Household Battery / Light Bulb Recycling

Household batteries and light bulbs including Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, Fluorescent tubes, and LED bulbs are considered hazardous waste and must not be placed in trash or recycling containers (incandescent light bulbs may be disposed of as trash). The City of Pasadena offers various options for the disposal of these materials. Please see the table below for disposal options for each type. Safety Notes: Please visit the EPA website for guidance on broken CFLs or other mercury-containing bulbs. While storing... continue reading »"Household Battery / Light Bulb Recycling"

Organics Recycling & Composting

California adopted Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) which requires communities to reduce organic waste disposal, such as food waste, by 75% by 2025. To achieve this mandate, the City launched its Curbside Organics Recycling program in 2022. Food waste should no longer be going in the trash - residential refuse customers must include bagged food waste in their Yard Waste containers. Businesses and multi-family properties are also required to subscribe and participate in organics collection services. Contact your current franchise hauler for... continue reading »"Organics Recycling & Composting"

Recycling Resources and Guides

RECYCLING AND WASTE REDUCTION INFORMATIONAL MATERIALS AND GUIDES Check out our informational resources designed to help you reduce waste and recycle! Residential Refuse and Recycling Residential Recycling and Refuse Services SB 1383 Organics Residential Refuse Customer Letter Residential Organics Recycling Guide FAQ Pasadena Food Waste Recycling Guide Commercial Recycling (Businesses, Multi-family, and Apartments) State Mandated Organics Recycling and Commercial Hauler Information Zero Waste Partner Program Brochure Zero Waste Partner Program Participant Goals Food Waste Reduction, Food Donation, and Composting Guide... continue reading »"Recycling Resources and Guides"

Curbside Organics Recycling

As of January 1, 2022, residential refuse customers are required to place food waste into their yard waste container to be recycled. Businesses and multi-family properties should contact their current hauler for guidance on organic recycling options. Please visit our SB 1383 Information and Resources page for up-to-date waste stream diversion levels. How does it work? Simply collect all your food scraps in a plastic (consider reusing zip-lock bags, bread bags, or produce bags!), tie it tightly, and put it... continue reading »"Curbside Organics Recycling"

Pasadena Zero Waste Partner Program

The Pasadena Zero Waste Partner Program is a free program that assists businesses in becoming environmental leaders by incorporating waste reduction practices into their business models. Below, you will find the electronic application, the program brochure, and additional details about the Program. Program Information Zero Waste Partner Program Brochure Zero Waste Partner Program Waste Reduction Goals Join the Pasadena Zero Waste Partner Program Pasadena Zero Waste Partner Program Business Address * Business Address Business Address Business Address City City State/Province... continue reading »"Pasadena Zero Waste Partner Program"

Zero Waste Pasadena 2040

What is Zero Waste? Zero Waste is a philosophy and design framework that promotes not only reuse, recycling, and conservation programs, but also, and more importantly, emphasizes sustainability by considering the entire life-cycle of products, processes, and systems. In this Zero Waste Strategic Plan (Zero Waste Plan), we will use the term “Zero Waste” to mean both reducing waste at the source and maximizing diversion from landfills, with the overall goal of striving for Zero Waste. Zero Waste is not necessarily 100 percent recycling but it shifts the... continue reading »"Zero Waste Pasadena 2040"

One-Day E-Waste Collection Events

The City holds One-Day E-Waste and Document Shredding events for residents throughout the year. These events are posted on the Calendar.  If you would like to subscribe for notifications of upcoming events, sign up through the City Service Center. Los Angeles County also hosts one-day events for Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste. Please visit their website for more information. Additional Electronic Waste and Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Locations Los Angeles County residents can visit the S.A.F.E Collection Centers maintained by... continue reading »"One-Day E-Waste Collection Events"

Commercial Recycling

State law (AB341 and SB1383) requires commercial businesses (including multi-family properties with 5 or more units) to subscribe to both organics and recycling services. In Pasadena, commercial businesses receive waste service from one of the City’s franchise haulers. Businesses can contact their current hauler to add organics and recycling services. Please review the list of franchise commercial haulers that offer organics recycling. Businesses must sort their waste properly, and they must train their staff annually on proper sorting. If the business... continue reading »"Commercial Recycling"


Pay-As-You-Throw is the trash collection system that is tailored to single family residences and multi-family units of four or less where your cost for collection is based upon how much you recycle and how much your family throws away. The smaller your waste container and the more you recycle, the less you pay. There are three different sizes of mixed waste containers (the green lid): 32 gallons, 60 gallons, 100 gallons. You can down size your waste container for free... continue reading »"Pay-As-You-Throw"

Used Motor Oil and Oil Filter Recycling

Used motor oil and oil filters should be recycled properly by taking them to a Certified Collection Center or Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center, or by scheduling a curbside pick-up through the Pasadena City Service Center. Used motor oil should never be poured onto the ground or into storm drains, and it should not be placed into your trash can. Certified Collection Centers Certified Collection Centers accept used motor oil and used oil filters from the public. A list of... continue reading »"Used Motor Oil and Oil Filter Recycling"