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OC Waste & Recycling's 2019 Annual ReportView OCWR's new vision statement and the new directions, requirements and opportunities in response to industry-transforming organic waste diversion legislation. CLICK HERE to view 2019 Annual Report.
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News ImageDaily landfill cover operations in 34 secondsThat question “what happens to our trash” is often asked by kids. The answer is, it goes to one of Orange County’s three landfills, where OC Waste & Recycling employees safely bury and cover it in environmentally engineered areas six days per week.
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News ImageMemorial Day Closure - May 25, 2020OC Waste & Recycling is proud to honor our fallen heroes this upcoming Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 25. As families enjoy the long weekend with immediate family or take-on home projects, please continue to reduce waste and recycle right.

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News ImageInternational Compost Awareness Week: May 3-9, 2020Looking for a great activity to break up that stay-at-home boredom? Celebrate compost with us! Compost increases soil health, reduces methane emissions from landfills and decreases pesticide and chemical use. Here are some ways to learn about composting while getting the whole family involved:
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News ImageVirtual Landfill Tour Offers at Home Learning Opportunity for FamiliesWhile COVID-19 forced OC Waste & Recycling to cancel its free landfill tours for the time being, the staff has created a stunning virtual tour of Olinda Alpha Landfill in Brea. Even during this health crisis landfill operations continue as waste management is an essential public service. See the aerial footage of the operation and where your trash goes. Click to see the LANDFILL VIRTUAL TOUR
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News ImageCelebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!Looking for a fun way to pass time at home while celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day? Why not take the scraps, and a break, from all the recipes you’ve been testing and start a compost project with the kids? OC Waste & Recycling has teamed up with Discovery Cube OC to create an exciting and virtual way to learn how to protect our planet from the comfort of your own home.
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News ImageOCWR Strongly Recommends the Use of Face CoversNOTICE: In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and in conformance with guidance and recommendations from the California Department of Public Heath and Orange County Health officer, OCWR is requesting that face covers and appropriate social distancing be used by anyone entering County landfills or working directly with OCWR employees.
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News ImageDisposing of Personal Protective EquipmentAs we continue to wear disposable gloves and masks to protect ourselves, please remember to properly dispose of used protective equipment in the trash bin. Littering of waste can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health, including children who may not realize the items they are touching and can potentially be hazardous.
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News ImageSpring Has Sprung: The Benefits of CompostingSpring has sprung and April is National Garden Month. While we’re home and trying to occupy ourselves during our newfound free time, why not put a spin on traditional gardening and start composting in your home garden? Most of us have found ourselves cooking more and accumulating leftovers, which makes it the perfect time to reuse leftover food waste.
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News ImageOC Waste & Recycling: Service UpdateOrange County Landfills and Household Hazardous Waste Centers remain open during normal business hours. Materials Exchange Programs (MEPs) are closed until further notice in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We understand that many people are home and using this time to clean out their garages, cupboards, attics, etc. While spring cleaning is beneficial for everyone, proper waste disposal is just as important. Please remember that hazardous items need to be separated from your regular waste and taken to your nearby household hazardous waste collection center.

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News ImageCOVID-19 HotlineClick here to view information regarding the COVID-19 hotline.
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News ImageResidents Can Sign Up for Text Message Alerts Related to COVID-19 in Orange CountyEffective immediately, residents can sign up to receive text message updates related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Orange County, California. To opt-in for this service, text OCCOVID19 to 888777.
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News ImageThink Green While You Spring CleanIt’s the first day of spring and do you know what that means? It’s time for spring cleaning! If you’re looking for ways to declutter the house or be environmentally conscious while cleaning, check out this website for tips on how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle this spring.
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News ImageCustomer Calls to Waste ManagementDue to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic circumstances, Waste Management closed all Southern California customer service call centers effective March 17, 2020.
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News ImageMaterials Exchange Program Temporarily ClosedOC Waste & Recycling’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers (HHWCCs) will remain in operation for drop-off only of household hazardous waste. The Materials Exchange Programs, located at the HHWCCs, will be temporarily closed until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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News ImageWhat OCWR is Doing for Public and Employee HealthAs the concern about the COVID-19 outbreak spreads, additional guidance is being released by federal and local health authorities.
While all landfill operations continue uninterrupted, following all safety and health guidelines, OCWR is taking precautions in other areas of our department to keep employees healthy and help prevent illness in our workplace and the community.

