Frank R. Bowerman Landfill

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Operating Hours

Monday through Saturday
7a.m. - 4 p.m.  all commercial customers 
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.  transfer trucks only

Closed major holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas


11002 Bee Canyon Access Road, Irvine, CA 92602





No public access. Commercial haulers are permitted to dispose of municipal solid waste at this site. Proof of current Orange County based business license, California contractors license or other form of business identification (no business cards) is required at the landfill fee station to gain entrance, as State operating permit prohibits public disposal at this site.

If State permitted daily tonnage limit is reached at any Orange County landfill, waste haulers are subject to diversion. The County experiences more diversion at the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill than at the other two County landfill sites. Commercial haulers that do not have a Waste Disposal Agreement (WDA) with the County of Orange are subject to diversion at any time to the Olinda Landfill near Brea, the Prima Deshecha Landfill in San Juan Capistrano, or transfer stations located throughout the county, due to the regulatory tonnage limit of this landfill. Please call (949) 551-7100 or (714) 834-4000 for current status prior to transporting waste to this landfill.

Commercial access is available from the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) or the San Diego Freeway (I-405). Exit at Sand Canyon Avenue. The major cross street is Portola Parkway. Click here to see map.


Regional Landfill Manager, Central Region

John Tzeng, P.E.

Acceptable Waste

Only municipal solid waste from commercial haulers and vehicles operating under commercial status is accepted. Commercial status is verified by either showing a business license or current tax return to a fee booth attendant or by participating in County's deferred payment account process.

Unacceptable Waste

  • Asbestos, batteries, brake linings, chemicals, fuel tanks
  • Mufflers, paints, poisons, hazardous waste
  • Animal parts, body parts, medical wastes, radioactive material
  • Auto body shredder wastes, fuels, heavy metals, explosives
  • Pesticides, contaminated soil
  • Liquid waste (moisture content 50% or greater)
  • Nuisance dust
  • Chemically treated wood waste (railroad ties, telephone poles, lumber for fencing, decking, playground, etc.)
  • Appliances (white goods)

Landfill Permit

Frank R. Bowerman Landfill is permitted to receive a daily maximum of 11,500 tons per day. The landfill is required to comply with numerous landfill regulations from federal, state and local regulatory agencies. The landfill is subject to regular inspections from the California Integrated Waste Management Board and the Board's Local Enforcement Agency, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District to assure compliance with those regulations.

Open and Closure Dates

Frank R. Bowerman Landfill is approximately 725 acres with 534 acres permitted for refuse disposal. The landfill opened in 1990 and is scheduled to close in approximately 2053.

Special Programs

Biomitigation Program

Landfill capital projects sometimes affect the plant and wildlife species native to the site. The OC Waste & Recycling Department strives to restore all impacted sites with plant and animal life indigenous to the area. This is accomplished through a biological mitigation plan. The plan ensures establishment of a plant community capable of supporting wildlife species of the same diversity and density found in these communities under natural conditions.