Multi-Family Trash, Recycling, and Organics

Waste services are provided by the City's franchise hauler, Republic Services. For additional assistance, contact Republic Services at (714) 238-3300 or your property management team.

Best Waste Management Practices

Sometimes the waste and recycling process can be confusing. Here are some tips to make it easier for you!


  • All recyclables must be Empty. Clean. Dry.™
  • Keep recyclables loose; do not bag them.
  • To make space for more materials inside the recycling bin (and out of courtesy for other residents), break down all cardboard boxes. 
  • Plastic bags cannot be recycled through Republic Services so instead, take them to a participating grocery store with a drop-off area.
  • If you do not have access to recycling service, please inquire with your association, property management or owner.


  • Unless advised by your association, property management or owner, do not leave bulky items by the waste receptacle or enclosure. Check with them for further instructions.  


  • Hazardous waste materials (batteries, electronic waste, wet paint, chemicals, etc.) contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients and need to be handled with care. DO NOT dispose of these materials in the trash or recycling container. Orange County residents can take HHW to one of the four (4) Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities for free where it will be responsibly handled. 
  • This summer, OC Waste & Recycling is issuing an alert about battery disposal. Improperly disposed batteries can cause fires in the waste system. When you are at the hazardous waste collection facility, ask for a free battery collection recycling bucket - available while supplies last.
  • For more information and a detailed list of accepted materials, visit the County or City's Hazardous Waste webpage.

State Recycling Law SB 1383 and Its Impact on Multi-Family Residents

SB 1383 was implemented by the State to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California's economy by reducing organic waste disposal from 2014 to 2025 by 75%. It is the most aggressive waste reduction law to be adopted in California and requires everyone to divert organic materials from the landfill. SB 1383 requires the commingling of food, food-soiled paper, and yard waste in one receptacle. SB 1383 Residential - Coming Soon

Compliance Requirements

In accordance with SB 1383 requirements, property owners and/or managers must provide the following:

  • Annual education to employees and tenants on how to properly sort recycling and organic waste into the correct bins
  • Information to new tenants within 14 days of move-in date
  • Periodically inspect recycling and organics bins for contamination and inform residents if bins are contaminated
  • Provide trash, recycling, and organics containers that are accurately colored and labeled, and available for employees and customers' use

Additional Resources

Here is a brief guide designed to assist multi-family residents, property managers and owners in understanding the state recycling laws. For more details about state recycling mandates, please visit the following links:

Compliance and Waste-Related Support

If you would like assistance with state recycling mandates or have any waste-related questions/concerns, please contact Elsa Robinson, Senior Management Analyst at (714) 993-8189.