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Environmental Programs


Conservation of the Earth's natural resources is essential to protecting the environment for this and future generations.  To encourage residents and businesses to do their part to conserve our natural resources, Mission Viejo has provided a variety of information, resources, and tips to help you conserve.

Pollution Prevention

Why should you be concerned about pollution?  Because everything found in our streets and gutters will also end up in your neighborhood parks, along walking trails, in our creeks and lake, and eventually in the ocean.  Learn about the City's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program as well as what actions you can take to prevent pollution.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The City of Mission Viejo recognizes the importance of recycling, waste reduction, and reuse and has a wide variety of programs available for its residents.  Learn how you can reduce, reuse, recycle.

Residential Curbside Trash and Recycling Services

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 resident 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).

Compost Workshop

The City and Waste Management are hosting a free compost workshop for Mission Viejo residents.  The workshop will be held at Cordova Park on Saturday, April 13, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.  Registration for this event is limited and required.  Register at 949-470-3010 or greenmv@cityofmissionviejo.org.  Compost containers will be available to purchase at a discount for residents who register and attend the workshop.

Earth Day & Arbor Day Celebration

Join the City in celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day at Cordova Park.  Visit the Green Expo to learn about environmental programs offered by the City and exhibitors.  Volunteer to plant new landscape at the park.  Free hotdogs and ice cream while supplies last.  Parking will be available at Carl Hankey School and the Felipe Tennis Center parking lots.

For Green Expo information, contact Denise Matson at 949-470-3010 or greenmv@cityofmissionviejo.org.  Green Expo exhibitors must submit an application.

For information to volunteer to plant at the park, contact Jerry Hill at 949-470-3095 or publicservices@cityofmissionviejo.org.  All volunteers must submit an application and waiver prior to planting.


MV Life

Keep your finger on the pulse of City of Mission Viejo, CA with the free MV Life mobile app. The City of Mission Viejo has rolled out this special app to provide you with timely information about events, amenities, shopping, dining, and recreation so you can savor the good life in this picturesque South County city. Whether you are seeking family entertainment, cultural arts or activities for the young and young at heart, Mission Viejo has it all.

Download App https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.missionviejo
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