Waste & Recycling in Placentia 

Waste Collection Holiday Schedule 

Below is Republic Services' holiday schedule. For more information, please visit Republic Services' website or call (714) 238-3300.

Memorial DayMonday, May 29, 2023Service delayed by 1 day
Independence DayTuesday, July 4, 2023Service delayed by 1 day
Labor DayMonday, September 4, 2023Service delayed by 1 day
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 23, 2023Thursday and Friday service delayed by 1 day
Christmas DayMonday, December 25, 2023Service delayed by 1 day
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2024Service delayed by 1 day

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Waste reduction/prevention is the most preferred approach to waste management. Waste has associated management costs; therefore, reducing waste will reduce total costs. Learn more about waste reduction by visiting CalRecycle's waste reduction website


By mitigating the number of materials we buy and use, we automatically lessen the number of materials being sent to the landfill and reduce the waste of unnecessary energy. Here are some examples: 

  • Turning off lights and faucet when not in use to conserve electricity and water, respectively
    • Learn about "watt" you can do to conserve energy via the California Public Utilities Commission website, and also here
  • Purchasing an item in-store to reduce the amount of packaging
  • Making a shopping list before going to the grocery store to only buy what you need to reduce wasted food 
    • If you "carrot" all, click here to get some tips about how you can reduce food waste
    • For a more extensive list of tips and toolkits, visit the EPA's website
  • Walking or biking to your destination instead of using a car

These small actions make a difference and can create positive change that is bigger than what you would expect. 


Reusing items is a simple idea that "one person's trash is another person's treasure" and prevents materials from entering the waste stream. Repurposing items give them a new lease on life. It can save you money, energy, resources and landfill space. 

There are several ways to integrate this into your life, including:

  • Shopping at second-hand/thrift stores
    • Nearest Goodwill location: 1101 E Imperial Hwy, Placentia, CA 92870
  • Donating gently used items to organizations or second-hand/thrift stores
  • Opting for reusable items (grocery bags, water bottles, utensils, etc.) instead of disposable ones
  • Organizing a toy or book exchange with the community
  • Using cardboard delivery boxes to package gifts 
  • Cleaning out glass jars and using them as flower vases
  • Turning old towels or clothes to cleaning rags

"Contain" your excitement and click here to get tips on how you can reuse household items. 


Did you ever wonder what happens to recyclables once they are picked up? Take a virtual Recycling Center Tour here. What about the trash that goes to the landfill? Take a glimpse of the County landfills here

Recycling is the practice of recovering used materials from the waste stream and incorporating those materials into the manufacturing process. View more information about recycling and explore CalRecycle's new I Recycle Smart website

Check out the Recycle Page to see which items are recyclable. Keep it "glassy" by following these recycling tips.  

Hazardous Waste 

Hazardous waste materials contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients and need to be handled with care. Do not dispose of these materials in any of the waste bins. Residents can take them to one of the four Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities in Orange County. The closest location for Placentia residents is: 1071 N Blue Gum St, Anaheim, CA 92806. While you are there, ask them for a free battery collection bucket - available while supplies last. 

To learn more about proper hazardous waste disposal, visit the County's website.

Additional Resources

For more information about waste-related matters, contact Cathy Nguyen, Environmental Services Coordinator at cnguyen@placentia.org or (714) 993-8123.