Recycling and Organics Services for Businesses

Recycling and Organics Services for Businesses

The City of Oceanside’s Franchise Service Provider, Waste Management, provides collection services for recycling, food scraps, green waste and landfill material. All businesses and multi-family dwellings MUST subscribe to these services – It’s the law in California! For Multi Family Customers, go to the For Multi-Family Residents & Property Owners Page

The City and Waste Management are Here to Help!

  • As of January 1, 2022, any business or multi-family complex without food scraps recycling or commingled recycling services must set up services to ensure compliance with state and local law.
  • Failure to set up these services could result in services being automatically delivered and billed accordingly for both recycling and food scraps. For questions regarding requirements or resources, or to set up services contact Waste Management at (760) 435-5457 or via email at

Resources Available for Oceanside Businesses and Multi-Family Properties

The Zero Waste Technical Assistance Team is available today by email at . They can assist with right-sizing your services for potential cost savings, as well as provide free recycling starter kits while supplies last. They include interior containers to collect recyclables, food scraps, and landfill items, as well as service information materials, signage, pails (multi-family), technical assistance, and optional in-person training for all businesses and multi-family properties. Visit the below link to watch a video on how to right size your services!

Waste Management Contamination/Overage Monitoring Program

Commencing summer 2022, Waste Management drivers will be leaving “oops” tags on recycling, food scraps, and green waste bins if the driver sees more than 20% contamination.

Additionally, each commercial customer may receive up to two courtesy contamination notifications and two courtesy overage notifications each calendar year. Any contamination occurrences after the second courtesy notification may be subject to a charge by Waste Management.  See fee schedule/amounts regarding contamination and overage fees:

Contamination Charge Per Pickup (2 Warnings) - $66.40

Overloaded Bin Per Pickup - $46.87

Please contact Waste Management at or (760) 439-2824 with any questions.

Mandatory Edible Food Recovery for Grocers, Restaurants, and Food Service Facilities

State Law requires cities to establish edible food recovery outreach and inspection programs, help connect mandated edible food generators with food recovery organizations/services, and ensure there is sufficient county-wide capacity for all the recovered edible food. Mandated commercial edible food generators must arrange to recover edible food, establish agreements with food recovery organizations, keep records of all edible food recovery activity, and submit all written agreements/contracts with a food recovery organization or service to the City each year. Learn more about requirements and program resources here.

Got Questions? Contact Us!

Waste Management Customer Service

(760) 439-2824

The City's Zero Waste Team

(760) 435-4500