Press Release Archive

January 15, 2020 
2019 Strategic Communications Unit Annual Report

News ImageOC Waste & Recycling (OCWR) is continuously looking for ways to expand educational outreach to Orange County residents. Thanks to the Strategic Communications Unit, programs and partnerships have been developed and fostered to provide education about the County’s waste and recycling resources.

January 10, 2020 
New Year, New Mattress?

News ImageDid you start off the year with a new mattress and don’t know what to do with the old one? Keep your New Year’s resolution of being more green, and recycle your old mattress in order to prevent it from being buried in the landfill.

January 9, 2020 


January 2, 2020 
Going Green in 2020

News ImageSee how you can make a Green Resolution!

December 30, 2019 
Closed New Year's Day

News ImageHappy New Year from OC Waste & Recycling!

December 27, 2019 
OC Waste & Recycling Encourages Residents to Recycle Right in the New Year

News ImageThe holidays have come and gone and many feel like they are in a “holi-daze” after all the commotion. This often leaves people with the looming question of “what now?” To help alleviate some of the post-holiday stress, we have some suggestions on how to recycle right and dispose of common holiday items no longer needed.

December 23, 2019 
Holiday Tree Pick-up

News ImageResidents can properly dispose of their holiday tree by contacting their hauler.

December 20, 2019 
Preserving Citrus in California

News ImageDid you know California is the nation’s leading provider of fresh citrus fruit, like oranges, mandarins and lemons? Because we want to protect this valuable resource and never let anything go to waste, it is important to be aware of the current threat to California citrus.

December 19, 2019 
OCWR Holiday Schedule

News ImageHappy Holidays from OC Waste & Recycling! Please note that our landfills and Household Hazardous Waste Centers will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but will operate during normal business hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

December 11, 2019 
Visit the Discovery Cube This Holiday Season, For Free!

News ImageLooking for something to do with the family during winter break? Why not discover the Science of Gingerbread and explore OC Waste & Recycling’s EcoChallenge exhibit at the Discovery Cube OC.

December 5, 2019 
OC Waste & Recycling Teams Up with Wild Wing of the Anaheim Ducks to Talk Trash

Do you know what it takes to safely dispose of your household hazardous waste? To answer this question, OC Waste & Recycling has teamed up with Wild Wing of the Anaheim Ducks to help educate residents on ways to recycle right! Find out what to do with those old paint cans and batteries, and how to avoid contaminating your greenwaste and recyclables by watching these fun and informative videos.

November 25, 2019 
Orange County Landfills and Household Hazardous Waste Centers Closed on Thanksgiving

News ImageOrange County landfills and Hazardous Waste Collection Centers are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 15, 2019 
Show the Earth Gratitude this Thanksgiving by Recycling Right!

News ImageDid you know about 200 million pounds of turkey are thrown away each year at Thanksgiving? As we work to preserve our natural resources, the County of Orange would like to encourage residents to recycle right this holiday season.

November 7, 2019 
Recycling Centers Close Throughout the State

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With the closure of many recycling centers throughout the state, California residents have been wondering what to do with their bottles and cans.

October 22, 2019 
Let’s Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About

News ImageHere at OCWR we are continuously looking for ways to be more eek-o-friendly and with Halloween just around the corner, we found a great article that provides alternatives to passing out candy.

October 16, 2019 
Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Paper Shredding Event This Saturday!

News ImageJoin us this Saturday, October 19 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. alongside Supervisor Donald Wagner and The Paper Depot at our Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Paper Shredding Event. We will be collecting household hazardous waste and shredding confidential documents for FREE!

October 4, 2019 
Join OC Waste & Recycling at the Irvine Global Village Festival

News ImageTo celebrate 18 years of community fun, the 2019 Irvine Global Village Festival will be one of the largest ones yet! The now two-day festival incorporates the best of Irvine's historic fall festival to offer more food, art, and music throughout an entire weekend at the Great Park.

September 26, 2019 
Check Out OCWR’s New Recycling Tool!

News ImageOC Waste & Recycling has launched a new website to help you Recycle Right. Visit for an A-Z list of recycling options for Orange County Residents.

September 17, 2019 



September 12, 2019 
OC Waste & Recycling and OC Public Libraries Partner with the Los Angeles Angels to Promote Recycling and Compositing

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. (Sept. 12, 2019) —On Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, OC Waste & Recycling, OC Public Libraries, City of Brea and Republic Services will be at the Brea Library educating and providing recycling and composting tips. The free education event will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon.

September 11, 2019 
Join OC Waste & Recycling at the Annual Moon Festival Hosted by Supervisor Andrew Do

News ImageIn a tradition dating back thousands of years, Orange County will celebrate the Moon Festival this Saturday, Sept. 14, with poetry, dance, and arts for children and families.

August 28, 2019 
OCWR Landfills Closed on Labor Day

News ImageOCWR closed in observance of Labor Day holiday.

