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Single family residential customers are required to use Waste Management provided carts only for collection. Carts come in three convenient sizes 35, 64 and 96 gallons for trash, recycling and yard waste. Residents may choose one trash cart, and up to three recycling and three green waste carts at no charge. Residents are entitled to one free exchange by cart type. Additional carts are available for a fee.

Trash, recyclables and green waste are collected weekly. Please follow the Service Reminders when placing carts out for collection.

For more information about the City of Carlsbad:

In this Section

What to put in your trash cart
What to put in your recyclables cart
What to put in your greenwaste cart
Curbside cell phone and household battery collection
Service reminders
Bulky Items
Billing
Christmas tree recycling
E-waste
Universal waste

Additional Information on the Cart Collection Program

How to choose your cart
What goes in the carts / Recycling and Diversion Programs
Cart service
Tips to reduce waste

What Goes In Your Carts?

Trash (Gray Lid)

Disposable diapers
Pet-soiled paper
Pet waste
Soiled/greasy paper plates or pizza boxes
Napkins
Waxed and coated paper
Microwave dinner trays
Clothing
Foam padding
Carpeting
Steel Items
Polystyrene food containers and peanuts

Drinking glasses
Window glass
Auto glass
Mirrors
Paint cans (empty)
Oil cans (empty)
Ruber/latex items
Plastic bags (grocery or dry cleaner)
Potting containers
Ceramics
Toys

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Commingled Recyclables (Blue Lid) 

Aluminum/tin cans
Alumium foil
Empty aerosol cans
Pie tins
Milk jugs
Plastic beverage containers labeled #1 - #7
(on the bottom with arrows surrounding it)
Newspapers
Inserts
Magazines
Phone books
Paper (all colors)
Computer paper
Junk mail

Juice bottles
Glass bottles/jars
Liquor bottles
Laundry detergent boxes and bottles
Other plastic containers labeled #1 and #2
Catalogs
Paperback books
Craft/paper bags
Manila envelopes
Tissue boxes
Paper egg cartons (no egg residue)
Boxes
Corrugated cardboard
(Please flatten boxes before placing them in the cart to increase cart capacity.)

Become a Recycling Ambassador! Recycle Right by keeping these three things in mind:

  • Recycle all bottles, cans and paper.
  • Keep items clean and dry.
  • No plastic bags in the recycling.

Visit www.recycleoftenrecycleright.com to learn more.

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Greenwaste Cart (Green Lid)

Lawn clippings
Leaves and weeds
Tree branches and shrubs

Garden trimmings
Sawdust, wood chips and small wood scraps
Palm fronds

DO NOT place the items listed below in your greenwaste cart - put these items in the TRASH cart!

Plastic bags
Pet waste
Soil
Tree stumps

Dirt
Painted wood
Treated wood

(Please contact customer service to discuss options for disposal of tree stumps.)

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Curbside Cell Phone and Household Battery Collection

Residents may place unwanted cell phones and used household batteries in a sealed clear plastic storage bag and place them on top of their blue recycle cart for collection. For added safety, remove any personal data from your phone before collection. Used batteries accepted for collection are AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, Alkaline, Rechargeable, Lithium and coin cells, and small button-size.

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Service Reminders:

  • Separate trash, recycling and green waste and place into the appropriate cart. All material must fit into the cart with the lid closed.
  • Roll carts out to the curb line by 7 a.m. and place with the handle facing away from the street.
  • Carts must be placed a minimum of 2 feet from cars, mail boxes and otherobjects and 1 foot from other carts. Also make sure carts are out from under trees or any overhead items.
  • Only Waste Management provided carts will be serviced. Each cart is serviced by a different truck on the same collection day.

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Bulky Items

For items that are too large to fit into the trash can, residents may request the pick up of household bulky goods. We will retrieve up to five large items such as furniture or appliances three times annually -- see the full list of acceptable and unacceptable bulky items. Advance notice is required. To schedule a bulky goods pick up, please contact Waste Management at 1(866) WMRECYCLE or (760) 929-9400 at least 24 hours in advance of your regular collection day, as pick up will occur on your collection day.

We will also retrieve up to five e-waste items three times annually in conjunction with the bulk item pick up. To schedule an e-waste pick up, please contact Waste Management at 1(866) RECYCLE or (760) 929-9400 at least 24 hours in advance of your regular collection day, as pick up will occur on your collection day. E-Waste may also be dropped off at one of Waste Management’s recycle centers. Please take these items to Waste Management's Recycling Centers at 5960 El Camino Real in Carlsbad or 2880 Industry St. in Oceanside, Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Carlsbad residents may drop off e-waste such as TVs, computers, fax machines or stereos at no-charge at either location. Proof of residency is required.

In addition, the City of Carlsbad has an agreement with PSC to provide door-to-door household hazardous waste, electronic waste and universal waste collection. Call 1(800) 714-1195 to make an appointment; the charge is $10 to the resident for each pick-up. The city also holds a one day annual event on a Saturday in April. Proof of Carlsbad residency is required.

For other resources on reusing and recycling electronic products, visit www.ciwmb.ca.gov/electronics/collection or http://www.erecycle.org.

