Trash & Recycling

The City of Culver City's Public Works Environmental Programs and Operations (EPO) Division is the City's exclusive franchise collector of trash, recycling, organics, and construction and demolition debris.

To start service, it's easy call EPO's customer service. If you are calling after hours, leave a message with your name, phone and address and the office will follow-up the next business day.

Click on the appropriate link below to go to the section that provides information about the services available to you. 

For information regarding Holiday Tree-cycling, click on the Holiday Tree-cycling tab below. If you choose to compost your tree through the 'Park Your Tree' program, please wear a mask and social distance by being 6ft apart if there is another resident dropping off their tree at the same time.

For more information about key points or face coverings please visit Coronavirus - City of Culver City.


Educational Resources

Educational Videos

residential food waste/organics video


Household Hazardous Waste Video 


Squirmy Wormy, learn how to compost video

Squirmy Wormy Presentation


Winter 2019-2020 Newsletter

Winter 2020-2021 Newsletter

Olive's Amazing Adventures 

Hi! I am Olive, Culver City's Environmental Mascot. My story and how I met the Recycling Racoons is in the Recycling Coloring Book

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Printable Posters

Click on the Posters below to download. 

What goes in your RECYCLE can posters and tips:

  • Which Recyclables Belong in Your Blue Cart
  • Plastic: Recycling Tip

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 What goes in your ORGANICS can and tips:

  • Food Waste and Organics 
  • Your Green Cart Can Just Got Greener


  • Napkins, Tissues, Paper Towels are Not Recyclable

  • Wet/Greasy Paper and Cardboard

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AB 1826 - Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

Background and Overview

In October 2014 Governor Brown signed AB 1826 Chesbro (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014), which requires businesses and multifamily residential dwellings* to divert their organic waste** from the landfill. Currently businesses and Multifamily dwellings that generate 2CY of Organic waste per week must subscribe to an organics diversion program. 

*Multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program.

**Organic Waste (also referred to as organics) means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. 

 Additional Resources Provided by CalRecycle 

  • Cool California provides resources for small businesses, including a carbon calculator, sustainability activities, success stories, funding wizard, and an awards program.
  • The Food Packaging Institute offers free resources that are tailored toward key stakeholders, including communities, material recovery facilities, composters, anaerobic digestion facilities and recycling end markets. Resources include overviews of California-specific recycling and composting studies, an interactive map of end markets, information sheets for materials recovery facilities, resident outreach materials, and more.
  • is a unique nationwide resource that is eliminating the waste of food, the outcome being a reduction in hunger and malnutrition along with an improved environment. It is accomplished by utilizing the Internet to enable 42 million Americans who grow food in home/community gardens to easily donate their excess harvest to one of 8,563 registered local food pantries spread across all 50 states. These food pantries help nourish the one out of six Americans (including a quarter of all kids under six ) that rely on these pantries.
  • The Institute for Local Self Reliance has released Community Composting Done Right: A Guide to Best Management Practices.  Resources include a full report, a summary of best management practices, a troubleshooting guide, data sheets, and a series of posters which won’t drain your printer cartridges that are designed to provide simple visuals that assist key operations.  The resources are designed to support community-scale composters in successfully managing their composting process and site, with a particular focus on sites accepting food scraps. 
  • The Center for EcoTechnology offers free resources on food waste reduction, food rescue and food waste separation. The Best Management Practice Tip Sheets were tailored to businesses and institutions in San Diego County, created by CET with guidance from CalRecycle, Solana Center and San Diego Food System Alliance.


SB 1383 - Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP)

General Information

In September 2016, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016), establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California's economy. The new law codifies the California Air Resources Board's Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction, established pursuant to SB 605 (Lara, Chapter 523, Statutes of 2014), to achieve reductions in the statewide emissions of short-lived climate pollutants. Actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants are essential to address the many impacts of climate change on human health, especially in California's most at-risk communities, and on the environment.

 SB 1383 establishes targets to achieve a 50 reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025. Considering landfills produce a significant amount of methane gas, which is a green-house contributor, CalRecycle has set organics reduction guidelines that cities must be adhere to. Cities are required to provide an organics collection program, reduce organics from being landfilled, and shall divert/recover more than 20 percent of currently disposed edible food by 2025. 

AB 341 - Mandatory Commercial Recycling

Introduction and Background: California’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law

Assembly Bill 341 (AB 341) is designed to help California meet the mandatory recycling goal of 75% by the year 2020. AB 341 requires all businesses and public entities that generate 4 cubic yards or more of waste to have a recycling program in place. In addition, multi-family dwellings with five or more units are also required to form a recycling program.  

According to 2008 Statewide Waste Characterization data, the commercial sector generates nearly three fourths of the solid waste in California. Furthermore, much of the commercial sector waste disposed in landfills is readily recyclable. Increasing the recovery of recyclable materials will directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions. In particular, recycled materials can reduce the GHG emissions from multiple phases of product production; including extraction of raw materials, preprocessing and manufacturing. A co-benefit of increased recycling is avoided methane emissions at landfills from the decomposition of organic materials. Use of composted organic materials also provides environmental benefits such as carbon storage in soils and reduced use of fertilizers, pesticides, and water.


Holiday Tree-Cycling

Holiday Tree-cycling is offered by either the Green Cart Collection or the 'Park your Tree' program. Flocked or artificial trees cannot be composted, place these trees in the black container. 

Green Cart Collection

  1. REMOVE all ornaments, decorations, tinsels and stand from the tree.
  2. CUT the tree into pieces, if needed to fit into green cart.
  3. PLACE the tree pieces inside the green cart and put out for regular pick-up on collection day.

Park Your Tree Program

Due to the coronavirus, please wear and mask and social distance (stay 6 feet apart) if there is another resident dropping off trees at the same time. For more information regarding key points to keep in mind or face coverings please visit Coronavirus - City of Culver City.

  1. REMOVE all ornaments, decorations, tinsels and stand from the tree. 
  2. DROP Holiday tree to the following drop off locations:
    • Fox Hills Park
    • Syd Kronenthal Park
    • Culver West Park
    • Veterans Park

Refuse Rates

Refuse Rates 

The following FY 21-22 Refuse Rates were approved on August 9, 2021 by City Council.