How Holidays Affect Trash Pickup in Los Angeles



Trash and recycling collection schedules in Los Angeles can be affected by holidays. This guide provides an overview of holiday trash pickup schedules for Los Angeles residents serviced by the City of Los Angeles Sanitation Department and Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.

City of Los Angeles Holiday Collection Schedule

The City of Los Angeles Sanitation Department provides trash, recycling, and yard waste collection to over 750,000 households across Los Angeles.

Holidays that affect City of Los Angeles trash pickup are:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

If your regular trash pickup day falls on or after one of these holidays, pickup is delayed by one day for the rest of the week.

For example, if your regular pickup day is Monday and the holiday is on Monday, your pickup will slide to Tuesday. Tuesday pickup slides to Wednesday, Wednesday to Thursday, Thursday to Friday, and Friday to Saturday.

The LA Sanitation holiday collection schedule for 2023 is:

Holiday Day Date
New Year’s Day Monday January 2
Memorial Day Monday May 29
Independence Day Tuesday July 4
Labor Day Monday September 4
Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 23
Christmas Day Monday December 25

To confirm your adjusted pickup day if a holiday falls on or before your regular day, use the MyLA311 app or call 1-800-773-2489.

For additional garbage and recycling resources, visit the LA Sanitation website or contact:

LA Sanitation
1149 S Broadway, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(800) 773-2489
[email protected]

Los Angeles County Holiday Schedule

The Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts provide solid waste management services to about 5.6 million people in Los Angeles County. This includes operation of landfills, recycling centers, and other waste facilities.

Holidays that affect LA County Sanitation District trash drop-off and pickup are:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

On these holidays, the following solid waste facilities have adjusted operating hours or closures:


  • Calabasas Landfill: Closed
  • Puente Hills Landfill: Closed
  • Scholl Canyon Landfill: Open 8am-3:30pm

Transfer Stations:

  • South Gate Transfer Station: Closed

Materials Recovery Facilities:

  • Puente Hills MRF: Closed

Waste-to-Energy Facilities:

  • SERRF: Open regular hours

For the specific holiday schedule at each facility, visit the LA County Sanitation Districts website.

If your residential trash pickup day falls on or after an LA County holiday, service will be delayed by one day. For example, if your pickup is normally on Monday and the holiday is on Monday, your pickup will slide to Tuesday.

To confirm adjusted pickup days:

  • LA County residents can contact your contracted waste hauler
  • Residents of unincorporated LA County can call the LA County Public Works hotline at (626) 458-4357

For additional waste management resources, contact the LA County Sanitation Districts:

LA County Sanitation Districts
1955 Workman Mill Rd
Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 908-4288, option 2
[email protected]

Holiday Tips

Follow these tips to make sure your trash and recycling are picked up without issue on holidays in Los Angeles:

  • Check the holiday schedule at the start of the year so you know which holidays will affect pickup. Mark your calendar!

  • The night before your adjusted pickup day, take bins to the curb as usual.

  • If unsure of your adjusted pickup day, check with your hauler or the city/county.

  • Don’t try to cram extra trash into bins on adjusted pickup days. This can cause bins to overflow and trash to be left behind.

  • If possible, wait to take excess trash to the curb until your normal pickup day returns.

  • Don’t place bins out early or leave them out long after pickup – this can lead to citations.

  • If you have large bulky items to dispose of, plan accordingly and use your allocated free pickups. Don’t leave bulky items at the curb on holidays.

  • Take advantage of holiday schedule changes to recycle more and cut down on waste!

With some planning and awareness of the holiday collection schedule, you can make sure your household’s trash is picked up without issue in LA. Check the schedule each year and contact your hauler or the city/county with any questions.


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