Trash, Recycling and Organics
The City’s solid waste program serves businesses, multi-family properties and single-family residents. The collection of solid waste is carefully regulated by the State to promote public health, safety, and welfare. Palmdale residents and businesses are required to have solid waste services per Municipal Code 5.52.240 and 5.52.320, to meet state waste requirements. Waste Management is the exclusive provider of trash and recycling services for the City of Palmdale.
The California State Legislature passed Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) which requires cities and counties to reduce organic waste disposal by 75% by 2025. Beginning January 1, 2022, all California residents, businesses, and multifamily complexes will be required to separate food waste and yard waste from their trash and recycle in a separate organics cart.
SB 1383 Goal: Reduce organic materials going to the landfill, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and slow climate change.
Starting July 5th, you will be directed to recycle food scraps with your yard trimmings in your existing green waste container (now will be called organic waste).
SB 1383 requires that carts be uniform colors across the state by 2036. Eventually carts will have dark grey bodies with different colored lids – a green lid for organics, blue lid for recycling and black lid for trash. Cart changes will happen gradually to minimize disruption in your community. When it comes time to replace carts, watch for the new color scheme. Make sure you ‘Check the Lid’ for instructions on to use the carts correctly and avoid contamination.
Our franchise agreement allows for an annual rate increase based on the percentage change in the annual consumer price index for trash and garbage collection. But there was an additional increase to reflect the additional services required to comply with SB 1383.