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Trash & Recycling


For the week of May 27 all trash, recycling, yard waste, and organics services are delayed one day. There is no service on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.  Please review Holiday Schedule below for more information. 

trash pick up truck
GENERAL INFORMATION
Commercial or Residential Service

WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR YOU
All homes and businesses in Huntington Beach must have trash service. The property type helps to determine the type of service. All single family homes and many condos and townhomes will use individual wheeled carts emptied one time per week aka residential cart service
residential carts
Multi-family properties with two to four dwelling units may have either residential cart or commercial bin service. To request a change in service type from residential to commercial or vice-versa, please contact the Trash and Recycling Office at (714) 375-5010.

Multi-family properties with 5 or more dwelling units and all other commercial properties must use commercial bin service. Commercial service may include a residential style cart for recycling or organics. Please contact Republic Services at (714) 847-3581 to start, stop or change commercial service.

Commercial Bin
Carts and bins are property of Republic Services. Please do not take them when you move.

Collection Hours
Trash and recycling services are on weekly regular schedules depending on the type of service and area of town. Service can happen anytime from 7:00AM - 6:30PM.
Compost Station
Compost is currently available for free at the City Yard.  Please review the guidelines before your first visit.
Holiday Schedule
The city's solid waste contractor observes only the following six holidays each year. There is no service on the holiday, and collection service is delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
How does a holiday affect my service?

Example: Holiday falls on a Monday
Normal Collection Day Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Holiday Collection Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat

Example: Holiday falls on a Wednesday

Normal Collection Day Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Holiday Collection Unaffected Thurs Fri Sat
Public Dump
Public dumping for self-haul loads of construction and demolition debris, landscape debris, and other trash is available in Huntington Beach at the transfer station at Rainbow Environmental, now a division of Republic Services.

Location:   Republic Services Transfer Station
17121 Nichols Lane - Gate #4
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Phone:   (657) 845-6138
Fee:   There is a fee for dumping. See the Republic Services website for rates or call for most current information and accepted payment types
Hours:   Mon - Fri 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed:   Sundays
New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
Recycling Centers

Earth911 provides an extensive recycling database that provides locations of where to take any material.

Report Illegal Dumping

To report illegal dumping of items on public space or the public right of way, contact Public Works Operations at (714) 960-8861 or report the issue through the city website. The City of Huntington Beach DOES NOT pick up bulky or abandoned items from private property.

Scavenging

Scavenging is the act of unauthorized persons searching through recycling or trash containers located either on public or private property. It is illegal in the City of Huntington Beach to scavenge. If you see a scavenging incident, please report it to Scavenging Enforcement at (714) 374-1739 with a detailed description of the day, time, location, person and vehicle if known.

If you wish to donate your recyclables so that others may collect the redemption value, please separate these items from your container, bag them, and place them where they can be accessed. Do not give permission for individuals to go through your containers. For further information please call Scavenging Enforcement at (714) 374-1739.

Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach residents and businesses are located within the Sunset Beach Sanitary District. This special services district provides the trash and recycling collection in the Sunset Beach area. Residential services are billed on the County property tax bill. Contact the Sunset Beach Sanitary District at (562) 493-9932 with questions or to report service issues.  
RESIDENTIAL INFORMATION
Bulky Items

Residential trash customers can schedule free bulky item collection with the city's trash collector, Republic Services. This is allowed 4 times per year, up to 10 items per pickup. Items include furniture, appliances, mattresses, bagged trash up to 40 lbs., and bundled palm fronds (max. 4 ft. & 40 lbs.). TV's, pallets, and construction/demolition items are not eligible.

Call (714) 847-3581 to schedule. Bulky items are collected by a special truck on your regular collection day. Please allow 48 hours advance notice.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are experiencing long hold times in excess of 15 minutes or other difficulty reaching Republic Services, please email Republic Services. When emailing, please include your name, the service address, the item(s) to be collected, and a call back phone number.

Collection Schedule
Find your residential service day on the citywide map.
Household Hazardous Waste
Household hazardous material (HHW) includes:
  • televisions
  • computers and monitors
  • fluorescent tubes and bulbs
  • batteries
  • automotive fluids
  • paint and stain
  • household cleaners
Although common in homes, garages, and storage sheds, these items may NOT be placed in the trash, and trash containing them will not be collected.

Residents can drop off HHW free of charge at the Orange County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center. Business waste is not accepted. This center is conveniently and centrally located here in Huntington Beach at Republic Services.

  17121 Nichols Lane, Gate 6
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
Closed Sundays, Mondays, holidays, and when raining


For more information, please contact the County of Orange at (714) 834-4000.

How It Works
Residential Carts
  • Carts should be set out for service by 7:00AM on your designated collection day.
  • All trash, recycling, and yard waste must be sorted and placed in the proper cart issued by Republic Services.
  • For residential customers the placement of your cart is very important, since the collection vehicle’s lifting arm requires clearance of at least one foot on all sides of the cart.
  • Carts should be facing toward the street/alley with the hinges facing away from the street.
  • Place carts at least 6 feet away from any automobiles, mailboxes or anything else that would impede service.
  • For proper servicing and public health reasons, lids must be completely closed. If the lid is not closed due to the cart being overfilled, your cart may be skipped.
Missed Pick-Ups

For missed pick-ups, please contact Republic Services at (714) 847-3581 within 24 hours to request a make-up collection. Missed pickups are typically collected the next business day, depending on time of day that Republic Services was notified. Please leave the cart out so that it can be emptied.

