Recycling & Trash for Apartments and Condos

All residential properties are required to have trash, recycling and organics service which is provided by the City of Culver City's Public Works Environmental Programs and Operations (EPO) Division. Contact the Environmental Programs and Operations Division to start service, schedule a cart exchange or to discuss billing options and more.  

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What goes in the BLUE recycle bin?

Empty Glass, Plastics (1 - 5), Aluminum & Metal, Clean Paper & Cardboard

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Break down and fold cardboard boxes to smaller than 3’ x 3’ and place in your bin.

If you do not have a Recycling Program due to special requirements, there are several Drop-off Locations(PDF, 4MB) throughout the City.  If you would like recycling at your complex please contact the Environmental Programs and Operations Division at (310) 253-6400

What to Do with Reusable Shopping Bags 

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Most people are in the habit of bringing reusable bags to the grocery store but, they also work for other items too.  Try carrying a few bags with you on any kind of shopping trip.  Some retailers may even offer a bag credit.

Reuse them around the house/garage

Use reusable bags to store items in the closet or garage.  You can use bags to separate clothes within a large storage bin. They fit into tight spaces and are easy to pull out because of the handles. 

Donate them

ChicoBag Company accepts reusable bags, functional or not. They will distribute to low income families or recycle them into new, useful products through partnerships with artists, crafters and non-profit organizations. Mail your unwanted reusable bags to: ChicoBag Company, c/o Zero Waste Program, 747 Fortress Street, Chico, CA 95973.  

Have more questions about What Goes Where, ask Recycle Coach.  




What goes in the Trash Bin?

Non-Recyclable & Non-Hazardous Materials: broken plates, polystyrene, foam, plastic bags, diapers, pet poop, kitty litter, incandescent light bulbs, toothpaste tubes, broken pottery, disposable razors, disposable ice-packs.

Used Clothing: Donate gently worn items to a second-hand store or clothing drive. Tattered and stained clothes belong in the trash.

Food and food-soiled paper should be placed in the organics collection container if available. 



Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Hazardous Waste in the home is commonly referred to as "Household Hazardous Waste” (HHW). Improper DISPOSAL of Hazardous waste is dangerous and ILLEGAL. 


Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste Properly 

  •  Keep products in original container and sealed
  • Drop HHW off at a Household Hazardous Waste event or permanent collection center
  • Paint recycling: most paint vendors in Culver City recycle old paint. Visit paint care for details and locations near you.

Drop Off Locations:

Common Items Include: 

Oil and Water-based paints
Turpentine paint stripper
Paint thinner
Rust remover
Spray paint
Weed Killer
Snail Killer
Bug Spray


Products in aerosol cans
Alcohol-based lotions
Nail polish and nail polish remover
Isopropyl alcohol
Hair relaxers and dyes
Expired medicine
Ammonia-based cleaners
Tub, tile and toilet cleaners
Floor care products
Window cleaners
Aerosol cleaners and sprays
Furniture polish
Metal cleaners and polish
Oven cleaners
Drain cleaners 
Windshield water solution
Auto body repair products
Metal polish with solvent
Fuel oil and other oils
Transmission fluids
Brake fluid
Used motor oil and filters
Windshield washer solution
Kerosene & gasoline
Car wax
Lead acid batteries 

Cell phone rechargeable Batteries
Swimming pool chemicals
Photographic chemicals
Dry cleaning solvents
Light bulbs
Mercury batteries
Fiberglass epoxy
Lighter fluid
Shoe polish
Moth balls

Additional HHW Information

  • In case of poison emergency, call 911 or the California Control System Emergency hotline at 1-800-876-4766
  • Contact CLEAN LA or call 1-888-CLEAN-LA
  • Paint Recycling


Bulky items

Couches, mattresses, refrigerators, cabinets, large appliances

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Schedule Your Pickup

Contact the Environmental Programs and Operations Division customer service at (310) 253-6400 to schedule your bulky item pickup.  Monday to Friday 7 am - 3 pm. 

  • A customer service representative will review set-out guidelines with you
  • Your appointment will be scheduled within two (2) weeks of your call

Instructions for Collection

Place items at the curb by 6 am and no earlier than 1 day before your scheduled pick up date. Loose, uncontained or otherwise improperly prepared items may be subject to an additional fee. 

Public Non-Profit Partnership

Culver City’s Mattress Recycling Program, in coordination with Bye Bye Mattress through the Mattress Recycling Council, collects unwanted mattresses and box spring foundations and loads these items onto trailers by Culver City staff at the Transfer Station. After the items are loaded a dedicated mattress recycler collects materials from the City to be recycled.

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Information for Building Managers

Make sure you and your residents have the tools and information to recycle right.

  • For your Residents
    • Informational brochure on trash, organics, and recycling service.
    • Kitchen Pail for in-home collection of food scraps & food-soiled paper.

Get Free Technical Assistance

Need help assessing your service needs (trash, recycling and organics collection) or the placement of collection containers for optimum participation?  Contact customer service, (310) 253-6400 for the following services:

  • Recycling, trash and/ or organics waste assessment
  • To order additional organics or recycling containers, or to change trash service level