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Billing

Residential services are billed by either Waste Management or the City of Carlsbad. Customers of the Vallecitos Water District or Olivenhain Water District are billed by Waste Management; customers of the Carlsbad Water District are billed by the city. Waste Management customers are billed every two months (January, March, May, etc.), two months in advance.

For Waste Management-billed customers, you may pay your invoice online, by clicking here. For help in reading your residential invoice from Waste Management, click here. If you have questions regarding your invoice from the city, please contact the Carlsbad Water District at (760) 602-2420

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Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas trees are collected curbside for the first two weeks following Christmas on your regular collection day. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half and placed next to your green waste cart. When possible, residents are asked to cut down the tree so that it fits inside the green waste cart, with the lid closed for collection.  Please remove all decoration including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands. Flocked trees cannot be recycled, and must be disposed of through regular trash service.  Flocked trees must fit into the trash cart, with the lid closed for collection. 

There are a number of drop-off locations within the city where residents may take their trees for recycling. Please check the City's Web site or your local newspaper during the holidays for drop-off locations.

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Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

We will retrieve up to five e-waste items three times annually. To schedule an e-waste pick up, please contact Waste Management at 1(866) RECYCLE or (760) 929-9400 at least 24 hours in advance of your regular collection day, as pick up will occur on your collection day. E-Waste may also be dropped off at one of Waste Management’s recycle centers. Please take these items to Waste Management's Recycling Centers at 5960 El Camino Real in Carlsbad, or 2880 Industry St. in Oceanside Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Carlsbad residents may drop off e-waste such as TVs, computers, fax machines or stereos at no-charge at either location. Proof of residency is required.

For other resources on reusing and recycling electronic products, visit www.ciwmb.ca.gov/electronics/collection or http://www.erecycle.org .

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Universal Waste

Universal Waste can be brought to Waste Management's Household Hazardous Waste Center in Oceanside for safe disposal (proof of residency is required). Universal Waste includes: batteries, fluorescent light tubes, thermostats, aerosol cans with material still inside and other items also characterized as electronic or household hazardous waste. These materials can be dropped off at the Oceanside facility between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays, by appointment. To find out the schedule and make an appointment, contact customer service at 1(800) DUMPSTER or (760) 929-9400.

Household batteries and e-waste can be taken to Waste Management's Recycling Centers at 2880 Industry St. in Oceanside, or 5960 El Camino Real in Carlsbad, Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is required, however proof of residency in Carlsbad is required.

In addition, the City of Carlsbad has an agreement with PSC to provide door-to-door household hazardous waste, electronic waste and universal waste collection. Call 1(800) 714-1195 to make an appointment; the charge is $10 to the resident ($80 is covered by the city) for each pick-up.


For more information on our services please contact Waste Management of North County/Coast Waste Management customer service at 1(866) RECYCLE or (760) 929-9400.

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How to choose your cart

Trash, recycling and green waste carts are available in three sizes so you can select the carts that will work best for your family. For homes with one or two individuals or individuals with physical limitations, the small cart may be the best option. For a family of four, the medium cart is the common choice. For larger families, the 96-gallon cart may be the best option. The simplest way to reduce your trash cart collections is to utilize your recycling and green waste carts as much as possible. The enhanced services make it easier than ever to recycle.

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What goes in the carts / Recycling and Diversion Programs

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Cart service

Carts are available in three convenient sizes to meet every household's needs for trash, recycling and green waste. Residents receive new wheeled carts for trash, recycling and green waste at no charge.

Cart Guidelines
Please adhere to the following simple guidelines.

  1. Separate trash, recycling and green waste and place into the appropriate cart. All material must fit into the cart with the lid closed.
  2. Roll carts out to the curb line by 6 a.m. and place with the handle facing away from the street. Carts are required to be removed by noon the day following collection.
  3. Carts must be visible and clear of any obstacles including parked cars.
  4. Each cart is serviced by a different truck on the same collection day.

Exchanges
Residents are allowed one cart exchange each for trash, recycling and green waste at no charge. Any exchanges after the first will result in a fee per exchange.

Overage Guidelines
All waste and recycling must be segregated into the appropriate cart, and all material must fit into the cart with the lid closed. Occasionally households may generate more than what will fit into the trash cart(s). Therefore residents are entitled to three annual pickups per calendar year at no charge, of material that does not fit in the trash cart(s). These pickups will occur on the regular collection day and must be scheduled with Waste Management by 5:00 PM the day prior to collection day. Each of these pickups can contain a maximum of 5 items each. If residents require additional pickups over the three free annual pickups, they may be scheduled with Waste Management for a fee per pickup.

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Tips to reduce waste

  • Take reusable bags to the store when shopping
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of paper plates and cups
  • Store leftover foods in reusable containers instead of single use plastic bags or polystyrene containers
  • Reduce or minimize use of plastic bags and polystyrene
  • Donate unwanted, slightly used clothing, furniture and other household items to local non-profit organizations
  • Take advantage of the many curbside and drop-off recycling opportunities
  • Xeriscape your yard with native plants and non-watering landscapes
  • Compost yard waste which also helps enrich the soil and reduces water run-off
  • Purchase foods in bulk or those which use less packaging
  • Purchase fruits and vegetables that are not pre-packaged in containers and plastics