Residential Container Sizes & Options

The standard container size is 95 gallons. Smaller containers are available for smaller households or when space is limited. All households must have a trash, recycling, and yard waste container. There is no change or discount to the monthly fee for using smaller or fewer containers.

Size and weight restrictions for recycling, trash and organics waste.
T = Trash; R = Recycling; Y = Yard Waste

Residential Cart Sizes

EXCHANGING CONTAINERS
To exchange container sizes or to replace damaged or stolen containers, please contact Republic Services at (714) 847-3581. Containers are repaired or exchanged at no additional charge.

Residential Fees /Low Income Senior Discount
RESIDENTIAL SERVICE

As of July 1, 2023, the fee for residential trash service is $0.8821 per day, which equates to $26.83 per month. The total charge that appears on the monthly statement will vary from bill to bill depending on the number of days in the billing cycle. Generally, no separate sign-up is required for residential service. The service is enrolled when the water service is started. Per ordinance, a property is deemed occupied when there is an active water service.

To start or stop your municipal services account, visit Municipal Billing or call (714) 536-5919.

SENIOR CITIZEN LOW INCOME DISCOUNT
Low income seniors, age 62 and over, may apply for a 50% discounted rate and for the Utility User Tax Exemption. Please note that the 50% trash discount applies only to City of Huntington Beach residential trash customers and is not available for trash services paid to a Homeowner's Association, landlord, or property manager.

If you believe you qualify for the reduced rate, you can use the same application form for Utility User Tax exemption. For assistance with qualifications and completing the form, please contact the Finance Dept. at (714) 536-5630.

Vacation Holds

The city does not allow vacation holds for trash services.

COMMERCIAL INFORMATION
Bulky Items

Commercial and multi-family customers can have bulky items collected at a cost of $31.27 per item. Please call (714) 847-3581 to schedule this. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are experiencing long hold times in excess of 15 minutes or other difficulty reaching Republic Services, please email Republic Services. When emailing, please include your name, the service address, the item(s) to be collected, and a call back phone number.

Collection Days

Commercial Service days are not mapped and vary based on the service agreement between property owner/manager and Republic Services.

If you are a tenant receiving commercial bin service, please contact your property owner/manager for your service day(s).

Commercial Fees

Please refer to the Commercial Rate Sheet for service options and prices.

Missed Pick-Ups

For missed pick-ups, please contact Republic Services at (714) 847-3581 within 24 hours to request a make-up collection. Missed pickups are typically collected the next business day, depending on time of day that Republic was notified.

Temporary & Construction Bins

The City of Huntington Beach has an exclusive franchise agreement with Republic Services for the collection of trash and recyclables, including all construction and demolition temporary bins placed on private property or the public right-of-way. Non-franchised bins may be cited or impounded.

SELF-HAUL EXCEPTION
The only exception to this franchise is for self-hauling by resident, business or contractor. Residents, businesses and contractors may haul away debris from their Huntington Beach construction site using their own vehicles (trucks and/or trailers). A vehicle rented and operated by the resident/business/contractor for this purpose counts as their own. Renting bins or otherwise paying a non-franchised waste hauler for temporary debris bins is not self-haul.

TEMPORARY RENTALS

Rent-A-Bin Roll Off


Republic Services offers a variety of services to contractors for construction and demolition solid waste disposal:

  • 40 cu. yd. Roll Off Boxes (Large Bulky Items, Major Projects)
  • 10 cu. yd. “Low-Boy boxes (Brick/Tile, Concreate/Asphalt, Dirt/Sand)
  • 3 cu. yd. Rent-A-Bins (Small Items/Projects)
  • Transfer Station for Self-Haul Public Dumping
Contact Republic Services to schedule your temporary and/or construction bin at (714) 847-3581.
IMPORTANT LEGISLATION
Business Recycling (AB 341)

The “Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law” aims to divert 75% of California’s waste stream away from landfills and instead be reduced, recycled or composted by the year 2020. To accomplish this, businesses and multi-family residential dwellings of five units or more, that generate more than 4 cubic yards of solid waste per week, are required to arrange for recycling services on and after July 1, 2012. Huntington Beach’s contracted waste hauler, Republic Services, has staff that can assist in implementing the right commercial recycling program for businesses or apartment properties. Contact Republic services at (657) 845-6161 for more information regarding compliance.

For additional information on AB 341 please visit the CalRecycle website.

California's Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy (SB 1383)

SB 1383 establishes statewide targets to reduce the amount of organic waste disposed of in landfills (50% reduction by 2020 and 75% by 2025). It also sets a goal to rescue at least 20% of currently disposed edible food by 2025 and redirect that food to people in need. Contact Republic Services at (657) 845-6161 for more information regarding compliance.

For additional information on SB 1383 please visit the CalRecycle website.

Customer Access to Recycling (AB 827)

Effective July 1, 2020, certain restaurants and retailers who are subject to Mandatory Commercial Recycling and Organics laws are now required to provide recycling containers at front-of-house to collect food waste and recyclables generated from products purchased and consumed on their premises. The collection containers must be visible, easily accessible to customers, and clearly marked.

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (AB 1826)

This law came into effect on January 1, 2016 and requires businesses and multi-family complexes (with 5 or more units) that generate two or more cubic yards of solid waste and organic waste combined per week to arrange for organics collection services. For more information regarding compliance, contact Republic Services by calling (657) 845-6161 or emailing [email protected].

For additional information on AB 1826 please visit the CalRecycle website.

FRANCHISE AGREEMENT
Solid Waste Franchise Agreement

The Franchise Agreement between the City of Huntington Beach and Rainbow Disposal (now Republic Services) was adopted on July 17, 2006 and expires June 30, 2037.