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Trash & Recycling


Free Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste 

Help protect the environment by recycling household hazardous waste including tires, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, electronics, paints, solvents, cleaners, chemicals and more at this community event brought to you by the City of Lemon Grove and EDCO disposal.  Various dates are offered throughout the year. Click here to view the dates.  Appointments are required.  Call 619-287-5696 xt. 4270 to make an appointment.  Limit of 15 gallons, 125 pounds, or 5 monitors/TVs.  

Recycling reduces waste, keeps our environment clean, extends the life of our landfills, and keeps waste disposal costs down. Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic (#1 - #7), glass, aluminum, and steel cans, etc. through your EDCO Disposal residential or commercial waste/recycling service.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Beginning the day after Christmas, December 26, 2023 through January 14, 2024, you can recycle your Christmas Tree at Treganza Heritage Park (formerly Civic Center Park) by placing it in the recycling container available in the parking lot. In addition, from December 26 – January 6, 2024, you can place your tree in your Organics bin on your curbside for collection on your service day. You can also bring your tree to the Lemon Grove EDCO Transfer Station starting December 26 – January 8, 2024. It is easy and free to Lemon Grove residents only. Please click on the Christmas Tree Recycling flyer for more information, including specific hours and address for each location.


Free Drop-off Recycling It is illegal to dispose of hazardous waste in the trash. Hazardous products are poisonous to people and pets and pollute the environment. Lemon Grove offers the following free recycling opportunities: 

  • Batteries – Free drop-off at EDCO, 6700 Federal Boulevard
  • Electronics – Free drop-off for residents and businesses at EDCO, 6700 Federal Boulevard
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) – Free residential drop-off by appointment only. Call EDCO to make an appointment at (619) 287-5696 Extension 4270.
  • Other Items – I Love A Clean San Diego database
  • Sharps – Free drop-off for residents at EDCO, 6700 Federal Boulevard
  • Universal Waste (U-Waste) – Free residential drop-off by appointment
  • Used Motor Oil – Recycle used oil & filters at local oil recycling centers

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Dates



Free Homebound Services 

Lemon Grove offers a free Home Pickup Program, for the above hazardous waste categories. 

Construction & Demolition Debris (C&D) Recycling 

The City’s C&D ordinance has a minimum 75% recycling rate for C&D debris and 100% recycling rate for land clearing debris. See link in left-hand column. See SANCO Resource Recovery for more information. 

Organic Waste & Recycling

Senate Bill 1383 

On September 19, 2016, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill (SB 1383) Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016, establishing methane emissions reduction targets for California in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California's economy. 

From 2016-2020, CalRecycle worked to develop regulations to achieve the goals of SB 1383. In November of 2020, CalRecycle finalized the final regulation text. The regulations went into effect on January 1, 2022, which requires every city and county in California to have an enforceable SB 1383 Ordinance in place by this date. The law establishes statewide targets to reduce the disposal of organic waste by 50% below 2014 levels by 2020, and 75% by 2025. The law also requires the State to increase edible food recovery of currently disposed surplus food by at least 20% by 2025 and to redirect that food to people in need;

Assembly Bill 341

California Commercial and Multifamily Recycling Mandate see

Assembly Bill 1826

California Commercial Organics Recycling Mandate see

Edible Food Recovery Program

Food Recovery: Collecting edible food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to feed in need.

Food Recovery Organization (FRO): An entity that collects and transports edible food from food businesses and distributes it directly to the public. Many food recovery organizations are trained in food safety and handling protocols for food transportation.

Food Recovery Service: An entity that collects and transports edible food from food businesses to a food recovery organization or other entities for distribution.

Resources Available:

Actions to Prevent the Creation of Food Waste

Created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food Recovery Hierarchy prioritizes actions organizations and residents can take to prevent and divert/recycle food waste. This system is a great set of strategies that are used by the City of Lemon Grove.

Assembly Bill 341

California Commercial and Multifamily Recycling Mandate see

Assembly Bill 1826

California Commercial Organics Recycling Mandate see

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