Solid Waste Services

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Trash Collection Service
Trash, Recycling and Green Waste Calendars
Trash Collection Day Schedule
Certified Used Oil Centers
Recycling Services
What to Recycle
Electronic Waste Recycling
Mattress Recycling
Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Household Hazardous Waste 101
Where Your Landfill Fee Goes
Free Landfill Pass Information and Alternate Hauler Approval Form


Trash collection is a mandatory service in the City of Santa Maria. You may start all of your City services (trash, water, sewer) simultaneously by signing up for service at the City of Santa Maria Department of Finance, 110 East Cook Street, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


Starting and Discontinuing Service

The City of Santa Maria Utilities Department picks up trash at residential addresses one time a week. Please have your containers at the curb before 6:00 a.m. on your collection day. Recycling containers are serviced every other week, opposite of your green waste collection week. Recycling containers have blue lids, and green waste containers have brown lids. Recycling and green waste will never be serviced in the same week. If you are not sure of your trash day, recycle week, or green waste week, contact the City of Santa Maria by telephone at (805) 925-0951 extension 7270 or by e-mailing us utilizing the Send A Message button at the top of this screen and providing us with your location.


Residents may call the Utilities Department at (805) 925-0951 extension 7270 for information about which week their service falls on.


2021 Collection Schedule (English and Spanish)

Recycling Calendars are available in English or Spanish. Click the link above or e-mail with your name, address and trash collection day. The appropriate calendar will be mailed to you. Please indicate English or Spanish version.




List of Centers



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Curbside recycle collection is a voluntary, no-charge service in Santa Maria. You may start your recycling curbside service when you start your trash service. Or, if you are already a trash customer, you may start recycling by calling (805) 925-0951 extension 7270 or by utilizing the Send A Message button at the top of this screen.

Please have your recycle (blue-lid) container at the curb before 6:00 a.m. on your recycle day. Schedule is based on your trash collection day - every other week. To confirm your recycling schedule, you may request the schedule by clicking on the "Send A Message" button at the top of this page.


More than 94 percent of Santa Maria residents are now participating in the City's state-of-the-art curbside recycling program. City officials hope to increase that number to 100 percent.

There is no additional charge for recycling services within the City of Santa Maria and by recycling household items, customers can reduce their monthly utility bill. That's because when you divert recyclables to your free recycling container, you reduce the need for space in your waste container. This can result in downsizing your waste container from a 90-gallon size to a more cost-effective 60-gallon size.

Follow these simple steps to cost savings and a cleaner community:

  1. Call today to request recycling services at (805) 925-0951 extension 7270. A recycling container will be delivered to you within 48 hours. It will be collected every other week on the same day as your normal waste collection service.
  2. Put all of your household recyclables in the recycle container.
  3. Rinse out cans and bottles before recycling.
  4. Place materials loosely in your recycling container.
  5. On collection day, place the recycling container at the curb. Allow approximately three feet of clearance between your waste and recycling containers.

Here's what to recycle:

  • Cardboard boxes -dry and fairly clean
  • Telephone books
  • Paper grocery bags
  • Chip board, (cereal and cracker boxes, paper six-pack holders, and similar items)
  • Paper, including colored inserts
  • Unwanted mail, including catalogs and magazines
  • Metals, including aluminum, steel, and tin food and beverage cans
  • Glass, including clear, green and brown bottles, and jars
  • Plastics CRV 1 through 7 (except Styrofoam)



The following items cannot be recycled and should not be placed in your home recycling container:
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Garbage or yard waste or clippings
  • Waxed cardboard juice boxes, milk cartons, waxed paper liners
  • Ceramic or ovenware dishes
  • Clothing or fabrics
  • Wood
  • Furniture
  • Styrofoam, including packing pellets and larger pieces

Please remember, contamination of a recycling container results in extra services to haul away as trash. Therefore, you may be billed as an extra haul.


 EWASTE flyer English  EWASTE flyer Spanish



Residents of Santa Maria may bring up to five (5) mattresses or box springs to the Santa Maria Regional Landfill for FREE. The program is offered at the Landfill at 2065 East Main Street from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. 

