Residential Recycling Program

Rolling cart FAQ's
Recycling Day

Residents of single family homes or small apartment complexes (up to 10 units) can recycle by using a City-provided, purple recycling cart. Recyclables are collected each week on the same day as your refuse.

What's your recycling/refuse pickup day?

Click LOAD MAPIT, then enter your address (blue box on the right). You'll find your trash day under "Location Information" along with a number of City Services: police, fire City Government and more.

Cuál es tu dia de colección de basura/reciclaje

Haga clic en CARGAR MAPIT, luego ingrese su dirección (cuadro azul a la derecha). Encontrará su día de basura en "Información de ubicación" junto con una serie de Servicios de la Ciudad: policía, gobierno de la ciudad de los bomberos y más.

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Additional Efforts

Green waste from yards and gardens account for 25% of our refuse stream. Learn how to make the most of your green waste at home by composting, vermiposting and grasscycling.  [MORE]

LaCoMAX, an online materials exchange service, helps individuals and organizations in L.A. County find markets for nonhazardous items that might otherwise be discarded.  [MORE]

Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs that are expired and not broken can be recycled at:

    Also accepts long bulbs at Bellflower Blvd. store only
  • Home Depot STORE FINDER
    Does not accept long bulbs at any store

Old phone books can be placed in your recycling cart.

If you're a business with 50 or more phone books, call 986-1249 for free pick-up, or drop them off at a local recycling center.

  • CSULB Recycling Center, 600 Atherton Blvd
  • Long Beach Conservation Corps, 340 Nieto
  • Good Earth Recycling, 2005 Bixby Road

E-waste requires safe disposal. It’s easy and free to bring it to one of L.A. County's E-Waste Roundup Events, a local Long Beach event or permanent collection centers.  [MORE]

Waste Reduction is the best option, before recycling. Discover ways to reduce your waste  [MORE]

Request recycling or refuse carts by filling out our online form. [MORE]

What can be Recycled Printer-Friendly: English and Español
Place these items in your recycling cart:

Aluminum, steel and tin cans
Includes cans for soda, soup, beer, beans, fruit or vegetables or any other can that is made of aluminum, steel or tin.

Beverage containers
Includes bottles for water, milk, soft drinks, wine, beer or any other bottle that is made of plastic or glass. Please include caps.

Includes boxes used for moving and shipping or any other box made of corrugated cardboard.

Empty paint and aerosol cans
Be sure these cans are empty and dry.

Film plastic
Includes bags for groceries or dry cleaning.

Glass jars
Includes jars for jams or jelly, spaghetti sauce, olive oil, pickles, preserves or any other jar made of glass.

Includes paper cartons for milk, soy milk, creamer, juice, wine, soup, broth, and egg substitutes. Includes juice boxes. Please remove straws.

Mixed paper
Includes paper used for junk mail, catalogs, cereal boxes, tissue boxes,telephone books, magazines, newspapers or paper used for computer printing.

Plastic containers (#1 through #7)
Includes containers for peanut butter, mayonnaise, shampoo, yogurt, margarine, CDs or any other plastic container marked with the #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 on the bottom. Please include lids.

Clean polystyrene (Styrofoam®)
Includes Styrofoam® cups, containers and packaging, such as eggshell cartons, block packing and clamshells. Styrofoam® packaging peanuts are not recyclable, but they are reusable.


Recycle Used Tires & E-Waste At Three Locations

Used tires and e-waste are accepted at our monthly HHW collection event (2nd and 4th Saturdays) or at two LB Conservation Corp. locations on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month, 10am-2pm, FREE of charge.

  • 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month
    EDCO Recycling and Transfer 
    Collection Center
    2755 California Ave.
    Signal Hill 90755

  • 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month
    Conservation Corp of Long Beach
    340 Nieto Ave.
    Long Beach 90814

  • 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month
    CCLB Environmental 
    Education Center
    3251 E. 19th St.
    Signal Hill 90755
Keep these items out of your recycling cart:

Cans or bottles with poisonous contents
Includes containers for pesticides and insecticides.

Disposable diapers

Fast food containers
Includes containers soiled with grease.

Glass in forms other than bottles or jars
Includes glass used for windows, pyrex, light bulbs, mirrors, plates or cups.

Paper in thin form or soiled
Includes paper used for pets, tissues, paper towels or napkins.

Polystyrene peanuts
Styrofoam® packaging peanuts are not recyclable, but they are reusable. Many mailing and packaging stores accept donations.

Yard waste
The City of Long Beach provides free composting workshops the third Saturday of every month.

What About Used Motor Oil
& Filters?

Used motor oil and filters cannot be placed in your recycling cart. They are collected for recycling by request ONLY.

Call (800) 774-0222 by 4 p.m. to request free containers, and to schedule the collection of used motor oil and filters on your next recycling collection day, or use the online form.

  • On your scheduled day, place the containers next to your purple recycling cart for collection.
  • Used motor oil and filters must be in the requested containers for collection.
  • Do not place used oil or filters out unless a collection has been scheduled.
  • You may also take used motor oil and filters to a certified used oil collection center on our list.

Local Recycling Centers
To view locations, click the drop-down menu in the upper left corner of the map
and click the items you wish to dispose of.

 View/download a list of all recycling centers HERE

Recycling Collection Holiday Schedule

Recycling and refuse are collected on all holidays except Christmas and News Year's Day. When Christmas and News Year's Day fall on a weekday, collection for the Holiday and the remainder of that week will be delayed one day, ending Saturday.

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