling

Old mattresses and box springs are now accepted from the public for free through the Bye Bye Mattress program. Bye Bye Mattress is administered by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), a non-profit organization created by the mattress industry and certified by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to develop and manage the California mattress recycling program required by the Used Mattress Recovery & Recycling Act enacted in 2013. A mattress recycled through the Bye Bye Mattress program is broken up into four main components—steel, foam, wood, and fibers. These are used to make new products, such as carpet padding, steel products, filter media, and automotive insulation. The program is funded through an $11 recycling fee that is collected when a mattress or box spring is sold in California. Consumers will notice this fee as a separate line item on the receipt. The fee is used to pay for collecting, transporting, and recycling discarded mattresses and also establishes a fund that helps municipalities battle illegal dumping. California is the second state in the nation with a statewide recycling program for mattresses and box springs, following Connecticut.

Hazardous & Electronic Waste Disposal

Please be aware that your solid waste & recycling hauler nor the landfill accepts liquids, hazardous or toxic wastes such as full or partial cans of paint, paint thinners, solvents, automotive oil, pesticides, batteries, florescent light bulbs, 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. Only single-family and multi-family residents may participate in local Household Hazardous Waste Round-Ups sponsored by the LA County Department of Public Works.


Many local non-profits welcome the donation of gently used items. The Whittier Chamber of Commerce website lists local family, community and civic organizations along with their contact information. The Whittier Free Store is another way to give used items a new life.

Edible Food Recovery

The goal is to match businesses that generate extra food with nonprofit recipients like shelters, food kitchens, and pantries to feed hungry people while preventing edible food from ending up in landfills. Food Finders is an agency that matches edible food donations to agencies that have hungry people to feed. Please visit their website for information on donating or becoming a receiving agency. City solid waste and recycling haulers, Athens Services and Republic Services have additional information food donation.

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.

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