Beverage Container Recycling Program Changes PDF Print E-mail

Effective November 1, 2013, certified recycling centers will no longer pay commingled rates for aluminum, glass, PETE, or HDPE loads of beverage containers from consumers. Effective November 1, 2013, recycling centers will only pay segregated rates and only for loads of CRV-eligible containers. For more detailed information, please review the attached Segregated Notice. (Eng/Spn)

For the new rates and recycling facilities please click here.

The law change does not affect commingled rates for curbside programs, certified drop-off or collection programs, or community service programs. CalRecycle will continue to reimburse these programs using commingled rates. 

Consumers that have been receiving payment for commingled materials may now need to find alternative means of recycling non-CRV materials.  Certified Recycling Centers may opt to pay scrap value for these materials, but are not required.  Consumers may place non-CRV materials in their curbside collection containers or utilize special collection programs.  

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*Los Angeles County Recycling Market Development Zone Program*

Do you want to expand your business? Could you use business assistance? The Los Angeles County Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) Program can help! The RMDZ program combines recycling with economic development to fuel new business, expand existing ones, create jobs, and divert waste from landfills. The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, through the RMDZ program, can assist qualifying companies. Click here to find out how you can qualify.


Residential Recycling Collection

Curbside recycling for single family residences is collected weekly. Recyclable items are placed in the gray or blue barrel.  Click here for the 2013 Refuse, Recycling and Street Sweeping Guide.

Green Waste

Residential green waste (leaves, small branches, grass clippings) is placed in the green barrel. Green waste is collected on a weekly basis. Click here for a list of green waste products that may be put into green bin.  See below for information on reducing green waste.

Multifamily and Commercial Recycling: It's the Law!

New California Recycling Law In Effect July 1, 2012

Information from this this article was originally posted by the Long Beach Business Journal, by Sean Belk

logo_finalAll California businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of solid waste per week, and multifamily residential dwellings with five or more units are required to start recycling by July 1, according to a new state law passed last year. Cities are also obligated to start implementing education, outreach and monitoring programs of their new mandatory commercial recycling programs by this date.

AB 341, introduced by Assembly member Wesley Chesbro, is considered the state’s first official mandatory commercial recycling legislation. The new recycling law, however, does not carry any fines or penalties, but rather gives local jurisdictions the authority to come up with their own rules of enforcement in a “phased in” process. Cities are required to file annual reports on compliance with the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, known as CalReycle, which is overseeing the statewide regulation. Gov. Jerry Brown officially signed the legislation last year and the final regulation is pending approval of the state’s office of administrative law.

In addition, AB 341 sets a statewide goal for 75 percent disposal reduction by 2020. The waste diversion rate, however, is not a mandate. The state’s current 50 percent disposal reduction mandate still stands for cities, counties and state agencies under previous laws.

All businesses and apartments that fall under the law must implement recycling, whether it’s reusing waste, separating recyclables, composting waste materials or other waste diversion methods. Athens Services currently transports all of Covina’s commercial waste to a Material Recovery Facility, where recyclable materials are sorted and then diverted from local landfills. As a result, Covina businesses and apartment complexes that are serviced by Athens Services are already in compliance with AB 341 and will NOT require any additional containers, will not need to sort any materials, and will incur no additional costs.

Athens Services offers free waste stream analyses for their commercial account holders. To receive a free waste stream analysis for your business or complex, please call (888) 336-6100 or visit

For more information on the City of Covina’s programs to assist businesses and apartment complexes with their recycling programs, please contact Environmental Services at (626) 384-5480 or visit the City of Covina’s Environmental Services webpage.

Please visit CalRecycle's Website for more information on California's Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law.

Click below to view our Frequently Asked Questions Click below to view Notice from Athens Services
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Recycling services available at Covina City Hall

The following items can be dropped off at Covina City Hall, 125 E College Street, during regular City hours for recycling:

Ink Jet Cartridges
Household Batteries
Small portable electronics (cell phones, rechargeable batteries, etc.)

Drop-off locations for recyclables

Cardboard and paper items can be dropped off at the Recycling Center located just north of the City Yard at 534 S Barranca.

Bottles and Cans can be recycled for cash. Click here for the nearest location.

Ways to Reduce Green Waste


Composting, nature's own way of recycling, is the controlled decomposition of organic material such as leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and vegetable food scraps.  In order to facilitate composting, Covina residents are eligible to receive a free compost bin and a free kitchen scrap compost pail by attending a Smart Gardening Workshop held in Covina.  Contact the Environmental Services Section to reserve your bin and pail.

Upcoming composting classes
Additional composting information
Gardening and composting instructional videos
What is compost?

Grass Recycling/Grasscycling

Grasscycling is the natural recycling of grass by leaving clippings on the lawn when mowing. Grass clippings will quickly decompose, returning valuable nutrients to the soil.  Beautify your lawn and reduce waste at the same time!

Grasscycling Tips
Additional Grasscycling Information
More About Organic Materials

Construction and Demolition Recycling

Covina C&D Recycling Requirements
Covina C&D Recycling Steps
Covina Recycling Plan Form
Covina Recycling Report Form

C&D Recycling Facilities - To find facilities that collect specific types of construction and demolition debris for reuse or recycling,  you can either search the database of recycling and reuse facilities provided by CalRecyle, or view a list of C&D Recycling Facilities in LA County.

Used Oil Collection

It is illegal to dispose of used oil in the trash, on the street, on the ground, in streams, or in flood control channels. Used motor oil is dangerous. Children should not breathe the fumes or get oil on their skin.

Take used motor oil to these certified collection centers:

Auto Zone, 1445 N. Citrus Avenue - (626) 915-7695
Grand Auto Care, 744 N. Grand Avenue - (626) 331-8390
O'Reilly Auto Parts (Formerly Kragen), 501 N. Azusa Avenue - (626) 339-5888
Pep Boys, 1240 N. Azusa Avenue - (626) 966-1244

O'Reilly Auto Parts will accept your used oil filters. Call centers for hours of operation and quantities accepted.

Click here to find a Used Oil Recycling Center near you.

Product Reuse

California Materials Exchange (CalMAX)

Los Angeles County Materials Exchange (LACoMAX)

Environmental Section

Air Quality
Energy Efficiency, Conservation & Sustainability
Stormwater Pollution Prevention