Solid Waste & Recycling
Universal Waste Systems Customer Service Hotline (800) 631-7016
For information on the City's commercial, multi-family and residential recycling programs please see below:
Universal Waste Systems
Customer Service Hotline (800) 631-7016
Additional trash containers are available at a fee.
Upon request, you may receive one (1) additional recycling or yard waste container at no charge. More than one will result in an additional fee.
Please contact Universal Waste Systems Customer Service Hotline (800) 631-7016 to schedule delivery or replacement.
Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste
Household Hazardous Waste should never be placed in Universal Waste Systems Trash, Recycling, or Green Waste.
For Example but not limited to:
Information on disposing of Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste can be obtained by calling:
1-888-Clean-LA or 1-800-238-0172. You can also dispose of used motor oil at more than 600 oil recycling centers in Los Angeles County. For a complete listing call: 1-888-Clean-LA.
What Goes In The Cart?
In an effort to recycle our trash and make sure we get the right waste to the right place, Universal Waste Systems use a three can system for residential trash, Recycling and green waste services. Sometimes knowing what waste can go into what may seem a bit confusing so we have provided a list below to help you. Note that some items, such as Bamboo, Ivy, and Palm Fronds which can cause damage to processing equipment, are not listed under Green Waste as they are categorized as trash. Please note that contaminated carts will be red tagged and not serviced.
What is grasscycling? Grasscycling is the natural recycling of grass by leaving clipping on the lawn after mowing. Grass clippings decompose quickly, returning valuable nutrients back into the soil.
Grasscycling is great for your lawn on a number on a number of levels. Whether you are mulching leaves or returning lawn clippings back into the lawn, mulching saves time, money and labor, and is a great soil amendment. There is really no need for raking, bagging or hauling away either leaves or clippings.
Grass Clipping facts
You can save one-third of your annual lawn care time by mowing frequently and not collecting clippings. Clippings left on the lawn recycle nutrients, saving about 25 percent of your annual fertilizer cost. According to Dr. Norman Hummel Jr., turf grass specialist at Cornell University, "one ton of fresh clippings contain approximately 15 pounds of nitrogen, 2 pounds of phosphorous and 10 pounds of potassium - the three major nutrients [for sustaining plant life] - and smaller quantities of the other elements essential for plant life."
We must stop thinking of grass clippings as "garbage." According to a University of Connecticut research scientist, clippings left on the lawn can increase the organic content of the soil and lead to increased earthworm activity. Earthworms improve aeration and water movement through the soil, providing a better environment for plant growth. One ton of grass clippings contains more than 1,700 pounds of water. Leaving clippings on the lawn save tax dollars spent for labor, fuel costs and dumping fees that are incurred to dispose of this moisture-laden material.
Many residents in out community maintain beautiful gardens and landscapes that add to the overall beauty of our neighborhoods. Historically, gardening has been a popular pastime and a source of pride for homeowners. More recently, gardening has evolved into Smart Gardening.
The techniques of Smart Gardening take into consideration climate, seasonal changes, native species plants, and conservation. By practicing Smart Gardening, homeowners can conserve water, conserve energy, save time and money, recycle yard waste, recycle kitchen scraps, reduce waste, produce rich compost, and more. The end is a healthy and vibrant garden.
To learn more about Smart Gardening techniques and applications, please visit the County of Los Angeles Smart Gardening at http://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/sg/. Be sure to read about the informative Smart Gardening workshops offered by the County of LA. Most workshops are free of charge, and are taught by master gardeners from throughout our region. Smart Gardening workshops cover the topics of backyard composting, worm composting, grass cycling, water-wise gardening, fire-wise gardening, natural pest management, and drought tolerant native species plants. Residents may purchase compost bins from most workshops at a discounted price.
Proper Cart Placement for Curb Pick-up
City of Maywood Mulch/Compost Event
Additional Residential Services - Bulky Items
Commercial and Multi-Family Recycling
Commercial and multi-family properties will also be offered additional services included recycling and organics collection. Commercial and multi-family properties will also see a decrease in their waste collection rate.
*Please note that accounts with service of four (4) cubic yards or more of waste are required by the State to recycle (AB 341) and have an organics waste program (AB 1826). Universal Waste Systems will be contacting mandated customers to set up these programs. Customers, who have their own existing program or use third party vendors, must fill out to attached Self Certification form to obtain an exemption. Please contact Universal Waste Systems Customer Service Hotline (800) 631-7016 for further information. In addition, if CDS has not picked up your bin, only use your new bin when you receive it.*
Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law
With the passage of AB 341 (Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011 [Chesbro, AB 341]). California is one of the first states in the nation to enact a statewide program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste from landfills.
Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law
In 2014, AB 1826 Chesbro (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014) was signed into law, requiring businesses, including apartment communities/multi-family housing with 5 or more units, to recycle organic waste based on the amount of waste generated each week.* Organic Waste includes food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper.
*Note: Multi-family housing units are not required to have food waste diversion program, but must recycle green/landscaping waste.
For more information about the California's mandatory organics recycling law, visit CalRecycle at http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/organics/
Additional Commercial Services
Bulky item pickup is available to commercial business. If you would like to find out more, please call our customer service department at (800) 631-7016
Bottle and Can Recycling Centers
CA Recycle Inc . located at 5701 Atlantic Blvd., Maywood, CA 90270. Phone # 323-417-1447
PRC Collection Inc . located at 4707 Slauson Ave., Maywood, CA 90270. Phone # 626-260-7411
Century Recycling located at 3516 Slauson Ave., Maywood, CA 90270. Phone # 323-394-5123