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Trash Collections

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Trash Collection is handled by the Public Works Environmental Programs and Operations Division, 310-253-6400. 

The City provides containers for residential waste (black), green waste (green), and recyclables (blue). Residential Service Refuse is picked up from your home once a week.

The only days your trash will not be picked-up on its scheduled day are Christmas and New Years Day. You will receive alternate pick-up date information if your pick-up day falls on one of these holidays.

If you have a large amount of rubbish to dispose of, you may rent a large commercial bin.

Sanitation Rate Sheet

 Residential Trash Collection Map
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Residential Routes

Culver City Refuse and Recycling residential routes follow a three pass routing system that enables the drivers to be as efficient as possible when providing services. At the time the driver is completing the route, a sign on the vehicle will be posted indicating which service the driver is providing. A three pass routing system only means that the driver starts the day picking up one type of bin whether yard waste (green), trash (black) or recycling (blue). Once the route is completed with the one type of bin servicing, the driver returns to the Culver City Transfer Station to empty the truck and then next will resume the route once more and  service all the trash (black) and then repeat the process for all the recycling (blue).

How do I …

  • report a broken lid

  • schedule a bulky item pickup

  • report a collection issue

  • start/stop service

Placement Guidelines

Whether it's your garbage, recyclables or yard waste that's going to the curb, there are a few tips you can follow to help ensure collection.

Placement Tips

  1. Consider the three-foot rule; there should be three feet between carts and structures such as mail boxes, cars and lamp posts.

  2. Cart should be within 18 inches of the curb.

  3. Face the short metal bar toward the street.

  4. Position the cart on as level of surface as possible, away from overhanging tree branches.

  5. Make sure lid is closed.

Set-Out Time

  1. Day before Collection: Do not set out before 5 p.m.

  2. Collection Day: Set out time varies by community.  Set out by 6 a.m. for 7 a.m pickup.

Where To Place the Cart After It Has Been Emptied

All carts should be removed from the collection area after they are emptied and placed in a storage area that is safe and secure.  Doing so will help prevent use of the container by unauthorized parties.

Why it Matters?

Most collection trucks are automated with an electronic arm that grabs and empties the cart. This efficient process streamlines collection and prevents driver injuries.

How it works:

  1. The truck needs clear, close access to the cart so the arm can reach.

  2. Damage can occur to public and private property if the carts are placed too close to physical property.

  3. Carts too close to one another can get knocked over.

  4. An open lid could result in fly-away litter in your neighborhood.

  • Get a couch or other large item pickup curbside (new page open in new window.)

Additional Containers & Materials

Only the 65-gallon and 90-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. If needed, please call Customer Service to request an additional cart.

Black Trash carts have an additional monthly fee billed.

Green Green Waste carts have an additional one-time fee payable at time of ordering.

Blue Recycling carts are free for each additional cart ordered.   

Request a second cart (new page open in new window).

For most of your questions the best way to get answers is to call our Customer Service office and a friendly staff person will be able to assist you.

Contact the Refuse and Recycling Customer Service office at (310) 253-6400, Monday – Friday 7am- 3pm. If you are calling after hours, leave a message with your name, phone and address and the office will follow-up the following business day.

Or you may sign in online to Culver City Connect with any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns.