Republic Services is the The City of Villa Park's trash and recycling hauler. Republic Services designed the Recycle Villa Park program with you in mind, and requires very little extra effort from residents. Each single-family residence receives three 96-gallon containers: a tan container for trash, a green container for recyclable items and a brown container for yard waste.

These specially designed containers are lightweight with built-in wheels for easy movement. The automated refuse system uses modern, robotic trucks to empty containers. For your convenience, all containers are collected the same day each week.

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New Organics Recycling Legislation!

California Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) was enacted to reduce the environmental impacts caused by the release of methane emissions from organic materials decomposing in landfills, as well as to increase statewide edible food recovery efforts beginning January 1, 2022. California landfills remain the third-largest source of methane emissions in the state, contributing to twenty percent of the state’s total methane emissions. Organic waste makes up half of Californians' total waste in landfills. Organic waste includes meat, bones, dairy, fruit and vegetable scraps, food-soiled paper such as napkins and paper towels, yard clippings, and more.

In December 2021, the Villa Park City Council adopted a mandatory recycling and organics collection ordinance to comply with the requirements of SB 1383. Under this ordinance and state law, all residential and commercial customers must subscribe to an organic waste collection program.

The City is in the process of working with Republic Services on an updated agreement to provide organic waste collection services to single-family homes in Villa Park. The revised agreement is expected to be presented before the City Council in 2022, and, if approved, implementation of the new organic waste collection program is anticipated to begin shortly after.

Commercial businesses and single-family residents should not change the way they dispose of their organic waste until they are notified by their respective waste hauler to do so. 

AB 1826

The AB 1826 Chesbro, signed by Governor Jerry Brown in October of 2014, requires businesses to recycle their organic waste depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. Organic waste includes food waste, green waste, and food-soiled paper waste mixed in with food waste. California deposits approximately thirty million tons of waste. This law is meant to utilize the thirty percent of the waste that can be used for compost or mulch, both being possible sources of renewable energy and fuel.

The mandatory commercial organics recycling has been in the process of being phased in statewide. The phase progression are as follows:

·         January 1, 2017: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.

·         August 1, 2017 and Ongoing: Jurisdictions shall provide information about their organic waste recycling program implementation in the annual report submitted to CalRecycle. (See above for description of information to be provided.)

·         Fall 2018: After receipt of the 2017 annual reports submitted on August 1, 2018, CalRecycle shall conduct its formal review of those jurisdictions that are on a two-year review cycle.

·         January 1, 2019: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.

·         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 percent of the level of disposal during 2014, the organic recycling requirements on businesses will expand to cover businesses that generate 2 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week. Additionally, certain exemptions may no longer be available if this target is not met.

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AB 341

The commercial sector generates nearly three fourths of the waste in California much of which is recyclable. 

The Mandatory Recycling Law (AB 341) states that businesses generating four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week or more shall arrange for recycling services starting July 1, 2012. Businesses can take one or any combination of the following to divert solid waste from disposal: self-haul, arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials, and/or subscribe to a recycling service that may include mixed waste processing to remove recyclable materials. 

Visit the CalRecycle website for more information about the Mandatory Recycling Law. Please contact Republic Services to sign up for recycling or find out about your recycling options for compliance.

Construction and Demolition

What are Construction & Demolition Materials?

• Brick • Drywall • Other Masonry • Cardboard • Green Waste

• Paper • Carpet • Lumber • Plastic • Concrete • Metals

All contractors or owner-builders applying for a permit are required to complete a project form and attest that only an authorized City agent will be used to haul debris and other solid waste generated by that project. A prompt, safe waste collection and disposal will keep your job sites running smoothly. Republic Services offers waste audits, cost analysis, program design, recycling and equipment specifications for projects of all sizes.

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Free Hazardous Waste Disposal

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients are considered household hazardous waste or HHW. Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.

Orange County residents can dispose of their Household Hazardous Waste items for
FREE at any of the County's four Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers.  Please note, the OC Hazardous Waste Collection Centers are not permitted to accept waste from businesses, churches, schools, non-profit organizations or government agencies, or from residents outside of Orange County. Additional HHW services may be available through your city.  Contact your city's recycling coordinator to find out other ways to dispose of your HHW items in your community.

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Food Waste vs. Wasted Food

 

Where food waste refers to things like a banana peel or the crust off a peanut butter and jelly

sandwich, wasted food takes on a different identity. Wasted food is wholesome, nutritious food

that isn’t spoiled, such as unsold food from stores and untouched prepared food or trimmings from restaurants, grocery stores, cafeterias or industrial processing. You can help prevent and divert food waste and wasted food from our local landfills by:

  • Making a smart grocery list: Reduce wasted food by making a grocery list, inventorying your cabinets and buying less.
  • Love your leftovers: Date leftovers and take them to work for a simple lunch.
  • Make it work: Use 'Kitchen Sink' recipes to use up what's left in your fridge.  
  • Composting: Start your own compost area at home with scraps and yard trimmings that can be added to a compost bin.

 

Abound Food Care

In October of 2014, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1826 requiring recycling of organic material from businesses beginning April 1, 2016.

Organic waste includes:

  • Food waste
  • Paper plates, napkins mixed with food waste
  • Landscape waste material, such as grass, leaves, and pruning waste
  • Untreated wood waste (treated wood waste is injected or coated with hazardous chemicals and is not suitable for composting)
  • Restaurants can reduce organic waste and trash disposal costs by donating edible food to food rescue and food banks to help reduce hunger. Instead of using up expensive shelf space for those items that just aren’t selling, but are perfectly edible, you can donate the food to make room for new items. 

Hunger is not new, but what is new is our ability to work together to end it in Orange County. Abound Food Care is a public/private partnership of the OC Health Care Agency, restaurants, food banks, and community leaders working together to facilitate the donation and distribution of surplus food to the needy. The City of Villa Park has partnered with Abound Food Care in asking our restaurants to divert food waste to its greatest good, feeding those that do not have enough to eat. Through Abound, non-residential food waste is picked up and donated to those in need. All that is required is that the donated food is handled and stored in a safe, sanitary manner, and maintained in the same manner as food sold to your customers. 

The City's goal is to have Abound Food Care and restaurants collaborate and reduce the amount of food thrown out. Abound Food Care is a win-win for the community. It helps restaurants reduce organic waste and trash disposal costs, provides food to those in need, and gives businesses a charitable giving opportunity for tax purposes.

For more information about Abound Food Care, visit their website at Home - Abound Food Care.

Donating edible food is a good way to demonstrate that you’re a money-wise and caring member of the community. In Orange County, food donation can also be achieved by contacting the Second Harvest Food Bank at www.feedingoc.org.