Solid Waste & Recycling

Styrofoam RecyclingKeep Up the Good Work La Mesa
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has acknowledged La Mesa’s accomplishment in continuing to exceed the State’s mandated 50 percent diversion rate. This means that more than 50 percent of everything that we are disposing of is being diverted away from our landfills and being reused, recycled, or in the case of some hazardous materials, disposed of properly and safely. This is the accumulation of years of hard work and a positive partnership between the city and you, the community.

Our work, however, is not finished! California law requires all cities and counties in the state to maintain the 50% diversion rate. We must continue to do the right thing and keep waste out of our landfills which are running low on space.

Recycling Styrofoam
You can now put polystyrene (Styrofoam) with other recyclables in your blue EDCO collection bin! Packaging and clean food containers can be turned into new products like picture frames and garden pots. Packing peanuts are not included in the program but may be recycled at local mailing businesses.

Recycling Programs

La Mesa works closely with EDCO Waste and Recycling to provide convenient and effective recycling programs to benefit the community. Everyone in La Mesa has access to the program and the city’s mandatory recycling ordinance requires all properties and businesses to recycle. The program is comprised of the following services:
  • Curbside and Commercial Collection - This service is provided by EDCO and includes recyclables such as paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, all rigid plastics, Styrofoam, and green waste (separate container). Collection is provided throughout the week and some holidays result in a one-day delay. View the list of recyclable materials.
  • Drop-Off at EDCO Station - EDCO Station accepts electronics, batteries, and medical sharps from residents, Styrofoam, and cooking fats, oils and grease (FOG) for drop-off, in addition to the recyclables included in the curbside program. Green waste is also accepted. EDCO Station is located at 8184 Commercial Street in the industrial district of La Mesa.
  • Household Hazardous Waste - Residents who have household hazardous waste (HHW), such as batteries, fluorescent lights, paint, chemicals, mercury devices (including thermometers), or electronics, can use the City’s household hazardous waste program.
  • Construction and Demolition Recycling - Recycling your construction and demolition materials saves you money because the cost of recycling is a fraction of what it is to use a landfill. La Mesa’s C & D ordinance requires 75% landfill diversion for certain projects and special recycling facilities are located around the county to accept this debris.

Additional Options

Use the regional search engine at WasteFreeSD for additional options for recycling materials.

More Programs
Give cooking oil and grease a second life! Never pour fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the drain, in your yard, or in the trash. You can now recycle used oil and grease at EDCO Station in La Mesa. Simply collect it in a leak-proof container and take it in when full. It will become biofuel to help clean up our air!