These pages contain information to help you recycle at home. Should you have any questions concerning recycling, please call the Public Works Services Department at (626) 256-6554.
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REDUCE-REUSE-RECYCLE: CLOSE-THE-LOOP (return to top)
The City does its part! Along with recycling office paper, newspapers, magazines, bottles and cans at all City facilities, employees also recycle scrap metal, used oil, hydraulic fluids, solvents and batteries from the City's vehicle fleet services.
The following are tips to help you at home complete the recycling cycle of the three R's - Reduce-Reuse-Recycle!
Reduce - You can reduce the amount of waste entering our landfills by creating a strong market for recycled products. Consumers close-the-loop when they purchase products made from recycled materials.
Reuse - Reusing items by repairing them, donating them to charity and community groups, or selling them also reduces waste. Use a product more than once, either for the same purpose or for a different purpose. Reusing, when possible, is preferable to recycling because the item does not need to be reprocessed before it can be used again.
Recycle - Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources and generates a host of environmental, financial, and social benefits. After collection, materials (e.g., glass, metal, plastics, and paper) are separated and sent to facilities that can process them into new material or products.
Single-family Recycling (return to top)
Single-family residential customers have their trash and recyclable materials collected once per week. The day of the week on which your trash is collected depends on where you live.
Please click on the image on your left to to obtain a list of commonly used items and how to properly dispose of them in your containers. You can find out when your regular collection day is or setup/cancel service by calling Waste Management at (800) 266-7551.
Multi-Family Refuse and Recycling Program (return to top)
In the past, traditional recycling programs in multi-family units have proven to be unsuccessful. Multi-Family residents in the City of Arcadia do not need to separate their trash to recycle: Instead, all trash is placed in one bin to be "transformed."
The Commerce Refuse-to-Energy Facility (CREF) in the City of Commerce "transforms" refuse into energy and the byproduct into ash. The ash is then mixed with water and concrete, and used for roadways at existing local landfills. Unlike the traditional way of recycling, "transformation" has the ability to count 100 percent of the multi-family solid waste as diversion. This Recycling program does not require any added effort by residents. Simply place all of your trash in your dumpster and Waste Management will pick it up and deliver the refuse to the CREF. One-half of the refuse being generated from multi-family units is sent to CREF to keep disposal costs down and to ensure that the facility will be able to handle all of the material being sent there.
If you have any questions about the Multi-Family Refuse and Recycling program, please feel free to contact the Public Works Services Department at (626) 256-6554.
Household Hazardous Waste (return to top)
What do paint, batteries, electronic waste (i.e. televisions, computers, etc.) cleaning products, motor oil, and bug spray have in common? They are all HAZARDOUS WASTE. Hazardous products are labeled with words such as: DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION, POISON, TOXIC, FLAMMABLE, CORROSIVE, REACTIVE or EXPLOSIVE.
The improper disposal of hazardous wastes creates a very real threat to individuals and the environment. Disposing of incompatible household chemicals in the trash can cause hazardous fumes or ignite fires that can injure your family or your local trash collector. Additionally, it is illegal to discard hazardous waste in the regular trash!
Hazardous waste materials are typically found in:
The above list is not a complete list of hazardous items found in the home. DO NOT PLACE any of the above or items or other toxic chemicals into any City-issued trash container.
- Oven Cleaner
- Pool Supplies
- Used Motor
- Paint Products
- Lawn/Garden Care Products
- Automotive Fluids
- Mercury Batteries/Thermometers
- Lighter Fluid
- Moth Balls
To properly dispose of hazardous waste and to identify other hazardous items that need disposal, please call LA County's HHW Collection Events at (888) CLEAN-LA or the City of Los Angeles' Environmental Affairs Department at (800) 98-TOXIC.
Alternatives to Hazardous Materials (return to top)
Many commercial products are made with less hazardous ingredients and get the job done. These products are much less harmful to the environment and to people. Other options include creating homemade products and using less hazardous ingredients per application.
To make alternatives, place the following items on your shopping list: soap flakes, liquid soap, lemon juice, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and trisodium phosphate (TSP).
Cleaning Products Alternatives
- All purpose household cleaner: mix 1 teaspoon liquid soap, 1 teaspoon of TSP and 1 quart of warm water
- Chlorine Bleach: use bleach with a hydrogen peroxide or peroxygen base
- Kitchen Degreaser: mix 2 tablespoons of TSP; or liquid soap and 1 gallon water; and use non chlorinated scouring powder, or a scouring pad
- Disinfectant: mix 1 ounce of hydrogen peroxide based or chlorine based bleach and 1 gallon water
- Floor Cleaner: for vinyl, mix 1 cup vinegar and 1 gallon water; for wood; mix 1 teaspoon mild liquid soap and 1 gallon water
- Furniture Polish: use plain mineral oil. It adds moisture and seals out water without the added perfumes and solvents of some polishes
- Glass Cleaner: mix 1 teaspoon liquid soap, 3 tablespoons vinegar and 2 cups water. Use in a pump spray bottle.
