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The base discard service provided to residents includes 71-gallon receptacles for trash, recycling, and yard waste. Automated curbside collection occurs between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Carts need to be on the street with wheels against the curb by 6 a.m. on collection days and removed same day. Please keep the carts at least four feet from parked cars, mailboxes and other obstacles that may prevent your hauler from picking it up. Please note, all materials placed curbside for collection must fit in the appropriate receptacle, or it will not be collected.
Residents are provided with a free bulky item pickup of up to four items once per calendar year. Items will be picked up curbside, but residents need to call their hauler to schedule the pickup in advance.
Please note: Weight restrictions on the receptacles must be observed; otherwise, the items will not be collected. The removal or scavenging of discards is prohibited by law.
To initiate service, or for helpful tips and guidelines on acceptable items that can be recycled and put into your trash receptacle, please visit the Waste Management (G.I. Industries) website or feel free to call (805) 522-9400.
There are many ways to help your community continue to reduce waste and increase recycling efforts. Please take a few moments to review the below information to discover how:
Beverage Container Recycling
Consumers pay California Redemption Value (CRV) when they purchase beverages from a retailer, and receive CRV refunds when they redeem the containers at a recycling center. Most beverages packaged in aluminum, glass, plastic and bi-metal containers are eligible for CRV. To find a nearby recycling center or drop-off location, please visit the CalRecycle website and type in your zip code.
Residents who require a higher capacity for yard waste and horse manure, 1.5 or 3 cubic yard bins are available. However, the placement of the bin on a residential property must be placed pursuant to the requirements of the City’s Municipal Code Section 6-3.12(c) and not be viewable from the public rights-of-way. To request approval of your bin placement, please complete and return the Request for Residential Bin Service.
Electronic (E-waste) Waste
E-waste commonly refers to electronic products nearing the end of their "useful life." Computers, televisions, DVD players, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines are common electronic products. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled. Unfortunately, electronic discards are one of the fastest growing segments of our nation's waste stream. E-waste needs to be disposed of properly through the City's franchised waste hauler, at community collection events, or through specified collection locations. Visit CalRecycle for a list of e-waste collection locations.
A drop box for e-waste is located at Waste Management/G.I. Industries: 195 West Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065. Please call Waste Management/G.I. Industries at (805) 522-9400 for more information.
Free Residential Cleanup Days
Residents of Simi Valley may dispose of residential waste for free at the Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center, 2801 Madera Road, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the designated Free Residential Cleanup and Recycling Days. These days occur annually on the third Sunday of May, July, and October. In addition to residential waste (excluding household hazardous waste) recyclable items, such as appliances, clean concrete and asphalt, clean wood, green waste, and construction or demolition material, are accepted.
Household Hazardous Waste
Free household hazardous waste collection events are held the third Saturday of every other month. Call (805) 583-6321 for an appointment and location, or visit the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Program webpage for more information. Refer to the list of materials accepted for additional information. In addition to the designated collection events, there are some establishments in the City that accept household hazardous waste. For more information on what constitutes hazardous materials and how you can avoid the risks associated with these products, visit the City's Hazardous Materials page.
Prescription Drug Disposal
To ensure proper, safe disposal of prescription drugs, the Police Department provides a locked Drug Drop Off Box. The Drop Off Box is located in the front lobby of the Police Station, which is available by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (excluding holidays). Please call (805) 583-6964 to setup an appointment.
Research has found that medications that are improperly disposed of are showing up in water resources such as rivers and lakes. This can pose a risk to humans, animals, and the environment.
Options for Sharps/Needles:
Sierra Vista Medical Center, 1227 East Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday thru Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free Sharps containers will be provided. For more information you may contact Sierra Vista Medical Center at (805) 582-4000.
Consider Buying Green When Shopping
By educating yourself about all the ways that a product can affect the environment during the course of its “life cycle”—from material extraction, to manufacturing, to transportation, to usage, to disposal—you can make smarter choices and make a difference in protecting the environment. Consider the following on your next shopping venture:
- Buy smart. Take some time to think before you buy something—maybe you don't really need it. Maybe you can think of an alternative to buying a product, such as sending a free e-card instead of a paper birthday card. Shopping with the environment in mind will conserve resources, prevent waste, and save money.
- Buy durable products. Instead of buying disposable products, which are wasteful, buy things that will last a long time, such as rechargeable batteries and reusable mugs for drinks.
- Avoid excess packaging. Look for products that have less packaging, or buy in bulk—you’ll have less to throw away. You can also buy items with packaging that can be reused or recycled.
- Buy used. Buying things that have been used before means that your purchase doesn’t use more resources or energy. If the item is still reusable when you’re through with it, then the next person to use it is not using additional resources either. You can find authentic retro clothes, room accessories, and even sports equipment at your local thrift store. Shop online or at local stores to buy used CDs and books.
- Share with friends. Another way to save resources and energy is to swap with friends and family instead of buying brand-new products. Maybe you and your friends like the same video games. Why not share your games instead of each of you owning the same game? Or maybe you can rent the game first to see if you really want to own it.
- Buy energy-efficient items. Look for the ENERGY STAR® logo when buying electronics such as TVs, CD players, DVD players, and computers. ENERGY STAR® is a program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products.
- Buy recycled. Buying items made with recycled-content materials means that fewer natural resources, such as trees, were used to produce the products. Products made from recycled paper, plastic, and other materials are usually easy to recognize in the store—just read the labels. Try starting with school supplies. Many stores carry recycled notebooks, pens, and other products.
- Avoid hazardous materials. Motor oil, paint, pool chemicals and other common household products could make your home a potential site for a mini-hazmat incident, particularly during an earthquake.
Please visit our Live Green webpage to learn more about great ways everyone can make our environment a little more green each day.
For more information, please contact (805) 583-6412.