Refuse & Recycling


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Refuse Collection Services

Burrtec Waste Services

Battery Recycling

Community Cleanup


Green Waste
Household Hazardous Waste
Prescription Drugs
Used Motor Oil Recycling

Senior Discount

Sharps Program

Street Sweeping

Christmas Tree Recycling

Multi-family & Commercial Recycling AB 341



Refuse Collection Services

Residential and Commercial trash/recycling collection is provided through a contract with Burrtec Waste Services. Refuse service is billed quarterly (every three months). Residential refuse collection is automated and provided once a week. Collection days are by zone (see map). Burrtec provides all residential customers with containers (40 gallons, 60 gallons or 90 gallons). Rates vary based on the size of barrel selected (see residential rate chart). Containers must be placed in alleys or parkways by 7am on pickup day and removed before 8am on the following day. Commercial Refuse Bins vary in price depending on size and frequency of pick up (see commercial rate chart).

Refuse Collection Holiday Schedule Policy

When the holiday falls on a weekday other than a Monday, collections for the remainder of the week will be delayed by one day.  When a company observed holiday falls on a Monday, there will be no service delay.

Extra Holiday Trash and Recycling Collection

Approximately 80% of holiday trash is recyclable. All gift boxes, wrapping paper, greeting cards, and cardboard packaging are items that may be placed in the recycling barrel. Burrtec will collect excess holiday trash and recyclables beginning December 26, 2012 through January 4, 2013. Single-family residences may place excess holiday trash/recyclables in bags alongside their containers on collection day.


Residential Rate Chart

Refuse Rate Survey


Burrtec Waste Services

Battery Recycling (Household)

There are two locations in Duarte:

Route 66 Car Wash
2110 E. Huntington Drive
Duarte, CA 91010
(626) 303-5253

Open: Mon-Sat: 8am - 6pm;
Sun: 8am - 5pm

Frontier Hardware

2137 Huntington Drive

Duarte, Ca 91010


For a full listing of sites, please visit


Community Cleanup

See our Duarte calendar for for the next Community Cleanup day.
Burrtec Waste Newsletter



Residents are encouraged to attend a free Smart Gardening workshop sponsored by Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. No reservation needed. Learn to reduce yard waste and improve your lawn and garden. Workshops are about 1.5 hours. Get step by step instructions on how to compost, the benefits and biology.  Beginning Workshops introduce you to smart gardening. Advanced Workshops are for those that love to garden.  Click here for the latest schedule.


Recyclable Materials Automated Recyclables Collection is provided once a week on your trash collection day, collection times may vary. A blue 60-gallon barrel is provided and an additional recycling barrel is available at no charge on request. Recyclables can be mixed together. Acceptable recyclable items are shown on the following table.

Click here for a list of Acceptable and Non-Acceptable Recyclable Items

Remember, if it’s not on the list, give Burrtec a call and they will check it out.

Green Waste

Allowable Green Waste
Automated Green Waste Collection is provided once a week on your trash collection day, collection times may vary. A green 60-gallon barrel is provided, and additional green waste barrels are available for a fee. Green waste collection is unlimited and includes the collection of Grass clippings, tree trimmings, prunings, weeds, leaves, brush, shrub trimmings, twigs and small branches. We do not accept dirt, rock, Concrete, Palm Fronds, Cactus, or Food waste). Residents may also use their own barrels and/or tied 4’x2’ bundles, for excess green waste.


Household Hazardous Waste

Allowable HHW English List Spanish List
Many common household products pose a hazard to the environment if disposed of improperly. Materials such as used motor oil, paint, turpentine, acid or lye-based cleaners, household and car batteries, pesticides and garden herbicides can damage the environment if tossed in the trash or poured down a sink or storm drain. All household hazardous waste should be taken to a local “Roundup”. Please note that Electronic Waste is accepted at all Household Hazardous Waste Roundups. Electronic Waste includes televisions, cell phones and computer monitors.

HHW roundup schedule
For more information, see Click on Household Hazardous Waste in order to view the actual schedule or call 1-888-CLEANLA

LARA: The Los Angeles Regional Agency

In 2004, the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) approved the formation of LARA as a regional agency whose mission is to assist members in meeting and exceeding the 50% waste diversion mandates of State Assembly Bill 939. is a consortium of 16 member cities in Los Angeles County including the City of Duarte. The consortium was formed by environmentally conscious recycling liaisons and City Councilmembers from member cities. The LARA website was designed to maintain education and awareness for citizens and member cities of the Los Angeles Regional Agency.


