Trash Pickup & Illegal Dumping

Waste Management Residential Services

There are two carts in the City of South Gate, one for trash and one for recycling. The following is a quick reminder as to what kind of materials belong in each cart.

Trash Cart

 Non-Acceptable Materials: electronic waste, tires, motor oil, and any other household hazardous waste.

Recycling Cart

Accepted Materials: aluminum and steel cans, all colors of glass bottles and jars, any plastic containers labeled #1 through #7, newspapers, white ledger paper, corrugated cardboard, magazines, colored and construction paper and cereal boxes (with plastic bag removed).

Non-Acceptable Materials: plastic bags, green waste, food waste, scrap metal, light bulbs, polystyrene and plastic wrap.

Make sure to place trash and recycle carts on the sidewalk/parkway of your property on your designated service day. CLICK HERE for more information.

To learn more about recycling practices, visit Waste Management's Recycle Often Recycle Right website.

Trash Collection Schedules

Waste Management observes the following holidays:

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

When the holiday falls on a weekday, collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week. For example, if the holiday falls on a Thursday, your service will on be on Friday and Friday will be on Saturday. If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there will be no delay.

Holiday Tree Collection

Waste Management will collect Holiday trees from South Gate residents for up to two weeks following Christmas day. Holiday trees should be placed on the sidewalk/pathway of the property and should not have any ornaments or lights. Holiday trees will be collected on the same day that your trash and recycling carts are serviced.

Bulky Item Pickup

Waste Management allows residential customers one free bulky item pick-up per month. Bulky item pick-ups for multi-family dwellings with 5  or more units and businesses come at a cost . To schedule a bulky item pick-up or for more information regarding pricing, please call Waste Management Customer Service at 1-800-774-0222.

How to Order a Temporary Waste Management Metal Bin

Are you currently working on any home renovations and need a Waste Management metal bin? Waste Management has a temporary bin service for residents, contact Waste Management Customer Service for pricing information.

Mandatory Commercial Recycling

The State of California passed Assembly Bill 341, requiring mandatory recycling starting July 1, 2012.

Assembly Bill 341 requires all businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of waste per week and multi-family dwellings with 5 or more units (such as apartments) to arrange for recycling services.

If your business or multi-family dwelling is interested in adding recycling services through Waste Management, make sure to contact Waste Management Customer Service at 1-800-774-0222.

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

According to Assembly Bill 1826, businesses and multi-family dwellings that generate more than 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week must have organic recycling services.

What is Organics?
     Organics is defined by the State as food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled  paper waste that is mixed with food waste.

Businesses who generate more than the organics mandated limit need to have a food waste recycling program and multi-family dwellings that generate more than the 4 cubic yards of organics waste must be properly recycling their green waste to be in compliance with Assembly Bill 1826.

For more information about organics services in the City, contact Waste Management Customer Service at 1-800-774-0222.(approved by city council?)

Composting Workshops

We encourage you to attend a free Composting Workshop to improve your lawn/garden and reduce waste. CLICK HERE for a list of Los Angeles County Composting Workshops.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Do you have old cans of paint, pesticides or garden chemicals, but do not know where to dispose of them? CLICK HERE for a list of Los Angeles County Household Hazardous Waste events or visit one of the S.A.F.E. Centers.

Used motor or transmission oil can be taken to AutoZone or O'Reily Auto Parts. Contact either store for more information. about proper disposal.

Did you know it is illegal to dispose of needles in the trash or recycling bin? In fact, when disposed of improperly, needles can become a health hazard. To receive a special container for the disposal of needles, contact Waste Management Customer Service at 1-800-774-0222.

Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is not only a shame, it is a crime! To report illegal dumping please call 323-357-5802.
Fines to property owners who cause, permit, or offer illegal dumping
Liens against property if fines are not paid
Impoundment of vehicles that are used for illegal dumping of commercial quantities of waste for a period up to 30 days

Additional Resources

For more information on proper recycling and organics, visit the following sites:

Los Angeles Regional Agency (LARA)
Waste Management, Recycle Often Recycle Right
Waste Management South Gate Residential