Tour an Orange County Landfill


In accordance with County of Orange and OC Health Care Agency guidelines focused on reducing risk of spreading the coronavirus, effective March 12, 2020 all scheduled OCWR landfill tours through the end of April are cancelled. We will monitor the impacts of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) situation to determine when we will be able to reschedule cancelled tours, conduct scheduled tours and begin scheduling new tours. Should the situation warrant, we will continue to cancel tours month by month effective April 1. We regret any inconvenience.

You are invited to tour Orange County's Landfills

Orange County's landfills are not simply the places where our trash goes. They are incredible feats of environmental engineering, and they even provide natural habitats. OC Waste & Recycling staff members, including biologists and engineers, are proud to welcome you on a tour. See how we operate landfills and what we do as stewards of the environment. Tours are free. Read about our three landfills and register for a tour location of choice by selecting the reservation button below. We look forward to seeing you!

What you will see on the tour:

  • Multi-media presentation about Orange County’s waste management system
  • Waste disposal area
  • Environmental controls
  • Habitat restoration areas
  • How landfill gas is creating green energy
  • Falcons working to keep seagulls out of the trash (seasonal)

Landfill tour basics:

  • Tours last approximately 1.5 hours
  • We can accommodate up to 13 people per group. Special arrangements can be made for larger groups by contacting us by email.
  • Visitors must be at least five years old. Guests with children must bring car seats if the California Child Passenger Safety law applies.
  • Arrive early for your tour. Late groups are subject to rescheduling.
  • Wear closed-toed shoes. This is mandatory.
  • All guests will be required to wear safety vests and hard hats, which OCWR will provide.
  • Every tour participant must bring a signed release form on the day of the tour. Parental signature is required for anyone under the age of 18. Waivers are available for each site when you make your reservation through Eventbrite.

Learn about OC Landfills:

Frank R. Bowerman Landfill -- Irvine
11002 Bee Canyon Access Road

Olinda Landfill -- Brea
1942 N. Valencia Ave.

Prima Deshecha Landfill-- San Juan Capistrano
32250 La Pata Ave.

Tour Reservations Click Here: