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Recyclable vs. Non-recyclable

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Online shopping ✅ Packages delivered ✅ Now what? Learn what's recyclable and what's not! ♻️

Only one of the materials below can be placed in your recycling bin.

1.) Cardboard box - recyclable in your recycling bin. Please flatten prior to recycling.

2.) Plastic envelope mailers - recyclable but NOT in your recycling bin. These must be returned to a participating store for recycling https:// www.plasticfilmrecycling.or g/ recycling-bags-and-wraps/ plastic-film-education-indi viduals/ learn-whats-recyclable/

3.) Manila envelope with bubble wrap inside - CANNOT be recycled as the two materials are difficult to separate. Please consider reusing.

4.) Plastic bubble wrap and air pillows - recyclable but NOT in your curbside recycling bin.

Carlsbad Green Business Network


The City of Carlsbad is the first city in San Diego County to join the California Green Business Network, a statewide network of 4,000 certified businesses in 40 cities that are committed to environmentally sustainable practices.

As part of the California Green Business Network, small to medium sized businesses in Carlsbad can now get certified, have access to energy-saving resources and save money while practicing sustainability.

In addition, the City of Carlsbad is now eligible for $30,000 in state grant funds if it certifies 15 businesses as green businesses by Feb. 28, 2020.

To become certified, businesses apply for certification through the local program administrator whom the city has contracted with, Environmental Innovations, Inc. Environmental Innovations will then support businesses to meet a number of environmental standards and adopt an environmental policy statement. Certified Green businesses exceed all environmental regulations and implement specific practices to reduce pollution, save water and energy and protect human health.

Studies have shown that practicing sustainability is often good for the local community and good for a business’s bottom line. Reducing water consumption through low-flow devices saves both money and resources. Upgrading lighting to energy-saving fixtures can help reduce costs over the long term. Reducing waste, using environmentally friendly cleaning products and cutting down on the use of toxic chemicals helps a business and its local community.

The California Green Business Network is funded in part by the California Environmental Protection Agency. As part of the network, Carlsbad businesses gain access to promotions, financing and rebates that help them go green.

Launching the Green Business Network locally in Carlsbad is also another way the city is working toward meeting Climate Action Plan goals which is to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and water vapor. 

More Information

  • Learn about joining the Carlsbad Green Business Network here.
  • Mike Grim, Climate Action Plan Administrator,, 760-602-4623

Christmas Tree Recycling

Tree Drop Off

The City of Carlsbad and Waste Management are offering free, curbside pickup for holiday trees Dec. 26 to Jan. 10, 2020 and drop off bin locations Dec. 26 to Jan. 11, 2020. The trees will be recycled and converted into mulch that will be used throughout San Diego County. 

For curbside collection, residents with trash and recycling service Wednesdays through Fridays will have a one-day delay in service the week of Christmas and New Year’s Day.

When placing trees for curbside collection, follow these guidelines:

  • Remove all decorations, including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands.
  • Trees taller than 6 feet must be cut in half and placed next to your green waste cart.
  • When possible, residents are asked to cut down the tree so that it fits inside the green waste cart with the lid closed for collection.
  • Please note that flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be disposed of through regular trash service. Flocked trees must fit into the trash cart with the lid closed for collection.

Drop off locations in Carlsbad:

  • Calavera Hills Community Park, 2997 Glasgow Drive
  • Stagecoach Community Park, 3420 Camino de los Coches
  • Poinsettia Community Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road
  • Fire Station 1, 1275 Carlsbad Village Drive
  • Waste Management 5960 El Camino Real

For the creative recycler, here are other ideas for repurposing your tree:

  • Bird feedersPlace the holiday tree in the garden or backyard and use it as a bird feeder and sanctuary. Fresh orange slices or strung popcorn will attract the birds and they can sit in the branches for shelter.
  • Mulch:A holiday tree is biodegradable. Remove and chip branches to uses as mulch in gardens.
  • Living, rooted trees:  Rooted trees can be planted in your yard after the holidays.

Holiday tree recycling supports the City of Carlsbad’s Climate Action Plan and statewide goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2018, the holiday trees recycled from drop off locations diverted 19.83 tons of green waste from landfills. For more information about the city’s green waste recycling initiatives, visit

Green Waste Recycling Initiative


To support local and statewide goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Carlsbad approved this week a recycling and trash services rate increase to include green waste recycling or composting.

Green waste, or yard waste, includes plant debris such as grass clippings, pruning, weeds, branches, brush and other organic waste normally produced from gardens or landscaped areas. Composting is the natural process that decomposes yard waste and food waste to make a brown, crumbly soil additive that enhances the health of lawns and gardens.

Approximately 36,000 tons of the city’s green waste per year will now be composted instead of disposed of in the landfill, reducing the amount of methane producing materials in landfills. Reducing emissions from greenhouse gases, such as methane, supports the goals of the city’s Climate Action Plan. Recycling green waste also will allow the city to continue meeting the state's 50 percent diversion mandate under AB 939, the Integrated Waste Management Act.

A public hearing was held Dec. 10 to discuss the proposed rate increases. Based on new state laws mandating organics recycling, the City Council approved a $1.34-1.47 a month increase for residents and $0.57-30.05 a month increase for businesses, dependent on the size of the can and frequency of pick-up. New rates go into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

The City of Carlsbad provides recycling and trash solid waste services to its residents and businesses through a franchise agreement with Coast Waste Management. Under the terms of its contract, Coast Waste Management guarantees the net rate for collection service will be in the lowest third being charged for similar services in all cities in San Diego County using a franchised collection system.

Prior to the public hearing, the city notified residents and businesses by mail and posted information on the city’s website at

Events Around Town

2020 Invitational Art Exhibit at Cannon Art Gallery

Current Exhibition
Dec. 15, 2019 – Feb. 8, 2020

More than 500 artists have appeared inthe Cannon Art Gallery Juried Biennial exhibitions. In the alternative years, we present the Invitational, an exhibition in which the work of artists from the preceding Biennial is showcased. This year we are presenting work from local artists Sue DeWulf, Juan Flores, Alison Haley Paul, Annalise Neil and Vicki Walsh.

Image: XOXO, 2018, Alison Haley Paul

Admission: Free

Events Around The County

January 1 - 5
San Diego International Auto Show is at the San Diego Convention Center. -
January 8 - February 2
North Coast Repertory Theatre brings you Bloomsday at the intimate 194-seat theater in Solana Beach. A top San Diego theater event. -
January 9 - February 2
San Diego Repertory Theatre brings you The Humans on stage at The Lyceum Theatre Complex at 79 Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego. -
January 10, 11, 12
The San Diego Symphony presents a Jacobs' Masterworks Series performance - a top San Diego concert event - at Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego. -
January 10 - February 16
Lamb's Players Theatre presents Babette’s Feast on stage at their resident theatre in Coronado. -
January 17 - 18
Moonlight Stage Productions bring you Eric Kunze and Gina Feliccia at the Avo Playhouse or Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista. -
January 17, 18, 19
The San Diego Symphony presents a Jacobs' Masterworks Series performance - a top San Diego concert event - at Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego. -
January 17 - February 23
Coronado Playhouse brings you MATILDA, on stage at 1335 First Street at the Coronado Ferry Landing. One of the exciting San Diego events. -
January 18 - February 23
The Old Globe presents August Wilson’s Jitney, on stage at the Old Globe complex in Balboa Park. An outstanding San Diego event. -
January 22 - February 16
Cygnet Theatre presents THE GREAT LEAP on stage at the Old Town Theatre located at 4040 Twiggs Street in San Diego. Tops on the San Diego events calendar. -
January 24, 25
The San Diego Symphony presents a Jacobs' Masterworks Series performance - a top San Diego concert event - at Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego. -
January 31, February 2
The San Diego Symphony presents a Jacobs' Masterworks Series performance - a top San Diego concert event - at Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego. -