Prescription Drugs - Safe Drug Drop-Off Program available at local LASD Sheriff's Stations


The public is urged to 'Safely Drop-Off' your unused prescription drugs 24-hours a day, seven days a week, at Safe-Drug Drop-Off Boxes at any of these sheriff's stations of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  Click on the link for the address and phone number if needed:


1. Altadena Station:

2. Carson Station:

3. Century Station:

4. Compton Station:

5. Crescenta Valley Station:

6. East Los Angeles Station:

7. Industry Station:

8. Lakewood Station:

9. Lancaster Station:

10. Lomita Station:

11. Malibu / Lost Hills Station:

12. Marina Del Rey Station:

13. Norwalk Station:

14. Palmdale Station:

15. Pico Rivera Station:

16. San Dimas Station:

17. Santa Clarita Valley Station:

18. South Los Angeles

19. Temple Station:

20. Walnut / Diamond Bar Station:

21. West Hollywood Station:

Since the LASD started the Safe Drug Drop-off program four years ago (2009), the public has shown a strong willingness to help protect the environment and reduce the possibility of unused prescription drugs falling into the wrong hands.  This successful program continues to provide a unique opportunity for residents to safely and anonymously drop-off expired or unused prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, syringes (sharps), and any other controlled substances.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department participates in this program 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure that residents have a safe way to dispose of these items. The practice of flushing medicines down the drain can have an adverse impact on aquatic wildlife. Wastewater treatment plants are not able to test or treat for pharmaceuticals. Therefore, the drugs end up in our rivers, streams, lakes, groundwater systems and oceans.  Saving unused or expired medications can lead to improper and illegal use if they fall into the wrong hands.

How to dispose of them.


Used Motor Oil Recycling/Oil Changes


FACT: Just one gallon of used motor oil can contaminate 1,000,000 gallons of fresh water.


By volume, used motor oil is one of the largest hazardous waste streams in California.  While about 70% is recovered and recycled, the remaining 30% remains unaccounted for and poses a significant threat to the environment due to its insoluble nature and heavy metal content.  Disposing of used motor oil or filters into the trash is illegal.  Also, pouring used motor oil onto the ground or into storm drains contaminates our soil, our waterways, and our groundwater supply.  Do your part to protect the environment, and conserve a valuable natural resource...always recycle used motor oil and filters.


1) Request curbside pick-up through Burrtec Waste Services.  Used motor oil and filter pick-ups take place on trash day, and must be scheduled at least one day in advance.  This service is available to single family homes.  Up to three free collections may be requested per calendar year. Contact Burrtec at 800-325-9417.


2) Deliver used motor oil and filters to a certified collection center.  Four collection centers exist in the City.  Be sure to contact centers for hours of operation and quantities accepted.


AutoZone                                1346 E. Huntington Dr.            626-357-0554

Advantage Ford                      1031 E. Central Ave.               626-359-9689

Goodyear Tire                         1098 E. Huntington Dr.            626-358-2591

Performance Nissan               1434 Buena Vista St.              626-305-3000



Free drain containers are available to Duarte residents.  Containers are reusable, and have a capacity of 10 quarts.  To obtain a container, stop by Duarte City Hall, or contact Burrtec at 800-325-9417.



For proper disposal of other hazardous wastes, please call 1-888-CleanLA, or visit, for information on upcoming hazardous waste roundups.  Roundups are free to all LA County residents.  Items accepted include auto fluids, paint, household cleaning products, pool chemicals, fertilizers, unused medication, and obsolete electronics.


Be sure to contact centers for hours of operation and quantities accepted.


Questions? Call 1-888-CleanLA.


Further, did you know that of the top ten cities with the worst traffic in the United States, four of those cities are located in California.  With drivers spending so much time on the road, proper car care is of the utmost importance.  This is why it is important to be part of CalRecycle's "Check Your Number" campaign that:


· Urges drivers to look at their owner's manual or consult their dealerships for the manufacturer's recommended oil change interval

· Provides a simple and easy website,, to find a vehicle's number as well as learn more about the economic and environmental impact of oil changes.


Program Fact Sheet

Carbside Collection

Curbside collection of used motor oil and filters is also available to Duarte residents. This service is available to single family residences through Burrtec Waste Services. Up to three collections may be requested per calendar year. Please contact Burrtec at 626-932-1558 for further details or to schedule a pick-up.


Senior Discount & Free Senior/Disabled Pull-Out Service


Per the agreement with Burrtec Waste, City of Duarte residents aged 62 and over are eligible for reduced cost refuse disposal services on the 40 gallon black bin only.  Qualified residents may fill out an application below and submit to Burrtec staff for review.  The Senior/Disabled Pull-Out Service is available at no-cost to qualified residents.  To receive this service, residents must provide Burrtec with a Doctor's note detailing their respective disability or a copy of their official State of California handicapped placard.


