Prima Deshecha Landfill

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Map/Directions

Location:               32250 La Pata Avenue, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone:                   949-728-3040
Deputy Director:   Dick Harabedian

Operating Hours

Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to  5:00 p.m.
Closed major holidays:  (New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas)

Landfill Information

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Prima Deshecha Landfill also offers Orange County residents a drop-off location for household hazardous materials. Please refer to the Fact Sheet before your visit to see what materials and quantities are permitted.

Collection Center Hours:     Tuesday through Saturday, 9am - 3pm. Closed rainy days and major holidays, as listed above.

Landfill Access

Public access is for Orange County residents only. If State permitted daily tonnage limit is reached at any Orange County landfill, waste haulers are subject to diversion at any time to local transfer stations located throughout the county, due to the regulatory tonnage capacity of this landfill.

Commercial and public access is available using the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5), exiting at Ortega Highway to La Pata Avenue. Click here to see map.

Acceptable Waste

Municipal solid waste from commercial haulers and the public.

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)

Special Waste

Limited amount of dewatered sewage sludge is accepted.

Chemically treated wood waste is accepted (immediate burial required).

Clean, broken asphalt is accepted.  Please click 
here for more information.

Landfill Permit

Prima Landfill is permitted to accept up to 4,000 tons of waste per day (TPD). 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

Prima is approximately 1,530 acres with 699 acres permitted for refuse disposal. The landfill was opened in 1976 and is scheduled to close in approximately 2067. A General Development Plan is being prepared for Prima Deshecha Landfill which indicates end use as a regional park.