Residential Trash, Recycling, and Organics

Three-Bin Trash System 

Green bin: clean, recyclable materials such as paper, cardboard, aluminum, and glass - make sure they are empty and dry. You do not need to bag recyclables. 

Brown bin: yard waste and plant materials - SB1383 will require residents to also discard food waste into this bin. More updates will be provided when this service goes into effect. 

Black bin: all other regular waste materials - no Household Hazardous Waste (batteries, e-waste, wet paint, chemicals, etc.)Three-Bin


Process of collecting and processing materials to create new products. 

Materials that can be recycled: Plastic bottles and containers; Glass bottles and containers; Cardboard boxes; Aluminum beverage cans; Household containers; Paper; Cans and containers Half page recycling


Any material that is biodegradable coming from an animal or plant. 

*For now, place your food waste in your BLACK bin. In the future, you will put food waste in your BROWN bin with your yard waste, but more information on that will come at a later date. In the meantime, you can compost on your own. 

Materials that can be composted: Food Materials; Napkins; Tissues; Yard Waste; Tea Bags

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Hazardous Waste 

Hazardous materials: batteries; fluorescent light bulbs; industrial solvents; paint; pesticides; and herbicides 

You can dispose of your unused hazardous waste at one of the four Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities. For more information, visit Hazardous Waste

Important Information

SB 1383

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 50% from 2014 levels by 20220, and a 75% reduction by 2025. 

At this time, there is no change to the current bins and waste disposal process for Placentia multi-family residents. Eventually, food waste/scraps will be combined with the yard waste in your brown bin as a way of diverting food waste from the landfill. The City of Placentia is actively working with Republic Services to establish organics collection services. More information will be posted here when it becomes available.