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New collection schedule for trash

Waste Management Ashley Cortes–

Starting the week of January 9, City of Ridgecrest residential trash collection service transitioned to the same every-other-week schedule as recycling. Collection of residential organic waste will also begin on the customer’s regular service day.  

Organic waste includes food, food-soiled paper and yard waste. Organic waste can be placed loosely in organic-waste carts or in compostable bags that meet ASTM D6400 standards, the standard specification for labeling of plastics designed to be aerobically composted in municipal or industrial facilities as designated by ASTM International, an international standards organization.

This collection schedule transition is to assist the City of Ridgecrest in complying with regulations under California Senate Bill (SB) 1383 and encourage greater use of recycling and organic waste collection services. 

Should residents need additional trash service as a result of these changes, they can increase the size of their cart up to a 96-gallon capacity or add a second cart to their account for an additional charge. Additionally, after January 9, residents with additional organic waste can request to swap their 35-gallon organic waste cart with a 64-gallon cart at no additional charge. 

In preparation for this updated collection schedule, WM would like to provide the following service reminders:

 On your service days place your trash cart out before 6 a.m. and remove the same day.

 Keep carts away from parked cars and other obstacles that could potentially prevent service.

 Check your cart lids for labels indicating which items go in each container. 

 Ensure your cart lids are fully closed and not overfilled. 

 Keep plastic bags and bagged materials out of your recycling cart.

If you are a City of Ridgecrest WM residential customer with an active account and have not yet received your organics cart, please contact WM Customer Service at (760) 463-6024. For more information visit