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Welcome to the City’s Virtual Environmental Center

The City of Malibu intends to lead by example and empower its residents, business owners, builders, and community organizations to tread more lightly on the earth by living, building, working, and playing in a smarter way that reflects the City’s stewardship of its treasured coastal resources. View the Library for electronic handouts and rebates information.

One Call to City Hall - 24/7 Hotline

To report non-life threatening emergencies that may require an immediate response (sewer spills, wastewater spills, pipe breaks, including water mains and gas lines), call the City's One Call to City Hall service line.  

The City’s One Call to City Hall service line (310-456-CITY ext. 311) is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Please dial 800-395-9084 to reach One Call to City Hall services while the City works to resolve this issue. The 800 number will be answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week for community members to report issues or contact City staff during non-business hours. You will be connected to a live operator who will relay your message to the appropriate City staff. During regular business hours, a City Hall receptionist will direct all calls to the appropriate staff.  

Virtual Enviro Events

Upcoming Events - Virtual Activities

View the Environmental Programs Calendar for events in and around Malibu, or sign up for notifications via email or text.

Celebrate Earth Day 2021

Find EarthDay.org resources list to help you engage students in fun, interactive and educational activities as we practice social distancing to keep our communities healthy!

  • March 27, 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM - Earth Hour. Turn off your lights to raise climate change awareness. Find out how to be part of the Earth Hour Virtual Spotlight this year.
  • April 5-12 - International Dark Skies Week. Join the movement to reduce light pollution. In 2020, the City made a commitment to preserve Malibu's nighttime sky and protect local wildlife by implementing Dark Sky requirements for commercial and recreation zones.
  • April 12 - Polli-Power Series. Grade TK-5 students can find information about gardening, local pollinator habitats, activities, art projects, and more. Visit MalibuCity.org/PolliPower through May 31st.
  • April 17 - Recycle Day at City Hall. This is a mega-collection event that accepts motor oil and paint, electronic waste, auto and household batteries, and documents for shredding. COVID-19 safety protocols are in place for the drive-thru event. Attendees must wear a face covering and stay in their vehicle.
  • April 18 & 19 - Earth Day 2021 Virtual Event - Learn from environmental organizations and sustainable businesses, connect with one another, and hear from speakers about what comes next in this pivotal year. RSVP for updates  on the event.
    • April 18 & 19: Earth Day 2021 Virtual Stage
    • April 19: Earth Day 2021 Virtual Fair
  • April 21 - Wildflower Hike at Charmlee Park - Learn about wild flowers and native plants while enjoying the Santa Monica Mountains. RSVP.
  • April 22 - 51st Anniversary of Earth Day. The theme of Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth. During the ongoing pandemic, cancelled indoor events presented an opportunity for many to reconnect with nature. It became increasingly important for us to stay connected with one another, while staying physically apart.
  • April 27 -  Senior Center Spring Go-Go Gifts Program. Senior Center members can pick up their free garden themed kit and fun spring gift bag at Malibu Bluffs Park. Participants must stay in their vehicle, wear a face covering, and exit the parking lot upon receipt of gift bag. RSVP by calling 310-456-2489 ext. 357 or emailing Community Services Staff.

Garden Workshops

Firescaping Workshop - Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 6:00 P.M. West Basin Municipal Water District is hosting a free online firescaping workshop to teach residents about landscaping techniques to help safeguard their properties from the threat of wildfires. The area of focus is the Palos Verdes Peninsula, but the workshop is open to all residents. RSVP.

Landscape Classes - Check the schedule for availability of California-Friendly and Native Landscape Training, Turf Removal and Garden Transformation, and Garden Design Workshops at BeWaterwise.com. RSVP. 

Smart Gardening - LA County offers free virtual classes with Q&A. Learn about backyard and worm composting, drought-tolerant plants, organic and small-space gardening. RSVP.

Free Rain Barrel Home Delivery Program - West Basin Municipal Water District is currently offering free, contactless delivery of rain barrels directly to qualifying homes. The 55-gallon, eco-friendly rain barrels will help Malibu residents collect rainwater to use for landscaping and reduce urban runoff. One rain barrel can save up to 620 gallons per year. To register for a rain barrel delivery or learn more about the program, visit the West Basin website.

Recycling Collection Events

Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Events

  • Update September 19, 2020 - City HHW and E-waste collection events have resumed with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Household battery collection at City Hall is postponed; please drop off at regular e-waste events.
  • Update July 18, 2020 - LA County HHW and E-waste collection events have resumed with COVID-19 safety precautions. If you have questions, call 800-238-0173 or 888-CLEAN LA.
  • Update July 11, 2020 - Permanent S.A.F.E. centers have reopened for LA City and LA County residents to drop off household hazardous waste. Due to COVID-19, strict safety rules are in place, and long wait times are anticipated.

Visit this page often or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates. To receive notifications for special events via text or email, sign up at MalibuCity.org/enviroevents.

