Proudly serving Clearlake since 2007.

To start service, please call us at 707-234-6400 or send us an email.

Residential Services

We offer curbside garbage, recycling and green waste collection within the incorporated city limits of Clearlake, CA. As required by City of Clearlake ordinance No. 198-2017 residential property owner must subscribe to garbage service. Residential customers are billed quarterly.

Garbage Collection

  • Cart: Gray lid
  • Size: 20, 32, 64 or 96 gallon carts
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Material: Non-recyclable items accepted by the landfill

Carts need to be placed at curb or road edge at least 3 feet apart by 5:00am on your collection day. Please position carts to open towards the street and keep them free of neighboring or overhead obstacles. All material must fit inside cart and lid must close. Over-filled or contaminated carts may not be picked up and/or may result in extra charges.

Recycling Collection

  • Cart: Blue lid
  • Size: 96 gallon cart
  • Frequency: Weekly (same day as garbage service)
  • Material: Newspaper, household paper, magazines, cardboard, food and beverage glass, metal cans, plastic food and beverage containers.

All recyclables are placed in the same cart. Carts need to be placed at curb or road edge at least 3 feet apart by 5:00am on your collection day. Please position carts to open towards the street and keep them free of neighboring or overhead obstacles. All material must fit inside cart and lid must close. Over-filled or contaminated carts may not be picked up and/or may result in extra charges.

Curious about what goes in your blue cart? Use our handy CWS Recycling Guide

Green Waste Collection

  • Cart: Green lid
  • Size: 96 gallon cart
  • Frequency: Weekly (same day as garbage service)
  • Material: Lawn clippings, leaves, plant material, branches under 4″ in diameter, and small unpainted wood pieces

Carts need to be placed at curb or road edge at least 3 feet apart by 5:00am on your collection day. Please position carts to open towards the street and keep them free of neighboring or overhead obstacles. All material must fit inside cart and lid must close. Over-filled or contaminated carts may not be picked up and/or may result in extra charges.

Curious about what goes in your green cart? Use our handy CWS Green Waste Guide

Bulky Item Collection

  • Residents can have one (1) bulky item collected twice per year at no charge. Bulky items typically include a piece of furniture or an appliance. A charge for freon removal may be applied for refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. Prior arrangements must be made for this service.
  • Collection of additional bulky items (beyond the two free collections) can be arranged for a fee.
  • Arrange your bulky item pickup by calling us at 707-234-6400.

Want to know what’s eligible for free bulky item pickup?
Check out our Bulky Item Collection Guide

Holidays observed (service resumes next day)

  • New Years Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

During these weeks, if your regular collection days falls on or after the holiday, collection is delayed one day.

For example, Thanksgiving falls on a Thursday. That week, Thursday customers will be collected on Friday, and Friday customers will be collected on Saturday. Normal collection resumes the following week.

Commercial & Multifamily Services

We offer onsite garbage, recycling and organics waste collection within the incorporated city limits of Clearlake, CA. Commercial customers are billed monthly.

Garbage Collection

  • Bin: Gray
  • Sizes: 2, 3, 4 or 6 cubic yard bins
  • Frequency: Daily, Bi-weekly or Weekly
  • Material: Non-recyclable items accepted by the landfill

Recycling Collection

  • Bin: Blue
  • Size: 2, 3, 4 or 6 cubic yard bins (96 gallon cart available with CWS approval)
  • Frequency: Weekly, or more frequently as necessary
  • Material: Newspaper, household paper, magazines, stationery, catalogs, cardboard, food and beverage glass, metal cans, plastic food and beverage containers (no plastic wrap).

Curious about what goes in your blue cart? 
Use our handy CWS Commercial Recycling Guide

California Recycling Mandate

California Assembly Bill (AB) 341 establishes a 75% recycling goal for California by the year 2020. What does this mean to your business or apartment complex? If you generate 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week, or have 5 or more units at a multifamily dwelling, you must have recycling service.

Depending on how much waste your commercial business generates, recycling is mandatory. At Clearlake Waste Solutions, we are committed to ensuring your compliance with AB 341. Please contact us at 707-234-6400 for a free onsite waste assessment or to schedule

Green Waste Collection

  • Cart: Green lid
  • Size: 96 gallon cart
  • Frequency: Weekly (same day as garbage service)
  • Material: Lawn clippings, leaves, plant material, branches under 4″ in diameter, and small unpainted wood pieces

Holidays observed (no service on these days)

  • New Years Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

During these weeks, if your regular collection days falls on or after the holiday, collection is delayed one day.

