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Waste Collection & Recycling

Solid Waste Handling Services

Residential and commercial solid waste handling services are provided by CR&R Incorporated, under a franchise agreement with the City. For more information, please contact CR&R Incorporated at (949) 625-6735 or LagunaWoods-Recycles@CRRMail.com.

Programs

Mandatory Commercial Recycling

The commercial sector generates nearly three-quarters of California’s waste, much of which is recyclable. The State of California’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law (Chesbro, Assembly Bill 341) requires businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of solid waste per week, and multi-family residential dwellings of five units or more, to arrange for recycling services. To make arrangements for recycling services, please contact CR&R Incorporated at (949) 625-6735 or LagunaWoods-Recycles@CRRMail.com.

Mandatory Organic Waste Recycling

Recyclable organic waste accounts for approximately 40 percent of the material Californians dispose of in landfills annually. The State of California’s Mandatory Organics Recycling Law (Chesbro, Assembly Bill 1826) requires businesses to arrange for recycling services for the following types of organic waste: food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, non-hazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper. Multi-family residential dwellings must also arrange for recycling services for the same types of organic waste as businesses, with the exception of food waste and food-soiled paper. To make arrangements for orange waste recycling services, please contact CR&R Incorporated at (949) 625-6735 or LagunaWoods-Recycles@CRRMail.com.

Deadlines for businesses and multi-family residential dwellings to make arrangements for organic waste recycling services vary by the amount and type of waste generated, as shown in the table below.

Deadline Subject Businesses/Multi-Family Residential Dwellings
April 1, 2016 Generators of eight of more cubic yards of organic waste per week
January 1, 2017 Generators of four or more cubic yards of organic waste per week
January 1, 2019 Generators of four or more cubic yards of solid waste per week
January 1, 20201 Generators of two or more cubic yards of solid waste per week

1 This deadline will only apply if the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (“CalRecycle”) determines that the statewide disposal of organic waste has not been reduced by 50 percent from 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I dispose of construction/demolition materials?
How can I dispose of motor oil or oil filters?

To locate a certified collection center for motor oil or oil filters, please call 1-800-CLEANUP (1-800-253-2687) or click here to visit the Earth911 website.

What holidays are observed for waste collection?

Waste collection does not occur on the holidays listed below. When a holiday falls on a weekday, collections will be delayed by one day each for the remainder of the week. If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there will be no delay in service and collection days will remain unchanged.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
Where can beverage containers with a California Redemption Value be redeemed?

Beverage containers with a California Refund Value (“CRV”) can be redeemed at certified recycling centers or certain retailers with a legal obligation to do so. The CRV redemption program is administered by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (“CalRecyle”).

Special Residential Waste Services

Home-generated sharps waste disposal, household hazardous waste collection, and medicine waste disposal services are provided by WM Curbside, Inc., under contract with the City. For more information, please click here to contact the City’s Planning & Environmental Services Department.

Programs

Home-Generated Sharps Waste Disposal

Did you know? State law makes it illegal to dispose of home-generated sharps waste in trash or recycling containers. Improperly disposed of sharps waste can also pollute the environment and harm those who sort and handle trash.

Laguna Woods residents are able to drop-off needles, lancets, and other home-generated sharps waste at City Hall during regular business hours. There is no charge for doing so. For everyone’s safety, residents must place sharps waste in a rigid and needle puncture-resistant container (e.g., laundry detergent bottles, soda bottles, or medical sharps containers) before leaving home. Loose materials cannot be accepted. For more information, please call City Hall at (949) 639-0500.

“Home-generated sharps waste” includes needles, lancets, and syringes used to deliver insulin or subcutaneous (“subQ”) fluids to your pets.

Household Battery Disposal

Laguna Woods residents are able to drop-off batteries used at home at City Hall during regular business hours. There is no charge for doing so. For more information, please call City Hall at (949) 639-0500.

Please note that the City is unable to accept vehicle batteries.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Laguna Woods residents are able to schedule door-to-door collections of household hazardous waste on an as-needed basis. There is no charge for doing so. WM Curbside, the City’s contract service provider, will collect materials that residents assemble from outside of their homes. To make arrangements for household hazardous waste collection, please call WM Curbside at (800) 449-7587

Personal Medication Disposal

Laguna Woods residents are able to drop-off medications at City Hall during regular business hours. There is no charge for doing so. For everyone’s safety, residents must place medications in a sealed container or bag before leaving home. For more information, please call City Hall at (949) 639-0500.

Please note that the City is unable to accept “trace chemotherapy waste” (as that term is defined in California Health & Safety Code Section 117690(b)(5)) or any substance that is illegal under federal or state law including, but not limited to, medical marijuana.

Edible Food Recovery Program

Assembly Bill 1276 Compliance Information

California Assembly Bill 1276 (Carrillo, Chapter 505, Statutes of 2021) took effect on January 1, 2022 and includes statewide requirements related to single-use foodware accessories and condiments. The statewide requirements apply to most restaurants, food trucks, catering operations, temporary food vendors, vending machines, and other food facilities that provide food for human consumption at the retail level.