August 15, 2019 
OC Waste & Recycling’s Back-to-School Guide

News ImageSummer is almost over, and school is right around the corner. In honor of National Back-to-School Month, we have put together a waste reduction back-to-school guide for you and your family. We know that you work hard to ensure your children have a great and productive year. When preparing your children for school this year, you can help them be good environmental stewards at the same time. Make sure to reuse and recycle as much as you can. Every little bit makes a difference in preserving our beautiful county and mother earth.

August 9, 2019 
Falcons Help Out at the Landfill

News ImageOC Waste & Recycling operates three landfills in Orange County. Many environmental stewardship and protection programs are part of the landfill’s operations. One of the most interesting and unusual is the bird abatement program, which uses falcons to shoo away pesky seagulls that otherwise could carry trash off the landfill and onto beaches or neighborhoods. Sometimes the falcons don’t even have to be flying; the gulls spot them and simply stay away! Since OC’s landfills started the bird abatement program, the number of gulls seen daily has been reduced from thousands to a maximum of fewer than 30 per day.

July 23, 2019 
Visit OCWR at upcoming events!

News ImageStop by a booth at these events and receive an OCWR swag bag with free goodies while supplies last!

July 16, 2019 
Receive a Free Battery Bucket on National Drive-Thru Day!

News ImageDrive-Thru service, believed to have originated in 1947 along Route 66, sure has changed since the days of roller skates and meal trays. Drive-thrus are now used at many businesses like pharmacies, banks, coffee shops, and even waste and recycling facilities. This iconic measure of convenience is observed annually on July 24, National Drive-Thru Day

July 2, 2019 
Celebrate July 4 with Red, White, Blue and Green

News ImageHonoring America’s birthday is a long-standing tradition that evokes and communicates national pride. Why not honor mother earth at the same time? Here are some tips on how to celebrate in style while keeping it green.

June 24, 2019 
Stop by participating OC Public Libraries for a children's activity book

News ImageOCWR Educational activity books distributed to six OC Public Library locations.

May 30, 2019 
Upcycling Your Neighborhood Library

News ImageUpcycling is a fun way to help the environment by reusing materials. It often consists of creative DIY projects. Upcycling can even help you start your own library in your neighborhood.

May 21, 2019 
Have You Ever Been a Wishcycler?

News ImageFrequently we're faced with the dilemma of not knowing whether an item should be recycled. Wanting to help the environment, you place an item in the recycling bin without being certain it belongs there. This is called wishcycling.

May 13, 2019 
OCWR Receives Three NACo Awards

News ImageOCWR was recognized for their involvement in creating the Neighbor Support Portal, submitting an Organics Management Plan and aiding in the development of the OC Safety Application.

May 7, 2019 
OCWR Celebrates Earth Day at Viejo Elementary

News ImageWhat's the best way to influence parents to change their recycling habits? Influence their children!

May 1, 2019 
OC Waste & Recycling's 2018 Annual Report

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April 22, 2019 
Celebrate Earth Day By Making Environmental-Friendly Changes

News ImageEarth Day is a great reminder to continuously protect our environment. Celebrate with these simple environmental changes you can make in your life.

April 15, 2019 
Drop-Off Unwanted Medications for National Take Back Day

News ImageThe OC Health Care Agency encourages community members to drop-off expired, unused or unwanted medications on April 27th at numerous locations throughout Orange County for National Take Back Day.

April 8, 2019 
World Health Day a Great Reminder to Check Old Medication

News ImageOC Waste & Recycling encourages you to use World Health Day to check the status of your prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and properly dispose of those that are expired or unused.

April 1, 2019 
Don't Be (April) Fooled by Landfill Myths

News ImageCelebrate April Fool's Day by testing your knowledge on Orange County landfills!

March 26, 2019 


Project: The proposed project would allow for the removal of vegetation by goats at the former 11.5-acre Gothard Street Landfill.

March 18, 2019 
Celebrate Global Recycling Day

News ImageAlthough Global Recycling Day is celebrated on March 18th, we can celebrate the benefits of sustainability all year long. A great way to make a positive impact on the environment is to reduce, reuse and recycle.

March 13, 2019 
Eco-Friendly Guide for St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

News ImageBefore you start planning your St. Patrick's Day celebrations, here are some tips to pair this year's festivities with some environmental-friendly practices.

March 12, 2019 
Checking Smoke Detectors Creates Safe Household

News ImageEvery Spring we turn our clocks forward for Daylight Savings but why not look forward to ensuring a hazard-free household by checking our smoke and carbon detectors as well? Regularly checking both devices can help create a safe household.

March 4, 2019 
Quick Guide for Disposing Light Bulbs

News ImageHave you ever wondered what to do with the dead light bulbs in your house? And did you know that there’s a different way to dispose of light bulbs depending on which one you use?

February 5, 2019 
Battery Recycling Helps Keep Waste Facility Workers Safe

News ImageHave you ever found yourself asking what to do with old batteries? Sometimes batteries can pile up around the house after a new phone upgrade or when they just don't work anymore. Good news though, batteries can be recycled! By recycling batteries, it can not only help keep the environment safe but also your local waste facility employee.

