The City of Carlsbad makes it easy for residents who want to do some spring cleaning this time of year, with free and low cost trash and recycling services.
Bulky items Waste Management will collect up to five large items, such as furniture or appliances, from your home three times annually at no charge. To schedule a bulky item pickup, contact Waste Management at 866-WM RECYCLE or 760-929-9400 at least 24 hours in advance of your regular collection day.
Self haul Got too much trash for your carts? Residents can dispose of their overflow trash at the Palomar Transfer Station, located at 5960 El Camino Real in Carlsbad. Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A fee will be charged at the time of disposal. For more information please call 760-603-0153.
E-waste E-waste, including computers, printers, cell phones and TVs, must be kept separate from regular trash. E-waste can be dropped off for free at the following city-approved drop-off locations:
Waste Management Buyback Center 5960 El Camino Real, Carlsbad Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; closed noon – 12:40 p.m., no appointment needed 760-929-9400
Waste Management Recycling Facility 2880 Industry St., Oceanside Hours: Alternating Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., by appointment only 760-929-9400
PSC Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility 1145 East Taylor St., Vista Hours: Saturdays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., no appointment needed 800-714-1195
Residents can also make an appointment for free curbside pickup of e-waste as part of the city’s bulky item collection program. Call 760-929-9400 to schedule curbside pickup.
Unwanted cell phones and used household batteries can be placed in a clear plastic storage bag on top of your recycle cart on regular collection days.
Household hazardous waste Carlsbad residents can get rid of old paint, pesticides, cleaners and other household hazardous waste for free at the city’s annual household hazardous waste drop off event in May. Online registration starts April 6. In addition to the annual household hazardous waste event, residents may drop off hazardous materials year round at two free drop-off centers:
PSC HHW facility 1145 East Taylor St. Vista, CA 92084 800-714-1195/Call for hours
Waste Management HHW facility 2880 Industry St. Oceanside, CA 92054 760-929-9400/Call for hours
Proof of residency is required. Door-to-door collection appointments are also available year-round for a $10 co-pay. For more information, call 800-714-1195.