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Business, Commercial, and Multi-family Trash & Recycling

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Trash and Recycling
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Business, commercial, and multi-family homes* in Torrance must receive trash services from a licensed private hauler. In addition, State law mandates recycling programs for most businesses and all multi-family homes.

If you need to establish recycling services at your home or place of business, here are a few suggestions:

  • Contact your current trash hauler: most can provide recycling services at an additional cost.

  • "Shop around" for service options and/or prices with another licensed hauler: If your current trash hauler cannot provide the services you need, Torrance is an "open" city for collection services - they just need to have a business license. See Private Hauler List above. 
  • Contact a business dedicated to recycling collections: There are some dedicated businesses that just provide recycling services (not trash collection). Some companies only have drop-off capabilities, others can offer on-site collection. See the list below, or try the phone book:
  • If you have specialized materials for recycling: To exchange materials for reuse, contact one of these free, online material exchanges:
  • Potential Industries Recycling Center: 922 East "E" Street, Wilmington, 90744, 310-549-5901. This recycling center has a drop-off area for recycling available Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon and will accept all the materials that the City of Torrance takes in the City's recycling program. Please note they will take "donations" only as they will not pay for drop-off recycling items. They will take materials from both residents and businesses.

  • Drop-off centers: For those willing to transport their own materials, there may be nearby facilities that will take a variety of recyclable materials. Try these search engines for drop-off suggestions: or

  • Transfer Stations: Please call ahead for prices, accepted materials, recycling options or other requirements.

References to specific businesses are not an endorsement by the City. All information is subject to change.

Note: The city tracks recycling program compliance through the private refuse haulers for business and multifamily. If you do not use your refuse hauler for recycling, please contact your refuse hauler and provide them with your recycling information. 

 *The city is  allowed by code to provide trash and recycling services to 3 and 4 units multifamily homes if they are in an areas already serviced by the City. If you're interested in receiving city service, call public works to see if you qualify at (310) 781-6900.


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