January 22, 2019 
CR&R has advised OCWR that there will be no residential collection today, Tuesday, January 22, and that residential collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of this week, January 22-26.

CR&R has advised OCWR that there will be no residential collection today, Tuesday, January 22, and that residential collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of this week, January 22-26. Cities effected are San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita and Rancho Mission Viejo. If you are a CR&R customer with questions, visit

January 17, 2019 
Laguna Woods TV highlights benefits of Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for OC residents

Did you know that Orange County has four free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers servicing County residents? Watch our recent news segment on Laguna Woods TV to find out everything you need o know about proper and safe disposal.

December 28, 2018 
Public Notice: Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) Amendment to Report of Facility Information

Facility Name: Prima Deshecha Landfill - Solid Waste Facility Permit No. 30-AB-0019
Address: 32250 La Pata Ave., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 (see map below)
Date LEA Received Application: December 3, 2018
Date LEA Accepted Application: December 28, 2018

December 28, 2018 
Public Notice: OC Waste & Recycling 2018 Amendment to Report of Facility Information

Facility Name: Prima Deshecha Landfill
Address: 32250 Avenida La Pata, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Solid Waste Facility Permit No.: 30-AB-0019
Date LEA Received Application: December 3, 2018

December 26, 2018 
Orange County Christmas Tree Recycling

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December 21, 2018 
Your Eco-Friendly Holiday Survival Guide

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The holidays can be stressful. We travel near and far to be with family and loved ones, plan lavish meals and celebrations, and do everything we can to ensure we have the perfect gifts for the season. This is a lot to do while we continue to work, go to school and meet the demands of everyday life. The environment and our carbon footprint are generally the last things on our mind. But what if we could do both? Enjoy and celebrate the holidays while promoting sustainability and Eco-friendly practices.

This year we have you covered. Check out our Eco-friendly survival guide to making your holiday the best and the greenest yet!

December 3, 2018 
December 2018 WMC Meeting to be held at Discovery Cube OC

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November 21, 2018 
2018 EcoChallenge Day Collection Event Recap!

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November 15, 2018 
Enjoy an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving this Year: Try these Upcycled Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas!

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October 10, 2018 
Meet Landon and Phil!

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September 5, 2018 
Back-to-School Waste Prevention Tips from OC Waste & Recycling

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August 10, 2018 
Proposed Addendum to Prima Deshecha Landfill CEQA document

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July 10, 2018 
Celebrate National Drive-Thru Day!

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July 2, 2018 
OC Landfills & Household Hazardous Waste Centers Closed on Fourth of July Holiday

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June 7, 2018 
OC Waste & Recycling receives national award for excellence in landfill management

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June 1, 2018 
When recycling, remember: empty, clean and dry

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May 23, 2018 
OC Waste & Recycling and Supervisor Lisa Bartlett Celebrated Earth Day at the Landfill

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May 21, 2018 
OC Waste & Recycling Receives Two Achievement Awards for Innovation

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March 29, 2018 
Celebrate Earth Day at Prima Deshecha Landfill Open House

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March 15, 2018 
County Awards $2.4 million in Grant Funds to Support Organics Recycling and Waste Reduction

News ImageSanta Ana, Calif. (March 20, 2018)—The Orange County Board of Supervisors has voted to award a total of $2.4 million to six programs that target state recycling and waste reduction mandates. The County’s Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction Program requires recipients to sustain their grant-funded projects for a minimum of five years and fully sustain them for the final two years.

January 2, 2018 
Waste Management Commission Elects 2018 Leaders

News ImageAt its December 2017 meeting, the Orange County Waste Management Commission elected Commissioner Rob Johnson to serve as Chairman for 2018. He was appointed to the Commission in 2015 and served as Vice Chair in 2017. Chairman Johnson was elected to serve the cities of the Second Supervisorial District in 2015 by the City Selection Committee. He also serves as Council Member for the City of Cypress.

The Commission also elected Commissioner Donald R. Froelich Vice Chair for 2018.He was appointed to the Commission in 2011 and has served as Chairman of the Renewable Technologies and Ad hoc Educational Outreach Committees.

December 19, 2017 
'Tis the Season to Tree-Cycle

News ImageEach year about 25 – 30 million real Christmas trees are sold across the U.S. during the holiday season. As important as these trees are to our holiday traditions, they play an even bigger role once the festivities are over. Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource.

November 20, 2017 
Orange County Landfills and Household Hazardous Waste Centers Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

News ImageOrange County's landfills and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 23. They re-open for business on Friday, November 24.

November 20, 2017 
OC Waste & Recycling Holiday Tip: Plan Food for the Holiday Table, Not the Landfill

News ImageIf ever there were a time to live the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra, ‘tis now—the holiday season.

November 7, 2017 
OC Residents score a recycling hat trick at EcoChallenge collection event

News ImageOC Waste and Recycling in partnership with the Anaheim Ducks welcomed hundreds of county residents to the Honda Center bright and early Saturday, November 4, 2017. As early as 6 a.m., cars lined up ready to score: First goal, to dispose of e-waste; second goal, to securely shred paper documents; and, third goal, to keep reusable clothing and home goods out of the landfills. HAT TRICK!