- Mildew Cleaner: for mild cases, scrub with a paste made from baking soda and water; for severe cases, use TSP, and rinse only in food areas.
- Scouring Powder: use baking soda or a non-chlorinated commercial scouring powder.
Bug Killer Alternatives
- Roaches, Silverfish, Food bugs: put boric acid in non-food areas (boric acid is toxic by mouth; keep away from children).
- Ants: mop up ants and drown them; use boric acid; put down sticky barriers; dust ant trails with baby powder.
- Flies: use a fly swatter, fly paper, or adhesive pest strips.
- Termites: consult professionals about using eletrogun or cold treatments.
- Clothes moths: store clothes with sachets of cedar chips.
- Fleas: for indoor pets, use d-limonene or pyrethrins in powder or spray form; consult veterinarian or pet store experts; for outdoor pets, use insecticidal soap products.
- Weeds: remove by hoeing or handpicking.
- Fungi: apply fungicides such as sulfur dust or sulfur solution.
- Annuals: before they appear, cover with mulch and ground cover such as ice plant to minimize; apply a "pre-emergent" herbicide.
- Annuals, perennials, stumps, ice plant weeds: after they appear, apply herbicides such as soap solutions, ammonium sulfamate or magnesium chloride on the affected areas.
Arts and Crafts Alternatives
- Painting: use water-based coatings and inks.
- Ceramics: choose glazes without heavy metals.
- Woodworking: use water-based stains and cleaners.
TV's & Computers (Electronic Waste) Ban From Landfills (return to top)
The term "Electronic Waste" or "e-waste" is applied to consumer electronic equipment that is no longer wanted. E-waste includes computers, printers, televisions, VCR's, cell phones, fax machines, stereos, and electronic games. These items are to be treated as hazardous waste and can NOT be placed in your regular trash cans.
Electronics may contain Lead, Copper, and other heavy metals or potentially toxic substances. That's why it is critical to reduce e-waste by only buying what you need, reuse electronics that still work, and recycle electronics. The following are some interesting facts about e-waste:
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that over 20 million computers have become obsolete since 1998
- Only 13% of e-waste is reused or recycled
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated that analog television broadcasts are to continue until 2006 at which time they can be replaced by "high definition" (HDTV) signals and with the start of this technology change, it is expected that virtually all televisions in use today will become obsolete by 2006
E-waste may be collected curbside for FREE for all Arcadia single-family residents. Items eligible for collection include old televisions, computers, monitors and tabletop printers. To schedule an appointment to have your e-waste collected, call Waste Management at (800) 266-7551 and let them know you would like to schedule a bulky item pick-up.
E-waste and other household hazardous waste may be recycled for FREE at LA County Household Hazardous Waste Roundups. Please click here for a schedule or call (888)-CLEAN LA.
Composting - Greenwaste Recycling (return to top)
In as little as four weeks, you can produce high quality compost and dramatically reduce your household's garbage.
The City of Arcadia offers a 3 x 2 foot compost bin (pictured on the left) for the low… low price of $30.00. Compost bins with worms can also be purchased for $65.00
Composting harnesses the natural process of decomposition by turning organic matter (such as fruit and vegetable wastes, grass clippings, leaves, and some animal manure) into a useful product for your landscape or garden. In addition, if you have too many ants or gophers or your plants are stressed and diseased, your soil is out of balance. Composting will build up the soil and create healthy growing conditions that naturally fight off disease and pests. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides do the opposite.
If you are interested in purchasing a compost bin, please call the City of Arcadia Public Works Services Department at (626) 256-6554 to reserve your compost bin today.
Recycle Old Tires (return to top)
In Los Angeles County, approximately ten million waste tires are generated annually. Waste tires that are illegally dumped or improperly stored can pose a serious threat to public health and safety, as well as to the environment. The result can be urban blight and significant costs to residents. For example, waste tires can serve as a reservoir for rainwater, creating a nesting area for pests and a breeding ground for mosquito's, which can spread encephalitis and other illnesses. Also, waste tires can easily catch fire, thus releasing significant amount of harmful thick, black, toxic smoke.
Old tires can be recycled at the following local locations for a service fee:
Azusa Landfill La Puente Tires
1211 West Gladstone 18121 Valley Blvd.
Azusa, CA La Puente, CA
(626)334-0719 (626) 961-2602
Los Angeles County Waste Tire Recycling also puts on FREE tire roundup events throughout the year. For a list of ongoing waste tire collection events, please visit their website at http://ladpw.org/epd/TireRecycling/collection.cfm or call (888)-CLEAN LA.
