Recycling & Trash for Single Family Homes

All residential properties are required to have garbage, recycling and organics service. To start service, schedule a cart exchange or to discuss billing options and/or for more information call EPO's customer service

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Tis the Season to Compost your Holiday Tree. To learn how to compost or drop off your Holiday Tree, please click on the Service Info tab. 

CLICK ON THE TOPICS BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

     

    ORGANICS

    COMPOSTING ORGANICS IS AS EASY AS 1 -2- 3!

    As easy as 1-2-3: Separate, Collect, then Place Organics in the Organics Collection Cart to be collected and processed into compost. Please watch our residential food waste/organics video to learn more: 

     

    Organic Materials that Belong in your Green Cart 

    Food Scraps and Food Soiled Paper

    • Veggies
    • Meats, seafood
    • Dairy products
    • Breads, grains, pastas
    • Fruits, vegetables
    • Bones, shells
    • Pizza boxes, waxed cartons
    • Napkins, paper towels
    • Paper based to-go containers

    Yard Trimmings 

    • Flower cuttings
    • Garden trimmings
    • Lawn clippings
    • Leaves
    • Prunings 
    • Shubbery
    • Tree twigs (4 feet or less in length & 6 inches in diameter) 
    • Weeds
    • Wood chips

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    How to Separate, Collect, Empty Organics in your Green Cart

    Separate

    While preparing meals or when cleaning the refrigerator, separate food scraps and always scrape any extra food from your plate into a kitchen pail.

    Collect

    Use a kitchen pail or any compostable paper container such as take-out boxes or paper bags to collect kitchen food scraps.

    Include food-soiled paper such as coffee cups and filters, paper plates, napkins, paper towels, waxed/parchment paper, and paper take-out containers.

    Freezing food scraps or wrapping them in newspaper can prevent leaks and odors.

    Empty 

    Empty food scraps, food-soiled paper and plant debris into the green organics cart.

    By collecting food scraps, we’ll reduce waste and create compost for local farms and gardens.

    Organics Containers For Sale

    Kitchen Pail 

    showimage (6).jpeg Due to COVID - 19 orders, orders will be delivered and the City will bill to the address for trash service or other address as provided by the customer. No checks or cash will be accepted at this time. The City is offering pails for purchase that can be placed on the counter to collect food waste until you are ready to place it into your backyard compost bin or in the city's organics collection container. We suggest using a newspaper, or BPI-certified compostable liner to help keep food waste from sticking to your pail. Residents can purchase kitchen counter pails from the Environmental Programs and Operations Division. To purchase, please call (310) 253-6400.

    The cost is $10.

    Backyard Composting 

    Due to COVID - 19 orders, orders will be delivered and the City will bill to the address for trash service or other address as provided by the customer. No checks or cash will be accepted at this time. The City of Culver City sells discounted Soil Saver Classic Compost Bins for easy at home composting to Culver City residents. Soil Saver bins are durable, strong, and 100% made from recycled materials.

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    • Convenient lock-top to easily remove or add kitchen and garden waste.
    • Two side-up doors for easy compost access.
    • Self watering lid.

    The cost is $70.  To purchase call (310) 253-6400 to make an appointment to pick-up.

     

     

    RECYCLE

    What goes in the BLUE recycle cart?

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

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

       

    TRASH

    What goes in the BLACK trash cart?

    Non-Recyclable & Non-Hazardous Materials: broken plates, broken glass, 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.

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    What DOES NOT go into the Trash Cart?

    Do not place food scraps, recyclables, or household hazardous waste in the trash cart.

     

    HAZARDOUS

    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.

     

    To Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste Properly:

    • Keep products in original container and sealed
    • Drop them 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 HHW Items: 

    PAINTS LAWN & GARDEN PRODUCTS  BEAUTY PRODUCTS & MEDICINE 
    Oil and Water-based paints
    Turpentine paint stripper
    Paint thinner
    Rust remover
    Varnish
    Spray paint

     

    Weed Killer
    Snail Killer
    Bug Spray
    Fungicide
    Herbicide
    Fertilizer

     

     
    Products in aerosol cans
    Alcohol-based lotions
    Nail polish and nail polish remover
    Isopropyl alcohol
    Hair relaxers and dyes
    Depilatories
    Deodorizers
    Expired medicine
    Sharps

     

    HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS AUTOMOTIVE FLUIDS & BATTERIES  MISCELLANEOUS 
    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
    Antifreeze
    Used motor oil and filters
    Windshield washer solution
    Kerosene & gasoline
    Car wax
    Lead acid batteries

     

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

    Additional HHW Information:  

    • CONTACT INFORMATIONIn case of poison emergency, call 911 or the California Control System Emergency hotline at 1-800-876-4766

    BULKY

    Bulky items

    Couches, mattresses, refrigerators, cabinets, large appliances

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    Schedule Your Pickup

    Contact the Environmental Programs and Operations Divisions customer service at (310) 253-6400 to schedule your bulky item pickup.  Monday through 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, sorts 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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    SERVICE INFO

    Holiday Schedule

    Trash, Organics and Recycling collection schedules are not affected by any other holidays except New Year's Day and Christmas.

    Holiday Tree collection from 12/26 - 1/31. 

    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.

    There's also the "Park Your Tree" Program. The City will collect trees that have been dropped off at specific locations. Trees collected will be turned into compost.

    "Park Your Tree" Program:

    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

    Flock or artificial trees cannot be composted, place them in the black container. 

    Weekly Trash, Organics & Recycling Collection

    City-provided containers shall be placed on the curb in front of the premises occupied by person depositing same, unless another location has been designated by the City, not earlier than sunset of the date prior to that established for collection on the particular route involved, and such containers shall be removed from the place of collection no later than midnight on the day of collection.

    How do I …Sign in online to Culver City Connect with any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns.

    • schedule a bulky item pickup

    • report a broken lid

    • report a broken container

    • report a collection issue

    • start/stop service

    • add another cart or additional service

    Or you can call the Environmental Programs and Operations customer service office at (310) 253-6400, Monday – Friday 7 am - 3 pm

    Residential Route Trash Collection Map

    Residential Trash Collection Map

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    Additional Containers & Materials

    Only the 64-gallon and 96-gallon collection carts supplied by the city will be emptied.  Please do not over-fill carts and do not place additional items on top of or alongside the container. 

    Contact the Environmental Programs and Operations customer service office at (310) 253-6400, Monday – Friday 7 am - 3 pm to request additional containers. If you are calling after hours, leave a message with your name, phone number and address and the office will follow-up the next business day. Sign in online to Culver City Connect with any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns.

    Check the Service Rates(PDF, 629KB) to see what fees apply.