Prima Deshecha Landfill


*Please note that we only ACCEPT waste from Orange County residents or businesses. Proof of address may be requested.

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


Landfill Operating Hours

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

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.


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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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

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

Visit 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


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


Opened in 1976, the Prima Deshecha Landfill features 1,530 total acres, with 697 acres for waste disposal. 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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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)