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. 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.

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. Medication and Sharps

Local Events

Malibu offers a limited HHW/E-Waste event on a bimonthly basis:

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.

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