Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach Food Waste Recycling Program for Residents and Businesses Kicks off August 3!

We are thrilled to inform you that as a leader in sustainability, the City of Manhattan Beach has become the first Waste Management serviced city in Southern California to be launching a full-scale Food Waste Recycling Program that turns food leftovers into renewable clean green energy!

The program’s implementation was approved in conjunction with newly adopted rates by city council on July 7, expanding the city’s current pilot program, and food waste collection will now be offered as part of standard waste and recycling services provided by Waste Management.

In the weeks ahead, all customers will receive a mailer with program information from Waste Management.

Residential Mailer Available for Download Here

Residents will receive a small kitchen container where they can place their unused food. Participating residents will then be asked to transfer their scraps to a compostable or regular trash bag and place it in their green waste cart for regular pick up.

Beginning August 3, residents with green waste containers may begin recycling food waste by placing their food waste inside a plastic bag, securely tied, then placing the bag inside their green waste container. All kitchen containers are expected to be delivered to residents by the end of August. Residents wishing not to participate in the food waste recycling program may do so by calling Waste Management Customer Service at 310-830-7100 or sending an email to by August 15.

Business establishments will sign up for the program by requesting a site visit from Waste Management to customize their food waste collection based on their business needs and a staff training program will be established.

Business Mailer with Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Available for Download Here

What happens to the food waste? Once collected by Waste Management, food waste will then be transported to a facility in Orange where it will be processed by Waste Management’s patented Centralized Organic Recycling equipment (CORe®) system, and turned into Engineered BioSlurry (EBS)™, which is used for the creation of green, renewable energy at a waste water treatment plant.


"One Person's Trash"

Your guide to reducing, reusing, and recycling in the City of Manhattan Beach.  Stay up-to-date with the latest news, stories, and recycling tips in this quarterly newsletter, brought to you by Waste Management and the City of Manhattan Beach.  It's free for all residents!  Read it online here


Become a Certified Green Business!

Visit Manhattan Beach's Newly Certified Green Businesses:



Take a look at all of the Certified Green businesses in Manhattan Beach, click here.

To apply, go to or email us

Question? Click here for more details on the program.

WM CORe® Converting Manhattan’s Beach Food Waste to Clean, Renewable Energy.

As the nation's leading environmental services provider, Waste Management is committed to finding innovative solutions to ensure waste no longer goes to waste. In Southern California, Waste Management is paving the way through its Centralized Organic Recycling equipment (CORe®) patented system, which is a proprietary process that uses food waste to create an Engineered BioSlurry (EBS) that can be used to generate renewable, green energy through co-digestion at municipal wastewater treatment plants.

Commercial Food Waste Recycling Program: Twenty-four Manhattan Beach businesses are participating in the Yellow bag commercial food waste pilot. They include: American Martyrs Church, Bakers Bakery, Bristol Farms, BrewCo , California Pizza Kitchen,, Farmers Market, Grandview Elementary, Islands, Le Pain Quotidien, Manhattan Bread and Bagel, Manhattan Beach Market, MB Middle School, Nicks’ Restaurant, Olive Garden, Pacific Elementary, Petros, Rock’N Fish, Robinson Elementary, Sesame Moe’s, Shade Hotel , Starbucks and Tin Roof Bistro.

Our WM organics experts will visit your business to share details about our food waste–to-energy program, train your staff and answer any questions you may have. We want to custom design a program that best fits your needs. Please contact us at to help set up your food waste recycling program.

Waste Management recycling experts have been working with each establishment to create customized recycling programs and training staff to ensure a successful program launch.



Click here for more details on the program

Questions about the program?

Call WM representative Angelica Dulce at 310-924-0402, or email


Mira Costa High Goes Green

MCHS is making waves this year with Grades of Green, an award-winning environmental nonprofit and Waste Management, as they implement a campus wide recycling program. Take a look!



WM Recycling Facility Tours   

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the recycling process?  Consider attending an upcoming tour of WM's local recycling facilities to see firsthand how our recycling programs work.  Please note, tour attendess must be over 14 and wear closed toe shoes.  Space is limited.  If you are interested in taking a tour, please email WM at to confirm your attendance.

Tours Dates & Locations for 2015

WM Transfer Station –321 Francisco Street, Carson CA

Monday, October 26th at 10am

Orange County Recycling Center -2050 N. Glassell, Orange CA 92865

Monday, November 16th at 10am

Azusa Material Recycling Facility -1501 W. Gladstone Ave, Azusa CA 91702

Monday, September 21st at 10am

Check out this flyer to learn more about each WM facility. 


2015 Composting Class Schedule

Why compost?  Because a rind is a terrible thing to waste!  Join us for any of our upcoming 2015 FREE composting classes, and learn how to recycle your food and yard waste into a valuable and organic fertilizer for your garden.

All 2015 Free Classes take place at 10AM at the Botanical Garden in Polliwog Park, 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd (at Peck Ave):

- Saturday, July 18th

- Saturday, October 17th

**Residents may also purchase a discounted composting bin by contacting Waste Management customer service at 310-830-7100.


Pharmaceutical Mail-back Solution

Free pharmaceutical/medicine mail-back recycling pouches for safe, convenient disposal  are available by calling WM customer service: (310) 830-7100.

Converting food waste into energy

Watch this video and learn about how Manhattan’s Beach food waste is converted into energy!