Recycling & Trash
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.
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.
- Resources for Businesses regarding State AB341 Requirements
- Commercial Organics Recycling - AB1826 requirements for businesses
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.
Mandatory commercial recycling was one of the measures adopted in the Assembly Bill 32 Scoping Plan by the Air Resources Board (ARB) pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act (Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006). This law applies to multi-family and commercial properties (4+ units) and commercial properties generating more than 4 cubic yards of waste weekly.
The Mandatory Commercial Recycling Measure focuses on increased commercial waste diversion as a method to reduce GHG emissions. It is designed to achieve a reduction in GHG emissions of 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents.
The mandatory organics recycling law defines a business as a commercial or public entity (such as a school or hospital) including multifamily residential dwellings (5 units or more), that generates a specified amount of organic waste after April 2016.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- 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.
- Separate organic waste from other waste and participate in a waste recycling service that includes recycling of organic waste.
- Recycle organic waste on site, or self-haul organic waste off site for recycling.
- A business that is a property owner may require a lessee or tenant of that property to source separate their organic waste to aid in compliance.
- All businesses that contract for gardening or landscaping services must stipulate that the contractor recycle the resulting gardening or landscaping waste.
- California Businesses and Multifamily Complexes Will Soon Be Required to Recycle Their Organic Waste (brochure)
- Subscribe to an organic waste recycling service:
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.
Download the C&D Debris Recycling Packet to get started. At the end of your project, complete a Recycling Report. Owner/Builders and Project Managers must provide haul tickets and diversion information.
- Applications, Forms, and Fees
- Builders Recycling Resource List
- Material Conversion Worksheet
- Carpet Reclamation
- PaintCare Program
Your project manager/builder and City permitted hauler should be informed of C&D reporting requirements. Any hauler not on the permitted hauler list is working in Malibu illegally and will be referred to Code Enforcement.
local collection events
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.
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.
Los Angeles County HHW/E-Waste collection events are open to Los Angeles County residents
permanent collection centers
S.A.F.E. Centers (Solvents/Automotive/Flammables/Electronics) are permanent collection sites that are open every weekend for Los Angeles County residents to drop off their HHW, e-waste, and used oil.
- Prescription medication and sharps - learn about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day or find the nearest controlled substance public disposal location with the DEA's site locater
- Sharps disposal - drop off at Los Angeles County HHW Events or City of Los Angeles SAFE Centers
- Battery Recycling at City Hall - drop off M-F during business hours
- Solvents/automotive/flammables/electronics (SAFE) - View all locations on this bilingual English/Spanish flyer
- Permanent collection centers are open to Los Angeles County residents
- Paint may be recycled for free at some regional retail stores. For program details and locations, visit the Paint Care website or call 855-724-6809.