Trash Pickup & Illegal Dumping

Waste Management Residential Services

The City of South Gate contracts with Waste Management (WM) for trash and recycling collection services. Waste Management provides residential trash and recycling collection service once a week, along with commercial and industrial refuse collection. For more information please follow this link: You will find information on trash collection, recycling, bulky item pick-up, and special programs.

There are two carts in the City of South Gate, one for trash and one for recycling. The following is a quick reminder as to what kind of materials belong in each cart.

Trash Cart

Acceptable Materials: household trash like chip bags, paper towels, plastic bags, & textiles (donate if lightly used).

Non-Acceptable Materials: construction/demolition waste, auto parts, tires, household hazardous waste (paint, oil, household cleaners), medical or electronic waste.

Recycling Cart

Accepted Materials: aluminum and steel cans, all colors of glass bottles and jars, any plastic containers labeled #1 through #7, newspapers, white ledger paper, corrugated cardboard, magazines, colored and construction paper and cereal boxes (with plastic bag removed).

Non-Acceptable Materials: plastic bags, green waste, food waste, scrap metal, light bulbs, polystyrene and plastic wrap.

Make sure to place trash and recycle carts on the sidewalk/parkway of your property on your designated service day. CLICK HERE(PDF, 332KB) for more information.

To learn more about recycling practices, visit Waste Management's Recycle Often Recycle Right website.

Trash Pick-up Schedule

Trash and recycling service are provided once a week. When a holiday falls on a trash and recycling collection day, collections will "slide" to the next day for the rest of the week after the holiday through Saturday. For example, if the holiday falls on a Monday, WM will collect Monday routes on Tuesday and so on through Saturday. If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there will be no delay. The following holidays are observed by Waste Management: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Holiday Tree Collection

Waste Management will collect Holiday trees from South Gate residents for up to two weeks following Christmas day. Holiday trees should be placed on the sidewalk/pathway of the property and should not have any ornaments or lights. Holiday trees will be collected on the same day that your trash and recycling carts are serviced.

How to Order a Temporary Waste Management Metal Bin

Are you currently working on any home renovations and need a Waste Management metal bin? Waste Management has a temporary bin service for residents, contact Waste Management Customer Service for pricing information.

Mandatory Commercial Recycling

The State of California passed Assembly Bill 341, requiring mandatory recycling starting July 1, 2012.

Assembly Bill 341 requires all businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of waste per week and multi-family dwellings with 5 or more units (such as apartments) to arrange for recycling services.

If your business or multi-family dwelling is interested in adding recycling services through Waste Management, make sure to contact Waste Management Customer Service at 1-800-774-0222.

Mandatory Commercial Recycling AB 341 Helpful Resources(PDF, 2MB)

AB 1826 and AB 341 Mandatory Recycling for Businesses and Multi-Family Complexes(PDF, 2MB)

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

According to Assembly Bill 1826, businesses and multi-family dwellings that generate more than 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week must have organic recycling services.

What are Organics?

Organics are defined by the State as food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed with food waste.

Businesses who generate more than the organics mandated limit need to have a food waste recycling program and multi-family dwellings that generate more than the 4 cubic yards of organics waste must be properly recycling their green waste to be in compliance with Assembly Bill 1826.

For more information about organics services in the City, contact Waste Management Customer Service at 1-800-774-0222.

AB 1826 Mandatory Recycling Businesses and Multi-Family Properties(PDF, 3MB)

AB 1826 Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling(PDF, 2MB)

Composting Workshops

We encourage you to attend a free Composting Workshop to improve your lawn/garden and reduce waste. CLICK HERE for a list of Los Angeles County Composting Workshops.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Do you have old cans of paint, pesticides or garden chemicals, but do not know where to dispose of them? CLICK HERE for a list of Los Angeles County Household Hazardous Waste events or visit one of the S.A.F.E. Centers.(PDF, 1MB)

Used motor or transmission oil can be taken to AutoZone or O'Reily Auto Parts. Contact either store for more information. about proper disposal.

Did you know it is illegal to dispose of needles in the trash or recycling bin? In fact, when disposed of improperly, needles can become a health hazard. To receive a special container for the disposal of needles, contact Waste Management Customer Service at 1-800-774-0222.

Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is not only a shame, it is a crime! To report illegal dumping please call 323-563-9575.

Fines to property owners who cause, permit, or offer illegal dumping.
Liens against property if fines are not paid.
Impoundment of vehicles that are used for illegal dumping of commercial quantities of waste for a period up to 30 days.

Additional Resources

For more information on proper recycling and organics, visit the following sites:

Los Angeles Regional Agency (LARA)
Waste Management, Recycle Often Recycle Right
Waste Management South Gate Residential