Residential Trash, Recycling, and Organics

Weekly pick-ups are scheduled throughout Placentia neighborhoods using a three-bin system, which is serviced by the City's franchise hauler, Republic Services.Three colored bins (recycling = green, yard waste = brown, trash = black) with materials that go into each cart. No household hazardous waste or bulky items.GREEN BIN = RECYCLING

  • All recyclables must be Empty. Clean. Dry.™
  • Keep recyclables loose; do not bag them.
  • Plastic bags cannot be recycled through the recycling cart so instead, take them to a participating local grocery store for diversion. To learn more about plastic bag (and film) recycling, please visit the Plastic Film Recycling website


  • What is "organics"? Any material that is biodegradable coming from an animal or plant.
  • To divert organics, you can learn about composting and perhaps implement it at your home! For more information, please visit the EPA Composting at Home webpage and UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County's webpage.


  • Single-family residents get 3 bulky item pick-ups (limit 10 items per pickup) per calendar year. Contact Republic Services at (714) 238-3300 to schedule.
  • No Household Hazardous Waste (batteries, e-waste, wet paint, chemicals, etc.). HHW can be taken to one of the 4 Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities where it will be responsibly disposed. For more information, visit the County or City's Hazardous Waste webpage.

State Recycling Law SB 1383, and Its Impact on Single-Family Residents

SB 1383 was implemented by the State to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California's economy by reducing organic waste disposal from 2014 to 2025 by 75%. It is the most aggressive waste reduction law to be adopted in California and requires everyone (residents and businesses) to divert organic materials from the landfill. SB 1383 requires the commingling of food and yard waste inside the brown bin. The City is working with Republic Services to implement this service so currently, there is no change in waste disposal. Changes are expected to go in effect Summer 2023. Any updates will be provided on this page.

Infographic showing hand disposing of burger inside brown organic waste cart. Republic Services truck is shown servicing neighborhood. Organic wste is used to create compost, energy and goes through anaerobic digestion. As a result, it reduces materials in the landfill as well as carbon (methane) emissions.

Below is a brief guide designed to assist residents with understanding SB 1383:

Single-family residents infographic

SB 1383 and Waste-Related Support

If you would like assistance with SB 1383 or any waste-related matters, please contact the City's Environmental Services Coordinator, Cathy Nguyen, at or (714) 993-8123.