Residential Trash Collection (Unincorporated Area)

Residential Service Areas
Solid Waste Collection Agreements & Rates
Bulky Items
Items to Recycle
Senior/Low-income Discount
Green Materials Recycling Exemption Program
Solid Waste Ordinance Code

Residential Curbside Trash Collection      Residential Service Areas

Unincorporated Area Residential Solid Waste Collection Information 


Currently, two solid waste collection companies provide collection service for all residential customers within the Unincorporated Area (UA) of Ventura County. By contract, each of these companies has the exclusive right to serve specific portions of the UA. Therefore, if a resident subscribes to collection service, he/she must use the company with the exclusive contract to serve the area in which the resident lives.

Standard residential service throughout the UA typically includes weekly service for three containers: one each for refuse, recyclables, and green waste. Some limited variations on this standard level of service are available through your collection company. Rates for service are set by the County and vary depending on factors such as location and waste generation rates in a given service area.



E.J. Harrison & Sons        

(805) 647-1414

 EJ  Harrison & Sons Logo

E.J. Harrison & Sons Service Areas:
UA Camarillo, UA Fillmore, UA Newbury Park, UA Santa Paula, UA Upper Ojai, UA Ventura, La Conchita, Oxnard Plain, Piru, Pt. Mugu, Rancho Matilija, Rincon, Somis, Channel Islands Beach CSD, Ojai Valley (a.k.a. Ventura River Valley) and Santa Rosa Valley.


Waste Management /
G.I. Industries
(805) 522-9400

 Waste Management Logo

Waste Management / G.I. Industries Service Areas:
UA Moorpark, UA Simi Valley, East Santa Rosa Valley, Lake Sherwood/Carlisle Canyon, Lynn Ranch, Oak Park, Regency Hills, Santa Susana Knolls, Yerba Buena and Bell Canyon CSD.

For a countywide map of all service areas click here.

For a listing of landfills and transfer stations click here.

For a listing of green waste processing facilities click here.

For more information contact:

Lisa McCullough

 Residential Curbside Trash Collection      Solid Waste Collection Agreements & Rates

The Integrated Waste Management Division established 4 new Residential Refuse/Recyclables Collection Agreements and 1 Residential/Commercial "Hybrid" Agreement in 2014.  Each of these Agreements is unique, and each is in effect for 10 years.

Residential Agreements & Rates:

Residential/Commercial Hybrid Agreement:

Examples of Bulky Items for Curbside Pick Up Program     How to Handle Your Bulky Items

Residents must use their solid waste collector to schedule removal of bulky items. Typically, bulky items include appliances, furniture, televisions and computers, and other large items. Each single-family household in the unincorporated area that pays their solid waste collector for regular monthly collection service may have up to two bulky items picked up free of charge at the curbside once each calendar year.  Multi-family households may also receive bulky item service and should contact the solid waste collector for the County-approved rate. If you are discarding tires or items which require special handling, your solid waste collector may impose a disposal fee (apart from any charge for curbside collection).  All households should contact their waste collection company to schedule a pick up.

If you have more than two items that you want to discard, please contact your solid waste collector for more information about bulky item charges.

Recycle SymbolWhat to Recycle?

All of the items listed below should be placed in your curbside recycling barrel, provided by your solid waste collector. Recyclables do not need to be separated from each other, rather they may be "commingled" (mixed together).

  • Aluminum (foil and cans)
  • Cardboard (please break boxes down)
  • Glass bottles (unbroken with lids removed)
  • Metals (cans and assorted scrap metal)
  • Paper (office paper, newspaper, magazines, and phone books)
  • Plastic bottles - all plastic containers are currently accepted, except plastic bags and film plastic.

If you have any additional questions, please contact your solid waste collector.


Helping Hand for Seniors     Senior/Low-Income Discount Program Application

Program Description and Policies for Residents

The Public Works Agency, Water and Sanitation Department, Integrated Waste Management Division (IWMD) has developed the Senior/Low-Income Discount Program which allows an eligible resident a $4.00 discount off their monthly refuse bill. To be eligible for the discount, you must meet BOTH of the following criteria:

  1. Be at least sixty-two (62) years of age (and able to provide government-issued identification verification) AND;
  2. Enrolled in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Lifeline Program (proof of enrollment with Decision Letter)

FCC Lifeline is a government benefit program that provides monthly discounts on telephone service (wireline or wireless) for eligible low-income consumers. To participate in the program, consumers must meet certain low-income guidelines OR participate in a number of government-assistance programs.

If you are not currently enrolled in the FCC Lifeline Program or to learn more, please click here for details on determining your eligibility and how to enroll or call 1-866-272-0349.

The IWMD has developed English and Spanish (Español) application forms for residential customers seeking a discount:

Click here for the English Application form
Oprime aquí para obtener la Aplicacioñ en Español

You may also contact:

Lisa McCullough
805/658-4320 (English only)

After IWMD receives the completed application along with the above-stated criteria (proof of age and FCC Lifeline enrollment), the Division will contact you either to request more information or notify you that your application has been approved; once approved, your County-authorized refuse collection company will apply the discount to your next billing cycle.

