Single family residential customers are required to use Waste Management provided carts only for collection. Carts come in three convenient sizes 35, 64 and 96 gallons for trash, recycling and yard waste. Residents may choose one trash cart, and up to three recycling and three green waste carts at no charge. Residents are entitled to one free exchange by cart type. Additional carts are available for a fee.
Trash, recyclables and green waste are collected weekly. Please follow the when placing carts out for collection.
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In this Section
Additional Information on the Cart Collection Program
What Goes In Your Carts?
Trash (Gray Lid)
Commingled Recyclables (Blue Lid)
Greenwaste Cart (Green Lid)
DO NOT place the items listed below in your greenwaste cart - put these items in the TRASH cart!
Curbside Cell Phone and Household Battery Collection
Residents may place unwanted cell phones and used household batteries in a sealed clear plastic storage bag and place them on top of their blue recycle cart for collection. For added safety, remove any personal data from your phone before collection. Used batteries accepted for collection are AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, Alkaline, Rechargeable, Lithium and coin cells, and small button-size.
- Separate trash, recycling and green waste and place into the appropriate cart. All material must fit into the cart with the lid closed.
- Roll carts out to the curb line by 7 a.m. and place with the handle facing away from the street.
- Carts must be placed a minimum of 2 feet from cars, mail boxes and otherobjects and 1 foot from other carts. Also make sure carts are out from under trees or any overhead items.
- Only Waste Management provided carts will be serviced. Each cart is serviced by a different truck on the same collection day.
For items that are too large to fit into the trash can, residents may request the pick up of household bulky goods. We will retrieve up to five large items such as furniture or appliances three times annually - see the full list of acceptable and unacceptable bulky items. Advance notice is required. To schedule a bulky goods pick up, please contact Waste Management at 1(866) WMRECYCLE or (760) 929-9400 at least 24 hours in advance of your regular collection day, as pick up will occur on your collection day.
We will also retrieve up to five e-waste items three times annually in conjunction with the bulk item pick up. To schedule an e-waste pick up, please contact Waste Management at 1(866) RECYCLE or (760) 929-9400 at least 24 hours in advance of your regular collection day, as pick up will occur on your collection day. E-Waste may also be dropped off at one of Waste Management’s recycle centers. Please take these items to Waste Management's Recycling Centers at 5960 El Camino Real in Carlsbad or 2880 Industry St. in Oceanside, Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Carlsbad residents may drop off e-waste such as TVs, computers, fax machines or stereos at no-charge at either location. Proof of residency is required.
Residential services are billed by either Waste Management or the City of Carlsbad. Customers of the Vallecitos Water District or Olivenhain Water District are billed by Waste Management; customers of the Carlsbad Water District are billed by the city. Waste Management customers are billed every two months (January, March, May, etc.), two months in advance.
For Waste Management-billed customers, you may pay your bill online, by going to Waste Management's ezPay. For help in reading your residential bill from Waste Management, view the attached document. NOTE: This document is in PDF format, and Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view. If you have questions regarding your invoice from the city, please contact the Carlsbad Water District at (760) 602-2420
Christmas Tree Recycling
Christmas trees are collected curbside for the first two weeks following Christmas on your regular collection day. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half and placed next to your green waste cart. When possible, residents are asked to cut down the tree so that it fits inside the green waste cart, with the lid closed for collection. Please remove all decoration including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands. Flocked trees cannot be recycled, and must be disposed of through regular trash service. Flocked trees must fit into the trash cart, with the lid closed for collection.
Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
We will retrieve up to five e-waste items three times annually. To schedule an e-waste pick up, please contact Waste Management at 1(866) RECYCLE or (760) 929-9400 at least 24 hours in advance of your regular collection day, as pick up will occur on your collection day. E-Waste may also be dropped off at one of Waste Management’s recycle centers. Please take these items to Waste Management's Recycling Centers at 5960 El Camino Real in Carlsbad, or 2880 Industry St. in Oceanside Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Carlsbad residents may drop off e-waste such as TVs, computers, fax machines or stereos at no-charge at either location. Proof of residency is required.
For other resources on reusing and recycling electronic products, visit or .
Universal Waste can be brought to Waste Management's Household Hazardous Waste Center in Oceanside for safe disposal (proof of residency is required). Universal Waste includes: batteries, fluorescent light tubes, thermostats, aerosol cans with material still inside and other items also characterized as electronic or household hazardous waste. These materials can be dropped off at the Oceanside facility between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays, by appointment. To find out the schedule and make an appointment, contact customer service at 1(800) DUMPSTER or (760) 929-9400.
Household batteries and e-waste can be taken to Waste Management's Recycling Centers at 2880 Industry St. in Oceanside, or 5960 El Camino Real in Carlsbad, Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is required, however proof of residency in Carlsbad is required.