For residents with City services for rubbish and recycling, a free pickup of large or bulky items can be requested. Large item collection is available on an on-call basis once per calendar year per address.
Call our customer service office, Global Water, toll-free at 1-855-354-5623, for your collection Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Your pickup will take place the following week on your regular refuse/recycling pick-up day. Place items where recycling is picked up, at least five feet away from your trash and recycling containers. Please keep in mind that the Torrance Municipal Code states that materials cannot be placed for collection earlier than 12 hours before the scheduled pickup. Cancellations must be made at least one day in advance of your scheduled pickup.
NOTE: The City will pick up twenty (20) items per pick up. Please remember that construction material (examples: wood, concrete, bricks, and drywall), major yard cleanup debris (examples: trunks and stumps, sod, and dirt), wall to wall carpeting, auto parts, and household hazardous wastes, including chemicals, propane tanks, TVs, computer monitors and electronics, are not included in large item collection. If you have hazardous waste or electronics, click here for suggestions. Small items must be tied in bags. Spas, hot tubs, pianos, and organs are not included and will not be collected.
Residents are also encouraged to consider recycling any items in usable condition by donating them to a non-profit organization. The following organizations provide pick-up or drop-off service:
For residents who have items the City will not take, or for those who have already used the large item pick up for the year, listed below are some local transfer stations that are open to the public. Please call ahead for prices, accepted materials, recycling options or other requirements.
1. Allied Waste (Formally BFI) Transfer Stations*
2509 Rosecrans, Compton, CA
3031 E. I Street (also called Falcon site), Wilmington, CA
*Per City contract, all Torrance residents can receive discounted City rates at the above two Allied facilities with proof of residency (license or utility bill). The rates are a minimum charge per ton. Call Allied Waste for specific information.
2. Consolidated/American Waste Transfer Station (also called Republic)
1449 Rosecrans Avenue, Gardena
3. Bel Art Transfer Station
2495 E. 68th Street, Long Beach, CA
4. Waste Management Carson Transfer Station
321 W. Francisco Street, Carson, CA
Large Item Collection is not available during the time of our Christmas tree recycling program, which usually starts after Christmas and continues for about two weeks. Please call at least three weeks before the Christmas tree pick up begins to allow time to schedule the large item pick up for the year.
Christmas trees are collected separately from the regular refuse for recycling for about two weeks each year for those who are served by the City of Torrance for refuse collection.