Senior Discount Application

Sharps Program

“Home-generated SHARPS waste” means hypodermic needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications derived from a household.  State law prohibits residents from disposing home-generated SHARPS waste in the trash.

Burrtec residential barrel serviced customers are eligible to participate in the SHARPS Collection Program.  Participating residents can pick up a SHARPS container at the Burrtec Office located at 1017 West Gladstone Street, Azusa 91702 (limit 3 containers per customer household per year) or call (626) 932-1558 to have a container delivered.

Deposit used syringes, needles and lancets into the red container the sharp end first. Do not overfill.
After container is 3/4 full, snap the cap firmly to close and place in plastic sealed bag.
Return the full container to the local Burrtec facility or call 1 (888) CLEAN LA.


Program Flyer


Street Sweeping

Street sweeping services are provided through Burrtec Waste Services.  The schedule for residential street sweeping is every other week while the sweeping of designated commercial thoroughfares is every week.  Street sweeping helps keep the City clean and decreases debris that is washed into the storm drain systems that ultimately flow into the pacific ocean.  The City of Duarte encourages residents to not park on the street during their designated street sweeping day in an effort to improve street sweeping curb access.  Please refer to the calendar and map for street sweeping schedule specifics.  Questions regarding street sweeping can be directed to Burrtec at 626-932-1558.


Click here to view the Street Sweeping Map


Christmas Tree Recycling

The City of Duarte through its franchised trash hauler, Burrtec Waste, provides a Christmas tree collection service for residential customers in conjunction with Sanitation districts of Los Angeles County annual Christmas Tree Recycling program. Christmas trees will be collected from single family homes at the curbside on regular trash collection days from Dec. 26 through Jan. 14, 2013 All decorations must be removed. Flocked trees or trees coated with a fire retardant will be accepted.  Trees over 6’ need to be cut in half. Christmas tree collection will also be available in the county area of Duarte.  The County of Los Angeles has contracted with waste haulers serving the unincorporated areas to provide Christmas tree recycling services to residences, multi-residential complexes and commercial, institutional, and industrial entities.  For more information about the Christmas tree recycling program in the City of Duarte, call City Hall at (626) 357-7931, or Burrtec at (1-800) 325-9417. More information on the County’s Christmas Tree Recycling program is available by calling 1-888-CleanLA or on the web at


Multi-family & Commercial Recycling AB 341

AB341 requires mandatory commercial recycling in California beginning July 1, 2012. Businesses or public entities that subscribe to a service of 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week must recycle. Multi-family dwellings of 5 units or more must also recycle.

For more information on Mandatory Commercial Recycling (AB 341) please see the California Resources, Recycling, and Recovery (CalRecycle) website at


What are the benefits of this law?

1.     The more recyclable materials a business can divert from their trash, the greater the potential savings and/or reduction in costs (i.e., monthly trash bill)
2.     Recycling can help reduce emissions of methane, air toxics, and criteria pollutants from landfills
3.     Recycling frees up space in landfills that have a limited capacity
4.     The more businesses and residents recycle, the greater the ability for the City of Los Angeles to meet its diversion goal of 70% by 2013 and Zero Waste by 2020

Who is required to recycle?

1.     Businesses, business complexes, or public entities that have the capacity to create 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week
2.     Owners/managers of a Multi-family dwelling of 5 units or more

Why was Assembly Bill 341 signed into law?

1.     To reduce the green house gas (GHG) emissions by diverting commercial solid waste through recycling efforts, and to expand the opportunity for additional recycling services and recycling manufacturing facilities in California
2.     To reduce methane emissions at landfills from the decomposition of organic materials
3.     To meet the statewide goal of 75% solid waste diversion by 2020
4.     According to 2008 Statewide Waste Characterization data, the commercial sector generates nearly three-fourths of the solid waste in California. Most of the commercial sector waste disposed in landfills is recyclable

When does this law take effect?

All affected properties are required to start recycling by July 1, 2012.


Identify a Team Recycling Leader


  • Find someone at your business or property who will take the lead in being the point person for your recycling program.
  • Set up/implement a recycling plan
  • Do inventories of your trash so you can determine how to reduce what you dispose and divert more recyclables. Buy recycling bins, make signs, contract with a permitted hauler, and look at Mind Your Business.

Make it a Team Effort

Get other people at your business or property involved and your program will produce better results.
Make it fun
Have a potluck and have attendees identify items at the potluck that are recyclable and non-recyclable. Reward participants with recycled content gifts.

If you are at a business, assign team captains from different departments or divisions who can help the team leader.
Consistently communicate to employees or residents the importance of the program.
Monitor your waste volume periodically to see how you are progressing.

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