Recycling Events

Bulky Trash Curbside Collection Weeks- May 13-17 and October 14-18, 2024.

Our Bulky Waste Curbside Collection Weeks give residents an opportunity to place unwanted bulky items curbside that are too large or heavy to put inside collection carts.  These events occur scheduled twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall, and will occur on residents' regularly scheduled residential curbside collection days. Place unwanted bulk items on the curb along with your regular carts by 6:00 a.m.  No hazardous waste will be accepted. 

Bulky trash items typically include broken appliances, water heaters, furniture, old mattresses (please wrap mattresses prior to setting out special mattress disposal bags can be purchased at hardware stores or online), yard waste, and other miscellaneous bulky household items. All yard waste will be recycled and must be bagged or bundled. Tree trimmings should be cut into 3-foot lengths and tied securely into bundles not greater than 18 inches in diameter.

Please note: Debris from contractors, landscapers or commercial businesses will not be accepted. Visit EDCO's website for additional information.

Free Mulch

During the Community Cleanup events, free mulch will be available for self-load/ self-haul at the corner of A Avenue and 2nd Street, behind the Little League field. Bring a shovel to get your mulch while it lasts!

Mulch will be replenished each morning by 8 am. If you plan to haul mulch in an open truck or trailer, please remember to bring a tarp to cover your material.

Document Shredding and E-waste Recycling – April 27 and October 19, 2024

The City and EDCO sponsor a free document shredding and electronic waste event each year for Coronado residents. The events are held on a Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the City Hall north parking lot,1825 Strand Way. Upcoming event dates will be announced on this page, in the Weekly Update, and in your EDCO bill.

EDCO limits items, such as old bank statements or other personal records, to two bankers boxes or containers measuring no greater than 10 inches by 12 inches by 15 inches per household. Residents also may drop off, unwanted electronics, including TVs, computer monitors, printers, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players and answering machines. Please, do not bring household hazardous waste material, appliances, or trash to this shredding event location.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program provides safe and convenient disposal of items that should not be mixed with the regular trash. View HHW Collection for complete information.

Used Motor Oil and Filter Recycling                                                           

Coronado residents may bring used oil and filters to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection facility for free recycling. Collection is held the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

You may also bring used motor oil and filters to a Certified Used Oil Collection Center. Some Used Oil Collection Centers are open daily and provide free drain pans. Visit or call 1-800-237-2583 for the nearest location. Used Oil Collection Centers will not accept used oil that has been contaminated with water, antifreeze, gasoline, etc. Remember to fully drain your oil filter for at least 24 hours and place it in a non-breakable container with a watertight lid.

Tree Recycling

Christmas trees, including flocked trees, may be recycled by using either the green waste curbside program or the drop-off program.


Remember to Remove all Lights and OrnamentsFor the green waste curbside program, place four-foot sections of your tree in your yard waste recycling container(s), or bundle tree sections together with twine (maximum 4 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter) and place on the curb between December 26, 2023, and January 14, 2024.

Drop-off Sites

The drop-off program is available from December 26, 2023, to January 14, 2024. Drop off your Christmas tree (no size restrictions) at one of the following two locations:

  • Glorietta Bay boat launch parking lot 
  • Cays Park parking lot.

Look for the large roll-off dumpsters. Please do not include any trash. For more information about how to reduce, reuse, and recycle gift wrapping and holiday decorations, please visit EDCO's website.

View the Christmas Tree Drop off Sites Map (PDF).

Christmas Tree Recycling Tips

  • Strung lights cannot be recycled. They tangle the machines and cause the system to shut down for de-tangling.
  • Flocked or fake snow (flock) contains chemicals. Therefore, these trees cannot be composted.
  • If you choose to use tinsel it must be completely removed (and placed in the trash) from your tree before it can be recycled. The best option, don’t buy tinsel. It is a wasteful single-use plastic.
  • Make sure to remove all ornaments, garlands, lights, nails, tree bags, and tree stands (metal or plastic) before recycling.
  • Reuse or donate artificial trees that are in good condition. Purchasing new plastic trees create more waste and greenhouse gasses. You'd need to use them for at least 20 years to show any environmental benefit.
  • Don’t let real trees sit around too long after the holidays. They can dry out and become fire hazards. Organic wreaths and similar organic decorations can be recycled with trees.