Commercial Trash, Recycling, and Organics

The City of Orange's trash, recyclables, and organic waste are collected by CR&R Incorporated. For customer service, including establishing service, change of address, cart replacement, bulky item pickups, temporary bins, or missed pickups, call CR&R Incorporated Customer Care at (714) 372-8272.


View the Recycling Details (PDF) to find out what goes in each bin. If you do not have curbside collection, you may take recyclables to the Waste Management facility located at 2050 N. Glassell St. (corner of Glassell and Grove, between Taft and Lincoln).

The commercial sector generates nearly three-fourths of the waste in California much of which is recyclable. The Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law (AB 341) states that businesses, including public entities, generating four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week or a multifamily residential dwelling of five units or more shall arrange for recycling services starting July 1, 2012.

Businesses can take one or any combination of the following to divert solid waste from disposal: self-haul, subscribe to a hauler(s), arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials, or subscribe to a recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that yields diversion results comparable to source separation. Visit CalRecycle's website for more information about Mandatory Commercial Recycling (AB 341). Please contact CR&R at (714) 372-8272 to sign up for recycling or find out about your recycling options for compliance.

Businesses that generate more than 4 cubic yards of waste to provide their customers with recycling containers that are visible, accessible, and adjacent to each trash container. Click the link for more information on Customer Access to Recycling (AB 827). Examples of large and small labels made by CalRecycle can be used for compliance.

To find the nearest Beverage Container Recycling Center near you, please visit CalRecycle's website and type in your address in the search bar to locate a center.


The California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826) in 2014. This law requires all businesses and commercial centers that generate a certain amount of organic waste to develop a program to recycle that waste rather than sending it to a landfill. Organic waste includes food waste, vegetable trimmings, plate scrapings, spoiled food, and excess food inventory. The State regulations require that:

Businesses that generate four 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week shall arrange for ongoing organic waste recycling services by January 1, 2019.

For more information on our organics program please contact CR&R at (714) 372-8272. Additional information regarding details on the legislation can be found on CalRecycle's website.

Get Compliance Help

Once your business decides to implement a recycling program, CR&R's Sustainability Specialist can assist in the training of your employees. They’ll provide educational materials explaining the program in depth. One of the keys to a successful program is education, from ownership to management to staff.

CR&R also offers waste audits for businesses seeking to improve their current recycling and waste programs. A Sustainability Specialist will evaluate your waste stream from the inside out to achieve the most successful recycling program possible. For additional information, please call customer service at (714) 372-8272.

CalRecycle also offers their Climate Commercial Calculator to assists businesses with finding financial and environmental benefits of reducing waste generation and increasing recycling efforts.

Have Edible Food to Donate?

If you are interested in donating prepared or nonperishable food, contact the Waste Not OC Coalition. California law under SB:1383 Short-Lived Climate Pollutants requires food generators to participate in an edible food recovery program. This program is offered free of charge to Orange businesses.

Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Diversion

Materials generated from construction projects must be recycled to meet statuary obligations under various State legislation and California Green Building Codes, which require 65% of all debris to be diverted from the landfill. To meet reporting obligations, the City of Orange requires individuals pulling permits with construction and demolition debris to provide information on where the materials will be taken and the percentage of materials diverted from the landfill.

CR&R, the City’s waste hauler, provides complete recycling and reporting services to meet these C&D requirements. Please visit the CR&R website for more information or call (714) 372-8272. As a secondary option, the Building Division has a self-hauling reporting form available here, where applicants are responsible for reporting diversion.

Incentive Programs for Businesses and Manufacturers

The City of Orange is part of the Orange County Recycling Market Redevelopment Zone (OC RMDZ) which is administered by the City of Fullerton. In 1990, the State of California (State) adopted Senate Bill (SB 2310) to establish the Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) program. The purpose of SB 2310 was to simultaneously increase recycling and reinforce the State’s economic development infrastructure through the enhancement, attraction, retention, and expansion of business that manufacture products from recyclable materials. The RMDZ program encourages reuse and utilization of recycled and recyclable materials to create new businesses, expand existing businesses by diverting solid waste from landfills. Eligible businesses within an RMDZ may apply for low interest loans and receive free business-to-business product marketing.

Used Oil Certified Collection Centers

To properly dispose of your used motor oil at one of Orange's certified collection centers, search for the center nearest you at OC Health's website. It is a good idea to call the collection center to verify their hours and make sure they are able to accept your used oil. This program is funded by a grant from CalRecycle and administered by Orange County Health Care Agency. 

Trash, Recycling, and Organics Letter for Development

New development applications are required to provide a Trash, Recycling, and Organics (TRO) Estimate Form. This letter should outline the generation of trash, recyclables, and organics in cubic yards per week. Even if the generation is negligible please state so in the letter. Each of the three solid waste categories should be shown in cubic yards per week. A business that generates food is required to participate in an edible food recovery program.

Included in the letter should be an explanation of how each form of solid waste will be managed. This may include service through CR&R, self-haul, or organic diversion through food donations. This is a requirement for all City of Orange commercial and multifamily developments. For further information visit here.