Tenant FAQs

 
  • There is no recycling at my complex, what can I do?

    Talk to your building manager/owner to add recycling service to your apartment’s trash service. All City-serviced trash accounts include recycling collection service. State law AB 341 requires all apartment buildings to provide recycling service.

  • What can I recycle?

    Check with your recycling provider. Most recycling programs accept glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, tin cans, plastic containers (#1-7), paper cartons (from milk, juice, soup, or other food and beverage products), cardboard boxes, and paper (such as magazines, newspaper, mail). For a full list of what can and cannot be recycled please view here.

  • Is there any cost to property owners and tenants that participate in a recycling program?

    By Municipal Code, all City-serviced refuse accounts receive both trash and recycling collection service. For apartments with refuse service through a permitted private refuse hauling company, property owners should contact their provider for information on recycling service pricing.

  • What if my building has problems with scavengers taking recyclables?

    The lids and the size and shape of our wheeled recycling carts discourage scavenging by making it more difficult to get at the materials. If you see someone scavenging recyclables out of your recycling cart, call the Long Beach Police Department at (562) 435-6711, or use our online report form.

  • Is recycling mandatory?

    By Municipal Code, all City-serviced refuse accounts receive both trash and recycling collection service.  State law AB 341 requires all apartment buildings to provide recycling service.

  • Can I place my green waste in my recycling bin?

    No, green waste is not part of the City's recycling program. All acceptable recyclable materials are listed on the inside of your cart's lid or can be found on this webpage [embed link to Recycling list page]. Place green waste into your refuse cart, or you can compost your green waste at home. Compost bins are sold by the City of Long Beach at a below-retail price. Want to learn how to compost?  Attend a free Compost Workshop the third Saturday of every month to learn how turn green waste into a natural soil amendment. Call (562) 570-2850 or go here to register.

  • Do I need to sort my recyclables by material?

    No, your recyclables does not need to be sorted by material. All accepted recyclables may go into your recycling bin.

  • Can I get different sized or additional recycling carts?

    If you have City service for refuse, additional recycling carts are available at no charge. Recycling carts come in two sizes: 100-gallon (large) and 64-gallon (medium). Please call the City’s Customer Service Hotline at (562) 570-2876 or make a request using the online Refuse and Recycling Cart Request Form here.

  • Do I have to wash my recyclables?

    You should rinse or scape out food and beverage containers before placing them into your recycling cart.  This prevents your recycling cart from becoming dirty, and prevents your paper recyclables from becoming contaminated.

  • What day is my recycling collected?

    Recycling is picked up on the same day as your trash collection. To find out when your collection day is, learn more here, then enter your address in the blue box on the right. You'll find your trash day under "Location Information" along with a number of other pieces of information.

  • What happens to my recyclables?

    The City contracts with Waste Management, Inc. for the collection of recyclable materials. Waste Management takes the recyclables to Potential Industries, a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Wilmington, where they are sorted and prepared for the market place.