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Automated Collection of Solid Waste, Recycling, and Waste - Why Automated?
Automated collection is a faster, safer service that requires fewer workers and vehicles than the hand-loading of solid waste, green waste, and recyclables. Since 1992, this program has been an important part of Burbank's successful waste reduction efforts as required by California Assembly Bill 939. Why City containers? Automated vehicles can only pick up City-provided containers. All single-family residences and multi-family residences of four units or fewer receive three sturdy but lightweight City containers: blue for recycling, green for green waste, and black for refuse. Blue and green containers come in two sizes: 64-gallon and 96-gallon. Your monthly rate is based on the size of your black refuse container. Call (818) 238-3800 for details.

Why These Containers?
The containers are strong, well-balanced, and not easily turned over by wind or animals. Made, in part, of plastic recycled by Burbank residents, the containers will not corrode, deteriorate, or rust. Each container has an imprinted serial number, hinged, tight-fitting lids, and wheels for easy maneuverability. If you need an additional container or a different size container for refuse, recycling, or green waste, call (818) 238-3800.

Single-Family Residential Collection
All three containers will be picked up on the same day, your regular collection day, but not at the same time. They are all collected by the same type of vehicle. Recycling and green waste trucks may arrive before or after the regular refuse collection vehicle.

Please note the following:

  1. In order to reach out and grasp each container, the truck's hydraulic arm needs a minimum clearance of three feet from all objects such as parked cars, trees, mailboxes, fences, and lampposts.
  2. Containers cannot be emptied without three feet of minimum clearance from objects.
  3. Allow at least one foot of space between each container.
  4. Container lids must be closed. Do not place items on top of the lid.
  5. Containers cannot accommodate more than 200 pounds. Do not overload containers.
  6. Face all containers in the same direction; the arrow on the lids pointing to the center of the street. The wheels and handle will be near the curb.

When setting out containers for collection, place them side by side in the street, or, if necessary, in front of your driveway.  Per the Burbank Municipal Code, 4-2-108C, containers shall be placed in the gutter line in front of the premises on the day set for collection, but not more than twelve (12) hours prior to collection. All containers so placed for collection shall be removed from the street within twelve (12) hours after the contents thereof have been collected.

Black solid waste containers will be picked-up weekly; however, if possible, please do not set out half-full recycling or green waste containers. Collecting full loads maximizes productivity. Unless otherwise notified, all containers will be picked up at the curb (most Burbank alleys are not wide enough for the safe operation of automated trucks).

Collection Services
Collection service operates weekdays, Monday through Friday, and all holidays. If your container is damaged, please call (818) 238-3800. Report stolen containers to the Burbank Police at (818) 238-3000. Containers will be replaced free of charge providing the loss or damage is not the result of resident negligence. If the loss or damage is the resident's responsibility, there will be a replacement charge. If you move, please leave the containers at the residence.

Extra Pickups
For most residents, the 64-gallon containers are adequate. If occasionally you have more trash than will fit in your black solid waste container, call (818) 238-3800. You may schedule an extra pickup for a minimal charge.

Multi-Family Recycling
For apartments and condominiums with more than four units, a specifically designed recycling collection program is offered. For information about solid waste or green waste collection in multi-family buildings, please call (818) 238-3800. For questions regarding types of waste that go inside the recycle containers, please call the Burbank Recycle Center at (818) 238-3900. 

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