WM Waste Management
Waste Management Keeping Orange County Clean
Orange County residential, commercial and industrial trash and recycling service

Waste Management trash/garbage and recycling service

County of Orange

Waste Management provides residential service to a number of communities in unincorporated Orange County, including:

  • Coto de Caza
  • Cowan Heights
  • Emerald Bay
  • Ladera Ranch
  • Las Flores
  • Lemon Heights
  • Modjeska Canyon
  • North Tustin
  • Orange Park Acres
  • Silverado Canyon
  • Trabuco Canyon

Orange County Unincorporated Areas - Residential Service Guidelines

Waste Management provides three carts for automated collection of trash, commingled and recyclables and greenwaste. Carts are available in three sizes: 35 gallons, 64 gallons and 96 gallons. Trash, recyclables and greenwaste are picked up weekly. Some areas of the County with limited accessibility receive service utilizing a smaller, specialized truck. Green waste and recycling carts are not available in these areas.

For more information about Orange County:

In this Section

What to put in your trash cart
What to put in your recyclables cart
What to put in your greenwaste cart
Service reminders
Holiday schedule
Bulky items
Billing
Temporary service
Disposal of used motor oil
Christmas tree recycling
E-waste
Household hazardous waste

What Goes In Your Carts?

Trash Cart (Blue Lid)

Disposable diapers

Drinking glasses

Pet-soiled paper

Window glass

Pet waste

Auto glass

Soiled/greasy paper plates or pizza boxes

Mirrors

Napkins

Paint cans (empty)

Waxed and coated paper

Oil cans (empty)

Aluminum foil

Rubber/latex items

Microwave dinner trays

Plastic bags (grocery or dry cleaner)

Butter tubs

Potting containers

Clothing

Polystyrene foam

Foam padding

Toys

Carpeting

Steel items

Ceramics

Palm fronds

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Mixed Recyclables Cart (new style: green cart with gray lid; older style: all green cart)

Please rinse food residue from containers and flatten cardboard boxes.  All recyclables may be placed in the recycling cart together. Please set out your recycling cart only when it is full, and ensure the cart lid is able to be completely closed.

Paper / Cardboard

  • Newspapers, magazines
  • Mixed paper (printer, color, all types accepted)
  • Telephone books, directories, magazines
  • Bulk/junk mail, envelopes, catalogs
  • File folders
  • Cardboard boxes (please flatten)
  • Soft bound books, hard bound books (inside only, no cover)
  • Paper board - cereal boxes, tissue boxes, shoe boxes, egg cartons, beverage boxes, dry food boxes
  • Paper towels (must be clean and dry)
  • Frozen dinner boxes and other frozen food boxes
  • Food and beverage cartons (milk, juice, soup, broth, wine)
  • Empty paper towel and toilet tissue rolls
  • Shredded paper (must bag before placing in cart)
  • Pizza boxes (no food residue)

Plastics

  • Plastic beverage containers - soda, water, juice
  • Plastic containers (#1-7) such as laundry detergent, ketchup, mustard, hair product bottles
  • Plastic bags - grocery, dry cleaning, newspaper and other film bags (bundle inside a plastic bag, tie and place in the cart)
  • Plastic buckets (#1-7)
  • Plastic tubs (#1-7)
  • Plastic toys (#1-7)

Metal

  • Hangers
  • Aluminum cans
  • Tin cans - soup, tuna, vegetable juice, coffee
  • Empty aerosol cans (must be completely empty)
  • Pie tins
  • Paint cans (must be empty and completely dried out)

Glass

  • Food jars - sauce, mayo, pickles (no residue)
  • Beverage glass bottles - wine, beer, liquor, juice

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Greenwaste Cart (Green Lid)

DO NOT place greenwaste in plastic bags.

  • Lawn clippings
  • Leaves and weeds
  • Tree branches and shrubs
  • Garden trimmings
  • Sawdust, wood chips and small wood scraps
  • Christmas trees (cut up)

DO NOT place the items listed below in your greenwaste cart - put these items in the TRASH cart!

