Household garbage items, except for those items listed below, may be placed in the roll cart with the green lid. It is recommended that garbage items be bagged and tied first, then placed in the cart. This practice will keep your container cleaner, minimize odors, and reduce the chance of wind-blown litter.
Other ways to help control odor include double bagging when the odor is more offensive, making sure the cart lid is closed tight, and leaving a dryer sheet inside the cart.
Unaccepted waste includes hot ashes or coals, recyclable items, household hazardous chemicals, medical waste, fluorescent bulbs, tires, paint, and yard waste such as bagged or loose grass, leaves, or small branches.
Recycling Roll Cart
Recycling is required by Orange County Code. To reduce the amount of garbage in the recycling stream, the Orange County Utilities Solid Waste Division encourages residents to "Think 5" by focusing on the top five recyclable items—plastic, metal, and glass containers, as well as cardboard and paper. The overall goal is to help raise awareness about good recycling habits.
Place only these recyclable items in the roll cart with the blue lid:
Bottles and containers labeled #1 - #5
Tin, aluminum, steel, and empty aerosol cans
Bottles and jars
Flattened corrugated boxes
Newspapers and advertisements
Magazines and catalogs
The recycling program can only recycle the material listed above and no other material should go into the recycling cart. Below is a list of materials that are particularly troublesome and should not be placed in the recycling cart:
- No plastic bags
Visit the American Chemistry Council’s Plastic Film Recycling page to find a bag drop-off location near you.
- No food waste or liquids
- No pizza boxes or juice pouches
- No clothes, textiles, or carpet
- No hazardous materials or electronics
- No batteries
- No tires
Tires can be collected with large item pickup.
- No polystyrene/styrofoam
- No plants or yard waste such as bagged or loose grass, leaves, or small branches
- No hoses
- No shredded paper
- No dishes, paper plates, pots, or pans
- No toys or laundry baskets
- No gift wrap, ribbons, or bows
- No hangers (plastic or wire)
Electronic equipment from your home, such as computers and televisions (except for rear-projection sets), can be recycled. Many retailers will accept old electronics for recycling. Check with your local retailer for electronic waste recycling options.
Orange County residents may also bring their electronic waste to one of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities or community collection events. Click here for electronics recycling facility locations and collection event information.