Public Works

Below you will find a list of programs that have been specifically designed for businesses. Please visit each of the Program's websites and learn how you can help enjoy these free services, or be added as a resource. ** Some programs may only be applicable to businesses of the unincorporated areas of the County.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink

 Food Donation

Los Angeles County residents and businesses throw away about 3.7 billion pounds of food each year. Meanwhile, over half a million Los Angeles County residents are food insecure. To assist County Unincorporated Area businesses in safely and easily donating their excess edible food, the County has developed the Food Donation and Recovery Outreach Program (Food DROP). Visit the website to learn about relevant laws, protection from liability, and to locate a non-profit which can accept edible food from your business. Be a part of the solution and donate your surplus edible food today!

 Reduction of Waste from Single-Use Items and Expanded Polystyrene Products Ordinance

As of June 1, 2022, full-service restaurants are to serve ready-to-eat food with utensils specifically designed to be cleaned after each use and reused. Food facilities are to continue providing customers with single-use articles (such as straws, forks and spoons) only when the customer requests them or confirms. And online platforms are to continue offering a way for customers to select single use foodware accessories they wish to be packaged with their food order. The ordinance applies to food facilities and retail establishments that are located within the County unincorporated area and County facilities as well as to third-party, online food-ordering businesses.

 Plastic and Paper Carryout Bag Ordinance

Your resource for reducing your single use plastic carryout bag impact to comply with a recently adopted ordinance banning such bags in the unincorporated areas.

 Los Angeles County Materials Exchange (LACoMAX)

LACoMAX, the Los Angeles County Materials Exchange, is a free Countywide materials reuse service that can help you find markets for your surplus materials and other usable discards.

 Construction and Demolition Debris

Projects requiring a construction, demolition, and/or grading permit must recycle at least 50% of the debris generated. The C&D Debris Recycling and Reuse Program provides information including forms and resources.

 Beverage Container Recycling

Should every glass or plastic bottle and aluminum can get another chance at life? Ever ask a beverage container why you should recycle? The Department of Conservation has the answers.

 Smart Business Recycling

The Smart Business Recycling Program website lists recyclers for paper, electronics, textiles and other materials. Businesses located in unincorporated County jurisdictions can receive a free on-site waste reduction consultation. Visit our website to learn more about relevant laws, refer to our list of Authorized Commercial Haulers, and access helpful tips on increasing recycling for your business, multi-family residence, or school!

 Recycling Market Development Zone

Could your business use $2 million? If you are a manufacturer or recycling processor, the Los Angeles County Recycling Market Development Zone Program has financial, technical and marketing assistance available to help your business grow.

 Earth 911

Listing of recycling facilities and services by zip code by the California Department of Conservation and Earth's 911 nationwide database.


Trash Collection

 Illegal Dumping

To report large piles of illegally dumped trash, visit our illegal dumping website.

 Franchise Solid Waste Collection System

The Franchise Solid Waste Collection System has been implemented in several County unincorporated areas to provide residents and businesses with enhanced solid waste and recyclables collection services. Additional areas will be implemented soon.

 Garbage Disposal Districts

The Garbage Disposal Districts are unincorporated County areas in which solid waste collection services are provided to residents and businesses by contract waste haulers.

 Bus Stop/Shelter Trash

In an effort to reduce the amount of trash from our roads and to prevent it from getting into our storm drain which leads to the ocean, the County has installed trash bins at most bus stop locations within the County unincorporated areas. If you want to report a dirty shelter or excess trash, please call (626) 458-3961.


Hazardous Waste/Electronic Waste

 Small Quantity Generation

Business hazardous waste and electronic waste is not accepted at the County permanent centers or collection events. If you are a small business with hazardous waste, you may qualify for the City of L.A.'s Small Quantity Generator Program or visit Business Recycling to locate a proper recycler.


Used Oil Recycling

 Used Oil Recycling

Why We Should Recycle Used Motor Oil.  Important facts on used motor oil. Recycling your used oil is easy, just follow these simple steps.

Used motor oil and filters should be brought to one of the 650 state-certified used oil collection centers for recycling at no charge.


Industrial Waste

 Industrial Waste

Proper handling and disposal of wastewater is essential to the protection of our environment. The Industrial Waste Control Program regulates industrial waste dischargers in the unincorporated areas of the County of Los Angeles and 37 contract cities.


Underground Storage Tanks

 Underground Storage Tanks

The Underground Storage Tank Program regulates underground tanks in the unincorporated areas and 77 cities in the County of Los Angeles.


Solid Waste

 Conversion Technology

Conversion technologies are sophisticated processes capable of converting post-recycled residual solid waste into renewable energy, green fuels and other beneficial products. The County of Los Angeles is at the forefront of evaluating and promoting these advanced technologies. For more information, including links to download a copy of our Phase II Report, please visit our conversion technology website.


Visit the Solid Waste Information Management System (SWIMS) website for a listing of solid waste facilities that are open to the public, disposal tonnage reports, and publications such as the Los Angeles County Integrated Waste Management Plan.

 Solid Waste Committee/Integrated Waste Management Task Force

The Task Force oversees solid waste management policy in the County of Los Angeles, and is comprised of representatives from local government, the solid waste management and recycling industry, and members of the general public, the business sector, and environmental organizations.



 Stormwater Prevention

Visit the Watershed Management Division Website to learn more about the Municipal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit, Low Impact Development (LID) Manual , the County's Stormwater Ordinance, watersheds, and related items.

 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System

The Stormwater & Runoff Pollution Control Program was created to track specific industrial and commercial businesses in the unincorporated County area to determine compliance with the requirements in the provisions of the Municipal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit issued by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region.

To report illegal dumping/discharges, anywhere in Los Angeles County, into the County's Storm Drain System, call 1(888)CLEAN LA,  24 hours per day.

Visit the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Website, see the “Don’t Trash California” campaign, and get more information on keeping our neighborhoods, oceans, and local waterways clean.

Contact your local Stormwater Coordinator to report a clogged storm drain, request storm drain stenciling, and learn about what your city is doing to improve water quality.

What you can do to prevent pollution of storm drains?

Have an RV? Find a site for the safe disposal of RV sewage in Los Angeles County (en Español).


Water Conservation


Conserve our precious water supply. Get more information on water facts and indoor and outdoor conservation.


Youth Education

 School Resources

Standard-based K-12 teaching curriculum, no cost teacher training workshops, information, and assistance for schools and districts that want to do more to protect the environment (provided by the California Integrated Waste Management Board).

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