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Multi-Family Service Guidelines

When a residential dwelling consists of four or more units, it is considered a multi-family dwelling. Usually a landlord or property management company, contracting with Waste Management, provides trash and recycling services.

Waste Management of North County provides commercial and multi-family services using bins ranging in size from 3 cubic yards to 4 cubic yards, which can be serviced up to six days per week. Multi-family customers may also put out up to, two Waste Management provide 96 gallon carts, which can be serviced one time per week, Monday through Friday (Multi-family dwellings of 4 units or more will be required to get a bin waiver from the City of Oceanside to use 96 gallon carts for trash service). Locked bins are available; pull-out service can also be provided.

Multi-family recycling services are also provided through the collection of bins or 96 gallon carts. Multi-family dwellings in Oceanside are required to have a one-to-one reatio of trash and recycling services. Click here for a list of what can be recycled.

The City of Oceanside has a mandatory recycling ordinance that requires all designated recyclable material be separated from other trash. The disposal of designated recyclable materials mixed with other trash is prohibited. The State of California also recently adopted a State law which requires that commercial enterprises that generate four cubic yards or more of solid waste weekly be required to participate in recycling programs effective July 1, 2012. This provision also includes multi-family housing complexes of five units or more, regardless of the amount of solid waste generated each week. Click here to read more on California State Law AB341.

The City of Oceanside Solid Waste and Recycling staff can help you "green" your business by recommending ways to reduce waste, recycle, and purchase in a sustainable manner. To schedule an appointment to discuss ways to make your business eco-friendly, please email staff at oceansiderecycles@ci.oceanside.ca.us, or call 760-435-5830.

For more information about the City of Oceanside:

In this Section

What to put in your trash can
What to put in your recyclables cart
Service reminders
Bulky items
Disposal of used motor oil
Christmas tree recycling
E-waste
Household hazardous waste
Universal waste

What Goes In Your Bins and Carts?

Trash Bin

Disposable diapers Drinking glasses
Pet-soiled paper Window glass
Pet waste Auto glass
Soiled/greasy paper plates or pizza boxes Mirrors
Napkins Paint cans (empty)
Waxed and coated paper Oil cans (empty)
Aluminum foil Rubber/latex items
Microwave dinner trays Plastic bags (grocery or dry cleaner)
Clothing Toys
Foam padding Carpeting
Steel items Ceramics
Palm fronds

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Commingled Recyclables Cart

Please rinse food residue from containers.

Aluminum/tin cans
Juice bottles
Empty aerosol cans Glass bottles/jars
Pie tins Liquor bottles
Milk jugs Laundry detergent bottles
Newspapers
Catalogs
Inserts Paperback books
Magazines Craft/paper bags
Phone books Manila envelopes
Paper (all colors) Paper egg cartons (no egg residue)
Computer paper Boxes
Junk mail Other plastic containers labeled #1 and #2
Plastic beverage containers labeled #1 - #7 Corrugated cardboard (must fit in cart with lid closed)
(on the bottom with arrows surrounding it)


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Service Reminders:

  • Place all waste in the appropriate container and close the lid. Do no overfill the containers!
  • Do not place household hazardous waste or electronic waste material in trash or recycling containers.
  • Contact landlords and property managment companies on proper disposal procedures for bulk items at your location.

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Bulky Item Collection

Always consider donation first. For re-use opportunities, please visit the City of Oceanside website.

For items that are too large to fit into the trash can, residents may request the pick up of household bulky goods. Contact your landlord or property management company for specific procedures for your location. Twice per year during the spring and fall, Waste Management also conducts "unlimited" bulky item pick-up. These pick ups require no notification. See a full listing of acceptable and unacceptable bulky items.

Note: Due to state environmental laws, we are unable to accept TVs or computer monitors as bulky items. Please take these items to Waste Management's Recycling Centers at 2880 Industry St. in Oceanside, or 5960 El Camino Real in Carlsbad, Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. TVs, laptop computers, computer monitors or other items with cathode ray tubes (CRTs) can be disposed of for free; other e-waste such as fax machines or stereos can be safely disposed of for 50 cents per pound.

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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Disposal of Used Motor Oil

Protect our waterways and oceans from pollution, by recycling your used motor oil. It is important to properly dispose of used motor oil to ensure it stays out of our storm drains and the ocean. Next time you change your oil, be sure to follow these steps:

  • Remove the oil filter from your car and drain it well for at least 24 hours - once it is drained, place it in a sealed container.
  • Drain the oil from your car into a plastic container.
  • Secure the top on the container to ensure against spillage.
  • Once the items are secure, transport them to a certified used oil recycling center.
  • Materials must be contained seperately and brought to the recycling center in a sealed container free from contaminants, such as additives, water and other liquid or solid material.

There are a number of options for proper and safe disposal of used motor oil and filters:

  • Many auto or tire supply stores or service centers will accept used motor oil and filters. The Integrated Waste Management Board offers a list searchable by zip code to locate a recycler near you. Call in advance to make sure they will take the items and to verify store hours.
  • Take the used oil along with other household hazardous waste to your local HHW center, located at 2880 Industry St. in Oceanside. Appointments are required to drop off used oil along with other HHW on Saturdays. To find out the schedule and make an appointment, contact customer service at 1(800) DUMPSTER. Oceanside residents only can also bring used motor oil, antifreeze and oil filters to the facility at 2880 Industry St. between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; no appointment is required to bring these materials on weekdays. However, proof of Oceanside residency is required.

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Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas trees are collected and recycled during the first two weeks following Christmas on your regular bulk item collection day. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half. Please remove all decoration including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands. Flocked trees cannot be recycled, they will be collected by your trash collector.

Most multi-family locations have designated areas for the collection of Christmas trees. Please contact your landlord or property management company for details.

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Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

Due to state environmental laws, we are unable to accept TVs or computer monitors as bulky items. Please take these items to Waste Management's Recycling Centers at 2880 Industry St. in Oceanside, or 5960 El Camino Real in Carlsbad, Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. TVs, laptop computers, computer monitors or other items with cathode ray tubes (CRTs) can be disposed of for free; other e-waste such as fax machines, cell phones, DVD players, stereos, and other similar items can be safely disposed of for 50 cents per pound. 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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Household Hazardous Waste

There are several options for properly disposing of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). HHW includes: used oil filters, motor oil and used motor oil, paint, antifreeze, batteries, propane tanks, pesticides, household cleaners, pool chemicals and sharps/needles. To safely dispose of HHW:

  • It can be brought to Waste Management's HHW Center in Oceanside for safe disposal (proof of residency and an appointment is required). Residents may bring 15 gallons or 125 pounds of material for drop off at one time. To find out the schedule and make an appointment, contact customer service at 1(800) DUMPSTER. NOTE: Oceanside residents can bring used motor oil, antifreeze and oil filters to the recycling center Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., without an appointment. Proof of Oceanside residency is required.
  • The County of San Diego operates several HHW collection centers. For more information, visit the County's Web site or Waste Management's HHW disposal page.
  • For information about disposal of commercial- or industrial-generated hazardous waste, contact I Love a Clean San Diego at 1(800) 237-2583.

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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 on alternate Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. by appointment only. To find out the schedule and make an appointment, contact customer service at 1(800) DUMPSTER.

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.

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For more information on our services please contact Waste Management of North County/Coast Waste Management customer service at 1(800) DUMPSTER or (760) 439-2824.