Refuse Collection 101
When is my refuse and recycling collection day?
Use our MapIt Application to access your refuse and recycling collection day, street sweeping information, local recycling centers, and more. For additional questions, call (562) 570-2876.
How To Use MapIt:
- Load MapIt
- Enter your address on the blue box on the right-hand corner
- Select “Sanitation” and find your trash day along with information about other City services. Recyclables are collected each week on the same day as your refuse. Single-family homes or small apartment complexes (up to 10 units) can recycle by using a City-provided, purple recycling cart.
- To request a cart, submit a request online.
- Cart sizes are available in 100-gallon (3 regular trash cans) or 64-gallon (2 regular trash cans) sizes.
Cart Placement and Care
Follow the tips below to ensure your refuse and recycling carts are set up correctly on your designated collection day.
- Place all carts out in the alley or curbside by 6:00 am on your collection day. Carts must be brought back within property premises within 12 hours after they have been emptied.
- Leave two (2) feet of space between recycling and trash carts (or parked cars).
- Place all trash inside your cart. The automated system cannot collect trash set out in other cans, bags, or boxes.
- Make sure the arrow on the lid is pointing toward the street and the lid is closed.
- Avoid overfilling the cart. The automated system works best if the lid is completely closed. Do not place more than 200 pounds in your 100-gallon cart, or more than 150 pounds in your 64-gallon cart.
Yes! The following items can be placed in the gray cart for collection:
- Regular household trash
- Yard debris like tree trimmings, grass clippings, etc. (Another alternative is to use yard waste for backyard composting)
Please keep the following items out of your gray refuse cart:
- Household hazardous waste (HHW) (paint, motor oil, gasoline, household cleaners, etc.)
- Rocks, concrete, or dirt
- Hot ashes
- Debris from construction, remodeling, or demolition
- Heavy or oversized items that require a special collection pickup
Where does your refuse go?
The majority of City-serviced refuse is taken to the Southeast Resource Recovery Facility (SERRF.).
Refuse and Recycling Holiday Schedule
Refuse and recycling are collected on all holidays except Christmas (December 25) and New Year's Day (January 1). When Christmas and New Year's Day fall on a weekday, collection for the holiday and the remainder of that week will be delayed one day, ending on Saturday.