City of Escondido


Recycling & Waste Reduction Division


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475 North Spruce Street
Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: 760-839-6216
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. & Alternate Fridays, 6:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

The Recycling & Waste Reduction Division promotes recycling through presentations in area schools, offers workshops in backyard and worm composting, coordinates cleanups at Dixon Lake, manages the We Clean Escondido program, maintains the Household Hazardous Waste program, and contracts with Escondido Disposal, Inc. for trash collection services.  


AB 1826 Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling


Household Hazardous Waste

The City of Escondido offers a comprehensive household hazardous waste program to its residents to ensure that hazardous materials are disposed of safely and legally. This program is for residential household hazardous waste only; business waste is not accepted. Please see items listed below for specific program information, or call the Recycling Hotline at 760-839-6216 for additional information or Escondido Disposal at 760-745-3203 to make an appointment to dispose of your household hazardous waste.

For information on countrywide recycling by zip code, including batteries, electronics, hazardous waste, paint, etc., please visit or call the toll-free, bilingual 1-800-CLEANUP (1-800-253-2687) environmental hotline.



The City of Escondido is committed to encouraging recycling and waste reduction. A variety of programs are offered to assist Escondido residents in their conservation efforts. Please see items listed below for specific program information or call our office at 760-839-6216 for information on additional programs.

2018 Earth Day Poster Contest Winners

Front row from left: (Kindergarten-2nd grade) Nicco Goodwin, Max and Natalie Flores. Middle row (3rd-5th grade), Shire Godknecht, Alexandra Garcia and Alyssa De Lima. Top row (6th-8th grade) Kyana Aquino and Marcello Favella.  Not pictured: Kylie Przybylowski.

Executive Staff

Program Assistant
Lori Calvert

Contact Executive Staff - Recycling

Mark Your Calendars

Compost Workshop
January 12, 2019
at the Escondido Community Garden     

Recycling Facebook Page

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