October 26, 2017 
Keep Orange County Clean and Green at Honda Center EcoChallenge Collection Event

News ImageOC Waste & Recycling announces the EcoChallenge Day collection event at the Honda Center on Saturday, November 4 from 8 to 11 a.m.

  • Bring e-waste, gently used clothing and papers for shredding.
  • Arrive early for a chance to earn prizes, including tickets to the Discovery Cube and a Ducks game (while supplies last).

October 24, 2017 

News ImageThe OC Health Care Agency encourages community members to drop-off expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on “National Take Back Day” Saturday, October 28 at more than 25 locations throughout Orange County.

October 10, 2017 
Fire-Related Status of OC Landfills--UPDATED 10-12-17

News ImageThere is no longer any risk to landfills from the Canyon Fire 2. Residents from any area affected by the fire can get help at an assistance center that will provide important details.

September 27, 2017 
OC Waste & Recycling Launches Free Speakers Bureau

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Where does your trash go, once it leaves your curbside?
What kinds of waste should be kept out of landfills?
What environmental controls are in place at landfills?
How does trash impact our environment?
What legislation is in place and coming that affects how we dispose of waste?

September 18, 2017 
Young OC Artists Honored for Being Recycling Champions

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. –Five young artists, each inspired to be great recycling champions, stood on hallowed ground while their images and artwork were displayed on the Angel Stadium big screen and the PA announcer introduced them to the crowd.

August 31, 2017 
OC Landfills Closed on Labor Day Holiday

News ImageOC Waste & Recycling is reminding customers that County landfills will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 4. The landfills will resume regular hours on Tuesday, September 5.

August 22, 2017 

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. – Five young Orange County artists are doing their part to help OC Waste & Recycling promote the need for keeping green waste and food waste out of the landfills and how to recycle or reuse it in ways that benefit communities and the environment.

August 17, 2017 

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Santa Ana, Calif. (August 22, 2017) – OC Waste & Recycling has received two prestigious national awards from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), the leading waste industry association.

The awards recognize OCWR’s excellence in two categories: Landfill Gas and Biogas, for the Bowerman Power Project with Montauk Energy; and Educational Programs, for the agency’s Landfill Tour Program.

July 24, 2017 

News ImageAbout 1,000 Orange County residents took advantage of a different kind of drive-thru experience for National Drive-Thru Day, celebrated by OC Waste & Recycling (OCWR) on July 22.

Instead of placing an order and getting fries, residents drove through the County’s free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers to drop off unused paint, old pesticides, used car oil, cleaning supplies and more without leaving their vehicle.

July 11, 2017 

News ImageGot fries with that battery bucket?

OC residents might be tempted to ask that question if they visit one of the County’s free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers on Saturday, July 22.

July 6, 2017 

This week, 76 percent of Americans broke out the grills, Frisbees and family recipes in celebration of the July Fourth holiday. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, 155 million hot dogs are consumed annually on this day alone, which is enough to stretch from Los Angeles to Washington, DC more than five times. Although Independence Day and summer days are synonymous with lots of food, sun and fun, outdoor gatherings and the season itself are rife with important recycling opportunities.

June 22, 2017 

News ImageOC Waste & Recycling is reminding customers that county landfills and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers will be closed on Tuesday, the Fourth of July holiday. The landfills will be open regular hours on Monday, July 3, and will resume regular hours on Wednesday, July 5.

May 24, 2017 

News ImageIt’s a wrap! OC Waste & Recycling (OCWR) closed out one of its busiest spring seasons for community outreach on Saturday, May 20, at the annual OC Public Works Open House. The event was one of nine supported by the department this April and May alone, aimed at reaching OC residents to educate about eco-friendly recycling habits and waste management services provided by the County. Through these efforts, OCWR reached more than 6,000 residents, supported two campaigns and raised $5,000 for United Way.

May 15, 2017 
OC Waste & Recycling event raises $5,000 for United Way

News ImageThe Frank R. Bowerman Landfill staff put out the welcome mat again this year to host the annual Dine at the Dump United Way fundraiser. CEO Frank Kim welcomed 250 guests to the thirteenth edition of this one-of-a-kind event, noting that employees’ participation in the United Way campaign has changed lives for the better.

April 25, 2017 
Earth Day 2017 Recap -- making small changes for big impacts

News ImageMore than one thousand Orange County residents spent Earth Day at Discovery Cube on Saturday, April 22, 2017, learning, celebrating and winning rewards for their commitment to making eco-friendly choices. OC Waste & Recycling, in partnership with Discovery Cube OC and Angels Baseball, sponsored EcoChallenge Earth Day, offering activities and programs to help families learn about the small changes they can make to contribute positively to our environment.

March 14, 2017 
OC Landfill Eco-friendly Bird Abatement Program Featured on NBC 7 San Diego

News ImageOrange County's landfills may be the final stop for local waste disposal, but they also feature some of the region's most unique feats of environmental engineering and deployment of eco-friendly programs.