Education and Outreach

Water Lab: A Digital Learning Experience - West Basin offers free online classes and family-friendly resources. All webinars will be live-hosted by West Basin staff or in partnership with other subject matter experts and participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions during and after each presentation.

FREE Interactive Educational Portal - Discovery Cube Connect offers over 100 high quality, hands-on STEM activities for grades K-5 that enable experiential science learning at home. To allow you to find the most relevant activities and content, resources are searchable by grade and subject.

Firescaping - Get tips for reducing your fire risk, learn which plants and building materials help minimize damage, and find out how to make your home more firefighter-accessible. Download a list of fire-resistant and California native plants at MalibuSmart.org.

Laws to Protect our Blue Backyard

Water Softener Ban - Effective October 28, 2020, all commercial and residential properties connected to the Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Facility must remove salt-based regenerative water softeners. The purpose of this ban is to preserve water quality and reduce negative impacts of salt in groundwater. Contact the City's Environmental Programs Coordinator or view the flyer for more information.

Locking Solid Waste Bins - Effective June 1, 2020, all commercial solid waste bins (one to six cubic yards in size) must be kept closed and locked at all times (24 hours/7 days a week). Closed rubbish bins help to keep our beaches litter-free, and deters the presence of rodents which ultimately discourages use of rodenticides that threaten wildlife.

Plastic Bans - Since 2008, the City has spearheaded the battle against single-use plastic by banning disposables such as shopping bags, foam containers, straws, cutlery, and even sandbags.

RECYCLE RIGHT IN MALIBU

Recycling is good for the planet because it conserves natural resources. Many materials that end up in the recycle bin contaminate the load and even cause damage to sorting machines. Common non-recyclables include: plastic bags, shipping plastic bubbles and packing peanuts, polystyrene foam, napkins and paper towels, used paper plates and cups, and PPE (personal protection equipment). Let’s all Recycle Right in Malibu.

Don’t Recycle PPE - Watch US EPA’s video (hosted on YouTube) to learn what to do with Personal Protection Equipment.

Recycling During the Health Crisis - Watch US EPA’s video (hosted on YouTube) and find out how you can help frontline workers at solid waste facilities.

Blue Bin Tips - City of Los Angeles produced videos with information about materials that can and cannot be recycled. Watch RecycLA video 1 and RecycLA video 2 (hosted on YouTube).

City Enviro Projects

City Projects

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; please send photos and descriptions to the City’s Environmental Sustainability Analyst.

Malibu Smart Program aims to help residents save 28 million gallons of water annually in Malibu and Topanga Canyon through the installation of water-efficiency measures. This Program is a partnership with County of Los Angeles Waterworks and West Basin Municipal Water District.

Enhanced Watershed Management Program - Projects planned through a partnership with County of Los Angeles Public Works and Flood Control District to protect local coastal watersheds.

Safe Clean Water Program - Measure W was approved by Los Angeles County voters on November 6, 2018. This multi-benefit measure provides cities, including the City of Malibu, watershed areas, and Los Angeles County with funds to capture, treat, and recycle stormwater. For more information, visit https://safecleanwaterla.org/.

Completed Projects

A large section of Malibu’s coastline was designated as an Area of Special Biological Significance (ASBS) to preserve unique ocean habitats. Urban runoff is prohibited from reaching the ASBS in order to maintain its natural water quality. The City is protective of the entire coast, so many projects include a component to keep pollutants out of local water bodies.

  • Bluffs Park Ocean Friendly Garden - Completed in 2013, the City and West Basin Municipal Water District created a garden to demonstrate how smart irrigation technology and native and drought-tolerant plants conserve water.
  • Broad Beach Road Biofiltration - Completed in 2015, the project prevents and treats dry weather and wet-weather flows that might otherwise discharge to the ASBS.
  • Civic Center Stormwater Treatment Facility - The need to reduce the amount of bacteriological contamination entering Malibu Lagoon and Surfrider Beach and to reduce the number of beach postings and closures was addressed by the City of Malibu through the Civic Center Stormwater Treatment Facility Project.
  • Las Flores Creek Park - Completed in 2016, the project created Las Flores Creek Park, and restored and preserved the creek with planting of native species
  • Legacy Park - Completed in 2010, Legacy Park, an environmental cleaning machine and living learning center, is the centerpiece of the City’s $50 million commitment to improve ocean water quality and public health.
  • Malibu City Hall - In 2011, the City opened the doors to its new, LEED certified City Hall.
  • Malibu Public Library - In 2012, the City and LA County completed this $5.7 million joint project to revitalize the Malibu Library, paying homage to the area’s history and introducing cutting-edge technology.
  • Paradise Cove Stormwater Treatment Facility
  • Solstice Creek Bridge Replacement - Completed in 2008, this City project demolished and replaced the old bridge to remove barriers and improve the migration of steelhead trout in the Solstice Canyon Creek Watershed.
  • Wildlife Road Treatment and Outreach - Completed in 2015, this project prevents dry-weather and wet-weather flows from discharging into the ASBS.