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News ImageHappy National Pack Your Lunch Day!In honor of National Pack Your Lunch Day on March 10, OC Waste & Recycling would like to encourage you to be an environmental steward by packing a zero waste lunch. Using reusable containers and making your own condiments are just a few ways to help reduce waste.
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News ImageWhere do I recycle my bottles and cans in Orange County?Many large-scale recycling facilities across the country have been impacted by global factors tied to contamination issues and exportation of recyclable products overseas (mostly plastic and paper). At the same time, market values for recyclable commodities have plunged, contributing to the closure of many California beverage container recycling centers. The largest beverage container recycling in California, a company called RePlanet, closed all 281 of its locations in August 2019, leaving fewer redemption centers for Orange County residents. To learn more about these closures, please visit CalRecycle’s website here.
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News ImageCheck Out OCWR's EcoChallenge Activity Book!Looking for a fun activity to do with the kids? OC Waste & Recycling has teamed up with Discovery Cube OC to help promote the importance of recycling right.
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News ImageNational Battery DayHappy National Battery Day! Did you know batteries contain chemicals that are hazardous to the environment and can potentially cause fires when thrown in the trash? Because of these factors, proper disposal of batteries is imperative.
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News ImageShow a Little Love for the Earth This Valentine's DayLove is in the air and giving your loved one an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day gift is a great way to show them you care, while also caring about the earth. Earth911 has provided some great tips on how to be environmentally conscious on this special day.
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News ImageNational Pizza DaySunday is National Pizza Day, a day worthy of celebration! Did you know most of the pizza box can be recycled? Simply discard any leftover food and tear off any heavily greased cardboard before placing it in your recycle bin.
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News ImageWild Wing is Back! And This Time He’s Talking About the Benefits of CompostingWild Wing of the Anaheim Ducks is back “Talking Trash” and wants to educate you on the benefits of composting. Did you know composting organic waste can reduce trash disposal by 35 percent and improves the water capacity of soil, which can help you save money on your water bill?
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Wild Wing of the Anaheim Ducks is "Talking Trash"Wild Wing of the Anaheim Ducks is back at it and this time he is “talking trash” about battery disposal. Batteries contain chemicals that are hazardous to the environment and can potentially cause fires when thrown in the trash.
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News Image2019 Strategic Communications Unit Annual ReportOC Waste & Recycling (OCWR) is continuously looking for ways to expand educational outreach to Orange County residents. Thanks to the Strategic Communications Unit, programs and partnerships have been developed and fostered to provide education about the County’s waste and recycling resources.
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News ImageNew Year, New Mattress?Did you start off the year with a new mattress and don’t know what to do with the old one? Keep your New Year’s resolution of being more green, and recycle your old mattress in order to prevent it from being buried in the landfill.
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NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION pursuant to the CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT


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News ImageGoing Green in 2020See how you can make a Green Resolution!



