Solid Waste & Recycling

The City of Placentia and Republic Services strives to provide a wide range of solid waste services. Through a contract with the City, Republic Services provides weekly residential, commercial, and industrial refuse services. Additional services available to residents and business owners include: 

  • Bulky Item Collection - Large household items that cannot fit into containers, available for residential and commercial customers. Republic Services offers single-family residents three (3) FREE curbside bulky item collections per year (up to 10 items per pick up).  These services are available to multi-family residents and commercial customers for a fee of $51.13 per pick-up of two items. (Please note there is an added charge for pickup of air conditioners and refrigerators due to special handling requirements of Freon). 
  • Container Exchange - Containers that have graffiti, are damaged or worn out can be exchanged
  • Container Rentals - 3 to 30-yard rental containers are available for residential cleanups and construction debris removal
  • Extra Trash Service - Extra weekly pickups are available for a nominal fee

For these services or for further information, contact Republic Services Customer Service Department at 714-238-2444 or visit  Republic Services online resource to enter an Online Service Request.

Mandatory Commercial Recycling

In January 2012, Assembly Bill 341 (AB 341) was signed into law in California to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. AB 341, also called the “Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulation,” requires businesses and multi-family residential dwellings of five units or more, that generate four or more cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week to implement recycling programs, on or after July 1, 2012.  The goal is to divert 75% (previously 50%) of California’s waste stream away from the landfill and instead towards recycling by the year 2020. 

For more information, please visit, or to implement a recycling program with Republic Services, please contact Republic Services’ Recycling Coordinator, Cathy Nguyen at (714) 238-3342 or


Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

In October 2014, Assembly Bill (AB) 1826 was signed into law in California to help the state meet its goal to recycle 75 percent of its waste by 2020. AB 1826, also called the "Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Regulation," requires businesses, including multi-family buildings with five (5) or more units that generate a specific amount of organic waste per week (yard trimmings, food scraps, and food-soiled paper) to arrange for organics recycling and diversion services according to a tiered implementation schedule.  

Organics Recycling Timeline

  • April 1, 2016 - Businesses that generate eight or more cubic yards of organic waste shall arrange for organics collection service.
  • January 1, 2017 - Generators of four or more cubic yards of organic waste per week are subject to the organic waste diversion requirements.  
  • January 1, 2019 - Generators of four or more cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week are subject to the organic waste diversion requirements.
  • Fall 2020: After receipt of the 2019 annual reports submitted on August 1, 2020, CalRecycle shall conduct its formal review of all jurisdictions. 
  • Summer/Fall, 2021 – If CalRecycle determines that the statewide disposal of organic waste in 2020 has not been reduced by 50% of the level of 2014, the organic recycling requirements on businesses will expand to cover businesses that generate two or more cubic yards of solid waste per week. 

For more information, please visit, or to implement a recycling program with Republic Services, please contact Republic Services’ Recycling Coordinator, Cathy Nguyen at (714) 238-3342 or

Assembly Bill AB 827 – this Bill amended AB 341 and AB 1826

Effective July 1, 2020. MCR and MORe covered businesses must provide organics and recycling containers for customers to collect waste generated from products purchased and consumed on the premises (AB 827, McCarty). These containers must be placed adjacent to the trash and be visible, easily accessible, and clearly marked.  

AB 827 is intended to educate and involve consumers in achieving the state’s recycling goals by requiring businesses subject to MCR and/or MORe to make recycling and/or organic recycling bins available to customers. This law targets businesses that sell products meant for immediate consumption. AB 827 states that businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste must provide their customers with recycling containers that are visible, accessible, and adjacent to each trash container. Details on full-service restaurants versus other types of food establishments are included since full-service restaurants do not have to provide properly labeled containers for patrons but must provide properly labeled next to trash containers for employees to separate recyclables and organics for customers.

Click the link for more information on Customer Access to Recycling (AB 827). Examples of labels made by CalRecycle can be used for compliance.

Upcoming New State Requirements for Organic Waste 

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Description automatically generatedSenate Bill (SB) 1383 was signed into California law in 2016 as part of the state’s broader effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. SB 1383 requires the state to reduce organic waste disposal by 75% by 2025. Currently, organics comprise two-thirds of the waste disposed of in California landfills. Organic waste includes lawn and landscaping debris, wood and lumber, food, and fibers, such as paper and cardboard. The law also requires the state to increase edible food recovery by 20% by 2025. The goal of SB 1383 is to reduce methane emissions at landfills. Methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, is produced when organics break down in landfills. Landfills are the third-largest emitter of methane in the State of California. The SB 1383 regulations go into effect on January 1, 2022.

Meeting the requirements of SB 1383 will require the coordinated efforts of state and local governments, businesses, and residents. Planning is now underway across California to ensure that the needed programs and services are in place within the next year. These new requirements are going to change the way residents dispose of their solid waste and recyclables. Stay tuned for more information and upcoming changes to your trash and recycling services.

To learn more about SB 1383, please visit CalRecycle at or

Additional Resources

Please view the helpful links below to assist in your waste management needs: 

For More Information

In order to establish residential or commercial services or to report problems with service, please contact Republic Services at (714) 238-2444.

To report complaints that could not be resolved with Republic Services, please contact the City of Placentia’s Public Works Department at (714) 993-8148.