The Office of Sustainability oversees the efficient and budget-friendly collection of both residential and commercial waste. Our goal is to empower homeowners, renters, and businesses by providing access to a range of cutting-edge waste services. Additionally, we handle the negotiation and supervision of contracts with NASA, our city’s authorized waste hauler. Our main objective is to optimize the diversion of solid waste away from landfills, prioritizing sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Simply put, materials management is controlling the balance between different materials throughout their lifecycle to minimize adverse environmental impacts. The process includes disposal, recycling, and reduction of resource consumption. The City of Pico Rivera offers three different containers to aid with sorting materials properly.

  • Green Container (Organics) – Loose yard trimmings and bagged food scraps.
  • Blue Container (Recycling) – Paper, metal, glass, and plastics.
  • Black Container (Garbage) – Non-Organics, Recyclables, or Hazardous Materials.

Organic Waste Program (SB1383)

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, one-third of the U.S. food supply goes to waste. Food waste recovery organization, ReFED, estimates that food waste emissions/greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from landfills are equivalent to that of 72 coal-burning power plants. 

The passage of Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) in September 2016 imposed statewide targets to reduce organic waste disposal by 75% by January 1, 2025 (based on 2014 levels) and recover at least 20% of currently disposed edible food for human consumption by 2025. The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) finalized and adopted SB 1383 guidelines in November 2020 with the approval of the Office of Administrative Law. 

As a result, the City of Pico Rivera amended its waste contract with NASA Services to implement an organic waste diversion program aimed at reducing organic waste to comply with SB 1383’s food recovery mandates and significantly reduce food waste in the state of California.  

The Organic Waste Programs include, but are not limited to, Single Family Green Waste Collection, Single Family Food Waste Collection, a Holiday Tree Collection Program, a Commercial Organics Waste Diversion Program, Composting Workshops, and Container Inspection Methods.  

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Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) products may not be disposed of in your regular materials containers. Any material labeled: toxic, poisonous, combustible, corrosive, flammable, or irritant needs to follow proper guidelines for disposal. A typical home can contain an array of household hazardous products for cleaning, painting, beautifying, lubricating, and disinfecting the house, yard, workshop, and garage. The health and safety of our families, neighborhoods, and environment are threatened when household hazardous waste is stored or disposed of improperly. 

The chemical-based household products from a single home may seem insignificant; but when millions of homes across the community use similar products – handling, storing, and disposing of them improperly – the combined effect becomes a major problem. Our community and the environment are endangered when these products are discarded in household garbage, sinks, or storm drains.

Please call 888-CLEANLA or visit the Los Angeles County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program website for a list of FREE and convenient ways to dispose of HHW properly.

Please note that it is illegal to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) in any curbside carts. By law, all HHW should be brought to an official collection event or permanent center to ensure the items are properly recycled or disposed of at a hazardous waste facility.

The County of Los Angles holds a variety of HHW and electronic waste collection events year around throughout Los Angeles County. Please see link for upcoming event dates, times, and locations.

https://pw.lacounty.gov/general/enotifyCalendar/Calendar.aspx

Some of the most common products have special guidance:

Sharps

You may not dispose of home-generated Medical Waste, Needles, or Sharps in your trash and recycling carts.

Home-generated sharps waste includes hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications derived from a household/multi-family residence.

NASA Services provides FREE Sharps Collection once per year to all residents of the City of Pico Rivera; other medical waste must be contracted and paid for individually. Please contact NASA Services at 888-888-0388 to request a Sharps Collection container.

You can also find a list of FREE Sharps drop-off locations or request a FREE mail-back sharps container through Clean LA: https://pw.lacounty.gov/epd/hhw/Sharps.

 

Motor Oil

By law, used motor oil from cars, trucks, motorcycles boats, and lawn mowers must be disposed of at a certified collection point. You can receive $.40/gal that you recycle.


Certified Collection Centers in Pico Rivera:


Auto Zone:
9350 Whittier Boulevard
Pico Rivera, California 90660
562-948-3041


Auto Zone:
9234 Slauson Boulevard
Pico Rivera, California 90660
562-949-0185

You can also find a list of FREE LA County disposal sites for residents to discard their non-contaminated used motor oil and filters here: https://pw.lacounty.gov/epd/hhw/UsedOil.

 

Paint

California residents and businesses can now recycle leftover paint for FREE at local retail stores. Drop-off sites are conveniently located throughout California for the collection and reuse/recycling of paint and primers, stains, sealers, and clear coatings in 5-gallons or less.

For program details and locations, please visit www.PaintCare.org or call 855-724-6809.

Please note that proper disposal and recycling of paint is the LAW in California. Paint may not be disposed of in the trash or down the drain; and unused paint may NOT be ‘dried-out’ in an open container.