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News ImageClosed New Year's DayHappy New Year from OC Waste & Recycling!
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News ImageOC Waste & Recycling Encourages Residents to Recycle Right in the New YearThe holidays have come and gone and many feel like they are in a “holi-daze” after all the commotion. This often leaves people with the looming question of “what now?” To help alleviate some of the post-holiday stress, we have some suggestions on how to recycle right and dispose of common holiday items no longer needed.
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News ImageHoliday Tree Pick-upResidents can properly dispose of their holiday tree by contacting their hauler.
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News ImagePreserving Citrus in CaliforniaDid you know California is the nation’s leading provider of fresh citrus fruit, like oranges, mandarins and lemons? Because we want to protect this valuable resource and never let anything go to waste, it is important to be aware of the current threat to California citrus.
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News ImageOCWR Holiday ScheduleHappy Holidays from OC Waste & Recycling! Please note that our landfills and Household Hazardous Waste Centers will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but will operate during normal business hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
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News ImageVisit the Discovery Cube This Holiday Season, For Free!Looking for something to do with the family during winter break? Why not discover the Science of Gingerbread and explore OC Waste & Recycling’s EcoChallenge exhibit at the Discovery Cube OC.
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OC Waste & Recycling Teams Up with Wild Wing of the Anaheim Ducks to Talk TrashDo you know what it takes to safely dispose of your household hazardous waste? To answer this question, OC Waste & Recycling has teamed up with Wild Wing of the Anaheim Ducks to help educate residents on ways to recycle right! Find out what to do with those old paint cans and batteries, and how to avoid contaminating your greenwaste and recyclables by watching these fun and informative videos.
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News ImageOrange County Landfills and Household Hazardous Waste Centers Closed on ThanksgivingOrange County landfills and Hazardous Waste Collection Centers are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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News ImageShow the Earth Gratitude this Thanksgiving by Recycling Right!Did you know about 200 million pounds of turkey are thrown away each year at Thanksgiving? As we work to preserve our natural resources, the County of Orange would like to encourage residents to recycle right this holiday season.
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News ImageRecycling Centers Close Throughout the State

With the closure of many recycling centers throughout the state, California residents have been wondering what to do with their bottles and cans.


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News ImageLet’s Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk AboutHere at OCWR we are continuously looking for ways to be more eek-o-friendly and with Halloween just around the corner, we found a great article that provides alternatives to passing out candy.
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News ImageHousehold Hazardous Waste Collection and Paper Shredding Event This Saturday!Join us this Saturday, October 19 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. alongside Supervisor Donald Wagner and The Paper Depot at our Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Paper Shredding Event. We will be collecting household hazardous waste and shredding confidential documents for FREE!
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News ImageJoin OC Waste & Recycling at the Irvine Global Village FestivalTo celebrate 18 years of community fun, the 2019 Irvine Global Village Festival will be one of the largest ones yet! The now two-day festival incorporates the best of Irvine's historic fall festival to offer more food, art, and music throughout an entire weekend at the Great Park.

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News ImageCheck Out OCWR’s New Recycling Tool!OC Waste & Recycling has launched a new website to help you Recycle Right. Visit OCRecycleGuide.com for an A-Z list of recycling options for Orange County Residents.
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NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATIONPUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING ABOUT THE PROPOSED BEE CANYON GREENERY COMPOSTING OPERATION

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT THE PROPOSED BEE CANYON GREENERY COMPOSTING OPERATION

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News ImageOC Waste & Recycling and OC Public Libraries Partner with the Los Angeles Angels to Promote Recycling and CompositingSANTA ANA, Calif. (Sept. 12, 2019) —On Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, OC Waste & Recycling, OC Public Libraries, City of Brea and Republic Services will be at the Brea Library educating and providing recycling and composting tips. The free education event will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon.

