Press Release Archive

June 9, 2020 
OC Waste & Recycling wins two NACo Awards

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OC Waste and Recycling (OCWR) received two 2020 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo). OCWR was recognized for the development and implementation of a Metal Recycling Pilot Program at the Prima Deshecha Landfill and for creation and launch of the website.

May 19, 2020 
OC Waste & Recycling's 2019 Annual Report

View OCWR's new vision statement and the new directions, requirements and opportunities in response to industry-transforming organic waste diversion legislation. CLICK HERE to view 2019 Annual Report.

May 14, 2020 
Daily landfill cover operations in 34 seconds

News ImageThat question “what happens to our trash” is often asked by kids. The answer is, it goes to one of Orange County’s three landfills, where OC Waste & Recycling employees safely bury and cover it in environmentally engineered areas six days per week.

May 11, 2020 
Memorial Day Closure - May 25, 2020

News ImageOC Waste & Recycling is proud to honor our fallen heroes this upcoming Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 25. As families enjoy the long weekend with immediate family or take-on home projects, please continue to reduce waste and recycle right.

May 3, 2020 
International Compost Awareness Week: May 3-9, 2020

News ImageLooking for a great activity to break up that stay-at-home boredom? Celebrate compost with us! Compost increases soil health, reduces methane emissions from landfills and decreases pesticide and chemical use. Here are some ways to learn about composting while getting the whole family involved:

April 28, 2020 
Virtual Landfill Tour Offers at Home Learning Opportunity for Families

News ImageWhile COVID-19 forced OC Waste & Recycling to cancel its free landfill tours for the time being, the staff has created a stunning virtual tour of Olinda Alpha Landfill in Brea. Even during this health crisis landfill operations continue as waste management is an essential public service. See the aerial footage of the operation and where your trash goes. Click to see the LANDFILL VIRTUAL TOUR

April 20, 2020 
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!

News ImageLooking for a fun way to pass time at home while celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day? Why not take the scraps, and a break, from all the recipes you’ve been testing and start a compost project with the kids? OC Waste & Recycling has teamed up with Discovery Cube OC to create an exciting and virtual way to learn how to protect our planet from the comfort of your own home.

April 14, 2020 
OCWR Strongly Recommends the Use of Face Covers

News ImageNOTICE: In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and in conformance with guidance and recommendations from the California Department of Public Heath and Orange County Health officer, OCWR is requesting that face covers and appropriate social distancing be used by anyone entering County landfills or working directly with OCWR employees.

April 6, 2020 
Disposing of Personal Protective Equipment

News ImageAs we continue to wear disposable gloves and masks to protect ourselves, please remember to properly dispose of used protective equipment in the trash bin. Littering of waste can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health, including children who may not realize the items they are touching and can potentially be hazardous.

April 2, 2020 
Spring Has Sprung: The Benefits of Composting

News ImageSpring has sprung and April is National Garden Month. While we’re home and trying to occupy ourselves during our newfound free time, why not put a spin on traditional gardening and start composting in your home garden? Most of us have found ourselves cooking more and accumulating leftovers, which makes it the perfect time to reuse leftover food waste.

April 2, 2020 
OC Waste & Recycling: Service Update

News ImageOrange County Landfills and Household Hazardous Waste Centers remain open during normal business hours. Materials Exchange Programs (MEPs) are closed until further notice in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We understand that many people are home and using this time to clean out their garages, cupboards, attics, etc. While spring cleaning is beneficial for everyone, proper waste disposal is just as important. Please remember that hazardous items need to be separated from your regular waste and taken to your nearby household hazardous waste collection center.

March 27, 2020 
COVID-19 Hotline

News ImageClick here to view information regarding the COVID-19 hotline.

March 24, 2020 
Residents Can Sign Up for Text Message Alerts Related to COVID-19 in Orange County

News ImageEffective immediately, residents can sign up to receive text message updates related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Orange County, California. To opt-in for this service, text OCCOVID19 to 888777.

March 19, 2020 
Think Green While You Spring Clean

News ImageIt’s the first day of spring and do you know what that means? It’s time for spring cleaning! If you’re looking for ways to declutter the house or be environmentally conscious while cleaning, check out this website for tips on how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle this spring.

March 18, 2020 
Customer Calls to Waste Management

News ImageDue to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic circumstances, Waste Management closed all Southern California customer service call centers effective March 17, 2020.

March 16, 2020 
Materials Exchange Program Temporarily Closed

News ImageOC Waste & Recycling’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers (HHWCCs) will remain in operation for drop-off only of household hazardous waste. The Materials Exchange Programs, located at the HHWCCs, will be temporarily closed until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

March 12, 2020 
What OCWR is Doing for Public and Employee Health

News ImageAs the concern about the COVID-19 outbreak spreads, additional guidance is being released by federal and local health authorities.
While all landfill operations continue uninterrupted, following all safety and health guidelines, OCWR is taking precautions in other areas of our department to keep employees healthy and help prevent illness in our workplace and the community.

March 9, 2020 
Happy National Pack Your Lunch Day!

News ImageIn honor of National Pack Your Lunch Day on March 10, OC Waste & Recycling would like to encourage you to be an environmental steward by packing a zero waste lunch. Using reusable containers and making your own condiments are just a few ways to help reduce waste.

March 6, 2020 
Where do I recycle my bottles and cans in Orange County?

News ImageMany large-scale recycling facilities across the country have been impacted by global factors tied to contamination issues and exportation of recyclable products overseas (mostly plastic and paper). At the same time, market values for recyclable commodities have plunged, contributing to the closure of many California beverage container recycling centers. The largest beverage container recycling in California, a company called RePlanet, closed all 281 of its locations in August 2019, leaving fewer redemption centers for Orange County residents. To learn more about these closures, please visit CalRecycle’s website here.

February 26, 2020 
Check Out OCWR's EcoChallenge Activity Book!

News ImageLooking for a fun activity to do with the kids? OC Waste & Recycling has teamed up with Discovery Cube OC to help promote the importance of recycling right.

February 18, 2020 
National Battery Day

News ImageHappy National Battery Day! Did you know batteries contain chemicals that are hazardous to the environment and can potentially cause fires when thrown in the trash? Because of these factors, proper disposal of batteries is imperative.

February 13, 2020 
Show a Little Love for the Earth This Valentine's Day

News ImageLove is in the air and giving your loved one an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day gift is a great way to show them you care, while also caring about the earth. Earth911 has provided some great tips on how to be environmentally conscious on this special day.

February 7, 2020 
National Pizza Day

News ImageSunday is National Pizza Day, a day worthy of celebration! Did you know most of the pizza box can be recycled? Simply discard any leftover food and tear off any heavily greased cardboard before placing it in your recycle bin.

January 30, 2020 
Wild Wing is Back! And This Time He’s Talking About the Benefits of Composting

News ImageWild Wing of the Anaheim Ducks is back “Talking Trash” and wants to educate you on the benefits of composting. Did you know composting organic waste can reduce trash disposal by 35 percent and improves the water capacity of soil, which can help you save money on your water bill?

January 23, 2020 
Wild Wing of the Anaheim Ducks is "Talking Trash"

Wild Wing of the Anaheim Ducks is back at it and this time he is “talking trash” about battery disposal. Batteries contain chemicals that are hazardous to the environment and can potentially cause fires when thrown in the trash.

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.

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