Updated December 23, 2009
Solid waste collection and recycling in Cerritos is provided by CalMet Services, Inc. CalMet Services, Inc. trucks pick up trash from residents, businesses and industrial customers weekly.
The City of Cerritos irrigates more than 200 acres of City-owned property, including most parks, parkways and medians, with recycled water. The waste water originates from industries, businesses and homes and is treated by a three-stage process by the Sanitation District before being used for irrigation.
Used motor oil can be dropped off free-of-charge at local collection centers.
Cerritos residents can safely dispose of used motor oil, electronics, computer equipment, cleaners with acids or lye, paint, batteries, pesticides, weed killer and chemicals from hobby and art projects at a Household Hazardous Waste Roundup.
In 2007, the Cerritos City Council adopted a construction and demolition ordinance to promote the reduction of solid waste and reduce the stream of solid waste going to landfills as a result of construction and/or demolition. The ordinance establishes requirements and project thresholds for recycling and reuse of a percentage of waste. In addition, the ordinance states that within 14 days of completion of the demolition phase, and within 14 days of completion of the construction phase, the applicant shall submit documentation to the Cerritos Waste Management Division to demonstrate waste handling efforts. For questions or concerns, please contact the Cerritos Environmental Services Manager at (562) 916-1266.
To obtain roll-off or bin services for the collection and recycling of construction and demolition waste, please contact CalMet Services at (562) 259-1239. Contracting with CalMet Services for a project's waste hauling services automatically brings a project into compliance with the City's Construction and Demolition Ordinance, provided that the project manager meets with Public Works staff for verification of compliance.