Waste Disposal & Recycling

Authorized Waste Haulers and State Requirements

The City does not have an exclusive franchise with any waste hauler.  Any waste hauler operating within the City must enter into an agreement and sign a contract with the City.  The Public Works Department is responsible for waste hauler contract administration.  Click here for the current Authorized Waste Hauler Contact List.

The City has developed a comprehensive set of programs to achieve and maintain compliance with the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB 939), as amended, including the 50% waste landfill diversion goal.  These programs are primarily implemented by the City’s authorized waste haulers and include recycling, green waste reuse and composting, mixed waste processing for material recovery, waste-to-energy, and Household Hazardous Waste collection.  The City’s authorized Waste Haulers are required to achieve certain waste landfill diversion levels and can pay higher or lower Solid Waste Management Fees based on the amount of waste diverted from landfilling.

The City prohibits self-hauling and contracting with waste haulers other than those that have a Service Agreement with the City.  La Cañada Flintridge Municipal Code (LCFMC) Section 9.12.120 specifies that it is a misdemeanor for non-permitted waste collectors to collect waste within the City.  Fines of up to $500 per day may be assessed as long as the unauthorized collection continues (§9.12.020 & §1.04.010 La Cañada Flintridge Municipal Code).  

Please see the links above for additional information regarding trash collection, recycling, and where you can safely dispose of your Household Hazardous Waste, including paints, motor oil, batteries, and other items such as prescription medicines and sharps.