Multi-Family and Apartment Recycling

State law (AB341 and SB1383) requires apartments/multi-family properties with 5 or more units to subscribe to both organics and recycling services.

In Pasadena, apartments/multi-family residences usually receive waste service from one of the City’s franchise haulers. Your property manager is responsible for working with your hauler to make sure you have the proper service.

Each hauler may have different instructions for how to sort and the materials accepted. Please reach out to your property manager for more information. Your hauler is required to provide education and informational literature to its customers (the account holder or property manager) describing the recycling services to be provided and materials to be recycled. Their websites also often include useful resources.

If you don’t know if you have organics service, we recommend first contacting your property manager. You may also contact your hauler—their name and phone number should be printed on your trash bin. If you believe you do not have access to organics service, you can request that the city investigate by submitting a request through our City Service Center. (Type 1383 in the search box to easily find the topic)

Please note that while you are required to have access to trash, recycling, and organics service, this may not always be three separate containers. Some haulers may allow materials to be combined if they are sent to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF), where the waste is mechanically and manually sorted to maximize the amount of material that can be diverted from the landfill.