organic Waste recycling 


Effective January 1, 2022, Azusa will be implementing a source-separated multi-container solid waste and recycling system in order to comply with SB 1383. This new system will maximize the recovery of recyclable materials, such as cans, bottles, cardboard, and paper, and ensure that organic material is recycled in the form of compost, mulch, or biogas and does not decompose in landfills, which releases methane gas into the environment. These changes will make trash collection cleaner and more efficient, using fully-automated collection services, and support environmental sustainability in Azusa. 

What is organics waste?

        Organics waste means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste.  

Acceptable Materials

Acceptable materials include grass, leaves, plant clippings, tree trimmings, residual dirt, and succulent plants.

NO CONTAMINANTS such as food waste, glass, plastics, metal, paper, construction materials, rocks or concrete should be placed into your yard waste barrels. These can lead to your yard waste barrel being red tagged and not serviced.


  • Place your Yard Waste directly into barrel(s) no larger than 33 gallons.
  • DO NOT put yard waste into plastic or paper bags.
  • Tie trimmings into bundles no more than 4-feet in length and place next to barrels.
  • Set the Yard Waste barrel(s) next to your regular trash barrels before 6 a.m. on your regular collection day or the night before to ensure pick-up.
  • Use decals to mark your yard waste barrels with the decal facing the street. If you need decals, call (626) 812-5225.
Thank you for your cooperation! Remember, green waste counts toward the City's recycling goal and helps lower the cost of your trash service. The more you separate, the more you save.

For missed pick-ups, call Athens Services at (888) 336-6100.