Waste & Recycling in Placentia 

Weekly pick-ups are scheduled throughout Placentia neighborhoods using a three-bin system. The green bin is for clean recyclable materials such as paper, cardboard, aluminum, and glass. The brown bin is for yard waste and plant materials that can be composted. The black bin is for all other regular waste materials.

Learn more about different types of waste by selecting from the topics at the left.

Here is a checklist for What Goes Where.

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 2020-21 Holiday Schedule for detailed information.

Did you ever wonder what happens to waste and recycle material once it is picked up? Here is a video so you can see the process once the bins are emptied at your home or business. Visit their website for more information.

Here are some other videos showing aspects of the waste and recycling process:

Residential Recycling Video

Industrial Waste & Recycling

Life Cycle of Waste

Waste reduction/prevention is the 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: "One person's trash is another person's treasure." There are several ways to reuse items including:

  • Donating gently used items to organizations who can use them
  • Organizing a toy or book exchange with friends
  • Reusing grocery bags rather than tossing / recycling them
  • Utilizing a professional materials exchange

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


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.

For More Information

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

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