February 21, 2017 
OC Waste & Recycling Information is Now Available on New “myOCgov” Mobile App

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OC residents can now quickly and conveniently search for OC Waste & Recycling (OCWR) services, locations and hours of operations with the new “myOCgov” mobile application (app).The County of Orange launched the new app this week as a free interactive tool that makes information about County-wide services easily accessible to the public on their mobile devices.

February 15, 2017 
Score a Free Battery Bucket for National Battery Day

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National Battery Day is a little-known, unofficial holiday that is observed on February 18, the birthday of Alessandro Volta, an Italian physicist and inventor of the electric battery in 1745. Although the day recognizes the value of batteries in our day-to-day lives, to OC Waste & Recycling (OCWR), the day provides a great opportunity to talk about old, used batteries and what OC residents should do with them. No. 1 is to keep them out of landfills.

February 9, 2017 
Orange County Landfills Open for Business on February 13 and 20

Orange County's landfills are open for business on Lincoln's Birthday--Monday, February 13 and Presidents' Day--Monday, February 20, 2017.

Landfills are closed on the following five holidays each year. 2017 dates for the holiday closures are shown below:

New Year's Day

Monday, January 2

Memorial Day

Monday, May 29

Independence Day

Tuesday, July 4

Labor Day

Monday, September 4

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 23


Monday, December 25

January 26, 2017 
OCWR Releases 2017 Schedule of Events

News ImageOC Waste and Recycling today released its 2017 schedule of events. The Department is excited to continue the EcoChallenge Day collection events along with several community outreach opportunities across the County. Detailed information for each event will be posted as it becomes available.

December 19, 2016 
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to Give a Gift to the Environment this Holiday Season

News ImageOC Waste & Recycling encourages OC residents to Reduce, reuse and recycle to give a gift to the environment this holiday season. As we celebrate, decorate, give gifts and travel, we also generate a lot of waste. The volume of household waste in the United States generally increases 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day – that’s about 1 million extra tons of household waste per year. You can green your own holiday season this year. Think of reducing, reusing and recycling as your gift to our environment, for this season and future generations.

December 19, 2016 
Waste Management Commission Elects 2017 Leaders and Welcomes New Commissioner

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At its meeting on Thursday, December 8, 2016 the Orange County Waste Management Commission elected Commissioner Joe J. Carchio to serve as chairman for 2017.

November 29, 2016 
Orange County Landfills Holiday Schedule

News ImageLandfills will be open regular hours on the day after the Christmas and New Year holidays. Visit the landfills webpage
( for more information or call 714-834-4000.

November 3, 2016 
Keep Orange County Clean and Green at EcoChallenge Day at the Honda Center

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  • Bring e-waste, gently used clothing and papers for shredding.
  • Arrive early for a chance to earn prizes, including tickets to the Discovery Cube and a Ducks game (while supplies last).

(SANTA ANA, Calif.) – OC Waste & Recycling announces the EcoChallenge Day at the Honda Center. Residents are encouraged to bring e-waste, gently-used clothing and paper for shredding. Participants will have a chance to earn valuable prizes.

September 27, 2016 
Orange County Board of Supervisors Approves $3 Million Waste Reduction Grant

News ImageThe Orange County Board of Supervisors today approved a $3 million grant that offers up to $600,000 in each of the Supervisors’ districts for programs that contribute solutions to reducing waste and increasing recycling.

September 13, 2016 
EcoChallenge Poster Contest Winners Show Others the Way to Recycle

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Five young Orange County artists celebrated their selection as EcoChallenge Poster Contest winners on Friday, September 9, 2016 in a pre-game ceremony at Angel Stadium. This year’s theme, “Batting for a Green Planet,” focused on ways to keep green waste and food waste out of landfills, and how to recycle or reuse it in ways that benefit communities and the environment.

August 29, 2016 
New Notification System

News ImageSometimes when things go wrong it shows where things go right. On Sunday night, August 28, 2016, OC Waste & Recycling received reports of a loud noise coming from the Prima Deshecha Landfill in San Juan Capistrano. Thanks to a new notification system recently put in place, several landfill staff members received the email from a nearby resident informing them of a loud popping noise that appeared to be coming from the landfill.

August 16, 2016 
La Pata Gap Project Opens the Road to More Convenient Waste Management

News ImageAugust 13, 2016 – Not only does the completion of the historic La Pata Road gap project bring traffic relief to inland South Orange County, it also makes disposal of hazardous household items and bulky waste even easier for area residents.

June 21, 2016 
10-12 million-year-old Sperm Whale fossils discovered at County landfill

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  • The hills of the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill near Irvine hold secrets of the past, even as the land reflects forward-looking environmental engineering at its best.
  • The fossil find is considered rare and significant.

SANTA ANA, Calif. – How do ancient sperm whale fossils wind up at an elevation of 1,272 feet?

That’s what paleontologists explained at a media briefing today to unveil the recent fossil find of more than 20 sizable pieces, including teeth weighing at least one pound, a flipper bone and portions of jaw and skull bones from a sperm whale dating back 10-12 million years.