Please note: Annual renewal in the FCC Lifeline Program to the IWMD is required before FCC Lifeline’s Decision Letter’s stated expiration date or the discount will automatically be removed from your bill. If reinstated after discount has been removed, the discount will be applied to your next billing cycle, without any credit for past, non-discounted payments.

Oprime aquí para obtener la Aplicación en Español.

Green Materials Recycling Exemption Program

Program Description and Policies for Residents

Curbside Green Waste Container 

State law requires the County to divert landfill-bound solid waste material through waste reduction, recycling and re-use.  To meet this mandate, Ventura County Ordinance 4445 provides for the implementation of programs for attainment of waste diversion goals.  The Ordinance allows for an exemption for residential green materials (e.g., grass clippings, leaves, tree trimmings, etc.).

Pursuant to the Ordinance, the Integrated Waste Management Division (IWMD) has developed the Green Material Recycling Program Exemption which allows residential customers to discontinue their green materials (yard waste) container and potentially save on their monthly bill. 

To be eligible for an exemption you must meet one of the following criteria:

1) You do not generate yard waste or green material on your property;
2) You compost and/or mulch all yard waste and green material on your property; or
3) You utilize a professional landscaping service that removes your yard waste and green material from property and recycles it.

The IWMD has developed English and Spanish (Español) application forms for residential customers seeking an exemption:

Click here for the English Application form

Presionar el botón para obtener la Aplicación en Español

Once the IWMD receives the completed exemption application, we will conduct a random, onsite inspection to verify the exemption reason prior to approval or denial of the application.  The Division will make every effort to complete the inspection and notify the resident and their County authorized solid waste collection company of our determination within ten (10) working days.

As an exempt customer, your solid waste container may be randomly inspected without prior notification as part of the Division’s annual compliance inspection process. 

Furthermore, you may not place green material in either the refuse or recycling containers.  If a follow-up inspection reveals green materials are being placed in these containers, or your landscaper is not diverting green materials to a recycling facility, the IWMD will send you a warning notice outlining the program requirements and informing you the exemption may be revoked; if revoked, a charge for the green materials container may be applied to your bill.  The IWMD will conduct another inspection no later than six (6) months after issuing the warning notice.

If you have questions about the Green Materials Recycling Exemption Program or would like information about composting, "grasscycling", mulching, and other effective green materials management techniques, please contact:

Gloria Silvestri-Whitcomb

Law Books and Gavel
                Ventura County Solid Waste Ordinance Code
                & State Law



There are three primary sections of Ventura County ordinance code and two state assembly bills impacting the management of solid waste in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County.


The Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance 4421 on November 23, 2010 and it took effect December 23, 2010.

This ordinance requires the recycling and diversion of construction and demolition (C&D) debris from residential and commercial projects.

Ordinance 4421 is seven (7) pages. A PDF is available by clicking here or see the contact information at the end of this page to request a hard copy.


The Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance 4445 on April 24, 2012.

This amended County ordinance code regulates solid waste collection, disposal and recycling within the unincorporated areas of the County, as required by state Assembly Bills 939 and 341.

Ordinance No. 4445 is thirty-six (36) pages. A PDF copy is available by clicking here or see the contact information at the end of this page to request a hard copy.


The Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance 4156 on December 9, 1997. Effective July 1, 2004, the current CIWMP Fee is $0.05 per ton.

This ordinance code provides for the assessment and collection of the County Integrated Waste Management Plan Fee (CIWMP Fee). The CIWMP fee was established to defray the costs associated with the preparation, adoption and implementation of regional integrated waste management plans for both the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Ventura County.

The fee is paid by city and County solid waste collectors on all Ventura County solid waste disposed at landfills inside and outside the county. It is also paid by in-county solid waste facilities on waste brought in by self-hauls and disposed waste originating outside the county.

Ordinance No. 4156 is eight (8) pages. A PDF copy is available by clicking here or contact the staff person below to request a hard copy.


Assembly Bill 341 (AB 341) was enacted July 1, 2012 to help the state achieve its goal of diverting 75% of solid waste from California landfills.

AB 341 requires recycling by all businesses and non-residential properties generating four (4) or more cubic yards of solid waste per week and multi-family dwellings of five (5) or more units. The law also requires every jurisdiction, including the County of Ventura, to ensure such recycling programs are implemented and maintained on an ongoing basis.

AB 341 is thirteen (13) pages. A PDF copy is available by clicking here or contact the staff person below to request a hard copy.


Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826) was enacted April 1, 2016 in an ongoing state effort to divert 75% of solid waste from California landfills.

AB 1826 requires businesses, including commercial or public entities such as schools, hospitals, stores, restaurants, industrial businesses, for profit or non-profit organizations, multi-family dwellings with five (5) or more units and others, to recycle their organic waste, based on the amount and type of waste the business produces on a weekly basis, with full implementation realized by 2019.

AB 1826 is six (6) pages.  A PDF copy is available by clicking here or contact the staff person below to request a hard copy.

Gloria Silvestri-Whitcomb