Holiday Tree Recycling (return to top)
Single-family Residential: Holiday tree recycling begins December 28, 2009, and ends January 12, 2007. Trees should be placed at the curb on your regularly scheduled trash collection day. Waste Management will pick up the old trees and recycle them in an environmentally sensitive manner. All tinsel, ornaments, stands, and nails must be removed. A separate truck will collect holiday trees, so please do not place your holiday tree in front of your regular refuse/recyclable carts.
Multi-family Residential: Holiday tree recycling begins December 27, 2009, and ends January 15, 2010. Please call Waste Management Customer Service at (800) 266-7551 to arrange for your holiday tree to be picked-up and recycled.
Used Oil Recycling (return to top)
Used motor oil can be cleaned, recycled and used again and again and again! Please click on the California Integrated Water Management Board’s website for a complete explanation of how used oil can be re-refined/recycled.
By recycling your used motor oil, you are helping the environment to conserve our valuable natural resources.
What Are the Hazards of Used Oil?
Used oil can contain such contaminants as lead, magnesium, copper, zinc, chromium, arsenic, chlorides, cadmium, and chlorinated compounds. Oil poured down drains or onto the ground can work its way into our ground and surface waters and cause serious pollution. One gallon of used oil can foul a million gallons of drinking water. Federal reports indicate that used motor oil accounts for more than 40 percent of the total oil pollution of our nation's harbors and waterways.
Used Oil Collection Center Locations
The City of Arcadia has five (5) Used Oil Collection Centers located citywide. In addition, the City provides FREE used oil containers, funnels and oil change mats to all Arcadia residents at our collection centers and the Public Works Services Department, located at 11800 Goldring Rd, Arcadia.
Listed below are the locations and telephone numbers of the City’s five (5) Used Oil Collection Centers. Please call centers for hours of operation and quantities accepted.
C & L Collision Center
132 Las Tunas Drive
(East of El Monte Ave.)
1500 S. Baldwin Avenue
(Cross street Camino Real)
5 W. Huntington Drive
(Cross street Santa Anita)
37 Las Tunas Drive
(Between Santa Anita & El Monte)
City of Arcadia's certified used oil collection centers map
VJ’s Auto Service
400 N. First Avenue
(Cross street La Porte)
Please click on the link below to view a map of our Collection Centers:
Motor oil brought to the Used Oil Collection Centers must not be contaminated. (Do NOT mix solvents, water, gasoline or anti-freeze with your used motor oil.)
Sharps Waste Recycling (return to top)
More and more residents receive medical treatment at home, which increases the amount of needles, syringes, and lancets - also referred to as "sharps waste" - thrown out in the regular trash. Because of this increase, the safe disposal of home medical waste is an important issue. Proper disposal of sharps waste will help the general public and trash collection workers avoid exposure to contagious diseases.
The City of Arcadia offers FREE 1-Quart Sharp Waste recycling receptacles (as pictured on the left) at the Public Works Services Department, located at 11800 Goldring Road, Arcadia. Each container comes with a full set of instructions and return box for mailing.
If you are interested in signing up for the sharps waste program, please call the Public Works Services Department at (626) 256-6554. Supplies are limited, so reserve your container today!
Appliance Recycling (return to top)
Since most major appliances consist of about 75% steel, which can be processed and re-melted repeatedly to manufacture new products, they are a valuable resource. In addition to steel, appliances have other metals such as copper, aluminum and zinc that can be recycled.
By recycling your appliances, you are saving valuable resources, energy and landfill space. You are also protecting the environment. For example, refrigerators and many other appliances contain environmentally damaging chemicals such as Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and Freon. The chemicals must first be removed from the appliances for the safety of our air quality and ozone layer. Waste Management will collect these items as either part of your four (4) free bulky item pickups or for a nominal fee. Please call Waste Management customer service at (800) 266-7551 24-hours before your regular collection day to schedule a bulky item pickup.
Cell Phone Recycling (return to top)
Cell phones contain toxic metals, including mercury, cadmium, lead, and arsenic that, when disposed in a landfill, may seep into our local groundwater system. Even though cell phones are small, we want to make sure they are not thrown in the trash.
Arcadia residents may now safely discard their cell phones in two ways:
1. Recycle by mail. Call (626) 256-6554 on how to get a postage-paid bag to mail your old cell phones to a collection center. These free, prepaid postage bags can also be picked up at the Community Center, Library, lobby of City Hall, or Public Works Services Department (11800 Goldring Road).
2. Recycle at the store. Turn in your old cell phones for recycling at the following location:
Staples The Office Superstore
3660 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91107
Plastic Bag Recycling (return to top)
The American Plastics Council and Moore Recycling Associates have developed a California website to facilitate the recovery of clean dry grocery and retail bags, and polyethylene film such as stretch wrap and shrink wrap.
The website identifies the following grocery stores that collect plastic bags and film for recycling:
298 East Live Oak Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91006
133 East Foothill Blvd.
Arcadia, CA 91006
745 West Naomi Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91007
For information, please contact Moore Recycling Associates at 888/753-7485 or visit their website at http://www.plasticbagrecycling.org/.