Prima Deshecha Landfill

COMMERCIAL AND PUBLIC DISPOSAL

32250 Avenida La Pata, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 (Exit Ave.La Pata at Prima Deshecha.)
Phone: 949-728-3040

HOURS OF OPERATION

Landfill Operating Hours

Monday through Saturday
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Commercial & General Public
Closed holidays
Fees

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center and Materials Exchange Program

Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(closed on major holidays and during rainy weather)
To confirm centers are open during rain events, call 714-834-4000.

DEBRIS PICK-UP

If you notice debris on streets near the landfill, please contact OC Public Works at 714-955-0200 or submit an electronic request here.

Click here to report a concern.

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MATERIALS RECOVERY FACILITY CLOSURE

Effective September 21, the CR&R Material Recovery Facility (MRF) previously located at the Prima Deshecha Landfill is closed. For information about other MRFs operated by CR&R, please contact the company directly at 1-877-728-0446 or visit http://crrwasteservices.com/

If you are permitted for a construction/demolition project, please contact the city that issued the permit for debris diversion requirements.

Visit http://www.oclandfills.com/recycling/cnd_program for further information about OC Waste & Recycling’s Construction & Demolition Program that may be required by OC Public Works/Planning. The site includes a link to approved construction and demolition facilities.

Public disposal at Prima will remain open as usual Monday thru Saturday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., with rates as follows:

  • Autos, passenger minivans, SUVs: $5
  • Pickup trucks, utility vans, cargo vans with less than 880 pounds: $20
  • Additional fee for hard-to-handle items longer than 6 feet (examples: pieces of wood, furniture, mattresses, etc.: $5
  • Per-ton fee for vehicles carrying more than 880 pounds: $59.05
  • Per-ton fee for vehicles carrying more than 880 pounds and including a hard-to-handle fee: $64.05

WASTE DISPOSAL AT PRIMA DESHECHA LANDFILL

The Prima Deshecha Landfill accepts public and commercial solid waste. Also, this location is host to one of the County's four free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers for residents of the county. For information on what can be brought to the collection center, check here. Business hazardous waste must be handled separately. Visit our business hazardous waste referral page for details.

There are certain special waste items that can be disposed specifically at this landfill location.

Special Waste Accepted at Prima Deshecha Landfill

Non-accepted Waste

  • Asbestos, batteries, chemicals
  • Mufflers, fuel tanks, brake linings, auto body shredder waste, fuels
  • Tires (Check with CalRecycle on proper tire disposal)
  • Paints, poisons, pesticides, contaminated soils
  • Body parts, medical waste, animal parts, radioactive material
  • Fuels, heavy metals, explosives, radioactive material
  • Liquid waste (with a moisture content of 50 percent or greater)
  • Nuisance dust

ABOUT PRIMA DESHECHA LANDFILL

Opened in 1976, the Prima Deshecha Landfill features 1,530 total acres, with 697 acres for waste disposal. The site averages approximately 1,400 tons per day, with a daily maximum permitted tonnage of 4,000. The Prima Deshecha site has a projected capacity to serve residents and businesses until approximately 2102. The Prima site is also home to a landfill gas-to-energy plant, which powers 7,500 homes and is managed by the Foristar Methane Group.

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SPECIAL FEATURES

The Prima Deshecha Landfill is a state-of-the-art, Class III municipal solid waste landfill. It features several environmental protection measures, including odor control systems, 5.7 acres of wetland, 175 acres of coastal sage scrub, 11 acres of riparian mitigation. Home to various species of threatened or endangered wildlife, the site preserves about 450 translocated individuals of endangered thread-leaved brodiaea. There are also onsite regional trails providing scenic ocean views and native habitat.

  • Segunda Deshecha habitat restoration (fact sheet)