In California, recycling is an important way to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. Also, recycling helps to stabilize Paramount's trash collection rates by controlling the volume of waste dumped in landfills.
In October of 2007 the City rolled out its automated curbside trash and recycling collection program for residential properties up to 4 units. This program helps the City comply with the state's strict recycling laws, which dictate that at least 50% of all materials be diverted from landfills.
The automated curbside program uses three 96-gallon containers: a blue container for recyclable items; a green container for yard waste; and a black container for trash. In an effort to promote recycling, any property with residential service can ask CalMet for a free additional blue recycling barrel.
|Food Waste||Plastic Milk Jugs||Grass Clippings|
|Cigarette Ends||Toiletry Bottles||Leaves|
|Diapers||Glass||Branches under 4ft. long|
and 4in. in diameter
|Sponges||Food Jars||Brush/Hedge Trimmings|
|Styrofoam||Aluminum/Metal Cans||NO Bags, Rocks, Palm|
Fronds, Cactus, Ice
Plants or Yucca
|Palm Fronds, Cactus, Ice|
Plant and Yucca
|Please do NOT put your|
green waste in plastic
|Waxed Paper||Coat Hangers|
|Empty Aerosol Containers|
|Cardboard Egg Cartons|
|Paper Shopping Bags|
The automated curbside program uses modern, robotic trucks to empty these containers. For added convenience, the black, green, and blue containers are collected on the same day each week. Remember, any waste placed outside of the special containers or in non-automated barrels cannot be collected with our automated service. The program has been a huge success. Residents have really stepped up to the plate. For 2011, the most recent figures available, Paramount recycled more than 4,900 tons of garbage and greenwaste (1,689 tons of the former, 3,221 tons of the latter). In fact, officials with CalRecycle have expressed their satisfaction that our diversion numbers are well above the state's requirement of 50%. Paramount has a 62% trash diversion rate.
As of July 2012, new state-wide requirements were added for recycling at all businesses that generate four or more cubic yards of waste weekly as well as all multi-family housing with five or more units. Multi-family dwellings include apartments, town homes and condominiums. Businesses include, but are not limited to, office buildings, retail, restaurants, non-profits, strip malls, government offices and schools.
To find out the best way to recycle at your location, please call CalMet Services, the City's contracted waste hauler, at (562) 259-1239 or visit CalMet's Commercial Recycling Webpage.