Jurisdictions throughout the State are required by SB 1383 regulations to adopt an ordinance or other similarly enforceable mechanism by January 1, 2022, to mandate that organic waste generators, haulers, and other entities subject to the requirements of SB 1383 regulations and subject to the jurisdiction’s authority, comply with SB 1383 regulatory requirements.

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OCWR's exclusive waste haulers, along with OC Public Works, will conduct reviews of residential and commercial waste recycling, and organics containers for cross-contamination. These reviews are required by Senate Bill 1383 and results will allow the County to conduct targeted outreach to better educate residents and business owners on how they can properly sort waste and meet recycling requirements. We ask that residents and business owners please cooperate with personnel who are conducting inspections. 

Please submit questions and comments to the OCWR Neighbor Support Portal (NSP).

Which areas fall under OCWR's jurisdiction?

OCWR oversees the following unincorporated areas:



1 Rossmoor
2 Buena Park Island, Yorba Linda Islands
3 Orange Islands, Anaheim Islands
4 Fountain Valley Island
5 El Modena, Orange Park Acres, Modjeska Canyon, Silverado Canyon
6 James A. Musick Facility, Lemon Heights, Cowan Heights, North Tustin
7 John Wayne Airport, Emerald Bay, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
8 Coto De Caza, Wagon Wheel, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores
9 Rancho Mission Viejo, Sendero, Ortega Highway/Unincorporated San Juan Capistrano

Residential OC Unincorporated waste disposal information.

Commercial OC Unincorporated waste disposal information.

What happens if I do not properly sort my organic waste?

Unincorporated non-compliant businesses and residents may receive notices of violation, penalties, and/or possible denials of service. For details on your specific City policy, please contact your City Recycling Coordinator. 

Will I be fined if I receive multiple Notice of Violations? 

SB 1383 requires jurisdictions to have an enforceable ordinance in place. Residents and business owners will be provided with warnings and educational material to aid in compliance prior to fines being issued. County of Orange Unincorporated Ordinance.

I received a notice from my City or waste hauler, who should I contact?

Residents who live within a city's jurisdiction should always contact their city recycling coordinator or waste hauler: