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La Pata Gap Project Opens the Road to More Convenient Waste Management

August 13, 2016 – Not only does the completion of the historic La Pata Road gap project bring traffic relief to inland South Orange County, it also makes disposal of hazardous household items and bulky waste even easier for area residents.

The road features convenient off-ramps to the OC Waste & Recycling’s
Prima Deshecha Landfill site, which provides several services directly to the public:

  • Solid waste landfill disposal open to the public
  • Recyclable materials recovery (ideal for large or small construction projects)
  • Free drive-through household hazardous material collection, and
  • A free Materials Exchange Program (free used materials for home projects)

Residents can safely dispose of batteries, electronics, pesticides and more at Prima’s Hazardous Waste Collection Center (HHWCC), or stop by the Materials Exchange Program to pick up re-usable paints, cleaners and other household supplies. Last year, nearly 4,000 tons of hazardous materials were diverted from area landfills, drains and the ocean through the County’s four collection centers and events.

Got a big construction project coming up? Residents and businesses can discuss eco-friendly opportunities with construction contractors for repurposing project waste through the landfill’s on-site Recyclable Materials Recovery program. 

Via a route that cuts straight through the Prima Deshecha landfill, the all-new 2.27 mile, four-lane La Pata roadway extension provides a direct connection between San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch and neighboring communities.  The $126.5 million, multi-agency effort included excavation and relocation of approximately 800,000 cubic yards of refuse and moving approximately 13 million cubic yards of soil within the Landfill. 

Reflecting the environmental stewardship and excellence in engineering practices that characterize all three OC landfills, the Prima Deshecha site is home to a landfill gas-to-energy plant, 5.7 acres of wetlands, on-site regional trails with scenic ocean views, nature preserves for endangered wildlife and five large tunnels built to accommodate the safe passage of animals and county vehicles. 

“Easier access to landfill services that help keep our environment safe is another benefit of the La Pata Road project,” said Lisa Bartlett, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and Fifth District Supervisor.  “OC Waste & Recycling has been an important partner in the County’s largest roadway project ever, and the benefits of this partnership will continue now that the road is open.”

For landfill locations, hours of operation or to inquire about a tour, contact OC Waste & Recycling at or 714-834-4000.