April 29, 2016 
OC Waste & Recycling Releases 2015 Annual Report

News ImageOC Waste & Recycling runs one of the nation’s finest waste management systems. Learn about what we accomplished last year in our 2015 Annual Report, released April 28, 2016. Click here to view the report.

March 31, 2016 
OC Waste & Recycling Launches the 2016 EcoChallenge Poster Contest

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Contest deadline: Thursday, June 30, 2016

SANTA ANA, Calif. (March 30, 2016) – With a vision of focusing attention on recycling green waste and food waste, OC Waste & Recycling invites young Orange County artists to enter the 2016 EcoChallenge Poster Contest.

March 29, 2016 
Bowerman Power Renewable Energy Project Powers On to Bring New Green Energy to Orange County

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IRVINE, Calif. (Mar. 29, 2016) -— Orange County 3rd District Supervisor Todd Spitzer joined today with government, business and project development officials for a ribbon-cutting to ceremonially open the Bowerman Power Project renewable energy facility.

The landfill gas-to-electricity plant at the Frank R. Bowerman landfill east of Irvine will power thousands of local homes and businesses in Anaheim, generate millions of dollars in royalties for the county government system, and provide other environmental and economic benefits.

January 20, 2016 
OC Waste & Recycling Partnership with Inside the Outdoors Earns Coveted Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for 2015

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SANTA ANA, Calif. — A partnership between OC Waste & Recycling and Inside the Outdoors is one of 12 California organizations recognized with the 2015 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA). The award is the state’s highest environmental honor.

October 21, 2015 
Mark Tettemer Named to Orange County Waste Management Commission

SANTA ANA, Calif. — On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 the Orange County Board of Supervisors appointed Mark Tettemer to the Orange County Waste Management Commission. Mr. Tettemer, a long-time Orange County resident, was nominated to serve on the Commission by Fifth District Supervisor and Board Vice Chairman, Lisa Bartlett. The Waste Management Commission is an advisory commission to the Board of Supervisors on matters related to solid waste management, including waste diversion and recycling.

July 3, 2015 
Orange County Landfills Are Closed Saturday, July 4th for Independence Day Holiday

Landfills are closed for five holidays each year. The next holiday closure is Labor Day on Monday, September 7, 2015

All County of Orange landfills are open Monday through Saturday.

They are closed five major holidays each year: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

July 1, 2015 
OC Waste & Recycling Exemplifies Public Engagement

News ImageThe Association of California Cities-Orange County last week awarded the Golden Hub of Innovation to OC Waste & Recycling (OCWR) for two of its programs:
- Community Outreach Ambassador Program; and
- Landfill Good Neighbor Policy.

April 21, 2015 
Orange County Board of Supervisors Approves High-Tech Renewable Energy Project at Local Landfill

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SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Orange County Board of Supervisors today gave a green light to an academic-government-business partnership that will convert landfill gas into clean energy at the closed Santiago Canyon Landfill. In addition to the County’s closed landfill, the partnership includes UC Irvine’s Advanced Power & Energy Program (APEP) and Ener-Core, an Irvine-based company.

“Creating clean energy power from landfill gas is a smart investment that helps the environment and advances science and engineering,” said Board Chairman Todd Spitzer, who has championed renewable energy projects, including the new power plant being built at the County’s Frank R. Bowerman Landfill east of Irvine. “Advancing important technology that helps the environment and potentially generates revenue is the best way for Orange County to do business as a leader in clean energy projects.”

January 22, 2015 
OC Officials Announce Environmental & Economic Benefits of New Renewable Energy Plant at County Landfill

IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2015) -— Orange County Board Chairman and 3rd District Supervisor Todd Spitzer joined today with area government and business officials to present details on the environmental and economic benefits to be gained from a renewable “green” energy plant at a county landfill.

November 17, 2014 
Home Hazardous Waste Center in Anaheim Commemorates America Recycles Day

News ImageHundreds of Orange County residents helped commemorate the 17th Annual America Recycles Day by bringing their household hazardous waste to the county's free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center in Anaheim.

November 5, 2014 
OC Community Household Hazardous Waste Centers to Commemorate America Recycles Day on Nov. 15

News ImageOrange County residents are invited to help commemorate America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, 2014 by bringing in their hazardous waste to one of the county’s four community Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers and taking the national "pledge" to keep America beautiful by remembering to Reduce Reuse Recycle.

October 22, 2014 
County Gives the OK for Renewable Energy Plant at Irvine Area Landfill

A proposed state-of-the-art renewable energy plant to convert landfill gas to electricity has received the green light from the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

September 16, 2014 
The Angels “Take the EcoChallenge” on Saturday, September 20th

News ImageOC Waste & Recycling, in partnership with Discovery Cube, Goodwill of Orange County, and Angels Baseball present a collection event at Angel Stadium on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

August 6, 2014 
OC Eco Challenge Poster Contest Winners Announced

News ImageFive young Orange County artists have earned the opportunity to serve as Honorary Bat Kids at the Angels baseball game on Friday, September 12, 2014. Winners of the Eco Challenge Poster Contest were announced at the Eco Challenge Day Event at Angel Stadium on Saturday, July 26th.

