Recycling & Trash

Malibu contains a unique combination of beach properties and properties accessed via canyon roads and/or Pacific Coast Highway. Solid waste haulers are challenged by geographic and traffic issues. Trash pickup information is available for residents and haulers.

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  1. HHW and E-Waste
  2. Transportation Limits

In order to protect public health and the environment, the State of California has banned certain types of waste from regular household or business trash. View a complete list of banned waste. Statewide household hazardous waste (HHW) collection data including universal waste is available on CalRecycle's website.

Limited HHW/E-Waste roundups are held on a bimonthly basis at Malibu City Hall. Free collection events hosted by Calabasas and Agoura Hills are also open to Malibu residents.

Acceptable Items: used motor oil; oil filters; anti-freeze; car batteries; latex paint (water based only).
Unacceptable Items: stains; varnish; enamel paints (oil based); pesticides; chemicals; materials in containers with illegible labels, or leaking contents.

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  1. Construction Projects
  2. Debris Recycling

The City requires Construction and Demolition (C&D) project managers to recycle or reuse a minimum 65% of the waste generated. The goal is to keep as much C&D debris out of landfills as possible. Download the City's brochure for more information.

Reuse and recycling of C&D materials is one component of a larger holistic practice called sustainable or green building construction. The efficient use of resources is a fundamental tenet of green building construction. Your project manager/builder and City permitted hauler should be informed of C&D reporting requirements.

  1. Commercial Sector
  2. Commercial Recycling
  3. Organics Recycling

According to 2008 Statewide Waste Characterization data, the commercial sector generates nearly three-fourths of the solid waste in California. Furthermore, much of the commercial sector waste disposed in landfills is readily recyclable.

A co-benefit of increased recycling is avoided methane emissions at landfills from the decomposition of organic materials. Use of composted organic materials also provides environmental benefits such as carbon storage in soils and reduced use of fertilizers, pesticides, and water.