Trash & Recycling

Trash & Recycling


  1. All regulated municipal waste must be placed for collection in either of the following:
  2. Containers – A receptacle made of plastic or metal with a capacity not to exceed thirty (30) gallons, a loaded weight of not more than thirty-five (35) lbs., a tight-fitting lid, and handles of adequate strength for lifting.
  3. Bags – Thirty (30) gallon plastic sacks with a loaded weight not to exceed thirty-five (35) lbs. that are designed for refuse with sufficient wall strength to maintain physical integrity when lifted by the top and that are securely tied at the top for collection.
  4. All regulated municipal waste and designated recyclables cannot be placed at curbside for collection earlier than twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the  scheduled time for collection. All approved waste and recyclable containers must be picked up no later than twenty-four (24) hours after collection.
    Ordinance 519 Waste containers and placement

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Residential, multi-family, and commercial entities are all required to recycle.

Recyclables shall include:

Paper: Including all high grade office paper,
cardboard/corrugated paper, newspapers and glossy inserts,
and any clean, white, bright, colored and coated paper. Not
including food waste (such as contaminated plates, napkins,
cups, wax paper, and candy wrappers), rest room paper,
phone books, magazines, paper back novels, wallpaper,
lunch bags or boxes. All paper recyclables must be
bundled when they are put out for collection.

Glass containers: Glass has been discontinued from the recycling list.

Aluminum cans: All empty aluminum, steel, tin, and
bi-metal beverage or food cans.

Plastics: All #1 (PET) and #2 (HOPE) plastics.

Residential recyclables are picked up by waste hauler bi-weekly according to the recycling schedule.

Commercial & Multi-family recyclables should contact County Hauling to arrange pick up.

Materials designated for recycling shall be prepared for recycling by
cleansing as thoroughly as possible those recyclable items and
separating those recyclable items, as designated in Section 6, Part
A3 (a), from municipal solid waste for collection as to be determined
by the Borough and the collector, (i.e. aluminum and glass should be
rinsed off water, paper should not be soiled)

Leaf waste: shall mean leaves from trees, bushes, and other plants, garden residue, chipped shrubbery and tree trimmings, but not including grass clippings.

Leaf waste can be placed curbside for collection with regular waste pick up, however it must be placed in a bio-degradable bag and clearly marked leaf waste.

Extra leaf pick-ups: County Hauling in conjunction with California Borough provide in the fall and spring an extra pick up for leaf waste. Dates to be announced on the California website and California Borough’s facebook page.

The Recycling Ordinance was adopted by Council on September 4th, 2008 to become effective October 1, 2008. The original signed copy of the ordinance can be viewed at the Secretary’s office of the Borough of California.