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One Person Can Make A Difference!

According to the U.S. EPA, between 1960 and 2006, the amount of waste each person creates has almost doubled from 2.7 to 4.4 pounds per day. Increases in solid waste generation are the result of our individual consumption habits, coupled with a growing population. Trash isn’t cheap! The volume of waste generated and the frequency of waste services which are required for disposal is a constant cost burden, for private citizens and government alike. In addition, limits on available land and the environmental effects of landfills continue to be a concern, especially in high population areas like southern California.

Live by the mantra "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" and go-green today! Check out our tips for reducing your waste generation, and our programs and services that can help!

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Waste Reduction Tips

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  • Do you really need it? – Avoid unnecessary toys and gadgets. As a rule of thumb, wait a month. If you still want it, buy it. If you need another reason, spend the time looking for a better deal or rebate offers.
  • More packaging does not mean more product! – Buy products with less packaging. Manufacturers are more likely to switch their production habits if consumers show a preference for less packaging. Another example! Buy your groceries in bulk. If you're single, split bulk buys with your friends or family. If you haven’t tried it, download your music on-line. Avoid the waste of a CD and its packaging.
  • Don’t junk it…cancel it! – Remove your names from junk mail lists. Just think of the unopened mail you tossed in the last week. For more information on clearing your name or company from junk mail lists, please visit the Recycle Works or California Integrated Waste Management Board websites.

  • Send a message! – Avoid purchasing or using non-recycled plastic products in favor of earth friendly alternatives. By switching, you're flexing your consumer muscle and sending a message that product and packaging manufacturers are likely to hear.
  • Read labels! – Avoid toxic products and exposure by being a responsible shopper. For one, be careful of toxic household food storage containers and dishware. Avoid buying plastic storage containers, coffee mugs and other dishware that do not recommend microwaving, dishwashing or storing. It is likely they contain toxins, which will leach into your food or beverage during use. Find out more about recycled plastics.
  • Wake up with a hot cup of coffee! – Don't waste coffee containers and plastic bottles. If you regularly drink coffee, water or soda, invest in a quality reusable mug, thermos or bottle. Many coffee shops will give you a discount for using your coffee mugs, so they pay for themselves in time. Plus, your coffee will keep its temperature. If you’re a water or soda drinker, look into a sturdy re-useable bottle and filter water at home. You’ll likely improve your drinking water, and who needs to spend an extra buck or two, for a bottle, every time you want a drink?
  • When you shop… – Try to bring reusable bags to the store. This helps reduce the overall amount of packaging for everything you buy. You’ll help to save a tree or reduce the number of unrecyclable plastic bags floating along the roadside.

Did you know?_ Some cities are charging fees for plastic bags to encourage use of longer lasting alternatives. It may only be a matter of time before state or federal laws restrict their use all together.
  • Take what you’ll use – Decline excessive packaging, utensils, condiments, etc. when dining-out or shopping. Try using one napkin at lunch. You can always get another one.
  • Buy long-lasting quality – Whenever possible, limit your use of disposable products. Buy and enjoy the durable models instead.
  • Buy recycled products – If you need a new deck or furniture for the backyard, countertops in your kitchen or any number of products, look first for reconstituted or high-recycled content products. They are often more durable, maybe a little pricier, but they will usually last longer. Look for labels, or ask your sales representatives for advice. Check out our Additional Resources page to find more information sources for recycled products.
  • Buy long-lasting quality – Whenever possible, limit use of disposable products. Buy and enjoy the durable models instead.
  • Buy recycled products – If you need a new deck or furniture for the backyard, countertops in your kitchen or any number of products, look first for reconstituted or high-recycled content products. They are often more durable (maybe a little more pricey), but they will usually last longer. Look for labels, or ask your sales representative for advice. Check out our Additional Resources page to find more information sources for recycled products.

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Reuse...

  • What can we say? – Use recycled products and try to extend the life of those that you own. When purchasing, ask the salesman, read the packaging or go online to identify waste-responsible products/manufacturers. Visit your local antiques dealers and thrift shops for classic styles for less. Auto wrecking yards might also save you a bundle on a simple fix.
  • Why not? – Print and copy double-sided, whenever possible. If you haven’t done it, make the switch to recycled or high-PCW (Post Consumer Waste) paper. For most business or personal needs, you won’t even notice the difference.
  • Whether on a picnic or in the lunchroom… – Use reusable utensils, dishes and napkins or environmentally friendly alternatives, such as potato-starch dining ware. Avoid disposable plastics and Styrofoam.
  • Keep up with your maintenance – Proper maintenance can often renew the life of old equipment. Use your product manuals to replace filters, clean connections, etc. Following a maintenance routine will extend product life and save you money.
  • Shop the Internet – The internet is a great virtual marketplace for buying used.

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Recycle!