For example, Thanksgiving falls on a Thursday. That week, Thursday customers will be collected on Friday, and Friday customers will be collected on Saturday. Normal collection resumes the following week.

Waste Assessments

At CWS, we are committed to being your local recycling resource. An on-site assessment of your waste stream can identify ways to capture more recycling which may result in a reduction of your garbage bill. Please call us at 707-234-6400 to schedule a free on-site visit.

Special Services

Debris Boxes & Roll Off Bins

For those temporary special projects or large jobs, CWS provides the right bin at the right price for the right material.

  • 3 cubic yard debris boxes available (small household cleanups)
  • 15, 20 and 30 cubic yard roll-off bins available for remodel, construction, landscape tear-out, and large clean ups
  • Discounts offered for debris boxes containing only ‘clean recyclables’ such as cardboard, glass and appropriate plastics
  • Discounts also offered for debris boxes containing segregated recyclables such as wood, green waste, metal, concrete, and asphalt

Weight restrictions are enforced and a Signed Agreement is required. Please call us at 707-234-6400 or contact us for more information.

HAZ-DROP for Household Hazardous Waste

When disposed of in the trash or down the drain, household hazardous waste threatens to damage the environment and may end up in Clear Lake or other waterways. Household Hazardous Waste includes pesticides, paints, solvents, thinners, batteries, medical waste or material containing asbestos. Through our HAZ-DROP program, household hazardous waste is collected from Lake County residents the third Friday and Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at rotating ends of the lake for convenience to all residents in Lake County. See below for accepted materials.

Please note:

  • State law prohibits delivery of more than 15 gallons per vehicle
  • Propane tanks (any compressed cylinders), maximum 5 gallons
  • Must show identification as a Lake County resident

Most items are accepted free of charge (see below for accepted materials). Businesses must make an appointment by calling 707-234-6400 and a small fee will apply. Dates, locations, and times for HAZ-DROP can be found here.

Televisions and computer monitors are accepted at no charge at these locations.

For information on the proper disposal of hazardous waste, please contact the Lake County Hotline at (707) 263-1980.

Hazardous materials that can be dropped-off at the HAZ-DROP include: 

  • batteries (automotive and household)
  • paints
  • solvents
  • gasoline
  • pesticides and herbicide
  • pool chemicals
  • acids
  • corrosives
  • sharps
  • artists supplies
  • antifreeze
  • toxic cleaner
  • prescription medicines – non narcotic
  • fluorescent light tubes and CFLs
  • oil / oil filters
  • cell phones
  • propane tanks 5 gallons and smaller
  • mercury thermometers and thermostats
  • bleaches and dyes
  • photography chemicals



Not Accepted at HAZ-DROP: 

  • explosives
  • ammunition
  • narcotics
  • compressed gas cylinders
  • propane tanks over 5 gallon
  • medical waste
  • radioactive materials

Education & Outreach

CWS is committed to educating residents and providing value tips regarding garbage, recycling and composting. We are especially proud to work with Concerned Citizens 4 Clearlake, an all-volunteer group of residents focused on cleaning up illegal dumpsites and litter in and around the City of Clearlake.

Want to become more waste wise?

We are available to make presentations to civic organizations and group who would like to learn more about preserving our natural resources and leading edge solutions in managing solid waste. Call us at 707-234-6400 to schedule your presentation.

Want to educate and empower the next generation?

Teaching our children to reduce, reuse and recycle now protects our environment’s future. Free presentations are available to schools and groups ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade. Presentations last approximately 45 minutes, and focus on litter, the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse & recycle) and proper disposal of household hazardous waste. Students will learn how they can help make their community cleaner and more sustainable. Call us at 707-234-6400 to schedule your presentation.

Want to keep more waste out of the landfills?

Use our recycling guides to divert more material!

Residential Recycling Guide
Residential Green Waste Recycling Guide
Commercial Recycling Guide

Want to catch up on all of our Clearlake news?

Browse through our current and past newsletters

Contact Us

Call Center

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday
707-234-6400 or 888-718-4888

Office Location

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday
3515 Taylor Drive | Ukiah, CA | 95482

Payment Drop-off Location

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday
14050 Olympic Dr. | Clearlake, CA | 95422