Residential Recycling and Refuse Services

Service Include DO NOT Include
Recycling – Blue Lid Aerosol Cans (empty) • Beverage & Food Containers (rinsed) • Cardboard (flattened) • Junk Mail • Mixed Paper • Catalogs • Magazines • Phone Books • Newspapers • All Plastics 1 and 2 Food and Pet Waste • Light Bulbs • Laminated or Waxed Paper • Unlabeled Plastics • Greasy Pizza Boxes • Styrofoam and All 3-6 plastics
Yard Waste – Black Lid Grass Clippings • Leaves & Weeds •Bagged food waste in clear plastic bag, Branches 3” or less in diameter and trimmed to fit in the container with the lid closed. Cactus • Palm Fronds • Bamboo • Large Tree Limbs • Animal Waste • Lumber • Construction Materials • Dirt/Soil
Trash – Green Lid Items soiled with food • Vacuum Dust or Sweepings • Hair Clippings • Styrofoam and all All Plastics 3 through 7  • Anything That Can’t be Recycled or Composted Construction Materials • Dirt/Sand • Sod • Concrete
Free Pick Up – Bulky Items (2x per year) Single family residents may schedule two free pickups of bulky items per year: Appliances • Furniture • Mattresses • 2 tires • Lawn Furniture • Barbecues • Play Equipment • Bundled Wood (3′ max.) • Fence Material • Miscellaneous (call and ask) • Call 626-744-7311 for an Appointment. Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) • Electronic Waste • Computers • Construction Materials • Dirt • Sand • Large Tree Limbs • Tree Stumps
Free Used Oil/Filter Pick Up Used oil/filter pick up will be by appointment only. Indicate # of containers. Please call 24 hours in advance of your regular trash pick-up at 626-744-7311. Day of pick-up, place used oil/filter in approved container at the curb by 7am.

To request a recycling container, or to report a missed pick-up, please 626-744-7311

Residential Service Discounts

The City of Pasadena offers residential refuse customers two types of discounts: the Senior Citizen Refuse Rate or the Roll Out Service for Disabled Persons. If you meet the requirements listed below, please complete and submit an electronic application, or request a paper copy of the application by calling the City Service Center at (626) 744-7311.

The Senior Citizen Refuse Rate provides qualified residents with a 10% discount on their monthly refuse rate. The Roll Out Service for Disabled Persons provides free roll out service for qualified residents. Roll out service means that your containers will be set out at the curb for service and then returned to their original location by City of Pasadena staff.

Please note that residents who meet the requirements for both the Senior Discount and the Roll Out Service for Disabled Persons can only receive one of these two discounts. The city will grant a discount once the qualifications are verified.

Senior Citizen Refuse Rate Application


  • Be 62 years of age or older
  • Pay the refuse bill for only one (1) unit and reside on the premises in that unit
  • Both the service address and billing address must be in your name according to the Municipal Services records
  • Not participating in another refuse discount program

To apply for the Senior Citizen Refuse Rate, please complete the application below and submit it for review.

Roll Out Service for Disabled Persons


  • Possess a permanent accessible parking placard issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • Placard must be N1 - Permanent
  • Living alone or with no other person able to assist in rolling in and out the containers.
  • Not participating in another refuse discount program

To apply for Roll Out Service for Disabled Persons, please complete the application below and submit it for review.

Additional Resources

Download Recycling and Refuse Service Flyer

2024 Holiday Trash Schedule - Including Christmas Tree Recycling

2019 Recycling Changes