Solid Waste & Recycling Services

The City of Oceanside is committed to waste diversion and recycling. Our goal is Zero Waste!

The City of Oceanside is committed to waste diversion and recycling. Our goal is Zero Waste. In 2012, the City of Oceanside enacted a Zero Waste Plan which set the goal of 75% diversion/recycling rate by 2020. This goal is aligned with recently enacted State of California AB 341. Currently, the City has reached a diversion/recycling rate of 72% through the implementation of numerous waste reduction and recycling programs. Once the strategies detailed in the Zero Waste Plan are fully implemented, the City should be able to achieve diversion higher than 75%, and ultimately meet the international standard of 90% to become a Zero Waste Community. For the complete Zero Waste Plan click here. Staff monitors all solid waste and recycling services as provided by Waste Management and Agri Service Inc., to further ensure these services help out community meet all State regulations and City Zero Waste goals. Staff also act as the City liaison to the Integrated Waste Commission, an advisory board to the City Council. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the City of Oceanside Customer Care line at (760) 435-4500.

What is New...

Love Your Planet 
February is dedicated to how Oceanside Residents can love their planet. The City's Green Oceanside team has developed a Love Your Planet Zero Waste pilot program for the residents of Fire Mountain. This program will help residents implement zero waste practices, such a reducing overall waste, increasing recycling and implementing composting into their everyday lives. If you are a resident of Fire Mountain and interested in joining the Love Your Planet pilot program please download the application here. If you are a resident of another community in Oceanside and would like to request a similar program for your neighborhood please email the Green Oceanside team at

Holiday Tree Recycling 
Holiday tree collection is from December 26 to January 16.  Trees will be collected curbside on your regular collection day. Holiday trees taller than six feet must be cut in half and placed next to your green waste cart. When possible, residents are asked to cut down the tree so that it fits inside the green waste cart, with the lid closed for collection.  Please remove all decoration including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands. Flocked trees cannot be recycled, and must be disposed of through regular trash service.  Flocked trees must fit into the trash cart, with the lid closed for collection. If your flocked tree can not fit inside your trash cart, you can drop it off at the City of Oceanside City Operation Center located at 4927 Oceanside Blvd. There is a large roll off where Oceanside residents can place their flocked trees for disposal. 



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