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Residential Waste Diversion Program

In 2014 residential waste collected curbside made up 46% of total waste collected in unincorporated areas of Monterey County. That is why Monterey County residents play a critical role in the preservation of our beautiful ecosystem and in the achievement of waste diversion requirements set by the State.

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To support and increase residents’ efforts to divert waste and ensure compliance with State requirements, Recycling Services ensures that simple, convenient solutions to divert waste at home are available to residents. In addition to the standard collection services (Brochure-English) (Brochure-Spanish), the following convenient curbside collection services are also available:

  • Used motor oil and oil filters
  • Household batteries
  • Electronics and Bulky items (e.g., furniture and appliances)
  • Holiday Tree-cycling

Some household items cannot be collected through curbside collection at this time. Click on the links below to find out how to properly dispose of:

Recycling is also available to residents of multi-family complexes, including apartments, condos, and employee housing.

Standard Collection Services

recycling bins2010, Monterey County Board of Supervisors awarded the garbage & recycling contract to Waste Management. Residents can choose from 4 different garbage cart sizes. Recycle and yard waste carts are included with garbage carts service. Residents can also recycle used oil, batteries, bulky items and holiday trees curbside.

 

To view all the services that are available to you and to see what to put in your recycling bin please visit: Waste Management Website or click on the Residential Recycling Guide:

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Monterey County Garbage Service subscribers with cart service can recycle up to 2.5 gallons of used oil and one filter a week when they use the container and filter bag provided by their garbage company. Call your garbage company for more information on how to obtain one free.

Service Region Telephone
Waste Management Unincorporated Monterey County & King City

1 (800) 321-8226

Republic Services of Salinas City of Salinas (831) 775-3840
Monterey Disposal Services City of Monterey (831) 372-7977
Tri-Cities Soledad, Gonzales, & Greenfield 1 (888) 678-6798

Household Batteries (unincorporated county residents only)

Household batteries including rechargeable and cell phone batteries can be recycled curbside by placing them in a clear plastic bag, sealing shut and taping it to the top of the recycle cart.

Electronic and bulky items (unincorporated county residents only)

Each residential customer receives one (1) free on-call collection services per calendar year. Call Waste Management at 800-321-8226 to schedule your pick up today. Items should be set out within 3 feet from the curb. These items should be placed loosely on the curb and cannot exceed 5 cubic yards.

Universal waste (except fluorescent tubes) and E-waste up to 0.5 cubic yards can be included as part of your bulky waste pick-up but must be bagged or placed in a box or container.

Unincorporated Monterey County residential customers please click on the On-Call Collection Flyer’s below to find out more information:

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Contact information for self-haul of bulky items:

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Salinas Valley Residents Monterey Peninsula Residents

 

Holiday Tree-cycling

Holiday trees will be collected at curbside on your regular scheduled collection day beginning December 26 through the end of January. Tree with flocking, tinsel or on tree stands will not be accepted for collection.

 

 

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