Refuse & Recycling
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Refuse Collection Services
Burrtec Waste Services
Household Hazardous Waste
Used Motor Oil Recycling
Christmas Tree Recycling
Multi-family & Commercial Recycling AB 341
Organics Recycling AB 1826
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.
Burrtec Waste Services
Battery Recycling (Household)
There are two locations in Duarte:
Route 66 Car Wash
2110 E. Huntington Drive
Duarte, CA 91010
Open: Mon-Sat: 8am - 6pm;
Sun: 8am - 5pm
2137 Huntington Drive
Duarte, Ca 91010
For a full listing of sites, please visit www.sgvcog.org/batteryrecycling
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.
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.
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. www.laregionalagency.com
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: http://www.Altadena.lasd.org
2. Carson Station: http://www.Carson.lasd.org
3. Century Station: http://www.Century.lasd.org
4. Compton Station: http://www.Compton.lasd.org
5. Crescenta Valley Station: http://www.CrescentaValley.lasd.org
6. East Los Angeles Station: http://www.EastLA.lasd.org
7. Industry Station: http://www.Industry.lasd.org
8. Lakewood Station: http://www.Lakewood.lasd.org
9. Lancaster Station: http://www.Lancaster.lasd.org
10. Lomita Station: http://www.Lomita.lasd.org
11. Malibu / Lost Hills Station: http://www.LostHills.lasd.org
12. Marina Del Rey Station: http://www.MarinaDelRey.lasd.org
13. Norwalk Station: http://www.Norwalk.lasd.org
14. Palmdale Station: http://www.Palmdale.lasd.org
15. Pico Rivera Station: http://www.PicoRivera.lasd.org
16. San Dimas Station: http://www.SanDimas.lasd.org
17. Santa Clarita Valley Station: http://www.SantaClarita.lasd.org
18. South Los Angeles http://www.SouthLA.lasd.org
19. Temple Station: http://www.Temple.lasd.org
20. Walnut / Diamond Bar Station: http://www.Walnut.lasd.org
21. West Hollywood Station: http://www.WestHollywood.lasd.org
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.
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. Three collection centers exist in the City of Duarte.Never mix oil with any other fluids or substances. Deliver used oil and filters during business hours only.
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
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.
Questions? Call 1-888-CleanLA or visit www.888CLeanLA.com
Further, did you know that your car may not need an oil change as often as you think? Advancements in vehicle and oil technologies allow us to go longer between oil changes, saving time, money, and natural resources. Be a part of CalRecycle’s “Check Your Number” campaign. This campaign urges drivers to check their owner’s manual or consult an authorized dealership for the manufacturer’s recommended oil change interval. Visit CheckYourNumber.org for more information, and the recommended oil change interval for most vehicle models.
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.
“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.
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.
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 www.888cleanla.com/.
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 http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/climate/Recycling/default.htm
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
HOW DO I CREATE A RECYCLING PROGRAM?
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.
Background and Overview
In October of 2014 Governor Brown signed AB 1826 Chesbro (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014), requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. This law also requires that on and after January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions across the state implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste generated by businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units (please note, however, that multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program). Organic waste (also referred to as organics throughout this resource) means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. This law phases in the mandatory recycling of commercial organics over time, while also offering an exemption process for rural counties. In particular, the minimum threshold of organic waste generation by businesses decreases over time, which means that an increasingly greater proportion of the commercial sector will be required to comply.
Why Organics? Mandatory recycling of organic waste is the next step toward achieving California’s aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals. California disposes approximately 30 million tons of waste in landfills each year, of which more than 30 percent could be used for compost or mulch (see the 2014 Waste Characterization Study). Organic waste such as green materials and food materials are recyclable through composting and mulching, and through anaerobic digestion, which can produce renewable energy and fuel. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic wastes in landfills have been identified as a significant source of emissions contributing to global climate change. Reducing the amount of organic materials sent to landfills and increasing the production of compost and mulch are part of the AB 32 (California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006) Scoping Plan. For more information on the connection between the waste sector and California’s GHG emission reduction goals, please see CalRecycle’s Climate Change page.
The law phases in the requirements on businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units,* over time based on the amount and type of waste the business produces on a weekly basis, with full implementation realized in 2019. Additionally, the law contains a 2020 trigger that will increase the scope of affected businesses if waste reduction targets are not met. The implementation schedule is as follows:
- January 1, 2016: Local jurisdictions shall have an organic waste recycling program in place. Jurisdictions shall conduct outreach and education to inform businesses how to recycle organic waste in the jurisdiction, as well as monitoring to identify those not recycling and to notify them of the law and how to comply.
- April 1, 2016: Businesses that generate eight cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
- January 1, 2017: Businesses that generate four cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
- August 1, 2017 and Ongoing: Jurisdictions shall provide information about their organic waste recycling program implementation in the annual report submitted to CalRecycle. (See above for description of information to be provided.)
- Fall 2018: After receipt of the 2016 annual reports submitted on August 1, 2017, CalRecycle shall conduct its formal review of those jurisdictions that are on a two-year review cycle.
- January 1, 2019: Businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
- Fall 2020: After receipt of the 2019 annual reports submitted on August 1, 2020, CalRecycle shall conduct its formal review of all jurisdictions.
- Summer/Fall 2021: If CalRecycle determines that the statewide disposal of organic waste in 2020 has not been reduced by 50 percent of the level of disposal during 2014, the organic recycling requirements on businesses will expand to cover businesses that generate two cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week. Additionally certain exemptions, previously discussed, may no longer be available if this target is not met.
*Note: Multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program.