The Alhambra Municipal Code prohibits persons from scavenging or removing recyclable items placed at curbside for disposal. The Police Department needs concerned residents to be witnesses to the crime. Without a witness to the theft, the Police Department cannot prosecute and the thieves are free to return again and again. Violation of this ordinance is a misdemeanor that could lead to a fine and/or possible jail time.
Allied Waste Services has placed warning stickers on blue recycling containers. If your container does not have a sticker, residents may pick up one up from the City Manager’s office at City Hall (second floor).
When recyclables are stolen from trash containers, this can create health, safety and security issues. Cities must recycle in order to comply with state law that includes penalties if not followed. Moreover, the City’s contracts with its recycling providers are based on the understanding that these companies will gain revenue from the recyclables in our waste stream.