Waste & Recycling in Placentia 

Weekly pick-ups are scheduled throughout Placentia neighborhoods using a three-bin system. 

  • Green bin: clean recyclable materials such as paper, cardboard, aluminum, and glass - make sure they are empty and dry, no need to bag recyclables
  • Brown bin: yard waste and plant materials - SB1383 requires food waste diversion, more updates will be provided when service goes into effect
  • Black bin: all other regular waste materials - no Household Hazardous Waste (batteries, e-waste, wet paint, chemicals, etc.)

To learn more about the County's Household Hazardous Waste Facilities, visit their website.

Republic Services (Placentia’s waste hauler) observes the following holidays:  New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.  If your pickup day falls on one of these holidays, it will be delayed by one day. For example, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 7, so your collection day that week will be delayed by one day, with Friday collections being collected on Saturday. Please see Republic Services' 2021-22 Holiday Schedule for detailed information. Visit Republic Services' website for more information.

Waste reduction/prevention is the most preferred approach to waste management. Waste has associated management costs; therefore, reducing waste will reduce total costs. View tips on reducing the amount of waste you produce.


Reusing items is a simple idea that "One person's trash is another person's treasure" and prevents materials from entering the waste stream.  

There are several ways to reuse items including:

  • Donating gently used items to organizations that can use them - and shopping at second-hand/thrift stores to reduce waste
    • Visit the nearest Goodwill location: 1101 E Imperial Hwy, Placentia, CA 92870
  • Organizing a toy or book exchange with friends
  • Opting for reusable items (grocery bags, water bottles, utensils, etc.) instead of disposable ones 

Reusing items is a simple act that saves money, energy, resources, and landfill space. View more information about reusing items.


Did you ever wonder what happens to recyclables once they are picked up? Take a virtual Recycling Center Tour here. What about trash that goes to the landfill? Take a glimpse of the County landfills here

Recycling is the practice of recovering used materials from the waste stream and incorporating those materials into the manufacturing process. View more information about recycling and explore CalRecycle's new I Recycle Smart website

For More Information

For more information about reducing, reusing, and recycling, contact the Public Works Department at (714) 993-8148.

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