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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The City of Mission Viejo is committed to protecting the environment and recognizes the importance of recycling and proper waste disposal practices. To preserve and protect the beauty and health of the community, Mission Viejo offers a variety of recycling programs and provides information to assist residents and businesses in their efforts to green the community.  Contact us to learn more about the programs and services offered in Mission Viejo or to obtain information.

  • Bottle and Can Recycling
  • Commercial Recycling Programs
  • Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling
  • Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling
  • Home Composting
  • Household Hazardous Waste/Special Waste
  • Recycling Newsletter
  • Residential Recycling Programs
  • School & Club Recycling Programs
  • Special Programs  

Multi-Family Recycling Program

The City’s trash hauler, Waste Management, provides free recycling to multi-family facilities as part of its agreement with the City.  Each year, Waste Management contracts with a consulting firm to provide waste audits at multi-family developments and to assist them with implementing or expanding recycling programs.  During the waste audit, the consultant examines the contents of the trash to determine the amount of recyclables in the trash and to determine if a recycling program is feasible. 

If a recycling program is feasible, the consultant prepares a proposal that is submitted to the property managers informing them how much recycling was found in their trash.  The proposal explains that the facilities can save money on their trash bills by reducing the contents of their trash by adding recycling containers. 

Below is a partial list of materials that can be collected as part of a multi-family recycling program.

  • Newspapers/junk mail/magazines
  • Computer paper/white paper/mixed paper
  • Anything that tears
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Telephone books
  • Cereal boxes (liners removed)/other food boxes
  • Tissue/soda boxes
  • Plastic containers (labeled #1-7)
  • Plastic water/soda bottles
  • Plastic shopping bags (place bags inside each other to create a large bundle)
  • Glass jars/bottles
  • Wine/liquor bottles
  • Soda cans
  • Metal food/soup cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Pie tins

Please lightly rinse food residue from containers.

Do not place the items listed below in recycling bins—put these items in the trash bin:

  • Disposable diapers
  • Soiled paper towels or plates
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Pet waste
  • Soiled aluminum foil
  • Clothing (donate these items)
  • Carpeting
  • Ceramic items
  • Drinking glasses
  • Mirrors/window glass/auto glass
  • Empty paint cans
  • Empty motor oil cans/containers
  • Rubber/latex items

Business Recycling Program

California Assembly Bill 341 mandates commercial recycling for businesses with 4 cubic yards or more of recyclable trash (effective July 1, 2012).

The City’s trash hauler, Waste Management, provides free business recycling as part of its agreement with the City.  Each year, Waste Management contracts with a consulting firm to conduct waste audits at several businesses.  During the waste audit, the consultant examines the contents of the trash to determine the amount of recyclables in the trash and to determine if a recycling program is feasible. 

If a recycling program is feasible, the consultant prepares a proposal that is submitted to the business informing it how much recycling was found in its trash.  The proposal explains that the business can save money on its trash bill by reducing the contents of its trash by adding recycling container(s). 

Below is a partial list of materials that can be collected as part of a business recycling program.

  • Newspapers/junk mail/magazines
  • Computer paper/white paper/mixed paper
  • Anything that tears
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Telephone books
  • Cereal boxes (liners removed)/other food boxes
  • Tissue/soda boxes
  • Plastic containers (labeled #1-7)
  • Plastic water/soda bottles
  • Plastic shopping bags (place bags inside each other to create a large bundle)
  • Glass jars/bottles
  • Wine/liquor bottles
  • Soda cans
  • Metal food/soup cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Pie tins