Reducing, reusing and recycling at home

Right now, the average person in Orange County creates approximately five pounds of waste per day. With more than 3 million residents in the county, that’s around 15 million pounds of solid waste per day!

Recycling does a lot to prevent your waste from ending up in the landfill, but it’s easy to do much more. Try our waste reduction and reuse tips, and accept the challenge to reduce your waste by 10% in 2010. It’s easier than you think.

Recycling Locator

The locator helps residents find locations to recycle just about anything – from beverage containers to local consignment shops for old clothes.

Reduce waste at home

Whether you own or rent, live in a house or an apartment complex, there’s a lot you can do to put less waste in our landfills. Here, you’ll find info, tips, and links galore.

Household Hazardous Waste

Things like old paint, computers, batteries, electronics, and fertilizers are too dangerous for the trash.


Backyard composting keeps food waste out of our landfills and provides you with rich compost that will enhance the soil – and the plants – in your garden!

Buying Green

While recycling is important, it’s just as important to buy products that are reusable or made from recycled materials. We call that “closing the loop.”

Family Activities

While you may be doing your part to reduce waste from ending up in the landfill, you can help your family and friends too! Here are ideas to get everyone involved.

Used Motor Oil

If you’re saving cash by changing your oil at home, you could be saving the Earth, too. Many local businesses will take in and recycle your used oil.


Three landfills provide space for the safe disposal of waste in Orange County.


Additional resources to reduce, reuse and recycle.