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Residential Refuse Rates

Information on Proposed 2017 Refuse Collection Rate Increase

The rates for the Sanitation Services Fee will be as follows as of July 1, 2016:

Standard Service - $26.58 per month

  • 64 gallon refuse container
  • 96 gallon recycling container
  • 96 gallon green waste recycling container

Optional Service - $27.64 per month

  • 96 gallon refuse container
  • 96 gallon recycling container
  • 96 gallon green waste recycling container

These are suggested service levels.  The rate is tied to the size of the refuse container.  Residents can choose different sizes of recycling and green waste recycling containers and it will not affect their monthly rates.  All containers are available in 64 gallon and 96 gallon sizes.

Sanitation services container size dimensions:

  • 64 gallon containers - 40" H x 27.5" W x 30" D
  • 96 gallon containers - 46.75" H x 29.25" W x 34.50" D
  • Older containers may be slightly smaller.

To request a change in container size or additional containers, click here.  All container change requests, size and additional containers, must be kept for a minimum of 6 months before another change can be requested.  After making the request, please leave the container to be changed out in an easily accessible and visible place until it is changed out.  Depending on the demand for containers, this could be a couple weeks to several weeks.

For additional refuse containers, residents must first have the 96 gallon refuse container, and will be charged an additional 75% of the Standard Service fee, regardless of the size of their second refuse container.  There is a fee of $10.61 for container delivery.  Second recycling and green waste recycling containers are free.

Residents with alley refuse collection (300 gallon shared containers) will be charged the same rate as a 64 gallon refuse container.

Low-Income Senior or Low-Income Permanently Disabled Discounts
To qualify for a senior or handicapped rate, the applicant must:

  • Be a minimum of 62 years of age OR permanently disabled.
  • AND
  • Have a total household income no greater than $30,150 for the prior calendar year.

If you meet these criteria, please call the City's Finance Department at 310-618-5830, and they will mail you the appropriate forms.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate adjusts annually each July 1.  The 2016 adjustment was .6750%.

For residents that require roll-off containers/dumpsters, the containers need to be rented from a private rubbish company. Click here for a pdf list of private rubbish companies that have a business license in Torrance.  If the container/dumpster is placed on City property, a permit is required. A permit can be obtained from Community Development at 310-618-5898, or click here to go to Community Development Permits webpage.

If you need to dispose of refuse directly, there are facilities called transfer stations that can take refuse and recycling for disposal.  Click here for a list of local transfer stations.  Call locations before visiting to confirm availability.

Important Notice
** If you live in a single family residence and are not receiving services such as refuse collection from the City of Torrance, more than likely your address is not considered City of Torrance. It is recommended that you call the City of Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles Service Request Number is 800-996-2489 or
click here to go to the City of Los Angeles website.

For questions and additional information, please contact the Torrance Public Works Department at 310-781-6900.