Press Release Archive

April 29, 2016 
OC Waste & Recycling Releases 2015 Annual Report

News ImageOC Waste & Recycling runs one of the nation’s finest waste management systems. Learn about what we accomplished last year in our 2015 Annual Report, released April 28, 2016. Click here to view the report.

March 31, 2016 
OC Waste & Recycling Launches the 2016 Eco Challenge Poster Contest

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Contest deadline: Thursday, June 30, 2016

SANTA ANA, Calif. (March 30, 2016) – With a vision of focusing attention on recycling green waste and food waste, OC Waste & Recycling invites young Orange County artists to enter the 2016 Eco Challenge Poster Contest.

March 29, 2016 
Bowerman Power Renewable Energy Project Powers On to Bring New Green Energy to Orange County

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IRVINE, Calif. (Mar. 29, 2016) -— Orange County 3rd District Supervisor Todd Spitzer joined today with government, business and project development officials for a ribbon-cutting to ceremonially open the Bowerman Power Project renewable energy facility.

The landfill gas-to-electricity plant at the Frank R. Bowerman landfill east of Irvine will power thousands of local homes and businesses in Anaheim, generate millions of dollars in royalties for the county government system, and provide other environmental and economic benefits.

January 20, 2016 
OC Waste & Recycling Partnership with Inside the Outdoors Earns Coveted Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for 2015

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SANTA ANA, Calif. — A partnership between OC Waste & Recycling and Inside the Outdoors is one of 12 California organizations recognized with the 2015 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA). The award is the state’s highest environmental honor.

January 4, 2016 
OC Waste & Recycling Partnership with Inside the Outdoors Earns Coveted Golden Bell Award

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SANTA ANA, Calif. — Project Zero Waste, a service-learning program developed through a partnership between the County of Orange, OC Waste & Recycling, and the Orange County Department of Education’s (OCDE) Inside the Outdoors, has earned the California School Boards Association’s highly regarded Golden Bell Award. The award was announced at a ceremony on Saturday, December 5, 2015.

November 9, 2015 
Celebrate America Recycles Day at Discovery Cube OC!

News ImageTake the America Recycles Day pledge! Families who take the pledge on the America Recycles Day website will receive a free child admission to Discovery Cube on November 15th.

October 21, 2015 
Mark Tettemer Named to Orange County Waste Management Commission

SANTA ANA, Calif. — On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 the Orange County Board of Supervisors appointed Mark Tettemer to the Orange County Waste Management Commission. Mr. Tettemer, a long-time Orange County resident, was nominated to serve on the Commission by Fifth District Supervisor and Board Vice Chairman, Lisa Bartlett. The Waste Management Commission is an advisory commission to the Board of Supervisors on matters related to solid waste management, including waste diversion and recycling.

July 3, 2015 
Orange County Landfills Are Closed Saturday, July 4th for Independence Day Holiday

Landfills are closed for five holidays each year. The next holiday closure is Labor Day on Monday, September 7, 2015

All County of Orange landfills are open Monday through Saturday.

They are closed five major holidays each year: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

July 1, 2015 
OC Waste & Recycling Exemplifies Public Engagement

News ImageThe Association of California Cities-Orange County last week awarded the Golden Hub of Innovation to OC Waste & Recycling (OCWR) for two of its programs:
- Community Outreach Ambassador Program; and
- Landfill Good Neighbor Policy.

April 21, 2015 
Orange County Board of Supervisors Approves High-Tech Renewable Energy Project at Local Landfill

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SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Orange County Board of Supervisors today gave a green light to an academic-government-business partnership that will convert landfill gas into clean energy at the closed Santiago Canyon Landfill. In addition to the County’s closed landfill, the partnership includes UC Irvine’s Advanced Power & Energy Program (APEP) and Ener-Core, an Irvine-based company.

“Creating clean energy power from landfill gas is a smart investment that helps the environment and advances science and engineering,” said Board Chairman Todd Spitzer, who has championed renewable energy projects, including the new power plant being built at the County’s Frank R. Bowerman Landfill east of Irvine. “Advancing important technology that helps the environment and potentially generates revenue is the best way for Orange County to do business as a leader in clean energy projects.”

January 22, 2015 
OC Officials Announce Environmental & Economic Benefits of New Renewable Energy Plant at County Landfill

IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2015) -— Orange County Board Chairman and 3rd District Supervisor Todd Spitzer joined today with area government and business officials to present details on the environmental and economic benefits to be gained from a renewable “green” energy plant at a county landfill.

November 17, 2014 
Home Hazardous Waste Center in Anaheim Commemorates America Recycles Day

News ImageHundreds of Orange County residents helped commemorate the 17th Annual America Recycles Day by bringing their household hazardous waste to the county's free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center in Anaheim.

November 5, 2014 
OC Community Household Hazardous Waste Centers to Commemorate America Recycles Day on Nov. 15

News ImageOrange County residents are invited to help commemorate America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, 2014 by bringing in their hazardous waste to one of the county’s four community Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers and taking the national "pledge" to keep America beautiful by remembering to Reduce Reuse Recycle.

October 22, 2014 
County Gives the OK for Renewable Energy Plant at Irvine Area Landfill

A proposed state-of-the-art renewable energy plant to convert landfill gas to electricity has received the green light from the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

September 16, 2014 
The Angels “Take the Eco Challenge” on Saturday, September 20th

News ImageOC Waste & Recycling, in partnership with Discovery Cube, Goodwill of Orange County, and Angels Baseball present a collection event at Angel Stadium on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

August 6, 2014 
OC Eco Challenge Poster Contest Winners Announced

News ImageFive young Orange County artists have earned the opportunity to serve as Honorary Bat Kids at the Angels baseball game on Friday, September 12, 2014. Winners of the Eco Challenge Poster Contest were announced at the Eco Challenge Day Event at Angel Stadium on Saturday, July 26th.

June 18, 2014 
Time is Running Out to Enter the 2014 Eco Challenge Poster Contest

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (June 18, 2014) – The chance to be an Honorary Bat Kid at a 2014 Angels baseball game ends soon. Young Orange County residents have until Monday, June 30, 2014 to submit their posters and be eligible to win. Among other prizes, the five winners of the contest will serve as Honorary Bat Kids. Visit for contest rules and eligibility.

June 18, 2014 
OC Waste & Recycling Wins 2014 Landfill Excellence Award

News ImageThe Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announces that OC Waste & Recycling has been named the winner of a SWANA Bronze Excellence Award in the Landfill Management category. The award will be presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON®, on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, in Grapevine, Texas.

May 28, 2014 
Receive Four Free Tickets to an Angels Game & Meet Former Angel Adam Kennedy

News ImageJoin OC Waste & Recycling, Discovery Science Center and Angels Baseball at a household hazardous waste event on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and meet former Angels infielder Adam Kennedy. The first 100 cars to bring household hazardous materials for disposal can choose between FREE Angels game or Discovery Science Center tickets.

March 21, 2014 
Goodwill of OC and the County of Orange celebrate Earth Month by holding a Spring Cleaning Eco Challenge Donation Event at the Honda Center on Saturday, April 12.

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Win great prizes like Anaheim Ducks tickets, Ducks autographed pucks, and Discovery Science Center tickets by donating household reusable items or by recycling paper for free with Goodwill’s on-site certified shredding services on Saturday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Honda Center parking lot!

March 3, 2014 
County of Orange and Discovery Science Center Present 2014 Eco Challenge Poster Contest

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (February 27, 2014) – Beginning today, young Orange County residents have the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Eco Challenge poster contest presented by the County of Orange, Discovery Science Center and Angels Baseball for the chance to be an Honorary Bat Kid at a 2014 Angels baseball game. Visit for contest rules and eligibility.

