Frequently Asked Questions

Are the landfills open when it's raining?
Landfills do not close due to rain. However, the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers are closed when it is raining for public safety.

Are you accepting dirt today?
Please click here for updated information regarding dirt?
Can I bring hazardous waste from my business to the Centers?
No, refer to the web page Business Hazardous Waste Referrals, for a list of companies that provide hazardous waste disposal services for all types of businesses.
Do you accept tires?
Tires are no longer accepted at Orange County Landfills. For additional information about waste tire hauling and disposal, contact www.ciwmb.ca.gov/tires.
How do I open a Deferred Charge Payment Account for my business?
If you are a regular business user you may apply for a Deferred Charge Payment Account. You can pick up an application form at any of the landfills or call us at (714) 834-4000 and ask to be transferred to the Accounts Receivable Department.
How do they determine how much I am going to pay?
A vehicle is weighed upon entering pass the fee booth. The vehicle is re-weighed when it is leaving the landfill. The difference in the weight is the amount the fee will be based upon.
How much does it cost to use the Centers?
Absolutely No Charge! Orange County residents may dispose of household hazardous waste at the Collection Centers for FREE.
How much household hazardous waste can I bring to the Centers?
Up to 15 gallons of liquids or 125 pounds of powdered and/or solid hazardous waste per trip. One can make as many trips as needed.
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What are the operating hours of the Centers?
All Centers are open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 AM to 3 PM. The centers are closed on rainy days, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas and New Years Days.
What are your hours of operation?
Open: Monday through Saturday - Operating hours vary by landfill. Click on each landfill for specific operating hours. Closed: Major Holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
What do I need to show proof of Orange County residency?

Individual

  • A valid drivers license or other official proof of Orange County residency.
  • A current utility bill or similar invoice displaying address of property in Orange County.
  • Other documentation acceptable to the fee station supervisor.

Small Business (Self Hauler)

  • Valid business license, but only if the waste was generated at the address displayed on the business license.
  • Contract for services that include hauling waste from the job site in the same Orange County city where the trash originated.
  • A hauler manifest or work order indicating an Orange County city as the city of origin.
  • Other documentation acceptable to the fee stations supervisor.
What do you charge per ton?
Beginning July 1, 2010 the tonnage rate will be $53.95 per ton for the general public.
What forms of payment do you accept at the landfill?
We accept cash or check. We do not accept any credit cards. Please make checks payable to the County of Orange.
What is accepted at the Centers?
The centers accept products such as latex and oil base paint, antifreeze, batteries, computers, electronics, fertilizers, herbicides, hobby supplies, pesticides, used oil and more. Click here to find out more.
What is the Eco Challenge?
The Eco Challenge is a regional program created to educate the community on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle in order to make Orange County a sustainable place to live for current and future generations.
What landfill do I go to if I am not from Orange County?
What landfill do I go to if I am not from Orange County?

For information on landfills outside of Orange County call (714) 834-4000.
Where can I dispose of household hazardous waste?
There are four Household Hazardous Waste collection centers in Orange County. They are located in Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Irvine and San Juan Capistrano.
Where can I get a dumpster?

Please call your local trash hauler. Please click one of the choices below to obtain the telephone number to your local trash hauler.

Where else can I take my trash?

Orange County residents may take their trash to privately owned transfer stations for a fee. A transfer station is a solid waste facility where smaller refuse collection vehicles dump their loads of waste onto a tipping floor. This waste is then placed into larger transfer vehicles for transport to the point of ultimate disposal. Use of this type of facility reduces hauling costs and also reduces the number of trucks on the highway. There are 5 private transfer stations located in Orange County. Please call the facilities to confirm their policies and fees:

  • Rainbow Disposal 17121 Nichols Street, Huntington Beach, 92647 (714) 847-3581; M-F, 6-6; Sat, 6-4
  • CR Transfer Inc.11232 Knott Avenue, Stanton, 90680 (714) 895-7970; 7 days, 7-6
  • Consolidated Volume Transporters 1131 Blue Gum Street, Anaheim, 92806 (714) 238-3301; M-F, 7-5; Sat, 8-5; Sun, 11-4
  • Sunset Environmental16122 Construction Circle West, Irvine, 92606 (949) 451-2600; M-F, 6-7; Sat, 6-5
  • Waste Management of Orange 2050 North Glassell, Orange, 92865 (714) 282-0200; M-F, 7-4; Sat, 7-12
  • Madison Materials 1035 East 4th Street, Santa Ana, 92701 (714) 664-0159; M-F, 8-5; Sat, 7-2
Who picks up trash in my area?

To find out which hauler is responsible for trash collection in your neighborhood, please click one of the choices below.

Why wasn't my trash picked up?
Trash is picked up by trash haulers that are under contract for trash collection. To find out why your trash wasn't picked up you will need to contact them directly.
What does it mean to “Take the Eco Challenge”?
"Take The Eco Challenge" is a call to action for Orange County residents to reduce their waste consumption, reuse when possible, and recycle with the goal of preserving our natural resources and landfill capacity for current and future generations.

How did the Eco Challenge Education & Outreach program begin?
In 2011, the County of Orange and Discovery Cube partnered together to create 3 exhibits at Discovery Cube. 

1.     Discovery Market – Demonstrates to guests at Discovery Cube the impact that various products and packaging materials have on the environment and teaches visitors to reduce waste by making responsible shopping choices.

2.     Race to Recycle - Race to Recycle is a hands-on, highly interactive game in which guests are taught the difference between recyclables, household hazardous waste, including e-waste, green/yard waste and landfill waste. Guests are encouraged to apply the concepts learned in this game to sort their own household waste and to be mindful of conserving space in local landfills.

3.     Eco Garage - Inside Eco Garage, the goal of this challenge is to teach guests to identify household hazardous waste in their own homes and encourage them to properly dispose of these items by taking them to their local household hazardous waste collection facility. 

Once the exhibits were launched to the general public in 2011, both Discovery Cube and OCWR began working collaboratively to establish an identity or call to action for OC residents to associate the exhibits with environmental stewardship living.  In February of 2013, OCWR and Discovery Cube launched a marketing campaign to bring awareness to this newly established call to action "Take the Eco Challenge".  This educational call to action has now emerged as the premier public-publicity outreach campaign on environmental stewardship in Orange County.

Click here to view an informational brochure with more information about the partnership.
Why did the County establish the Eco Challenge program?
Due to the Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB939), the County Board of Supervisors established, by Board Resolution, a surcharge fee of $19.00 to reduce recyclable material disposal at the landfills and to expand existing or develop new countywide diversion programs.  OC Waste & Recycling manages the Eco Challenge identity and brand for the purpose of educating and changing the behaviors of Orange County residents on adopting key environmental stewardship traits such as reducing, reusing and recycling.

What sort of events does the Eco Challenge host?
The Eco Challenge host several events throughout the year, but most of our events occur during the summer. We have several community clean-up events throughout Orange County and a regional collection event at Angel Stadium. Feel free to check our events calendar for more information or community events to read more about our past events.
When are the next Eco Challenge events?
Our last Eco Challenge event for the 2014 season will be on September 20, 2014 from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Angel Stadium. More information is available on our homepage www.ocEcoChallenge.com
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