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Recycling & Greenwaste

Residential Recycling & Greenwaste

City Council adopted the segregated greenwaste recycling program to aid in achieving the California-enacted legislation bill AB 939, which requires us to divert 50 percent of the waste generated from being disposed at our landfills.

By collecting greenwaste separately, approximately 51% of our total residential refuse has been diverted from the landfill.

What can be put into the GREENWASTE container?

  • Grass clippings, weeds, leaves, small branches, wood (without nails, glue, or paint) sawdust, plant material, food waste (no animal-based proteins) and food soiled paper (pizza boxes, paper plates, napkins etc.).
  • Cut branches and wood waste in small pieces to better fill the container. If possible, cut grass as close to scheduled collection day as possible to minimize odors.  Container lid must be able to close completely.
  • Do not bag grenwaste. Only loose greenwaste (no bags, rock or concrete) is allowed in the greenwaste container.
  • To avoid violation fees, please remember no garbage or recyclables are to be put into the greenwaste container. Violations will result in fines of $35 for each occurrence.  If container is overloaded or too heavy it may not be serviced.

What can be put into the BLUE recycle container?

  • Plastic, glass, tin and aluminum containers, clean paper and cardboard (paper and cardboard with food waste on it goes into greenwaste).
  • All boxes must be broken down, crush large plastic bottles milk and soda containers. Container lid must be able to close completely.
  • To avoid violation fees, please remember no garbage or greenwaste are to be put into the blue recycle container. Violations will result in fines of $35 for each occurrence.  If container is overloaded or too heavy it may not be serviced.

What can be put into the BLACK refuse container?

  • Animal-based proteins, diapers and animal waste (bagged).
  • Chip bags, candy wrappers, juice boxes/pouches and dirty plastic bags. Clothing, fabric and shoes.  Ceramics, mirrors and polystyrene foam.
  • Palm trees, palm fronds and bamboo (must be cut down and the lid must be able to close).
  • To avoid violation fees, please remember no greenwaste or recyclables are to be put into the black refuse container. Violations will result in fines of $35 for each occurrence.  If container is overloaded or too heavy it may not be serviced.

Residential Recycling Brochure ( English / Spanish )