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Residential Recycling Guide

The Residential Recycling Guide has been developed as part of the City's ongoing effort to assist residents in waste reduction and recycling. This guide does not constitute as an endorsement by the City of La Verne of any business entity, product, process or service listed. The City of La Verne is not liable for any information or errors contained in the recycling guide. The information contained below is subject to change. Residents are advised to call the company first, in order to confirm the location, materials accepted and hours of operation.


Residents are given three different containers for their disposal needs. The following is a quick reminder as to what kinds of materials belong in each container.

The BLACK cart is for REFUSE
All materials must fit inside of the container. Extra bags, boxes or cans of trash left on the curb will no longer be accepted.

The GREEN cart is for GREEN WASTE
Accepted: Grass clippings, leaves, brush, shrubbery pruning, sawdust, tree trimmings, tree limbs (maximum 4" diameter)
Not Accepted: Palm tree parts, palm fronds, cactus and other succulents, dirt and rocks, plastic or paper bags, and animal manure.

The GRAY cart is for RECYCLING
Accepted: Aluminum and steel cans, all colors of glass bottles and jars, any plastic containers labeled #1 through #7, newspapers, junk mail, white ledger paper, corrugated cardboard, magazines, colored and construction paper, cereal boxes (with liners removed), telephone books. Not Accepted: Aluminum foil, scrap metal, windows or safety glass, mirrors, light bulbs, Styrofoam, wax paper, ceramics, drinking glasses, plastic wrap, food waste, packaging materials.

Bulky Items
If you have been clearing out the garage or want to discard an old appliance, schedule a bulky item pick-up by calling Waste Management at (909) 599-1274. Residents are limited to four (4) bulky item pick-ups annually at no additional cost.


La Verne's residential used oil curbside collection program allows residents the convenience of recycling their oil. Place your used oil in a screw-top container and leave it next to your recycling cart on your regular trash day for pick-up. You may leave up to two 1-gallon containers on any given week. For additional information on used oil recycling or the location of collection centers click on to the City's Used Oil Collection Program.

As of February 9th, 2006 the disposal of batteries and other universal wastes such as fluorescent light bulbs in the regular trash became illegal. Instead, these wastes have to be taken to a household hazardous waste collection facility or other authorized waste handler. The City of La Verne has partnered with Waste Management to collect batteries on behalf of residents to properly dispose of. Visit one of our kiosks in the lobby of City Hall or the Community Center to drop off your used batteries.

For more information on how to dispose of other universal waste please review the Household Hazardous Waste section. By recycling these hazardous items, it will help reserve space at our landfills while keeping our environment safer and cleaner.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any product labeled: toxic, poison, corrosive, flammable, combustible or irritant. HHW should never be thrown into your household garbage, toilets or sinks. Common HHW materials include: used motor oil and filters, household cleaning products and other items. Residents can participate in FREE mobile collection events. For additional information on HHW collection, go to the Household Hazardous Waste page.


Local thrift stores accept a variety of items ranging from clothing to used appliances. Remember to contact the thrift stores as to items accepted and hours of operations before donating.

  • Le Roy Haynes Center for Children
    233 W. Baseline Rd., La Verne
    (909) 593-2581


  • Covina Trading Post
    611 E. San Bernardino Rd., Covina
    (626) 339-0414
  • Little John Appliances
    523 E. Holt Blvd., Ontario
    (909) 391-5762


  • Covina Trading Post
    611 E. San Bernardino Rd., Covina
    (626) 339-0414

CDs can either be repaired or reused. If you don't like the CDs, trade them in at a music store or donate them to charity. Obsolete or unrepairable CDs can be recycled. Booklets and paper backings should be recycled as mixed paper. Recycled cases and CDs are made into various products such as egg cartons and automotive parts.

  • Rhino Records
    235 Yale Ave., Claremont
    (909) 626-7774

Old computers not only take up valuable space but are also considered as household hazardous waste. Find out about how you can recycle your old computers by contacting the Clean Computer Campaign at (408) 287-6707 or visit the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition website at

  • Computer Recycler
    670 W. 17th St., Costa Mesa
    (949) 645-4022

Computer Recycling Links:

Toxic E-Trash: E-cycling Resource Map
(From the PBS series Now with Bill Moyers)

Telecommunications Industry Association

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Electronics Donation and Recycling

Books hold a wealth of information that can be passed down throughout the years. New or barely used books can be reused in a number of ways. Books can be donated to thrift stores, libraries or sold to bookstores.

  • The Book Rack
    1405-B Foothill Blvd., La Verne
    (909) 596-7255
  • Claremont Books and Print
    126 Yale Ave., Claremont
    (909) 624-0757
  • Claremont Forum
    586 West 1st St., Claremont
    (909) 626-3066
  • L.A. County Public Library - La Verne
    3640 "D" St., La Verne
    (909) 596-1934


  • Laser Cartridge Exchange
    545 W. Allen Ave. Unit 29, San Dimas
    (909) 592-5551
    Materials accepted: HP, Epson, Canon, Xerox, Inkjet and Laser cartridges

Cell phones contain a number of toxic chemicals, including arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, nickel and flame-retardants. Their disposal in the landfill could potentially be hazardous to the environment. Instead of discarding your cell phones, they can be recycled or reused by various non-profit agencies.

  • La Verne Police Department Cell Phone Collection Program: La Verne Police Department is currently collecting cell phones through its Cell Phone Collection Program. Residents can donate their used cell phones with the accompanying charger. The phones will be given to The House of Ruth to be used by domestic violence victims. Individuals will be able to use the cell phones to contact police in cases of emergency. Existing service is not necessary for phones to be donated. Cell phone donations are also tax deductible. For more information about the Cell Phone Collection Program contact Nita Ulloa at 596-1913.
  • Local Thrift Stores
    Contact your local thrift stores for their cell phone policies.

Boomerang Boxes is a used cardboard box recover, resell and recycle system that operates across Southern California. They have designed and implemented centralized technologies, business processes and customer services to recover good quality used cardboard boxes that would otherwise be thrown away. They have corporate contracts with small companies (that don't own balers) to pick up their used cardboard boxes, for free. They also inspect, stock and resell those boxes to the general public for about ? the market price, providing an earth-friendly alternative to buying new cardboard boxes. Then the company recovers approximately 50% of the used boxes they sell! It has been found that cardboard boxes can go through this recover and resell process 1-4 times before having to recycle them. For more information please visit

Location Materials Accepted
Mail Boxes Etc. 
2355 Foothill Blvd, La Verne
(909) 392-0524
Peanuts, Boxes, Plastic Wraps
Postal Annex Plus
1034 W. Arrow Hwy, Suite D, San Dimas
(909) 394-1670
Packaging Popcorn

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La Verne
Waste Management Links:

How to Recycle Properly

Keep Items Dry: English Spanish

To Bag or Not to Bag Recyclables: -- English Spanish