The Bureau of Sanitation services four automated trash containers: black (for household refuse) blue (for recyclables) green (for yard trimmings) and brown (for horse manure) containers.
Containers must be placed at the curb by 6:00a.m. on the day of collection and removed no later than 8:00p.m. on the day of collection. On collection day all containers should be placed with the handles facing the house with at least 3 feet separating the bins and any other object at the curb.
If you have any questions concerning your City issued containers or would like to inquire about other L.A. Sanitation services please call us at 1-800-773-2489 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Collection service will be postponed by one day following these holidays: New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas. If your collection day falls on one of these holidays, collection will occur the day after the holiday. If your collection day is any day (within the week) after this Holiday, your trash will be delayed by one day. (Ex: normal trash day is Friday, your trash will be picked up on Saturday).
For all other holidays normal collection of containers will occur. For any questions, please contact the L.A. Sanitation Customer Care Center at (800)773-2489 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Bulky Item Pick-up
‘Bulky items’ are large household items, such as mattresses, couches, and other furniture, that are too big to fit in a normal trash container.
We encourage you to recycle your bulky items through charitable organizations and thrift stores. If you are unable to do so, the Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) will pick-up large or bulky household items, such as mattresses, couches, and other furniture from residents serviced by the City of Los Angeles. To arrange for the removal of these items from your curbside, please call 1-800-773-2489, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at least one day before your regular collection day. Bulky items are collected on the same day that your regular trash collection is made. Have an itemized list ready when calling in your request.
BOS does not collect automotive parts, construction material, commercial waste or cardboard as Bulky Item collections.
Household Appliance Pick-Up
The Bureau of Sanitation collects large metal and household appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and dishwashers from all residents serviced by the City of Los Angeles free of charge. When discarding a refrigerator, remember to remove or safely secure the door shut with rope or duct tape to prevent accidents.
To make arrangements to have these items collected please call (800) 773-2489 24 hours a day, 7 days week, at least one day before your regular collection day. Appliances are collected the same day as your trash collection day. Please have an itemized list ready when calling in your request.
Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Drop-Off
E-Waste (Electronic Waste) is the popular and informal name for unwanted electronic products such as computers, TVs, VCRs, stereos, copiers, printers, fax machines and telephones.
The L.A. Sanitation has established a number of permanent collection sites throughout the City known as S.A.F.E. (Solvents/Automotive/Flammables/Electronics) CENTERS. These centers are open every weekend to provide a timely and convenient way to dispose of your household e-waste. Call the Customer Care Center at (800) 773-CITY (2489) for additional information.
For a list of S.A.F.E CENTERS nad mobile collection events, click here.
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off
Items such as explosives, ammunition, bio-medical and pathological wastes, radioactive materials, tires, yard waste and ordinary household garbage are not household hazardous waste (HHW).
LA Sanitation has established a number of permanent collection sites throughout the City, known as S.A.F.E. CENTERS. These S.A.F.E. CENTERS are open every weekend and provide a timely and convenient way to dispose of your waste. In addition, LA Sanitation sponsors periodic mobile collection events throughout the City, where residents can drop-off their waste to be disposed properly.
Disposing of household chemicals in your trash, storm drains or sewers damages the environment, and is AGAINST THE LAW. Illegal dumping carries a minimum fine of $5000 per day per violation up to $100,000 per day per violation or imprisonment (Section 25189.5, Health & Safety Code). The City of Los Angeles operates the "HAZMOBILE" drop-off program to provide for the safe and legal disposal of your unwanted household chemicals.
Household hazardous waste that you wish to discard should not be placed in your regular trash. Such wastes can be corrosive, toxic, ignitable, flammable, or reactive. Co-mingling them with your regular trash could create a dangerous situation. Much of your regular trash goes to landfills where HHW can contaminate soil and seep into ground water.
**Business Waste is not accepted at these locations**
Used Tires Drop-Off
Residents that are serviced by the Bureau of Sanitation may drop off up to four automobile tires per calendar year at their local district yards. District yards accept tires from Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. District yards do not accept rims. Rims should be removed prior to your visit. The local district yards also accept bulky items, recyclable materials, and TV and computer monitors. Residents must bring their current DWP billing statement and California driver's license as proof of City of Los Angeles residency. For more information, please call the Sanitation Call Center at 1-800-773-2489, from Monday through Friday, between 7:30a.m. and 4:45p.m.
For more information and a list of local district yards, click here.
Report Illegal Dumping
Illegally dumped items are unclaimed material which are deposited at the curbside, alleys, or other such common areas. Please call 311 to have the Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) report the problem. The Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) will pick up most illegally dumped, unclaimed material.
To report illegal dumping in progress between 7:00 am - 4:00 pm, call the Bureau of Street Services Enforcement Division at (800) 996-2489 and during after hours call (877) ASK-LAPD.
Residents can contact their Council District field office to request ‘No Dumping’ and ‘No Illegal Dumping’ signs.
Children playing near or around unsecured abandoned refrigerators and appliances must be reported to 9-1-1 immediately for police response.