California's Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law
Effective July 1, 2012, businesses, agencies, and schools that generate four cubic yards (equivalent to 808 gallons) or more of refuse per week, and multifamily complexes containing five or more units, are required to implement a recycling program. The law aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial wastes from landfill disposal. To learn more about this law, please visit CalRecycle's webpage. You can also call the City's Solid Waste Division at (805) 875-8027 for help in determining whether your business is subject to the law, or to sign-up for recycling services. The City offers Cardboard, Commingled and Green Waste recycling services at no additional charge.
The following are services and programs offered by the Solid Waste Division:
AUTOMATED REFUSE, RECYCLING & GREEN WASTE COLLECTION
Single-family residences and business customers are offered a 3-container system: Trash, Commingled Recycling and Green Waste Recycling. Your refuse bill is solely based on the level of your trash service (size of container and frequency of collection) and Recycling and Green Waste service is offered at no additional charge. Single family residents are collected once/week, and commercial customers can be collected up to five days/week (Monday - Friday) if required.
Starting Your Service
In order to start service, you must first set-up a Utilities Account at City Hall with the Utility Billing Department. City Hall is located at 100 Civic Center Plaza. For information about starting your account, please call (805) 875-8258.
After your account is established, you must call the Solid Waste Division at (805) 875-8024 to order your container(s) or to change your service level. Single family residents have the following container options:
|Refuse/Garbage:||65 or 95 gal|
|Recycling:||95 gal (no additional charge)|
|Green Waste:||95 gal (no additional charge)|
In order to protect landfill capacity, conserve natural resources, save energy and comply with the State's waste diversion/recycling mandates, residents and businesses have a variety of opportunities to recycle. Please click on the links below for more information:
Residents and businesses can self-haul their refuse and recyclable materials to the Lompoc Landfill. The Landfill accepts the following materials for recycling: cardboard, green waste, wood waste, white goods (i.e., washers/dryers, refrigerators, etc.), electronic waste, tires, concrete, top soil, scrap metal, motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze and batteries. The Landfill is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The Landfill is located at the South terminus of Avalon Street, just off of Olive Avenue. (Please see the link below for the Landfill's holiday schedule.)
Materials such as paint, flammable liquids, pesticides, cleaners, automotive fluids, electronic waste, fluorescent lights, and batteries are considered hazardous waste and must be not be thrown in the normal trash. To assist residents and small businesses in properly managing their hazardous wastes, the Solid Waste Division manages a number of programs and facilities where hazardous wastes can be dropped-off for proper disposal or recycling:
Used Oil and Oil Filter Collection Centers
Disposing of your used motor oil in the trash, down the gutter or storm drain, or on the ground can harm the environment and public health. To promote the proper recycling of used motor oil and filters, the City provides residents with a number of convenient Collection Centers. You can also drop by the Solid Waste Office at 1300 W. Laurel to pick up a free 14-quart drain pan, an oil filter container (holds two filters), and a funnel. For Collection Center locations, please click on the link below:
Our goal is to remove graffiti within 48 hours of notification by means of the City's volunteer removal team.
Residents have a variety of opportunities to have their large, bulky items (i.e., mattresses, washers/dryers, couches, etc.) picked-up.
- Bulky Item Pickup - Residents may schedule three bulky item collections each year (up to two items for each pickup) at no additional charge.
- Special Hauls - Offered weekly, residents and businesses can pay to have their bulky items hauled away.
In order to remove leaves, dirt and other debris from City streets, the Solid Waste Division provides once per month street sweeping. The Division is currently testing a new schedule where sweeping will occur the day following garbage collection. This will allow the City to remove more litter and debris from City streets. If you are unsure of the current schedule, please call (805) 875-8027. After testing and finalizing the new routes, an updated map/schedule will be available on our website. Thank you for your patience.
Backyard Composting allows you to convert your vegetable food waste and yard clippings into a high quality soil amendment for your lawn, garden and Landscaping. To get you started, the City offers Backyard Composting Kits for $22.
To promote the City's various disposal and recycling programs, the Solid Waste Division mails Trash Talk in May and December of each year to Lompoc residents and businesses. In addition, Staff provides presentations at the Environmental Awareness Fair, contracts with Art From Scrap to conduct classroom workshops on waste reduction/recycling and composting, and provides classroom presentations and Landfill tours.
Brochures in Spanish:
For more information about our programs or services, please call the Solid Waste Division Office at (805) 875-8024. We are located at the City's Corporate Yard at 1300 West Laurel Avenue.