January 27, 2014 
OC Waste & Recycling and Anaheim Ducks Sponsor Eco Challenge Day February 1, 2014

News ImageEarn a Chance to Watch the Anaheim Ducks Private Morning Skate, Ride the Zamboni or Grab an Autographed Hockey Puck at the County's Eco Challenge Day at the Honda Center

January 15, 2014 
Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency Public Notice

The Local Enforcement Agency approved OC Waste & Recycling's application to update Prima Deshecha Landfill's Report of Facility Information.

November 25, 2013 
Orange County Business Council honors OC Waste & Recycling

News ImageOC Waste & Recycling won honors at the 2013 “Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet” awards from the Orange County Business Council in the category of public-private partnership.

November 20, 2013 
Ducks E-Waste Recycling Event

News ImageThe County of Orange, OC Waste & Recycling, in collaboration with the Anaheim Ducks, is sponsoring an e-waste collection event on Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

September 3, 2013 
Meet Angels Pitcher Ernesto Frieri at Eco Challenge e-waste Event at the Cube

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. (August 27, 2013) – Exclusive “home run” incentives are available to those who bring e-waste to Discovery Science Center (DSC) on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. E-waste participants will receive up to four (4) same day general admission* tickets to DSC and have the chance to meet Angels pitcher Ernesto Frieri.

August 23, 2013 
New Director of OC Waste & Recycling Selected

News ImageThe selection of Dylan G. Wright was announced on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Mark Denny, the County’s Chief Operating Officer. Wright has served as Interim Director of OC Waste & Recycling since May 2013, having previously held the positions of Deputy Director for Business Services and Government & Community Relations with the department.

May 23, 2013 
Eco Challenge Poster Contest Deadline Extended to Friday, June 7!

News ImageChoose your favorite topic below and make a poster to showcase your ideas and creativity around that theme. Five winners will be awarded the status of Honorary Bat Kid for one regular season Angels home game in August or September 2013.

May 21, 2012 
County Assists Residents By Hosting Community Clean Up Day

Unincorporated Anaheim, CA—The County of Orange's OC Planning / Neighborhood Preservation Unit in collaboration with OC Waste & Recycling, is inviting Anaheim residents to partner with our volunteers for a Community Clean Up Day...

March 27, 2012 
Get the Facts on OCW&R

To learn more about OC Waste & Recycling's active landfills, Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers, and Renewable Energy Programs, please visit our newly created Fact Sheet page to get started.

March 19, 2012 
SubscribeOC Now Includes OC Waste & Recycling

Community members can now sign-up to receive OCW&R updates, including landfill information, Newsroom content, the Recycling Coordinators List, and Waste Management Commission Meetings/Agendas via SubscribeOC.

March 1, 2012 
Construction & Demolition Application Now Available Online

The Construction and Demolition (C&D) Recycling and Reuse Program application is now available online. Achieve diversion by reusing, recycling, or composting C&D materials at County-approved facilities or through the use of a County Franchised Waste Hauler and ensure that materials are managed appropriately.

March 1, 2012 
Community Clean Up Day Set for March 3rd

Staff from two County of Orange departments – OC Waste & Recycling and OC Public Works – will partner with residents to help create a safer, cleaner, and healthier Midway City at Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, March 3rd from 8 a.m. to noon.

January 18, 2012 
County Assists Residents at Community Clean Up Day

The County of Orange's OC Planning/Neighborhood Preservation Unit in collaboration with OC Waste & Recycling are inviting residents of the Dale/Augusta Stanton Island to partner with us for Community Clean Up Day.

March 17, 2011 
Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Bill Campbell, Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a Different Kind of Green

(Santa Ana, CA) —Chairman Bill Campbell today planted two Coast Live Oak saplings in their new home at Santiago Oaks Regional Park, taking part in a park restoration project that is also a mitigation measure being fulfilled by OC Waste & Recycling.

January 18, 2011 
Broadrock Renewables Breaks Ground on Landfill Gas-to-Energy Expansion Facilities at Olinda Alpha Landfill

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Broadrock Renewables LLC, in partnership with the County of Orange, held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new landfill gas-to-energy generating plant at Olinda Alpha Landfill in Orange County, California.

