Waste Reduction and Recycling
The City contracts with GreenWaste Recovery, through an exclusive franchise agreement, to provide trash, recycling, green waste and food waste collection services. Collection services are also available for construction and demolition debris (C&D) as dropbox services.
Contact GreenWaste Recovery at (831) 920-6707 or www.greenwaste.com to set up, modify or hold collection service.
The City is a member of the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) that manages solid waste from the Monterey Peninsula region by operating the Monterey Peninsula landfill located in Marina.
The MRWMD also manages several successful reuse and recycling programs including:
- Last Chance Mercantile
- Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program
- Recycling Drop Off Center, Electronics Recycling, and Bulky Items Recycling
- Green Waste and Food Scraps Composting
NEW! The City partnered with GreenWaste, the Monterey Regional Waste Management District, and Sustainable Carmel to offer community food waste collection at our weekly farmer’s market. Bring your food scraps to the market on Thursdays between 10 am and 2 pm! Look for the large yellow bin.
Household Hazardous Waste Information
It is illegal to dispose of hazardous waste in the trash, storm drains, or sewer. Hazardous and other prohibited materials can be received at the MRWMD Household Hazardous Waste Facility, from residents and small businesses (CESQGs).
This brochure provides details on hazardous materials accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility:
Mandatory Trash Collection Requirements
The Carmel-by-the-Sea municipal code requires all residential properties and commercial businesses to subscribe to weekly garbage collection services.
Mandatory Recycling Requirements
The Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law (AB 341) became effective on July 1, 2012 and requires all businesses that produce four cubic yards or more of garbage per week to recycle.
Mandatory Organics Recycling
California Assembly Bill 1826 (AB1826) was signed into law in 2014, mandating organics recycling for businesses in California. By 2019, all businesses producing 4 cubic yards or more of garbage per week are required to subscribe to organic material (food scraps) collection service. By 2020, all businesses in California producing 2 cubic yards or more of garbage per week are required to subscribe to organic material collection service.