  • Pet waste
  • Palm fronds
  • Soil (very small amounts)
  • Dirt (very small amounts)

Note: Additional trash, recycling and greenwaste carts are available. Cart size can also be changed.  Greenwaste service may not be available in all areas, and participation is elective. Contact customer service at (714) 558-7761, (949) 642-1191 or (562) 694-3730 for more information.

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Cart Service Reminders:

  • Place all waste in the appropriate container and close the lid.  Do no overfill the cart!
  • Roll carts into the street and place them against the curb, handles facing your home. Place carts at least two feet apart from other carts and objects - it is recommended that you park cars at least six feet from the carts on collection day.
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Bulky Item Collection
For items that are too large to fit into the trash cart, residents may request the free pick up of household bulky goods two times per year.  We will retrieve up to four large items such as furniture, appliances or up to 20 plastic bags of refuse or bundles of yard waste (less than 50 pounds each) for each request.  Advance notice is required. To schedule a free bulky goods pick up, please contact Waste Management at (714) 558-7761, (949) 642-1191 or (562) 694-3730. Additional pick ups are available for a nominal fee.

Note: Due to state environmental laws, we are unable to accept TVs or computer monitors as bulky items.  Please take these items to Waste Management's Sunset Environmental Transfer Station in Irvine, the Orange Transfer Station in Orange or a county collection center for safe disposal.  For more information on county sites that accept e-waste, please call (714) 834-6752 or go to http://www.oclandfills.com/hhwcc.asp.  For other resources on reusing and recycling electronic products, visit www.ciwmb.ca.gov/electronics/collection or http://www.erecycle.org.

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Billing
Residential services are billed quarterly in advance by Waste Management. If you have questions regarding your invoice, please contact Waste Management at (714) 558-7761, (949) 642-1191 or (562) 694-3730.  To pay your bill online, go to Waste Management's ezPay. For help with reading your bill, click here.

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Temporary Bin and Roll-Off Service
Please contact Waste Management at (714) 558-7761, (949) 642-1191 or (562) 694-3730 for information on sizes and rates for temp dumpster or bin service.

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Disposal of Used Motor Oil
It is important to properly dispose of used motor oil to ensure it stays out of our storm drains and the ocean.  Next time you change your oil, be sure to follow these steps:
  • Remove the oil filter from your car and drain it well for at least 24 hours - once it is drained, place it in a plastic bag. 
  • Drain the oil from your car into a plastic container. 
  • Secure the top on the container to ensure against spillage.
  • One the items are secure, transport them to a certified used oil recycling center - many auto or tire supply stores or service centers will accept used motor oil and filters.  Call in advance to make sure they will take the items and to verify store hours.

These items may also be taken to a county collection center for safe disposal.  For more information on county sites that accept these items, please call (714) 834-6752 or go to http://www.oclandfills.com/hhwcc.asp. Additional information may be found at the Earth 911 Web site or by calling 1 (800) CLEANUP (1-800-253-2687).

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Christmas Tree Recycling
We will collect and recycle Christmas trees for the first three weeks following Christmas on your regular collection day. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half. Please remove all decoration including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands. Place the tree at the curb. Flocked trees will be collected but cannot be recycled

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Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
Due to state environmental laws, we are unable to accept TVs, computer monitors or other "e-waste" as bulky items. Please take these items to Waste Management's Sunset Environmental Transfer Station in Irvine, the Orange Transfer Station in Orange or a county collection center for safe disposal.  For more information on county sites that accept e-waste, please call (714) 834-6752 or go to http://www.oclandfills.com/hhwcc.asp.  For other resources on reusing and recycling electronic products, visit www.ciwmb.ca.gov/electronics/collection or http://www.erecycle.org.

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Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste cannot be collected by Waste Management. Household Hazardous Waste includes: used oil filters, motor oil and used motor oil, paint, antifreeze, batteries, propane tanks, pesticides, household cleaners, pool chemicals and sharps/needles.  These items may be taken to a county collection center for safe disposal.  For more information on county sites that accept these items, please call (714) 834-6752 or go to http://www.oclandfills.com/hhwcc.asp.

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For more information on our services please contact Waste Management of Orange County customer service at (714) 558-7761, (949) 642-1191 or (562) 694-3730.