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What can I recycle in Oceanside?
At the curb you can recycle paper, cardboard, magazines, office paper, bottles, aluminum cans, plastics #1-7, bi-metal cans, glass, and green waste materials.  For detailed information please click here.

How do I order a free recycle crate or green waste bin?
To order free recycle crates for paper, bottles and cans, or a green waste recycling cart, please call Waste Management’s Customer Service line at (760) 439-2824.  For more information on curbside recycling please click here, or for more information on green waste services please click here.

How do I properly dispose of paint, batteries, used oil, household chemicals, etc.?
It is illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste in your trash.  Free drop off for household hazardous waste and universal waste is available for Oceanside residents twice a month by appointment only on Saturdays at the Waste Management Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 2880 Industry St., Oceanside, CA 92054.  Please call (760) 439-2824 to schedule an appointment.  For more information on what constitutes household hazardous or universal waste please click here.

How do I properly dispose of sharps (i.e. needles, lancets, etc.)?
It is illegal to dispose of sharps in your trash.  You can properly dispose of these materials at the Waste Management Recycling Center at 2880 Industry Street. Please package these materials in a sealed red biohazard container or in a see-through hard container like a water bottle or milk jug with the top taped.  For more information on how to safely dispose of sharps at the Center or through a mail back program, please click here.

How do I dispose of expired medications?
Expired medications can be disposed of at the Waste Management Household Hazardous Waste Center at 2880 Industry Street, twice a month on Saturdays by appointment only.   Please call the Waste Management Customer Service Line at (760) 439-2824 to schedule an appointment.  Controlled substances such as codeine, opiates, or tranquilizers are not accepted.  For more information regarding Household Hazardous Waste disposal, please click here.

How do I dispose of my old television and/or electronics?
It is illegal to dispose of electronic waste in your trash.  Please call the Waste Management Customer Service Line at (760) 439-2824 to schedule a  free pick up of your electronic waste (up to three times per year, five items each pick up).  Or you can drop off these materials for free at the Waste Management Recycling Center at 2880 Industry Street, Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Please click here for more information.

How do I request a Bulky Item Pick-Up
To request a free bulky item pick up (up to three times per year, five items each pick up), please call the Waste Management Customer Service Line at (760) 439-2824 or click here for more information.

When will there be an annual Clean-Up event?
Annual Clean-Up events are held twice a year.  For more information regarding these events, please click here.

How can I find out about recycling at a business or an apartment complex?
Recycling is mandatory in Oceanside, and there are many options available to multi-family complexes and businesses to recycle and save money.  Please click here for more information on Commercial Solid Waste and Recycling services. 

How can I “green” my business?
Greening your business not only helps the planet, it can help your bottom line.  The City has a multitude of resources and outreach materials to help your business go green.  Please click here for more information.

Why should I recycle?
Recycling and reducing waste not only helps our environment, it helps our City meet State Mandates and local goals and ordinances.  Your participation is necessary in helping Oceanside limit our environmental footprint and save money and resources.  Please click here for more information about why it is important to REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.

How can I find out more about Green Oceanside?
Green Oceanside is a community celebration of our environment, and is an education outreach campaign addressing all the major issues facing our planet today, including but not limited to reducing waste, reuse, recycling, water conservation, energy conservation, and storm water pollution prevention.  We have numerous outreach events, as well as school and community group presentations available to your classroom, business, or organization.  Please click here for more information on how to be a part of the Green Oceanside movement and team.

When and where is Green Week?
Green Week, which is generally held in March, is a week long celebration of our environment and our Green Oceanside community.  The week’s events include but are not limited to, a Green Oceanside Youth Art Contest, Environmental Film Festival, library programs, outreach events, compost workshop, and a Green Fair.  Everyone is invited to attend, and North County businesses with a “green” objective or mission are encouraged to participate as vendors.  For more information on this event, and how you can get involved, please click here.

Do you have any recycling activities or programs for kids?
Teaching our youth about the need to REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE is vital to saving our planet.  Please click here, to learn more about recycling the fun way!