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News ImageJoin OC Waste & Recycling at the Annual Moon Festival Hosted by Supervisor Andrew DoIn a tradition dating back thousands of years, Orange County will celebrate the Moon Festival this Saturday, Sept. 14, with poetry, dance, and arts for children and families.
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News ImageOCWR Landfills Closed on Labor DayOCWR closed in observance of Labor Day holiday.
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News ImageOC Waste & Recycling’s Back-to-School GuideSummer is almost over, and school is right around the corner. In honor of National Back-to-School Month, we have put together a waste reduction back-to-school guide for you and your family. We know that you work hard to ensure your children have a great and productive year. When preparing your children for school this year, you can help them be good environmental stewards at the same time. Make sure to reuse and recycle as much as you can. Every little bit makes a difference in preserving our beautiful county and mother earth.
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News ImageFalcons Help Out at the LandfillOC Waste & Recycling operates three landfills in Orange County. Many environmental stewardship and protection programs are part of the landfill’s operations. One of the most interesting and unusual is the bird abatement program, which uses falcons to shoo away pesky seagulls that otherwise could carry trash off the landfill and onto beaches or neighborhoods. Sometimes the falcons don’t even have to be flying; the gulls spot them and simply stay away! Since OC’s landfills started the bird abatement program, the number of gulls seen daily has been reduced from thousands to a maximum of fewer than 30 per day.
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News ImageVisit OCWR at upcoming events!Stop by a booth at these events and receive an OCWR swag bag with free goodies while supplies last!
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News ImageReceive a Free Battery Bucket on National Drive-Thru Day!Drive-Thru service, believed to have originated in 1947 along Route 66, sure has changed since the days of roller skates and meal trays. Drive-thrus are now used at many businesses like pharmacies, banks, coffee shops, and even waste and recycling facilities. This iconic measure of convenience is observed annually on July 24, National Drive-Thru Day
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News ImageCelebrate July 4 with Red, White, Blue and GreenHonoring America’s birthday is a long-standing tradition that evokes and communicates national pride. Why not honor mother earth at the same time? Here are some tips on how to celebrate in style while keeping it green.
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News ImageStop by participating OC Public Libraries for a children's activity bookOCWR Educational activity books distributed to six OC Public Library locations.
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News ImageUpcycling Your Neighborhood LibraryUpcycling is a fun way to help the environment by reusing materials. It often consists of creative DIY projects. Upcycling can even help you start your own library in your neighborhood.
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News ImageHave You Ever Been a Wishcycler?Frequently we're faced with the dilemma of not knowing whether an item should be recycled. Wanting to help the environment, you place an item in the recycling bin without being certain it belongs there. This is called wishcycling.
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News ImageOCWR Receives Three NACo AwardsOCWR was recognized for their involvement in creating the Neighbor Support Portal, submitting an Organics Management Plan and aiding in the development of the OC Safety Application.
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News ImageOCWR Celebrates Earth Day at Viejo ElementaryWhat's the best way to influence parents to change their recycling habits? Influence their children!
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News ImageOC Waste & Recycling's 2018 Annual Report Coming Together For Change
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News ImageCelebrate Earth Day By Making Environmental-Friendly ChangesEarth Day is a great reminder to continuously protect our environment. Celebrate with these simple environmental changes you can make in your life.
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News ImageDrop-Off Unwanted Medications for National Take Back DayThe OC Health Care Agency encourages community members to drop-off expired, unused or unwanted medications on April 27th at numerous locations throughout Orange County for National Take Back Day.
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News ImageWorld Health Day a Great Reminder to Check Old MedicationOC Waste & Recycling encourages you to use World Health Day to check the status of your prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and properly dispose of those that are expired or unused.
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News ImageDon't Be (April) Fooled by Landfill MythsCelebrate April Fool's Day by testing your knowledge on Orange County landfills!
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NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A NEGATIVE DECLARATION NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A NEGATIVE DECLARATION pursuant to the CALIFORNIA ENVIORNMENTAL QUALITY ACT

