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Residential Recycling

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Sometimes, what we throw away could be still useful. Before disposing of an item, consider "reduce and reuse" such as donation or repurposing first.  

The following are common items that go in the trash container:
  • Anything not considered recyclable (see Blue Container)
  • Items not considered household hazardous waste (HHW)
  • Unrecyclable plastics (#3, 4, 6, 7 or undisclosed)
    • Small plastics (4" in diameter or smaller)
    • Plastic bag (film products)
  • Compostable plastic
  • Wrappers and pouches
  • Paper cups (and any paper lined in plastic)
  • Cartons
  • Wipes
  • Foam (polystyrene)
  • Tanglers (hoses, string lights, bags)
  • Textiles
  • Toys (electronics or anything with a battery is not allowed and considered hazardous waste and must be dropped off at a HHW collection site)
  •  Dirt*
  • Horse manure
  • Pet waste
Prohibited Items
  • Household hazardous waste (paints, pesticides, medicines, chemicals, tanks, etc.)
  • Yard clippings (organics)
  • Food scraps (organics)
  • Liquid such as gas and oil
  • Hot ashes and coal
  • Dead animals**
*Containers can accommodate no more than 200 pounds. Please do not overload them with large quantities of sand, soil, or other heavy materials. Overloaded containers will be tagged and not emptied until materials are offloaded. 

**Contact the Burbank Animal Shelter at (818) 238-3340 for more information about animals. 
 Acceptable Items (Must be 4" or larger in size. Tiny items aren't recycled)
  • Newspapers
  • Cans, emptied and rinsed (aluminum and tin/steel)
  • Cans, aerosol, non-hazardous, and completly empty
  • Glass bottles and jars, emptied and rinsed 
    • Note: While accepted in the blue cart, it is preferred that glass bottles and food jars are dropped off at the Burbank Recycle Center to avoid glass colors breaking and mixing.
  • Plastics
    • #1 - bottles and jars and clear clamshells (produce containers, cups, and takeout ware)
    • #2 - bottles and jugs
    • #5 - tubs, yogurt containers, coffee can lids, etc. (no black)
  • Magazines, catalogs, and phone books
  • Junk mail, ads, office paper, cereal boxes (loose or in paper bags)
  • Cardboard, all kinds (clean half/lid of pizza boxes)
    • Please remove all packaging/plastic wrap and tape, when possible.
Prohibited Items
  • Paint and other hazardous items
  • Paper that has touched food (napkins, plates, cups, towels, tissues, food wrappers, frozen food boxes,  soiled portion of pizza boxes)
  • Polystyrene Foam or Styrofoam
  • Plastic bags
  • Carbon papers
  • Metallic papers
  • Tissue/toilet paper
  • Garbage
  • Shredded paper
    • While not accepted curbside, it can be placed in a plastic bag and dropped off directly to the Recycle Center. 

Food scraps are allowed in the curbside collection green cart! Check out Organics Recycling for more information.  


Accepted Items
  • Yard Trimmings (leaves, grass clippings, branches, brush, twigs, shrubs, hedges, etc.)
  • Trees
  • Food scraps, including animal-derived products (meat, dairy, eggshells, etc.)
  • Food-soiled paper (no plastic lining)
  • Food scraps including animal-derived products
  • Untreated, unpainted, metal-free wood 
    • Please cut pieces to fit into the container so the lid can close.
Prohibited Items
  • Household items 
  • Plastic bags
  • Pet waste 
  • Horse manure 
  • Dirt
Backyard composting is a great way to recycle greenwaste! Learn more and request a City-provided compost bin (free to Burbank residents) at Composting
additional resources

View our quick recycle guide (PDF) for a handy recycling reference.

As of July 1, 2022, food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard trimmings go in the green cart. 

Check out our Smart Curb Guide (PDF) to learn how to properly place your containers for collection day. 

The City of Burbank is offering residents a free food scrap collection pail. Find out how to pick one up.