December 2, 2010 
Cat D7E Combines Innovative Electric Drive with Established Technology for Uncommon Performance, Value and Sustainability

"Revolutionary design" is a term to be used carefully and sparingly when applied to earthmoving machines, but the Cat® D7E Track-Type Tractor qualifies for that distinction. The D7E uses an electric drive system that delivers 10 to 30 percent greater fuel economy, greater productivity and lower lifetime service costs, compared with conventionally designed crawler tractors of equal weight and horsepower. The D7E meets the increasing demand for powerful, maneuverable, fuel-efficient dozers that have the versatility to work effectively in both production dozing and fine grading applications.

November 10, 2010 
New Food Waste Recycling Machine Turns Food Waste into Fertilizer

Santa Ana, Calif. (November 30, 2010) – The County of Orange and Waste Management of Orange County (WMOC) unveiled today the first food dehydration recycling machine in a County building. Orange County Board of Supervisors Chair Janet Nguyen was on hand to celebrate this important achievement and retrieve some high-quality fertilizer from the high-tech machine.

February 17, 2010 
OC Waste & Recycling Launches WASTE FREE OC Campaign to Reduce Landfill Waste

Santa Ana, Calif. (February 10, 2010) – OC Waste & Recycling and the Orange County Board of Supervisors today announced the launch of a new, interactive public awareness campaign to reduce everyday waste from entering Orange County landfills.

October 6, 2009 
Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center in Irvine will re-open Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center in Irvine will re-open Tuesday, October 13, 2009 IRVINE, Calif. – The Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center in Irvine will re-open Tuesday, October 13, 2009. Regular business hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with the exception of rainy days and major holidays.

August 4, 2009 
Irvine Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center to close temporarily for facility improvements

IRVINE, Calif. – The Irvine Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center will be closed from August 2nd through approximately September 14th for facility improvements, including asphalt paving, security fencing and a concrete berm for secure containment of waste materials.

July 23, 2009 
Vapor and smoke from heat vents at the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill can be seen from nearby communities

IRVINE, Calif. – Recently a series of heat vents were discovered at the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill in Irvine. These naturally-occurring vents release a combination of water vapor, gases and smoke that are visible from nearby communities.

March 31, 2009 
Prima Deshecha Landfill Groundbreaking Ceremony Celebrates the Start of Construction on the County’s Second Green Building Project

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (March 31, 2009) – Orange County Board of Supervisors Chair Patricia Bates today led County officials in a groundbreaking ceremony at the Prima Deshecha Landfill here. The new 10,200 square-foot Green Office Building will replace temporary trailers that have been in use since 1998. The new building will serve as landfill office and crew quarters, in addition to providing conference and storage rooms.

December 11, 2008 
Consider the Environment when Purchasing your Christmas Tree this Holiday Season

SANTA ANA, Calif. (December 11, 2008) – If you are thinking of buying an artificial Christmas tree this year, OC Waste & Recycling encourages you to reconsider.

October 15, 2008 

San Juan Capistrano, California — A Mitigated Negative Declaration for a proposed Material Recovery Facility (MRF) operation at the Prima Deshecha Landfill is available for public review through November 10, 2008.

August 25, 2008 
County Offers New Home-Generated Sharps Disposal Options Beginning September 1, 2008

Orange County residents have several options available to comply with a new state law taking effect September 1, 2008 that prohibits the disposal of medical sharps waste in household trash.

March 21, 2008 
OC Waste & Recycling begins earth moving project at the

March 21, 2008 Irvine, California – Earth-moving equipment will begin mobilizing next week to begin a fourteen-to-sixteen-month excavation project at the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill in Irvine.

March 14, 2008 
Orange County Integrated Waste Management Department (IWMD) re-introduces native vegetation at Prima Deshecha Landfill

March 14, 2008 San Clemente, California -- Habitat restoration activities at the Prima Deshecha Landfill are now underway along the southern perimeter of the landfill, which is adjacent to the communities of Talega and Forster Ranch.

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