You may not dispose of home-generated Medical Waste, Needles, or Sharps in your trash and recycling carts.

Home-generated sharps waste includes hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications derived from a household/multi-family residence.

NASA Services provides FREE Sharps Collection once per year to all residents of the City of Pico Rivera; other medical waste must be contracted and paid for individually.

Please contact NASA Services at 888-888-0388 to request a Sharps Collection container.

Bulky Items

There are two ways that residents may dispose of bulky items that do not fit into the residential service carts:

  1. On-Call Bulky Collection – Pico Rivera residents are eligible for 10 FREE bulky item pick-ups per year, and up to 4 items per pick-up. These pick-ups can also be used to collect corded devices and other non-hazardous electronic waste such as computers, telephones, televisions, and stereo equipment.
  2. Annual Bulky Item Collection Week – This event is held each spring. During Bulky Item Collection Week, residents may place an unlimited amount of acceptable items at the curb on the regular day of collection. Acceptable items are listed below.

To learn more about what items can be collected, or to schedule a bulky item pick-up, please contact NASA Services at (323) 888-0388.

 

Mattress Recycling

California residents can drop off their old mattresses and box springs at no-cost at a participating collection site or event. Unit limits vary by location and a residency restriction may apply. https://byebyemattress.com/programs-by-state/california/#ca-locator

 

Horse Manure and Bedding

NASA offers special collection and recycling of horse manure and bedding.

Working with a local facility, all materials are composted rather than disposed of in a landfill.

For more information on bin sizes and prices for manure collection, please contact NASA Services at (323) 888-0388.


Construction Debris

A temporary bin is the ideal option for disposal of waste such as dirt, rock, sand, concrete, asphalt, stucco, drywall, and lumber from a variety of short-term projects, such as home remodels, cleanouts, construction, commercial, or residential jobs. 
For more information on temporary bin sizes and pricing, please contact NASA Services at (323) 888-0388.


Please Note: All residents ordering temporary bins are REQUIRED to obtain a temporary use permit from the City of Pico Rivera before a bin may be placed in the street. Permits may be obtained from the City of Pico Rivera City Hall located at 6615 Passons Blvd., Pico Rivera 90660, and are FREE of charge. Permits are valid for 7 days, and it is the residents’ responsibility to obtain and comply with all City rules and regulations pertaining to the issuance of use permits.

Illegal Dumping

  • The fine for illegally dumping items can be very high and is not worth the risk.
  • Anything left on the curb without a scheduled pickup through NASA Services will be treated as illegal dumping.

Illegal dumping is the placement of unwanted items in locations other than the owner’s trash or recycling containers. You often see commonly dumped items, such as mattresses, couches, dressers, televisions, bags of trash, etc. at the curb, on the sidewalk or parkway (strip between curb and sidewalk), in the street, or on even your own or someone else’s property. Storing such items on private property in public view is also illegal according to Pico Rivera, California Municipal Code 8.12.460.

If you have a bulky-item or items that need to be picked up, please call NASA Services at 888.888.0388 for a Bulky Item Pick-up request.

Illegal Roll-Off Bins

  • In March of 2023, an ordinance prohibiting unauthorized waste containers, also known as roll-off bins, went into effect. The ordinance provides Staff and respective contractors with the authority to enforce provisions and procedures related to removing unauthorized waste containers within the City.
  • The ordinance provides two (2) options the public can use for waste removal and diversion: 1) Contract directly with NASA Services, or 2) Self-haul under specific circumstances.
  • There are various benefits this ordinance brings to the City:
    • Quality of Life: The ordinance addresses the unsightliness of unkept containers which can contribute to preserving property values and be a source of community pride.
    • Health and Safety: The ordinance aims to create safety by properly placing the containers or allowing City staff to review and recommend the proper placement of said containers.
    • Compliance with State Regulations: Ensures compliance with State regulations and improves the City’s ability to meet State diversion goals.

Discourage Illegal Dumping

  • Nicely landscaping the parkway in front of your property with plants or rocks will often cause a dumper to look elsewhere.
  • Placing a visible sign near your carts/cans or trash enclosure may repel a dumper. Effective signs include: “Security,” “This area video monitored,” or “No Dumping Allowed!”
  • Lighting is important! Motion detector lights are recommended for your property and trash enclosure area, and streetlamps should be in working order. To report a street light problem, visit the Virtual City Hall Service Request page to initiate a repair.
  • Talk with your neighbors! Collaborate to watch for unusual activity in your neighborhood.

Report Illegal Dumping

Contact our Code Division at (562) 801-4413 if you witness a dumping incident.

Be sure to note information like a description of the person, the specific address they came from or returned to, the vehicle’s make/model/color if applicable, and the precise dumping location. You may remain anonymous, but providing as much detail as possible will expedite the process.

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