Environmental Programs


With more than half the population of Los Angeles County vaccinated, county and statewide COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths falling to their lowest levels since the start of the pandemic, and new statewide workplace safety rules adopted June 17, Malibu City Hall reopened to the public on June 28, 2021.

Malibu’s Virtual Environmental Center is your one-stop shop for community resources, online classes, and educational videos during these uncertain times.

Environmental Programs Accomplishments 2021

City Council provides staff with an annual work plan. In addition to these tasks, staff coordinates ongoing programs and projects. View the Environmental Programs Accomplishments 2021, including energy, pollution prevention, coastal, water conservation, waste reduction, and events and outreach.

Dark Sky Local Law

Dark Sky enforcement has been put on hold by Council. The requirements are still in effect for existing commercial properties, but the enforcement timeline has not been determined by Council.

Clean Water

  • Staff continues to monitor for sources of pollution, any activity suspected to be a source or contribution to water pollution should be reported to 310-456-2489, ext. 311 or online.

Solid Waste

  • UPDATE 8/14: City facilities are currently not accepting electronic waste and household hazardous waste (HHW). While staff prepares to host an event with COVID-19 safety protocols, Malibu residents are urged to properly dispose of e-waste and HHW at LA County HHW/E-Waste Collection Events and Permanent Collection Centers and S.A.F.E. Centers (Solvents/Automotive/Flammables/Electronics).
  • UPDATE 6/23: With Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-70-20 extending Executive Order N-54-20 for another 60 days, California Redemption Value (CRV) redemption opportunities continue to the extent retailers and recycling centers can operate in accordance with federal, state, and local physical distancing guidelines and safety requirements.
  • UPDATE 6/23: CRV containers will retain their value during this crisis as redemption options increase with the state’s phased reopening. Consumers are advised to monitor CalRecycle’s online database for local recycling centers and buyback stores and should call ahead before bringing CRV containers for redemption.
  • Effective June 1, 2020, the City requires commercial solid waste bins (one to six cubic yards in size) to be kept closed and locked at all times (24 hours/7 days a week).  Businesses should arrange for locking lid service by calling their solid waste hauler. Haulers typically charge a one-time welding fee and a monthly service fee.
  • As of June 1, with the return of separate trash and recycling collections, solid waste haulers will be stricter about non-recyclable items in recycling containers. Residents are reminded that materials that should be placed in recycling carts are plastics #1-7, glass, aluminum & tin, paper, flattened cardboard, and food and beverage cartons. To reduce contamination in the recycling stream, do not place these non-recyclable materials in recycling bins: plastic bags, used plastic cutlery, polystyrene foam, napkins and paper towels, and used paper plates and cups. 
  • For more guidance on Recycling Right, visit Malibu’s Virtual Environmental Center or view Recycling & Trash pick upinformation. 

Plastic Bans

  • UPDATE 6/23/2020: Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order directive that temporarily suspended certain requirements of the plastic bag ban expired in June 2020. California retailers may provide a reusable grocery bag or recycled paper bag to a customer at a charge of at least 10 cents. See SB 270 frequently asked questions. Additionally, reusable bags provided by customers continue to be allowed.
  • The plastic bag ban is still in effect during this time and staff has confirmed that only paper bags are being provided at stores. 
  • Compared to paper bags, plastic bags do not provide any additional health benefits. 
  • If stores are providing plastic bags, email the City’s Environmental Sustainability Analyst.


Clean Power Alliance customers have access to new protections in coordination with Southern California Edison (SCE) to assist those experiencing economic hardship due to COVID-19. 

  • Customers who are financially impacted by the pandemic can access bill payment assistance, flexible payment plans, and sign up for reduced rates through the CARE/FERA programs. SCE is also temporarily suspending disconnection of electric service due to customers’ nonpayment of bills because of the crisis. Call 800-655-4555 or visit www.sce.com/safety/coronavirus.

SoCalGas offers assistance to customers experiencing hardship due to COVID-19. There is a one-time grant and discount available that can help pay the natural gas bill. 

  • United Way and SoCalGas’ Gas Assistance Fund program usually closes in April, but the fund has now been extended into the fall months. The one-time grant awards have also been doubled from $100 to $200. Find out how to apply at socalgas.com
  • If customers’ household income has recently changed, they may now qualify for 20% off their natural gas bill with California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE). Apply today to see if you qualify.

Water Conservation

Malibu Smart’s enhanced water-saving device incentives are still available. For more information, call 310-554-6210 or email water@malibusmart.org

  • $5 per square feet of Grass Replacement
  • $6 per HE Sprinkler Nozzle
  • $9 per unit of Pressure Regulating Spray Heads and Check Valves
  • $35 per Smart Irrigation Controller
  • $350 per Master Valve and Flow Sensor

Coastal Vulnerability Assessment

  • A Coastal Vulnerability Assessment is underway to gain more information on sea level rise. The first public workshop on April 30, 2020 was cancelled and will be rescheduled. 
  • The City is seeking historical photos to engage community members and readers. If any community member has historical photos of coastal storms in Malibu and would like to contribute to Malibu’s Coastal Vulnerability Assessment, please send photos and descriptions to the City’s Environmental Sustainability Analyst.

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