Project: The proposed project would allow for the removal of vegetation by goats at the former 11.5-acre Gothard Street Landfill.
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News ImageCelebrate Global Recycling DayAlthough Global Recycling Day is celebrated on March 18th, we can celebrate the benefits of sustainability all year long. A great way to make a positive impact on the environment is to reduce, reuse and recycle.
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News ImageEco-Friendly Guide for St. Patrick's Day CelebrationsBefore you start planning your St. Patrick's Day celebrations, here are some tips to pair this year's festivities with some environmental-friendly practices.
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News ImageChecking Smoke Detectors Creates Safe HouseholdEvery Spring we turn our clocks forward for Daylight Savings but why not look forward to ensuring a hazard-free household by checking our smoke and carbon detectors as well? Regularly checking both devices can help create a safe household.
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News ImageQuick Guide for Disposing Light BulbsHave you ever wondered what to do with the dead light bulbs in your house? And did you know that there’s a different way to dispose of light bulbs depending on which one you use?
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News ImageBattery Recycling Helps Keep Waste Facility Workers SafeHave you ever found yourself asking what to do with old batteries? Sometimes batteries can pile up around the house after a new phone upgrade or when they just don't work anymore. Good news though, batteries can be recycled! By recycling batteries, it can not only help keep the environment safe but also your local waste facility employee.
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CR&R has advised OCWR that there will be no residential collection today, Tuesday, January 22, and that residential collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of this week, January 22-26.CR&R has advised OCWR that there will be no residential collection today, Tuesday, January 22, and that residential collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of this week, January 22-26. Cities effected are San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita and Rancho Mission Viejo. If you are a CR&R customer with questions, visit http://crrwasteservices.com/contact-us/
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Laguna Woods TV highlights benefits of Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for OC residentsDid you know that Orange County has four free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers servicing County residents? Watch our recent news segment on Laguna Woods TV to find out everything you need o know about proper and safe disposal.
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Public Notice: Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) Amendment to Report of Facility InformationFacility Name: Prima Deshecha Landfill - Solid Waste Facility Permit No. 30-AB-0019
Address: 32250 La Pata Ave., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 (see map below)
Date LEA Received Application: December 3, 2018
Date LEA Accepted Application: December 28, 2018
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Public Notice: OC Waste & Recycling 2018 Amendment to Report of Facility Information

Facility Name: Prima Deshecha Landfill
Address: 32250 Avenida La Pata, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Solid Waste Facility Permit No.: 30-AB-0019
Date LEA Received Application: December 3, 2018


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News ImageOrange County Christmas Tree Recycling

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News ImageYour Eco-Friendly Holiday Survival Guide

The holidays can be stressful. We travel near and far to be with family and loved ones, plan lavish meals and celebrations, and do everything we can to ensure we have the perfect gifts for the season. This is a lot to do while we continue to work, go to school and meet the demands of everyday life. The environment and our carbon footprint are generally the last things on our mind. But what if we could do both? Enjoy and celebrate the holidays while promoting sustainability and Eco-friendly practices.

This year we have you covered. Check out our Eco-friendly survival guide to making your holiday the best and the greenest yet!


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News ImageDecember 2018 WMC Meeting to be held at Discovery Cube OC
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News Image2018 EcoChallenge Day Collection Event Recap!
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News ImageEnjoy an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving this Year: Try these Upcycled Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas!


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News ImageMeet Landon and Phil!
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News ImageBack-to-School Waste Prevention Tips from OC Waste & Recycling
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News ImageProposed Addendum to Prima Deshecha Landfill CEQA document


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News ImageCelebrate National Drive-Thru Day!


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News ImageOC Landfills & Household Hazardous Waste Centers Closed on Fourth of July Holiday


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News ImageOC Waste & Recycling receives national award for excellence in landfill management
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News ImageWhen recycling, remember: empty, clean and dry
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News ImageOC Waste & Recycling and Supervisor Lisa Bartlett Celebrated Earth Day at the Landfill
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News ImageOC Waste & Recycling Receives Two Achievement Awards for Innovation
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News ImageCelebrate Earth Day at Prima Deshecha Landfill Open House

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News ImageCounty Awards $2.4 million in Grant Funds to Support Organics Recycling and Waste ReductionSanta Ana, Calif. (March 20, 2018)—The Orange County Board of Supervisors has voted to award a total of $2.4 million to six programs that target state recycling and waste reduction mandates. The County’s Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction Program requires recipients to sustain their grant-funded projects for a minimum of five years and fully sustain them for the final two years.

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News ImageWaste Management Commission Elects 2018 LeadersAt its December 2017 meeting, the Orange County Waste Management Commission elected Commissioner Rob Johnson to serve as Chairman for 2018. He was appointed to the Commission in 2015 and served as Vice Chair in 2017. Chairman Johnson was elected to serve the cities of the Second Supervisorial District in 2015 by the City Selection Committee. He also serves as Council Member for the City of Cypress.

The Commission also elected Commissioner Donald R. Froelich Vice Chair for 2018.He was appointed to the Commission in 2011 and has served as Chairman of the Renewable Technologies and Ad hoc Educational Outreach Committees.

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