Composting in Redondo Beach


Commercial Organics Composting Program

All businesses interested in receiving more information about the Organics Recycling (food scrap) in the City should contact Athens Services at (888) 336-6100. Food scraps will be collected from commercial food establishments and taken to a composting facility. Locations that generate food scraps will be provided training and receptacles based on the amount of food scraps that are generated. More information about AB 1826 which requires a business that generates a specific amount of organic waste per week to arrange for recycling services for the organic waste on the Commercial Organics Composting Program page.

Multi-family customers can opt to participate in the composting program by paying an additional fee. Please contact Athens Services for further information: (888) 336-6100.

Single Family Curbside Compost Collection (green cart)

All yard trimmings, food scraps, food soiled paper and organics is collected in the green cart. No dirt or sod are allowed. Please do not over load the carts Lids should not be open more than 3 inches and should not exceed a weight limit of 150 lbs.

Yard Trimmings

Yard Trimmings

  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • brush
  • small branches
  • tree trimmings
  • other forms of organic materials generated from landscapes or gardens

Food Scraps

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • meat
  • poultry
  • seafood
  • shellfish
  • bones
  • rice
  • beans
  • pasta
  • bread
  • cheese
  • eggshells

Paper Waste

Paper Products

  • food soiled paper
  • napkins
  • paper towels
  • paper plates
  • tea bags
  • coffee grounds

Items that CANNOT be composted

  • palm fronds
  • bamboo plants
  • animal waste
  • large pieces of lumber
  • stumps
  • oversized branches
  • construction debris
  • succulents
  • cactus
  • yucca

PLEASE DO NOT USE PLASTIC BAGS IN THE GREEN CART! Only compostable bags can be used to dispose of the food scraps. Compostable bags can be purchased at:

  • Whole Foods 405 North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach
  • Ralphs Market 1413 Hawthorne Boulevard, Redondo Beach

If your favorite Redondo Beach grocery or drug store does not carry compostable bags, please call the Public Works Department to let us know at (310) 318-0686, ext. 4193.  Also mention your request to the Store Manager as they may be unaware of the product demand.

Countertop Compost Container

Free Countertop Compost Container

Redondo Beach residents can pick up a free countertop container at:
The Public Works City Yard
531 North Gertruda Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 318-0686

Backyard compost and worm bins are available for purchase year-round. Please call Athens Services at (888) 336-6100 to place your order. Athens Services will process your payment and deliver the bin to your home. More information can be found on the Backyard Composting Program (PDF) flyer.

Curbside Compost Collection

News and Announcements

Clean Power Alliance

In December 2017, the City of Redondo Beach joined a Community Choice Aggregation program called the Clean Power Alliance. Through Community Choice Aggregation, government agencies join together to purchase or generate cleaner electricity for residents and businesses.

In October 2018, the Redondo Beach City Council selected 50% renewables as the default rate for all energy customers in the City. The 50% renewable "Clean Power" tier will be the same cost as Southern California Edison's current base rate, which contains only 34% renewables.

Through the City’s membership in the Clean Power Alliance, Redondo Beach residents and businesses are automatically being enrolled in the program. Beginning in February 2019, all residential energy customers in Redondo Beach will receive 50% of their energy from clean, renewable sources. Non-residential customers will begin service in May 2019.

Energy users will also have the choice of switching to either 36% or 100% renewable energy, or opting out of the program and returning to receiving power exclusively generated by Southern California Edison. Regardless of the option selected, Southern California Edison will continue to deliver power to homes and businesses, send one bill, and be responsible for resolving any issues with electricity service.

For more information visit or contact Clean Power Alliance at or (888) 585-3788.

Mandatory Commercial Recycling

Assembly Bill 341 requires all multi-family buildings of 5 or more units and businesses with 4 or more cubic yards per week of refuse service have a recycling program in place or subscribe to a service that includes mixed waste processing.
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