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Trash and Recycling Services

Residential Curbside Trash and Recycling Programs

The City of Mission Viejo and its solid waste provider, Waste Management of Orange County, are dedicated to recycling and have developed a comprehensive curbside recycling program that is easy and convenient for the community.  In addition to the trash cart (blue lid), each single-family residence has a recycling cart (gray lid) for mixed recyclables and a green waste cart (green lid) for yard waste (the green waste cart may be excluded in certain areas).

Carts are offered in three sizes:  35, 64 and 96 gallons.  Additional carts are available through Waste Management.  There is no additional charge for recycling and green waste carts; however, there is a charge for additional trash carts.  For more information, contact Waste Management at 949-642-1191 or wmservice@wm.com or visit Waste Management's website.

Trash Cart (Blue Lid)

The following items should be placed in your trash cart:

Food waste/scraps
Bathroom tissues
Disposable diapers
Soiled paper towels and plates
Packing peanuts
Bubble wrap
Greasy pizza boxes
Pet waste
Soiled aluminum foil
Carpeting, foam padding
Ceramic items
Drinking glasses
Mirrors, window glass, auto glass
Empty paint cans
Empty motor oil cans and containers
Rubber/latex items

Mixed Recyclables Cart (Gray Lid)

Mission Viejo offers a curbside mixed recyclables program.  This means that all recyclables can be placed in the same container for collection.  The material is then delivered to Waste Management's material recovery facility where it is sorted by type.  The following is a list of recyclables that can be placed in the recycling cart.  Please lightly rinse food residue from containers prior to placing in the cart.

Newspapers, junk mail, magazines
Computer paper, white paper, mixed paper
Anything that tears
Cardboard (flattened)
Telephone books
Cereal boxes (liners removed) and other food boxes
Tissue and soda boxes
Plastic containers labeled #1-7
Plastic water and soda bottles
Plastic shopping bags (place bags inside each other to create one large bundle)

Glass jars and bottles
Wine and liquor bottles
Soda cans
Metal food and soup cans
Empty aerosol cans
Pie tins

Do NOT place the following items in your recycling cart—put these items in the trash cart (blue lid).

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

AnchorGreen/Yard Waste (Green Lid)

The following items should be placed in your green waste cart.  Place green waste loosely in the cart; do NOT use plastic bags:

Place in Green Cart Do NOT Place in Green Cart
Food waste/scraps
Leaves and weeds
Tree branches
Garden trimmings
Sawdust, wood chips, and small wood scraps
Plastic bags
Pet waste
Palm fronds
Tree stumps
Painted/treated wood

Note:  Green waste carts are available at no charge.  Cart size can also be changed.  Green waste service may not be available in all areas.  Contact Waste Management customer service at 949-642-1191 for more information.

AnchorBulky Item Collection

Mission Viejo’s trash hauler provides bulky item collection service to residents FREE of charge on their regular trash collection day.  With this service, residents may place up to five large items at the curb for collection three times per year at no additional charge.  Bulky waste includes furniture, appliances, electronic equipment, and other similar items.  Bulky waste does not include items such as car bodies and construction and demolition waste. 

To schedule a FREE bulky item pick up, please contact Waste Management at 949-642-1191.  Please schedule the collection service 48 hours in advance of trash day.

AnchorChristmas Tree Recycling

Mission Viejo's trash hauler collects and recycles Christmas trees for the first three weeks following Christmas (flocked Christmas trees will be collected but cannot be recycled).  This service is provided on the regular trash collection day.  Please follow these easy steps:

  • Remove all decorations including tinsel, lights, ornaments and stands
  • Cut trees taller than six feet (6') in half
  • Place the tree at the curb on your regular service day

For more information, contact Waste Management at 949-642-1191.


Bikeway Survey

The City of Mission Viejo is developing a Bikeway Master Plan to improve the cycling experience in our community and encourage more people to enjoy riding their bicycles. We are currently in the process of gathering information to understand current cycling trends and preferences in the City.

As part of this effort, beginning on November 8th and running through December 7th, we are seeking resident feedback via a short, online survey. The survey will be available on our website, in our newsletter, and via our social media sites. 

The online survey is available at https://tinyurl.com/missionviejobike, and those who participate will qualify for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Mission Viejo Bikeway