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Recycling Information

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What to Place in the Recycling Container in Manhattan Beach (Blue Cart or White Bin)

 Recycle plastic

All plastics labeled #1 through #7, including Styrofoam sheets (PET, HDPE and #3 through #7, including plastic toys, water bottles and containers).  NOTE: per the City's current Franchise Agreement, the City's hauler is required to accept these items in the recycling container.  However, actual market value of certain plastics and recycling feasibility is subject to change.  Please continue placing items in the carts/bins as instructed by the current Franchise Agreement. It is the hauler's responsibility to locate a market for best-use of the items listed. 

No Hoses, pool covers, polystyrene food containers.

Plastic bags are best recycled in bulk - please return them to your local grocery store or reuse them as trash can liners or pet waste bags.  Better yet - refuse them when offered and bring your own.

Recycle glass

All colors of food and beverage containers.  Glass is 100% recyclable; when at all possible, choose glass over plastic.

No ceramics, glassware, mirrors, or window panes.

Recycle metal

All aluminum, tin cans, steel, bi-metal food cans, and clean aluminum foil.  Clean and dry tin is most valuable.

No pots, pans or non-aluminum hub caps.

Recycle paper

All newspaper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, bubble mailers, ledger and computer paper, corrugated cardboard, directories/phone books, cereal-type boxes and milk cartons.  When at all possible, opt for electronic notifications, documents and coupons.  Donate clean boxes, unused paper and other useful "craft" items to a local pre-school or elementary school. 

No textiles - clothing, towels, rags, etc. (clothing in good condition can be donated to a local reuse store like Goodwill).  Textiles (if not donated) must be placed in the trash container.

Hazardous Waste, such as chemicals, paint, batteries, electronics, and fluorescent bulbs are too toxic for any curbside carts and require special disposal methods. 
Click here to view the city's Hazardous Waste Disposal page and learn about the convenient disposal and recycling options available to Manhattan Beach residents


State of California Commercial Recycling Requirements AB 341 and AB 1826:

AB 341: Mandatory Commercial Recycling requires that all businesses in California participate in a recycling program. 

How to Comply with AB 341:

  1. Acquire commercial recycling carts/bins from the City's hauler Waste Management at (310) 830-7100.
  2. Place dry, clean recyclable material in the container weekly.

NOTE: Commercial businesses are responsible for establishing their own collection schedule with the City's hauler; service may be performed 1 - 7 days per week depending on the businesses' recycling volume.


AB 1826: Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling requires that businesses in California participate in an organics recycling program; required compliance is based on a tiered system of how much waste a business generates. 

Commercial businesses must recycle all organics, including food scraps and yard/green waste. 

Multi-Family Dwellings with 5 or more units are required to recycle their yard/green waste (e.g.: landscaping) under AB 1826.  Multi-Family Dwellings are encouraged to recycle food waste, but are not required to recycle food waste. 

Required participants in AB 1826 are shown in "tiers."  Click here to view the required tiers. 

How to Comply with AB 1826:

  1. Acquire food scrap recycling carts from the City's hauler Waste Management for all food scraps.  All foods are accepted, even oily, fatty foods; no restrictions.  Learn more about the City's food scrap recycling program here.
  2. Acquire green waste carts/bin from the City's hauler Waste Management if the business generates any yard/green waste.

AB 1826 Implementation Dates and Thresholds

The law phases in the requirements for businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units,* over time based on the amount and type of waste the business produces on a weekly basis, with full implementation realized in 2019. Additionally, the law contains a 2020 trigger that will increase the scope of affected businesses if waste reduction targets are not met. The implementation schedule is as follows:

  • April 1, 2016: Businesses that generate 8 cubic yards of organic waste (food and yard waste) per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
  • January 1, 2017: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste (food and yard waste) per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
  • January 1, 2019: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste (all types of waste) per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
  • Summer/Fall 2021: If CalRecycle determines that the statewide disposal of organic waste in 2020 has not been reduced by 50 percent of the level of disposal during 2014, the organic recycling requirements on businesses will expand to cover businesses that generate 2 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste (all types of waste) per week. Additionally, certain exemptions may no longer be available if this target is not met.

*Note: Multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program, but are required to participate in a yard/green waste program

Recycling Tips:

  • Recycling is still a form of "disposal."  Reuse and donate items before disposing them for recycling or the landfill.  Hold a swapping party with your friends and family, take items to the Manhattan Beach Goodwill located at 1145 Artesia Boulevard, or visit the city's Donate Used Goods page for more information.
  • It is best to place your recyclables out the morning of pick-up (prior to 7:30 AM), this will help prevent scavengers (NOTE: Scavenging is illegal in the City of Manhattan Beach.  If you see scavenging taking place, please contact the Manhattan Beach Police Department with the location, description, and any license plate number of the vehicle he/she may be using.). 
  • Items are most recyclable if they are dry and clean.  Some may wonder if using water to give a jar a quick rinse/wipe before placing it in the recycling cart offsets the good of recycling the material.  Keep in mind that manufacturing virgin material relies on many resources such as water and that the process to recycle a material back into market is far less cumbersome on resources.
  • Cardboard boxes are gladly accepted, please flatten cardboard boxes first before placing in the recycling cart.  
  • If you still have some single-use plastic bags in your cupboard, reuse them as small trash can liners or to pick up pet waste on a walk (pet waste goes in the gray cart, the trash).  You can take them back to a local grocery store for recycling.  Plastic bags are easiest recycled in bulk.
  • If your recyclables exceed your container size please place the excess in plastic or paper bags and set next to your recycling container - do not place the extra bags too close to your trash container or they may be recognized as excess trash. Notify Waste Management that you will have additional recycling set out for collection at (310) 830-7100. 
  • For additional FREE blue recycling containers call Waste Management at (310) 830-7100.
  • If you have bulky-items that are too big for the container, donate the items or contact Waste Management to schedule a FREE bulky-item pickup.