Why recycle? Over 75 percent of each mattress is recyclable. Recycling conserves resources by using old steel, foam, wood and other materials to create new products.  It also reduces the number of illegally dumped mattresses in Santa Maria. 

Through partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council, the City is able to offer this FREE program for residents. 

The following items are not eligible under this program and will continue to incur disposal fees:

  • Waterbeds
  • Sleeping bags, pillows, or cushions
  • Loose bedding, blankets, or sheets
  • Sofa beds
  • Air mattresses
  • Loose mattress pads or toppers
  • Playpens or infant carriers 

Businesses are not eligible for free mattress recycling under this residential program; businesses, and residents with six (6) or more mattresses to dispose, should call Cleaner Earth Company at (805) 481-9213 for business mattress disposal information. 

Additional information about mattress recycling and the benefits can be found at




Image of brochure depicting Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Hours of operation are Wednesdays from 10 to 1, and Saturdays from 9 to 3.

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Do you have common household hazardous wastes that need to be disposed of?


Not sure what is toxic? Call and our friendly staff will assist you at (805) 925-0951 extension 7270.

Residents may simply bring their unwanted waste to the facility, located at the Landfill, 2065 E. Main Street. Upon arrival, they'll see the 5,000-square-foot metal canopy providing cover, where trained Utilities staff will help unload their household hazardous waste.

The Utilities Department has constructed an expanded Household Hazardous Waste Facility with a 5,000-square-foot metal canopy cover to ensure proper coverage of all disposed waste. The expansion also includes lighting modifications and asphalt paving. This expansion results in a convenient, all-weather location for disposal of common household hazardous materials to better serve the community.


2065 E. Main Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Turn left at the front gate.

Wednesday*    10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.         
Saturday         9:00 am to 3:00 p.m.
   * Businesses: Wednesday 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. by appointment only. Please see the Business Hazardous Waste Program for more information.

Households: Load limits are 15 gallons or 125 pounds dry waste per trip (in containers not greater than 5 gallons).

Businesses: Please see the Business Hazardous Waste Program for limits and requirements.

Packaging and Transportation Requirements
Do not mix or combine hazardous wastes within a container. Containers should have properly fitting lids and be no larger than five gallons. Waste shall be transported in closed containers and packed in a manner that prevents the containers from tipping, spilling or breaking during transportation.

Households: There are no fees for the disposal of household hazardous wastes.
Businesses: Please see the Business Hazardous Waste Program for fees and requirements.


What are Household Hazardous Wastes?

Household Hazardous Wastes are materials commonly used in and around residential households that contain harmful toxic substances.

Some examples:
Paints and paint thinners, pesticides, oil and fuel additives, starter fluids, photo processing chemicals, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, computers, and more. Batteries accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility include AAA, AA, C, D, button cell, 9-volt, and all others, both rechargeable and single use. This also includes lead-acid batteries such as car batteries and lithium batteries. For a comprehensive list of Household Hazardous Wastes, see California Integrated Waste Management Board’s list of Wastes Banned from the Trash.

Why is it important to keep Household Hazardous Wastes out of landfills?
State law mandates it is illegal for landfills to accept Household Hazardous Wastes. It is crucial that we keep these toxins out of our landfills where they can affect water quality and protect our environment.

What else can you do?
In order to reduce the amount of waste needing special treatment, try to only purchase what you really need! To find the motor oil donation center nearest to you, call the County of Santa Barbara at (805) 882-3615.


With a $200,000 grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board and additional funds provided by the City of Santa Maria, the Department of Utilities has been able to extend facility hours and revamp the former facility.




Closure: 46%
The City is required by State and Federal government to seal off completed portions of the landfill with layers of clay to prevent infiltration by rainfall. The closed landfill must be maintained for 30 years thereafter.

Environmental: 19%
This money goes to comply with County, State and Federal regulations dealing with air and ground water quality.

Operations: 35%
This money goes to pay for labor, equipment, and materials used in the operations of the landfill.


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