June 18, 2014 
Time is Running Out to Enter the 2014 EcoChallenge Poster Contest

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (June 18, 2014) – The chance to be an Honorary Bat Kid at a 2014 Angels baseball game ends soon. Young Orange County residents have until Monday, June 30, 2014 to submit their posters and be eligible to win. Among other prizes, the five winners of the contest will serve as Honorary Bat Kids.

June 18, 2014 
OC Waste & Recycling Wins 2014 Landfill Excellence Award

News ImageThe Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announces that OC Waste & Recycling has been named the winner of a SWANA Bronze Excellence Award in the Landfill Management category. The award will be presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON®, on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, in Grapevine, Texas.

May 28, 2014 
Receive Four Free Tickets to an Angels Game & Meet Former Angel Adam Kennedy

News ImageJoin OC Waste & Recycling, Discovery Science Center and Angels Baseball at a household hazardous waste event on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and meet former Angels infielder Adam Kennedy. The first 100 cars to bring household hazardous materials for disposal can choose between FREE Angels game or Discovery Science Center tickets.

March 21, 2014 
Goodwill of OC and the County of Orange celebrate Earth Month by holding a Spring Cleaning EcoChallenge Donation Event at the Honda Center on Saturday, April 12.

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Win great prizes like Anaheim Ducks tickets, Ducks autographed pucks, and Discovery Science Center tickets by donating household reusable items or by recycling paper for free with Goodwill’s on-site certified shredding services on Saturday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Honda Center parking lot!

March 3, 2014 
County of Orange and Discovery Science Center Present 2014 EcoChallenge Poster Contest

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (February 27, 2014) – Beginning today, young Orange County residents have the opportunity to participate in the 2014 EcoChallenge poster contest presented by the County of Orange, Discovery Science Center and Angels Baseball for the chance to be an Honorary Bat Kid at a 2014 Angels baseball game.

January 27, 2014 
OC Waste & Recycling and Anaheim Ducks Sponsor EcoChallenge Day February 1, 2014

News ImageEarn a Chance to Watch the Anaheim Ducks Private Morning Skate, Ride the Zamboni or Grab an Autographed Hockey Puck at the County's EcoChallenge Day at the Honda Center

January 15, 2014 
Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency Public Notice

The Local Enforcement Agency approved OC Waste & Recycling's application to update Prima Deshecha Landfill's Report of Facility Information.

November 25, 2013 
Orange County Business Council honors OC Waste & Recycling

News ImageOC Waste & Recycling won honors at the 2013 “Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet” awards from the Orange County Business Council in the category of public-private partnership.

November 20, 2013 
Ducks E-Waste Recycling Event

News ImageThe County of Orange, OC Waste & Recycling, in collaboration with the Anaheim Ducks, is sponsoring an e-waste collection event on Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

September 3, 2013 
Meet Angels Pitcher Ernesto Frieri at EcoChallenge e-waste Event at the Cube

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. (August 27, 2013) – Exclusive “home run” incentives are available to those who bring e-waste to Discovery Science Center (DSC) on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. E-waste participants will receive up to four (4) same day general admission* tickets to DSC and have the chance to meet Angels pitcher Ernesto Frieri.

August 23, 2013 
New Director of OC Waste & Recycling Selected

News ImageThe selection of Dylan G. Wright was announced on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Mark Denny, the County’s Chief Operating Officer. Wright has served as Interim Director of OC Waste & Recycling since May 2013, having previously held the positions of Deputy Director for Business Services and Government & Community Relations with the department.

May 23, 2013 
EcoChallenge Poster Contest Deadline Extended to Friday, June 7!

News ImageChoose your favorite topic below and make a poster to showcase your ideas and creativity around that theme. Five winners will be awarded the status of Honorary Bat Kid for one regular season Angels home game in August or September 2013.

May 21, 2012 
County Assists Residents By Hosting Community Clean Up Day

Unincorporated Anaheim, CA—The County of Orange's OC Planning / Neighborhood Preservation Unit in collaboration with OC Waste & Recycling, is inviting Anaheim residents to partner with our volunteers for a Community Clean Up Day...

March 27, 2012 
Get the Facts on OCW&R

To learn more about OC Waste & Recycling's active landfills, Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers, and Renewable Energy Programs, please visit our newly created Fact Sheet page to get started.

March 19, 2012 
SubscribeOC Now Includes OC Waste & Recycling

Community members can now sign-up to receive OCW&R updates, including landfill information, Newsroom content, the Recycling Coordinators List, and Waste Management Commission Meetings/Agendas via SubscribeOC.

March 1, 2012 
Construction & Demolition Application Now Available Online

The Construction and Demolition (C&D) Recycling and Reuse Program application is now available online. Achieve diversion by reusing, recycling, or composting C&D materials at County-approved facilities or through the use of a County Franchised Waste Hauler and ensure that materials are managed appropriately.

