‘Tis the season — holidays, gifts, celebrations, Winter is the time of year to be extra aware of reducing our waste. Here, we provide some waste-saving ideas that are easy to do. Do them, and we’ll have another reason to celebrate — preserving our planet!

Eco-friendly Entertaining
Snacks, napkins, drinks and decorations = waste-saving opportunities. Begin rethinking your holiday entertaining:

  • Use cloth instead of paper napkins at dinner parties
  • Buy snacks in bulk packaging, or avoid packaging by making snacks or serving fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Buy drinks in bulk to avoid small bottles and cans, and serve water from the tap or refrigerator — no bottled water
  • Invest in reusable cups and plates that will reduce waste for many years to come
  • Decorate with reusable decorations or edible ones like fruit
  • Avoid disposable decorations like balloons and streamers

RETHINK GIFTS: Less Packaging & Space-Saving
Let’s face it, all homes have a limited amount of space. This year, give space-saving gifts with minimal or no packaging, like:

  • Tickets to a musical or stage performance
  • Gift certificate to a local restaurant or eatery
  • Reusable shopping bags make great gifts, just add a bow
  • Tickets to a local movie theatre
  • Gift certificate for a spa treatment or wine tasting

Wrap the Season Up by Recycling
After reducing and reusing, recycle left-over materials through the Long Beach Residential Recycling Program,including:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Wrapping paper
  • Plastic containers (#1 – 7)
  • Greeting cards


Aaah, Spring — nature awakes from her Winter nap. We’re busy as bees, tending to gardens and cleaning our homes. The City provides year-round programs that help in the home, garden and garage.

Safe Disposal for Spring Cleaning

Please remember, it’s against the law to place electronic waste or Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) in your refuse or recycling containers. It must be disposed of safely. Long Beach partnered with other agencies to make disposal convenient. Simply bring it to:

L.A. County Environmental Collection Center
EDCO Signal Hill

Every Second and Fourth Saturday of each month, 9am-2pm
2755 California Avenue in Signal Hill

Visit Our Interactive Map

There are many ways to recycle and dispose of items in Long Beach FREE of charge.

FREE Workshops for the Garden

Compost yard and food waste into a valuable soil amendment for potted plants or gardens. The City provides free composting and vermi-composting workshops on the third Saturday of each month, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Discounted bins are also available at these workshops.

Register for the
next FREE class today!



Summer in Long Beach — there are plenty of outdoor activities and events to enjoy. Planning a road trip or two? This is the season when litter reduction and car care require special attention.
Litter travels. It’s a well known fact. In Long Beach, 395 miles of pipes take water and debris straight from our streets to the ocean, leaving over 4,300 tons of trash on our beaches. Long Beach spends $13 million annually on street sweeping, storm drain maintenance and coastal clean-up efforts. Litter in Long Beach is a costly issue. What can you do?

  1. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as much as possible
  2. Remind friends and family not to litter, leading by example


  1. Use reusable bags and travel mugs
  2. Order a FREE “No Advertisements” sign for your fence or front door from
  3. Participate in a local litter clean-up event

Is Your Car Ready for a Road Trip?

CalRecycle research shows that nearly 75% of California drivers change their motor oil more often than automaker recommendations, generating millions of gallons of waste oil every year. Check the service recommendations in your car’s users manual and change accordingly.

Recycle Used Motor Oil and Filters
Take them to a Collection Center in Long Beach or
schedule a pick up.


According to the L.A. Times*, September is one of the most popular months to move. If you recently relocated within Long Beach, useful information can be found here, including:

* 9/7/13 | Kyle Schuneman

Environmental Services Bureau Hotline: (562) (562) 570-2876
Schedule pick-up of used motor oil/filters (800) 774-0222
Report illegal dumping (in progress) 911
Abandoned shopping cart retrieval (800) 252-4613
Household Hazardous Waste Collection (888) CLEAN LA


REFUSE/RECYCLING HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Collection will NOT occur on Dec. 25th and Jan. 1st. Collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of each week, ending on Saturday.

exemptions will NOT be enforced on Dec. 25th and Jan. 1st.
All meters and time zones WILL be enforced on Dec. 24th
and 31st.

STREET SWEEPING HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Street Sweeping will NOT occur on Dec. 25th or Jan. 1st. Street Sweeping will occur on its regular schedule before and after the holidays (on Dec. 24th and 31st) with no delays or make-ups.


1. Drop it Off | December 26th through 2nd and 4th Saturday in January.
Remove the stand and decorations from your tree. Recycle your tree by taking it to one of 12 locations, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Click HERE for Locations

2. Free Pick-up | Second and Fourth Saturday in January.
If you have City Refuse Service, you may put your tree out
where your trash is normally collected by 7 a.m. on Saturday,
January 11, and it will be picked up for recycling.
Cut trees over 12’ tall in half. Flocked trees are accepted.
Please remove tree stand.


The new, local Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Center opened on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

The City of Long Beach partnered with CalRecycle, EDCO Disposal, the City of Signal Hill, L.A. County Sanitation District, and the L.A. County Department of Public Works to provide this new, permanent HHW drop-off facility.

Collection events are held on the Second and Fourth Saturday
of every month, from 9am to 2 pm at:

L.A. County Environmental Collection Center
EDCO Signal Hill | 2755 California Ave.

HHW Program Wins Award of Excellence
In September, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) recognized the City of Long Beach Environmental Services Bureau with a SWANA Excellence Award for its outreach efforts promoting the new E-waste and HHW collection facility.

Check out these collection numbers:

Event Date Total Collected
March 11,250 lbs
April 36,750 lbs
May 46,000 lbs
June 33,775 lbs
July 48,612 lbs
August 45.677 lbs
September 45,886 lbs
Total 243,741 lbs

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Environmental Services Bureau
Winner Nation’s Best Solid Waste Management Program Award