Trash, Recycling, and Organics

The City of Orange's trash, recyclables, and green waste are collected by CR&R Incorporated. For customer service, including establishing service, change of address, cart replacement, bulky item pickups, temporary bins, or missed pickups, call CR&R Incorporated Customer Care at (714) 372-8272.

CR&R Incorporated observes the following holidays:

New Years DayJanuary 1
Memorial DayLast Monday in May
Independence DayJuly 4
Labor DayLast Monday in September
ThanksgivingThursday in November
Christmas DayDecember 25

When any of the above holidays fall on or observed Monday through Friday, trash collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week. If this results in trash collection and street sweeping being scheduled for the same day, residents are asked to place their carts on top of the curb or parkway for collection rather than in the street.

For Information regarding the 2019 Solid Waste Rate Adjustment please click here.


View the Recycling Details (PDF) to find out what goes in each cart. If you do not have curbside collection, you may take recyclables to the Waste Management facility located at 2050 N. Glassell St. (corner of Glassell and Grove, between Taft and Lincoln).

The commercial sector generates nearly three-fourths of the waste in California much of which is recyclable. The Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law (AB 341) states that businesses, including public entities, generating four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week or a multifamily residential dwelling of five units or more shall arrange for recycling services starting July 1, 2012. Businesses can take one or any combination of the following to divert solid waste from disposal: self-haul, subscribe to a hauler(s), arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials, or subscribe to a recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that yields diversion results comparable to source separation. Visit CalRecycle's website here for more information about Mandatory Commercial Recycling (AB 341). Please contact CR&R at (714) 372-8272 to sign up for recycling or find out about your recycling options for compliance.

To find the nearest Beverage Container Recycling Center near you, please visit CalRecycle's website and type in your address in the search bar to locate a center.

Commercial Climate Calculator

For a financial, climate, and environmental benefits tools check out the CalRecycle Climate Calculator.

Used Oil Certified Collection Centers

To properly dispose of your used motor oil at one of Orange's certified collection centers, search for the center nearest you at OC Health's website here. It is a good idea to call the collection center to verify their hours and make sure they are able to accept your used oil. This program is funded by a grant from CalRecycle and administered by Orange County Health Care Agency. 

Recycled Tires

Thanks to a grant from CalRecycle, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, Orange has been able to subsidize the cost of paving its Arterial streets with Asphalt Rubberized Hot Mix (ARHM).

 The rehabilitation of four streets was possible for the Fiscal Year 2017 which utilized 184,025 pounds of crumb rubber, which diverted 15,335 tires from California’s landfills.

 The rehabilitation of six streets was possible for the Fiscal Year 2018 which utilized 315,000 pounds of crumb rubber, which diverted 26,250 tires from California’s landfills.



The California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826) in 2014. This law requires all businesses and commercial centers that generate a certain amount of organic waste to develop a program to recycle that waste rather than sending it to a landfill. Organic waste includes food waste, vegetable trimmings, plate scrapings, spoiled food, and excess food inventory. The State regulations require that:

Businesses that generate four 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week shall arrange for ongoing organic waste recycling services by January 1, 2019.

For more information on our organics program please contact CR&R at (714) 372-8272. Additional information regarding details on the legislation can be found on CalRecycle's website here

Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste

Household hazardous waste includes such items as paint, lawn chemicals, motor oil, solvents, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers, computer monitors, laptops and television sets. In February 2006, new legislation went into effect that bans many electronic devices from the landfills, meaning it is illegal to dispose of these items in the trash. This includes such items as computers, keyboards, stereos, cell phones, cordless phones, VCRs, microwaves, calculators, electronic toys, game consoles, "singing" greeting cards, and athletic shoes and jewelry with flashing lights. Orange residents can take these items to:

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center -                                                                            1071 N Blue Gum Anaheim, CA 92806

Or visit one of three other centers in Orange County. The centers are open from 9 am to 3 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed on rainy days, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. For more information, call (714) 834-4000 or visit OC Landfills Household Hazardous Waste website here. Please note that it is the resident's responsibility to remove all personal information from computer hard drives.

Bulky Item Collection Program

Your trash and recycling collector, CR&R Environmental Services provides a free bulky item collection program. Each City of Orange residential account is entitled to four bulky item collections four times a year.  That’s 16 items a year! Bulky items include large, hard to handle items such as furniture, appliances, computers, computer monitors, electronic waste and extra yard waste. Residents in multi-family complexes with bin service may also have bulky item service available.

In order for you to reserve a bulky item collection date, simply contact CR&R at (714) 372-8272. Once your bulky item collection has been reserved, simply place your bulky item out for collection on your regularly scheduled trash collection day. For more information please view the Free Curbside Bulky Item Collection Program (PDF).

Incentive Programs for Businesses and Manufacturers

The City of Orange is part of the Orange County Recycling Market Redevelopment Zone (OC RMDZ). In 1990, the State of California (State) adopted Senate Bill (SB 2310) to establish the Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) program. The purpose of SB 2310 was to simultaneously increase recycling and reinforce the State’s economic development infrastructure through the enhancement, attraction, retention, and expansion of business that manufacture products from recyclable materials. The RMDZ program encourages reuse and utilization of recycled and recyclable materials to create new businesses, expand existing businesses by diverting solid waste from landfills. Eligible businesses within an RMDZ may apply for low interest loans and receive free business-to-business product marketing.

Orange County Recycling Market Development Zone (PDF)

Trash, Recycling, and Organics Letter for Development

New development applications are required to provide a Trash, Recycling, and Organics (TRO) Estimate Letter. This letter should outline the generation of trash, recyclables, and organics in cubic yards per week. Even if the generation is negligible please state so in the letter. Each of the three solid waste categories should be shown in cubic yards per week. A business that generates food is required to participate in an edible food recovery program.

Included in the letter should be an explanation of how each form of solid waste will be managed. This may include service through CR&R, self-haul, or organic diversion through food donations.