March 1, 2012 
Community Clean Up Day Set for March 3rd

Staff from two County of Orange departments – OC Waste & Recycling and OC Public Works – will partner with residents to help create a safer, cleaner, and healthier Midway City at Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, March 3rd from 8 a.m. to noon.

January 18, 2012 
County Assists Residents at Community Clean Up Day

The County of Orange's OC Planning/Neighborhood Preservation Unit in collaboration with OC Waste & Recycling are inviting residents of the Dale/Augusta Stanton Island to partner with us for Community Clean Up Day.

March 17, 2011 
Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Bill Campbell, Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a Different Kind of Green

(Santa Ana, CA) —Chairman Bill Campbell today planted two Coast Live Oak saplings in their new home at Santiago Oaks Regional Park, taking part in a park restoration project that is also a mitigation measure being fulfilled by OC Waste & Recycling.

January 18, 2011 
Broadrock Renewables Breaks Ground on Landfill Gas-to-Energy Expansion Facilities at Olinda Alpha Landfill

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Broadrock Renewables LLC, in partnership with the County of Orange, held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new landfill gas-to-energy generating plant at Olinda Alpha Landfill in Orange County, California.

December 2, 2010 
Cat D7E Combines Innovative Electric Drive with Established Technology for Uncommon Performance, Value and Sustainability

"Revolutionary design" is a term to be used carefully and sparingly when applied to earthmoving machines, but the Cat® D7E Track-Type Tractor qualifies for that distinction. The D7E uses an electric drive system that delivers 10 to 30 percent greater fuel economy, greater productivity and lower lifetime service costs, compared with conventionally designed crawler tractors of equal weight and horsepower. The D7E meets the increasing demand for powerful, maneuverable, fuel-efficient dozers that have the versatility to work effectively in both production dozing and fine grading applications.

November 10, 2010 
New Food Waste Recycling Machine Turns Food Waste into Fertilizer

Santa Ana, Calif. (November 30, 2010) – The County of Orange and Waste Management of Orange County (WMOC) unveiled today the first food dehydration recycling machine in a County building. Orange County Board of Supervisors Chair Janet Nguyen was on hand to celebrate this important achievement and retrieve some high-quality fertilizer from the high-tech machine.

February 17, 2010 
OC Waste & Recycling Launches WASTE FREE OC Campaign to Reduce Landfill Waste

Santa Ana, Calif. (February 10, 2010) – OC Waste & Recycling and the Orange County Board of Supervisors today announced the launch of a new, interactive public awareness campaign to reduce everyday waste from entering Orange County landfills.

October 6, 2009 
Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center in Irvine will re-open Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center in Irvine will re-open Tuesday, October 13, 2009 IRVINE, Calif. – The Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center in Irvine will re-open Tuesday, October 13, 2009. Regular business hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with the exception of rainy days and major holidays.

August 4, 2009 
Irvine Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center to close temporarily for facility improvements

IRVINE, Calif. – The Irvine Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center will be closed from August 2nd through approximately September 14th for facility improvements, including asphalt paving, security fencing and a concrete berm for secure containment of waste materials.

July 23, 2009 
Vapor and smoke from heat vents at the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill can be seen from nearby communities

IRVINE, Calif. – Recently a series of heat vents were discovered at the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill in Irvine. These naturally-occurring vents release a combination of water vapor, gases and smoke that are visible from nearby communities.

March 31, 2009 
Prima Deshecha Landfill Groundbreaking Ceremony Celebrates the Start of Construction on the County’s Second Green Building Project

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (March 31, 2009) – Orange County Board of Supervisors Chair Patricia Bates today led County officials in a groundbreaking ceremony at the Prima Deshecha Landfill here. The new 10,200 square-foot Green Office Building will replace temporary trailers that have been in use since 1998. The new building will serve as landfill office and crew quarters, in addition to providing conference and storage rooms.

December 11, 2008 
Consider the Environment when Purchasing your Christmas Tree this Holiday Season

SANTA ANA, Calif. (December 11, 2008) – If you are thinking of buying an artificial Christmas tree this year, OC Waste & Recycling encourages you to reconsider.

October 15, 2008 

San Juan Capistrano, California — A Mitigated Negative Declaration for a proposed Material Recovery Facility (MRF) operation at the Prima Deshecha Landfill is available for public review through November 10, 2008.

August 25, 2008 
County Offers New Home-Generated Sharps Disposal Options Beginning September 1, 2008

Orange County residents have several options available to comply with a new state law taking effect September 1, 2008 that prohibits the disposal of medical sharps waste in household trash.

March 21, 2008 
OC Waste & Recycling begins earth moving project at the

March 21, 2008 Irvine, California – Earth-moving equipment will begin mobilizing next week to begin a fourteen-to-sixteen-month excavation project at the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill in Irvine.

March 14, 2008 
Orange County Integrated Waste Management Department (IWMD) re-introduces native vegetation at Prima Deshecha Landfill

March 14, 2008 San Clemente, California -- Habitat restoration activities at the Prima Deshecha Landfill are now underway along the southern perimeter of the landfill, which is adjacent to the communities of Talega and Forster Ranch.

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