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Recycling Events

E-Waste and Paper Shredding Event (November 2017)

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Laguna Beach residents and business operators may bring the following E-Waste to the City’s annual drop-off event on Saturday, November 18 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. 

Residents and businesses are invited to participate in the annual free E-Waste drop-off and Paper shredding event on Saturday, November 18, from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  The event will be held at the City Maintenance Facilities, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. This service is offered by the City in partnership with the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and Waste Management.

Acceptable items: Documents that you would like to have shredded and E-Waste, such as Alarm clocks, camcorders, CD players, cell phones, computer monitors, CRT’s and flat screens, computers/CPUs/Laptops, copiers, digital cameras, digital thermometers, display boards on exercise equipment, DVD players, hand held electronics, home use medical monitors, IPods/MP3 players, microwave ovens, PDAs, programmable kitchen devices, pagers, printers/scanners/fax machines, radios of all types, stereos (no speakers), telephones/answering machines, televisions, and video game consoles. 

Important Event Reminders:

Materials will only be accepted from vehicles. Pedestrian traffic/drop-offs are not allowed.

Personal information or data on computers and cell phones should be removed or destroyed prior to disposal.

This event is for residents and local businesses only: Please bring proof of residency or your business license number. No other hazardous waste will be accepted at the event. (See below for a detailed list of unacceptable items.)

Please don't bring: Hazardous household wastes that are not considered universal waste such as, but not limited to, compressed gas cylinders (aerosols are acceptable), flammable liquids, oxidizers, toxics, corrosives and state-regulated material, household chemicals/products, commercial chemicals/products, radioactive materials, sharps, expired pharmaceutical products, explosives, ammunition, large containers (over 5 gallons). If you have these items, residents can dispose of hazardous waste by contacting At Your Door Special Collection for a free pickup click here for more information.

For questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (949) 497-0344.

Free Compost Giveaway (March 2018)

Mark your calendar! The annual Laguna Beach Compost Giveaway will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the City Maintenance Facilities, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. This is a self-service event. Residents are responsible for shoveling and bagging their own compost.  Please bring gloves, shovels, and containers up to 5 gallons only. There will be a limit of 5 containers per household. Containers over 5-gallons may not be used. Sandbags will be provided if you don’t bring containers and there will be a limit of 5 sandbags per household. A limited supply of bagged compost will be available. Distributions are on a first come first serve basis for Laguna Beach residents only. Each year, the City, Waste Management, and Tierra Verde Industries team up to give away free compost to residents as a “thank you” for participating in City’s residential green waste recycling program. 

Free Composting Workshops (2018)

Composting is a simple and natural way to turn yard and food waste into valuable organic fertilizer for your home garden.  Waste Management offers four composting workshops each year at no cost to Laguna Beach residents. Attendees learn how to recycle yard and food waste into valuable organic fertilizer for the garden using simple composting techniques.  Compost bins and worm bins are available for purchase during the class at a discounted price.  Class attendees are eligible to enter a raffle and win a free compost bin. For more information regarding the classes, contact the class instructor, Lisa Ryder, at (310) 874-2499, or by email at lisarydermoore@gmail.com.

2018 Composting Workshops Schedule

Monday, March 5, at 2:30 p.m. El Morro Elementary School, 8681 N. Coast Hwy.

Saturday, May 5, at 10:00 a.m. Lang Park, 21540 Wesley Drive

Saturday, July 28 at 10:00 a.m. Bluebird Park, 798 Bluebird Canyon Drive

Saturday, September 22, at 10:00 a.m. Bluebird Park, 798 Bluebird Canyon Drive

For questions, please contact Liz Vazquez-Avila, City of Laguna Beach Public Works Department, at (949) 497-0344.

Paint, Universal Waste & E-Waste Drop-Off and Paper Shredding Event

Thank you to all the residents and businesses that participated in the City’s annual waste collection event held on June 3rd, 2017.  Approximately 300 vehicles drove through the City Maintenance Facility Yard and dropped off 7 tons of waste. The most popular items collected were 4.5 tons of paint, .5 tons of batteries and 2 tons of E-waste. Depending on the type of material collected, some items were processed and recycled in California while other items were sent out of State to be recycled.

 The next drop-off event will be held on April 14, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.at the City Maintenance Facilities, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.  Laguna Beach residents and business operators may bring the following E-Waste, universal waste and paint to the City’s annual drop-off event.  Residents can also dispose of hazardous waste by contacting At Your Door Special Collection for a free pickup click here for more information. 

Paint: All oil and latex paints.  5-gallon and smaller containers only. Wrap or contain materials properly before transporting them to the collection site. (Paint thinners, caulk, fillers or similar items will not be accepted).

E-Waste: Alarm clocks, camcorders, CD players, cell phones, computer monitors, CRT’s and flat screens, computers/CPUs/Laptops, copiers, digital cameras, digital thermometers, display boards on exercise equipment, DVD players, hand held electronics, home use medical monitors, IPods/MP3 players, microwave ovens, PDAs, programmable kitchen devices, pagers, printers/scanners/fax machines, radios of all types, stereos (no speakers), telephones/answering machines, televisions, and video game consoles. 

Universal Waste: Mercury thermometers, aerosols (cans), all lamps and light bulbs, and batteries (alkaline, lithium, Ni-Cad, Mercury, and small lead acid). Rechargeable batteries which include lithium-ion are hazardous waste and will not be accepted at the drop-off event.

Document Shredding:  Unlimited on-site document destruction.  No 3-ring binders or hanging folders.  Parking will be available for the document shredding services.

Important Event Reminders:

  • A maximum of 15 gallons or 125 pounds may be transported per vehicle, per trip, as required per the Department of Transportation regulations. Multiple trips are OK.
  • Please wrap or contain materials properly before transporting them to the event.
  • Materials delivered to this event must be in secure, labeled containers.
  • Materials will only be accepted from vehicles. Pedestrian traffic/drop-offs are not allowed.
  • Small children and pets should not be brought to the event site.
  • Waste is strictly limited to homeowners and small businesses.
  • Residents Only: Please bring proof of residency
  • Businesses Only: Please bring Business License Number

No other hazardous waste will be accepted at the event. See below for a detailed list of unacceptable items.

Unacceptable Waste: Household chemicals and products; commercial chemicals and products; radioactive materials; sharps; expired pharmaceutical products and other biohazards; explosives; ammunition, containers over 5 gallons; hazardous household wastes that are not considered universal waste such as, but not limited to, compressed gas cylinders (aerosols are acceptable), flammable liquids, oxidizers, toxics, corrosives and state regulated material.

For questions please contact the Public Works Department at (949) 497-0344.