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Trash and Recycling Services

Residential Curbside Trash and Recycling Programs

The City of Mission Viejo and its solid waste provider, Waste Management of Orange County, are dedicated to recycling and have developed a comprehensive curbside recycling program that is easy and convenient for the community.  In addition to the trash cart (blue lid), each resident has a recycling cart (gray lid) for mixed recyclables and a green waste cart (green lid) for yard waste (the green waste cart may be excluded in certain areas).

Carts are offered in three sizes:  35, 64 and 96 gallons.  Additional carts are available through Waste Management.  There is no additional charge for recycling and green waste carts; however, there is a charge for additional trash carts.  Call Waste Management at 949-642-1191 for more information or visit Waste Management's website.

Trash Cart (Blue Lid)

The following items should be placed in your trash cart:

Food waste/scraps
Bathroom tissues
Disposable diapers
Soiled paper towels and plates
Styrofoam
Packing peanuts
Bubble wrap
Greasy pizza boxes
Pet waste
Soiled aluminum foil
Clothing
Carpeting, foam padding
Ceramic items
Drinking glasses
Mirrors, window glass, auto glass
Empty paint cans
Empty motor oil cans and containers
Rubber/latex items
Toys

Mixed Recyclables Cart (Gray Lid)

Mission Viejo offers a curbside mixed recyclables program.  This means that all recyclables can be placed in the same container for collection.  The material is then delivered to Waste Management's material recovery facility where it is sorted by type.  The following is a list of recyclables that can be placed in the recycling cart.  Please lightly rinse food residue from containers prior to placing in the cart.

Newspapers, junk mail, magazines
Computer paper, white paper, mixed paper
Anything that tears
Cardboard (flattened)
Telephone books
Cereal boxes (liners removed) and other food boxes
Tissue and soda boxes
Plastic containers labeled #1-7
Plastic water and soda bottles
Plastic shopping bags (place bags inside each other to create one large bundle)

Glass jars and bottles
Wine and liquor bottles
Soda cans
Metal food and soup cans
Empty aerosol cans
Pie tins

Do NOT place the following items in your recycling cart—put these items in the trash cart (blue lid).

Disposable diapers
Soiled paper towels and plates
Greasy pizza boxes
Pet waste
Soiled aluminum foil
Clothing (or donate these items!)
Carpeting
Ceramic items
Drinking glasses
Mirrors, window glass, and auto glass
Empty paint cans
Empty motor oil cans and containers
Rubber and latex items

Green/Yard Waste (Green Lid)

The following items should be placed in your green waste cart.  Place green waste loosely in the cart; do NOT use plastic bags:

Place in Green Cart Do NOT Place in Green Cart
Food waste/scraps
Leaves and weeds
Tree branches
Garden trimmings
Sawdust, wood chips, and small wood scraps
Plastic bags
Pet waste
Palm fronds
Soil/dirt/rocks
Tree stumps
Painted/treated wood

Note:  Green waste carts are available at no charge.  Cart size can also be changed.  Green waste service may not be available in all areas.  Contact Waste Management customer service at (949) 642-1191 for more information.

Bulky Item Collection

Mission Viejo’s trash hauler provides bulky item collection service to residents FREE of charge on their regular trash collection day.  With this service, residents may place up to five large items at the curb for collection three times per year at no additional charge.  Bulky waste includes furniture, appliances, electronic equipment, and other similar items.  Bulky waste does not include items such as car bodies and construction and demolition waste. 

To schedule a FREE bulky item pick up, please contact Waste Management at (949) 642-1191.  Please schedule the collection service 48 hours in advance of trash day.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Mission Viejo's trash hauler collects and recycles Christmas trees for the first three weeks following Christmas (flocked Christmas trees will be collected but cannot be recycled).  This service is provided on the regular trash collection day.  Please follow these easy steps:

  • Remove all decorations including tinsel, lights, ornaments and stands
  • Cut trees taller than six feet (6') in half
  • Place the tree at the curb on your regular service day

For more information, contact Waste Management at (949) 642-1191.

Household Hazardous Waste:  Curbside and Drop-Off Programs

Household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste.  These items pose a risk to the environment and cannot be thrown in the household trash.  Household hazardous waste includes items such as paints, antifreeze, pool chemicals, cleaners, used motor oil and filters, batteries, pesticides, sharps/needles, and e-waste.

How do I Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste?  

Mission Viejo residents have two ways to safely and properly dispose of household hazardous waste:

Door-to-Door Collection Program
Through its trash hauler, Mission Viejo offers a door-to-door program for the collection of household hazardous waste.  This service is offered one time per year per residence.  To schedule an appointment to have your household hazardous waste collected, please contact WM Curbside at 1-800-HHW-PKUP (449-7587).

Orange County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers
For residents that would prefer to take their household hazardous waste to a collection center, there are four centers located in the County of Orange.  These centers are operated by the County and are free to county residents.  The centers are open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  They are closed on major holidays and rainy days.  Locations are listed below.

Irvine
6411 Oak Canyon

San Juan Capistrano
32250 La Pata Avenue
(Located at Prima Deschecha Landfill)
Anaheim
10171 North Blue Gum Street

Huntington Beach
17121 Nichols Street

For more information about items accepted at County household hazardous waste collection centers, please call (714) 834-6752 or visit www.oclandfills.com.

Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

E-Waste is a common term used to describe electronic equipment that has reached or is nearing the end of its useful life or is no longer needed.  E-Waste may contain toxic chemicals such as lead or mercury and may not be disposed of in the trash.  E-Waste includes, but is not limited to, the following items:

Alarm Clocks
Camcorders
CD Players
Cell Phones
Computers (CPUs, laptops)
Computer Monitors (CRTs)
Copiers (home use)
Digital Cameras
Digital Thermometers
DVD Players
iPods, MP3 Players
Microwave ovens
Pagers
PDAs
Printers, Scanners, Fax Machines (home use)
Radios, all types (home and car)
Telephones, Answering Machines
Televisions (CRTs, flat screens)
Video Game Consoles and Accessories
Walkie-Talkies, Two-Way Radios

How do I Properly Dispose of E-Waste?

Curbside Collection Program
Mission Viejo residents may have their E-Waste collected by the City’s trash hauler, Waste Management of Orange County, as part of the bulky item collection program.  Please contact Waste Management at (949) 642-1191 or the Mission Viejo Public Works Department at (949) 470-3010 to learn more.

Collection Centers
For residents that would prefer to take their E-Waste to a collection center, there are four household hazardous waste collection centers located in the County of Orange that accept E-Waste.  These centers are operated by the County and are free to county residents.  The centers are open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  They are closed on major holidays and rainy days.

Goodwill Industries
There are two Goodwill locations in Mission Viejo that accept electronic waste, working or not.  For more information or to find a location near you go to www.ocgoodwill.org.

Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling Program

The City of Mission Viejo implemented a Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Recycling Program (Ordinance No. 04-225) to divert C&D material from California landfills and to assist the City in achieving diversion requirements mandated by Assembly Bill 939.  This program requires that 75% of C&D waste generated at “covered projects” in the City be diverted from landfill disposal through reuse and recycling.  C&D material typically consists of waste generated during construction, renovation, or demolition of buildings, pavements, or other structures.

The information below provides detailed information about the City of Mission Viejo’s C&D Program including the forms and reports necessary to comply with the ordinance.

  • C&D Information Sheet (provides information regarding how to comply with this ordinance)
  • Waste Recycling Program Disposal Options
  • Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Plan (Application) – Required for Option 3
  • Waste Recycling and Disposal Report Summary (Final Report) – Required for Option 3
  • Materials Conversion Worksheet  
  • Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling Ordinance No. 04-225
  • Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling Resolution No. 04-144

Sharps Disposal Program

Beginning on September 1, 2008, State law (Section 118286 of the California Health and Safety Code) makes it illegal to dispose of sharps waste (such as hypodermic needles, lancets, and test strips) in the trash or recycling containers and requires that all sharps waste be transported to a collection center in an approved sharps container.

Disposal Containers Available at Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center
Mission Viejo recognizes the fact that many residents may need to self-inject medication or check blood sugar levels while away from home.  If sharps are placed in the trash, this could pose a serious health risk for employees or visitors at the community and senior center.  For this reason, sharps disposal containers have been installed in the restrooms at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center.  Residents attending functions at the center will now have a safe method of disposing of their sharps.