  • Recycling is easy! – Sort your trash, recyclables (plastics, cans, bottles), and green waste, and use your weekly curbside and special collection recycling services. When you’re out-and-about use public recycling bins whenever possible.
  • Use your artistic eye – Before you trash something, ask yourself, "Could this be something else?" Practically anything can be renewed for alternative function. There aren’t any rules. Have fun!!! Orange can get you started. Checkout the Additional Resources page for great ideas.
  • Try fixing it! – Sometimes things that are bound for the landfill just need a quick fix. There’s no reason you can’t be a jack-of-all-trades. Break out the tools! Who knows? You may enjoy it.
  • Can’t stand it? – Give it away to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill. Or, sell it through a consignment shop or yard sale. Just because you can’t stand it anymore, doesn’t mean someone else won’t love it.
  • Got a green thumb? – Use compost piles or mulch machines. Take advantage of the City's composting classes! If you produce more than you need, offer the excess to your neighbors. Who doesn’t want help reducing weeds?
  • No Litter…no dumping! – Trash is ugly, costs money and resources to collect, and could cause a fire, pollute your water or harm wildlife. Please don't litter or dump!
  • Dispose of hazardous wastes properly! – If you have old electronics (learn more about "E-waste”) batteries, tires, pharmaceuticals or any other form of hazardous waste, contact the city for proper disposal. Check out our City waste management programs that can help!

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Programs & Services

Routine Services

The City contracts with Waste Management Inc. to provide waste hauling services for Orange residents and businesses. To begin service, please contact CR&R Incorporated at (714) 372-8272.

  • Residential Curbside Collection – A weekly service for trash, recycle and yard debris supporting approximately 27,000 homes in the City.

Bulky Item Pick-Up

  • Single-family residence with curbside collection is also allowed free bulky item collection twice per year. Each bulk pick-up must be scheduled and may include up to four large items or 20 bags per pick-up. To arrange for a bulky item pick-up, please contact CR&R Incorporated at (714) 372-8272.
  • Multifamily complexes with bin service also have bulky item services. Schedule a pick-up with your property manager.

Holiday Services

  • Christmas Tree Pick-up – The City does offer Christmas tree collection during regular collection on the first two weeks following Christmas. Trees must be cleaned of tinsel, ornaments, and stands, and those larger than six feet must be cut in half.

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Waste Management Recycling Program

The City is actively promoting public and private waste reduction through a variety of policies and programs. Keep up to date with the latest news and waste practices. For additional information, please visit the City’s Solid Waste and Recycling page.

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Hazardous Waste Disposal Programs

Safe disposal of solid waste protects human health and the environment. Hazardous waste, such as electronics, batteries and tires, can be especially dangerous to drinking water. Through the collective guidance of the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) and the State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB), Orange protects the public health, safety and welfare of its citizens and the environment by following proper water quality and waste management practices pursuant to Title 14 and Title 27, as mandated by the Safe Water and Toxic Waste Enforcement Act of 1986.

One of the City’s primary goals is to provide a safe environment for our citizens. When it comes to waste management, Orange wants to insure that you have all of the support, tools and knowledge you require to be safe and to be green.

Did you know? It is illegal to dispose of "sharps" – needles, syringes and lancets. For public health and safety, it is no longer legal to dispose of these devices in your solid waste or recycle containers.

For your convenience, sharps disposal-by-mail kits are available at Walgreens and some Rite Aid drugstores. Larger kits are also available from CR&R Incorporated at (877) 728-0446. Additional information is also available from the Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal.

It is illegal to trash HAZARDOUS waste! Unfortunately, many people do not know what is hazardous in their home. For your assistance, Orange provides the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program, funded by California Integrated Waste Management Board and Orange County Waste Management. The program offers easy free curbside pick-up for all forms of household hazardous waste, including:

Unfortunately, many people do not know what is hazardous in their home. For your assistance, Orange provides the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program, funded by California Integrated Waste Management Board and Orange County Waste Management. The program offers for all forms of household hazardous waste, including:

  • Paint,
  • Solvents,
  • Lawn chemicals,
  • Used motor oil and filters,
  • Tires,
  • Batteries (car and household),
  • Non-controlled pharmaceuticals,
  • Electronics (all forms: cell phones, calculators, electronic toys, televisions, computers, monitors, VCRs, DVD, stereos, etc.), and
  • Florescent lamps, including CFL bulbs because of trace elements of Mercury.

If you are preparing to discard any of these items, please use the HHW program. You do not need to be home during collection. Simply make an appointment and notify the operator where you placed the prepared kit. You can schedule a pick-up by calling the toll-free hotline at (800) 449-7587 or locally at (714) 834-6752 or by registering on-line. If you prefer, you can drop your kit at the closest Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center, 1071 N. Blue Gum, Anaheim, anytime between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday. Facilities are closed on rainy days and for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays.

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Compost Classes

The City of Orange is always look for new and exciting ways to educate the public on responsible waste practices. Here is one of our favorites.

Did you know Orange is a proud co-sponsor of the award winning composting and vermaposting (worm composting) classes offered at the Fullerton Arboretum? If you haven’t yet taken advantage of this opportunity, visit the Fullerton Arboretum website or call 657-278-3407 for more information. The classes are free to residents of Orange, Fullerton, Santa Anna and Buena Park. Orange attendees will receive a voucher toward the purchase of a compost bin for only $20.

Waste Not Want Not! Start by becoming a "Smart Consumer," one who reduces unnecessary waste. Pitch-in... be a positive force in your community. Join the City of Orange in our effort to turn trash into treasure through active reuse and recycling.


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