Trash, Green Waste & Recycling Best Practices

Have you ever debated what waste should go into what bin or wondered what items are recyclable or not?

Did you ever wonder if you should wash your recyclables before placing them in the recycle bin?

Environmental Sustainability put together this TIP SHEET to help you sort out what goes where and some best practices for trash and green waste disposal and recycling.


  • Styrofoam is not recyclable in our City and must either be reused or thrown in the trash. Seek reusable or recyclable alternatives.
  • Most paper products can be recycled, but they are still one of the most commonly found recyclables in Ventura’s trash.
  • It is not necessary to remove the labels from your recyclable material, the recycling process will take care of that for you.
  • A good rule of thumb for food and liquids on recyclables is to make sure that any product left behind will not contaminate other recyclables, like paper. Other than that, no need to waste water by washing your recyclables before placing them in your cart.
  • Plastic bags and other film plastics like bread bags slow down the curbside recycling process and should not be thrown in your recycle container at home. But don’t worry – most grocery stores offer free collection containers for proper recycling of film plastics. So, please bundle grocery bags, newspaper bags, produce and bread bags, sandwich bags, dry cleaning bags, and packaging wrap, and drop them off at your local grocery store for proper recycling.
  • Most people have more recyclable material than trash – you can get an extra recycling container for just $1.29 a month!


  • The materials you place in your trash container go straight to the landfill – they will never be sorted or separated from recyclable materials so make sure you are sorting properly at home.

Green Waste:

  • Most yard waste materials can be thrown in your green waste container, but palm fronds and yucca plant need to be disposed of in the trash.
  • Your green waste gets turned into compost for farmers that make our food. That’s why it is so important to make sure materials like glass and plastic do not wind up in your green waste container.
  • Pet waste cannot be thrown in your green waste container or flushed down the toilet. The only place it should go is in the trash!

Got Hazardous Waste?

Household hazardous waste (paints, batteries, pesticides and fertilizers, pool supplies, used oil filters, and cosmetics such as nail polishes and removers), should be disposed of at City of Ventura Household Hazardous Waste Events held monthly in Ventura. Appointments are required. Please call 805-652-4525 (Monday – Thursdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) to book a time. Find out more on our city website, here.

Have a question on what can be thrown in the trash or recycled? Contact Arriana Rabago,