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Curbside Recycling Program


Largest Curbside Recycling Program in the Country

The City of Los Angeles currently operates the largest residential curbside recycling program in the United States, collecting a variety of recyclables from over 750,000 households every week. Using fully automated collection vehicles in conjunction with 90 gallon blue recycling containers and 90 gallon green Yard Waste containers, the City currently collects an average of 979 tons per day of recyclable materials and 1,783 tons per day of green waste from LA City residents. Participating residents include 530,000 single family homes and 220,000 small multi-family units (four units & under).


Program Inception

In 1989, the California State Legislature signed Assembly Bill 939 into law that mandated every local jurisdiction in California to reduce their 1990 baseline waste by 25% by the year 1995, and 50% by the year 2000. As a direct result of this legislation, the City of Los Angeles City Council instructed the Board of Public Works and the Bureau of Sanitation to design and implement a Citywide Curbside Recycling Program. The program began in 1990 after the completion of a pilot recycling program in several areas throughout Los Angeles. Initially, the City distributed 14 gallon yellow and green plastic recycling bins to every household and collected their contents weekly using a fleet of manual recycling collection trucks. By 1997, the program was so successful that the 14 gallon bins weren't sufficient for the volume of recyclables generated by each resident and as a result the City issued 90 gallon blue recycling containers to each household and switched to using fully automated recycling collection vehicles. Today, the City of Los Angeles is diverting 45% of it's wastes through it's Curbside Recycling Program alone! When combined with the multi-family and other City of Los Angeles recycling programs, the diversion rate is over 65%!! As a result of these great programs, the March 2, 2009 edition of Waste & Recycling News identified Los Angeles as having the highest recycling rate out of the 10 largest U.S. cities!


To dispose of the hazardous materials please call:
1-800-98-TOXIC (1-800-988-6942)


How do I order an extra blue container?


You can order a blue container either by phone or by email request. To phone in your request, contact the Bureau of Sanitation Call Center at 800-773-2489 to speak with an operator. To order online, click on the Service Request icon just above this section and fill in your information.

For further information, please call the Bureau of Sanitation Customer Call Center at

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1-800-773-CITY (2489)