Environmental Sustainability

The primary role of the Environmental Services Division is to manage the City’s integrated waste management activities, which include solid waste franchise administration and compliance with the CalRecycle requirements for reduction of waste thrown into the landfill. La Mesa has an exclusive franchise agreement with EDCO Disposal Corporation for solid waste disposal and recycling services. Household hazardous waste and electronic and universal waste disposal and recycling are also coordinated through this division.

Climate action and other sustainability efforts are updated here, so be sure to check back for more news and information. 

News and Updates!

Holiday Tree Recycling - From December 26-January 15 you can place your Christmas tree in your green waste cart on collection days. The tree must be cut into 4-foot sections. Trees of all sizes may also be recycled through January 15 at the La Mesa EDCO Transfer Station, 8184 Commercial St, La Mesa. All ornaments, tinsel, nails and tree stands must be removed from the tree. Flocked trees are also accepted. Please note that EDCO will observe the New Year holiday on January 2 and residential collection will be delayed by one day that week.

100% Renewable Electricity Feasibility Study - The cities of La Mesa and Chula Vista launched a joint community choice energy (also known as CCA) feasibility study request for proposals (RFP). Learn more about the collaboration and CCAs on our CCA page.

Mandatory Organics Recycling for Businesses - In 2014, Governor Brown signed AB 1826 into law requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste (food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, etc.) depending on the amount of waste generated per week. The law phases the requirements and includes more businesses over time so be sure to learn more about the requirements today.