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 | RESIDENTIAL TRASH AND RECYCLING PROGRAMS
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A QUICK REFERENCE TO ALL THE CITY'S TRASH AND RECYCLING PROGRAMS

For residential curbside trash pick up, the City of Torrance uses 64 or 96-gallon curbside containers for refuse (black), recycling (gray) and green waste recycling (green). Rates are tied to the size of the refuse container chosen.  For residents who have alley pick up, there are 300-gallon trash bins placed in the alleys that are to be shared by two or three single-family residential households in the immediate area.  The question is, what goes where?

Click here for what goes where in the curbside containers.

There are items that the City does not take in the residential collection program.  The list consists of, but is not limited to:

  • Dirt, sod, large landscaping debris such as stumps or large limbs over 4" in diameter
  • Concrete, rock, sheet rock, wood/lumber, dry wall, scrap metal, bricks, or any debris from construction work
  • Hot ashes
  • Automotive parts
  • Hazardous materials such as batteries, oil, paint, electronics, and medical sharps

For non-hazardous liquids such as cooking or vegetable oil, solidify the liquid by mixing it with an absorbent like kitty litter, Plaster of Paris, sawdust, or even newspapers.  Once the liquid is in "solid" form, it can go in the regular trash.  Do not pour down drains or sinks as this will damage pipes.

Electronics, such as TV's, computers, and cell phones are banned from the trash.  Click here for more information.

Click here for more information of how to safely dispose of hazardous waste.

For information on proper disposal of medical sharps, click here.

If you are interested in composting, click here.

The City offers a once-per-calendar-year large item pick up for residents with our refuse service.  Click here for more details.

If you need a roll-off bin, click here for a list of private haulers.