Recycling & Trash

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Malibu is a unique combination of beach properties and properties accessed via canyon roads and/or Pacific Coast Highway. Haulers are challenged by geographic and traffic issues. Trash pickup information is available for residents and businesses. The City issues permits for solid waste hauling, but does not operate any trash or recycling services. View the current City permitted hauler list.

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

The organics recycling law applies to businesses and multifamily residential dwellings (5 units or more). Organic waste includes food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste.

Timeline SB 1383: Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

  • July 1, 2020 - CalRecycle begins analyzing the progress that the waste sector, state governments, and local governments have made in regards to achieving organic waste reduction targets for 2020 and 2025. Upon conclusion of this analysis, CalRecycle may include incentives or additional requirements in the regulations to facilitate progress toward achieving the organic disposal reduction targets.
  • January 1, 2022 - CalRecycle’s regulations to meet the organic waste reduction targets for 2020 and 2025 take effect and are enforceable on this date.
  • January 1, 2024 - CalRecycle may require local jurisdictions to impose penalties for non-compliance on regulated entities subject to their authority.
  • January 1, 2025 - By this date, the state must achieve a 75% reduction in the level of statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level. In addition, not less than 20 percent of currently disposed edible food must be recovered for human consumption. 
Locking Dumpsters Required
  1. Construction and Demo
  2. Construction 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. HHW and E-Waste
  2. Medication and Sharps

Local Events

Malibu offers a limited HHW/E-Waste event on a bimonthly basis: MalibuCity.org/EnviroCalendar

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.

Los Angeles County HHW/E-Waste has rotating collection events open to all Los Angeles County residents. See LA County’s HHW/E-Waste Collection Schedule for the next event.

It is against the law to transport more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste to collection sites. Be sure to pack waste properly to prevent tipping or spilling. Most hazardous waste events require you to stay in your car while event staff unloads the materials.

permanent collection centers

Local Events

Malibu offers a limited HHW/E-Waste event on a bimonthly basis: MalibuCity.org/EnviroCalendar

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.

Los Angeles County HHW/E-Waste has rotating collection events open to all Los Angeles County residents. See LA County’s HHW/E-Waste Collection Schedule for the next event.

It is against the law to transport more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste to collection sites. Be sure to pack waste properly to prevent tipping or spilling. Most hazardous waste events require you to stay in your car while event staff unloads the materials.

permanent collection centers