Household Recycling Program

In July 2017, Park Disposal (EDCO) expanded its trash collection program to include green waste recycling. New trash cans including a 95 gallon grey trash and a 95 gallon green waste carts were issued to all single family homes automated curbside recycling program at no additional cost. The blue recycling trash can (max 65 gallon) will still be used.

The following items should be placed in the green waste cart:

  • grass clippings
  • brush
  • weeds
  • hedge trimmings
  • branches
  • leaves
  • palm fronds
  • wood-including untreated and non-lead based painted
Recycle Bins

The following items should be placed in the blue recycling cart:

  • recyclable plastics labeled 1 through 7
  • aluminum and steel cans (including empty aerosol cans)
  • glass bottles and jars
  • mixed paper (junk mail, magazines, cereal boxes, shredded paper, etc.)
  • cardboard
  • plastic water and soda bottles
  • telephone books

All other waste items should be placed in your gray waste containers, including: plastics not labeled with a number 1 through 7 and the recycle symbol; trash bags and plastic grocery bags; yard waste; pet or diaper waste; and food waste. Additional blue recycling carts are available at no additional cost and a smaller cart option is available upon request. For more information about the automated waste collection program, please visit or call Park Disposal at (714) 522-3577.

State of California - Recycling Regulations
In 1989, California adopted the Integrated Waste Management Act, also known as AB 939. This act established the California Integrated Waste Management Board (now known as CalRecycle), which required each jurisdiction to submit detailed solid waste planning documents for Board approval, set diversion requirements of 25% in 1995 and 50% in 2000, established a comprehensive statewide system of permitting, inspections, enforcement, and maintenance for solid waste facilities, and authorized local jurisdictions to impose fees based on the types or amounts of solid waste generated. In 2008, California amended the Integrated Waste Management Act (SB 1016) and established a new per capita disposal and goal measurement system, which moves the emphasis from an estimated diversion measurement number to using an actual disposal measurement number as a factor—expressed in pounds of waste generated per person per day—along with evaluating program implementation efforts. These two factors help determine each jurisdiction’s progress toward achieving its Integrated Waste Management Act (AB 939) diversion goals. La Palma’s 50% diversion mandate expressed in pounds per person per day is 5.1 PPD. Since the new measurement was introduced, La Palma has been well under that number: 3.9 PPD in 2007; 3.1 PPD in 2008; 3.5 PPD in 2009; 3.2 PPD in 2010; and an estimated measurement of 3.0 PPD for 2011.

Mandatory Commercial Recycling – AB 341

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 341 (AB 341) requiring the state of California to increase its diversion rate to 75 percent by 2020. 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, including public entities, generating four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week or a multifamily residential dwelling of five units 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, subscribe to a hauler(s), arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials, and/or subscribe to a recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that yields diversion results comparable to source separation. Visit the CalRecycle website for more information about the Mandatory Recycling Law. 

All businesses / commercial customers in La Palma are in compliance due to mixed waste processing provided by the hauler, EDCO. Please contact EDCO to sign up for recycling or find out about your recycling options for compliance.


Bottles and Cans
La Palma residents have several convenient options for recycling and redeeming CRV bottles and cans. The primary place to recycle these beverage containers is at a certified recycling center. There are approximately 2,000 certified recycling centers located throughout the state. To find the nearest location, please visit CalRecycle or call CalRecycle's toll-free hotline at 1-800-RECYCLE.

Residents that do not want to redeem their bottles and cans for cash, can simple place them in their blue recycling cart and the City's waste hauler will remove the recyclables.

Universal Waste (Batteries, Fluorescent Light Bulbs / Tubes, Electronic Devices & More)

The following universal wastes may NOT be placed out for curbside collection or disposed of in a bin / container meant for solid waste and MUST be disposed at a Recycling & Transfer Center:

  • Common Batteries – AA, AAA, D cells, C cells and button batteries (e.g. hearing aid batteries)
  • Fluorescent tubes and bulbs including mercury containing lamps
  • Electronic Devices – computer and television monitors, laptop computer, miscellaneous computer components, printers / scanners, fax machines, VCR's, radios, cell phones, telephones, radios and microwave ovens
  • Pilot Light Sensors – Mercury containing switches are found in some gas appliances such as stoves, ovens, clothes dryers, water heaters, furnaces and space heaters
  • Items containing Mercury – Gauges, thermometers, thermostats and switches Non-Empty aerosol cans that contain hazardous materials – cans that are labeled with TOXIC or FLAMMABLE that are not completely empty

Additionally, residents can still dispose of other household hazardous waste products at the Orange County Collection Center located at 1071 N. Blue Gum Street , Anaheim, near the junction of the 91 and 57 freeways. For more information regarding the County's program visit or call (714) 834-6752.


Sharps (Syringe/Needle) Disposal
State law prohibits the disposal of medical sharp waste (syringes, needles, and lancets) in the normal trash system. A curbside collection of sharp generated waste is now available. Residents can dispose of up to two gallons of sharps waste sealed in any hardy plastic container. The program, is provided free to residents through an on-call (curbside) program wherein residents schedule a pickup by calling Park Disposal directly at (714) 522-3577. Residents do not need to be home during the collection.

Further, residents can dispose of medical sharp waste, at one of the regional Orange County Collection Centers located at 1071 N. Blue Gum Street, Anaheim, near the junction of the 91 and 57 freeways. Place the sharp waste materials in a sturdy plastic container, preferably a designated bio-hazard medical waste container and bring the items to the collection center. For more information regarding the County's disposal program visit or call (714) 834-6752.

Pharmaceutical Waste 
The City now has a pharmaceutical collection/disposal box located inside City Hall at 7822 Walker Street, La Palma. The pharmaceutical collection box can accept all non-controlled pharmaceutical medicines, including expired or unneeded over-the-counter medications. The box is provided as a free service to La Palma residents so they can conveniently and properly dispose of these items. For more information about La Palma’s pharmaceutical disposal box, please call (714) 690-3337.


Household Waste (Paints, Oils, Cleaning Products, Carpet, etc.)

Residents can dispose of most household hazardous waste products at one of the regional household hazardous waste disposal sites sponsored by the County of Orange. The closest site is located at 1071 N. Blue Gum Street , Anaheim, near the junction of the 91 and 57 freeways.

Additional Hazardous Waste Collection Sites are located in Huntington Beach (17121 Nichols Street-Gate 6), Irvine (6411 Oak Canyon), and San Juan Capistrano (32250 La Pata Avenue).
For more information regarding the County's household hazardous waste disposal program, visit or call (714) 834-4000.

Effective in 2010, AB 2398 purpose is to increase the diversion and recycling of carpet in the State of California. The closest recycling facility to La Palma is Sunset Transfer Station (16122 Construction Circle West, Irvine, CA 92606). For information and hours about recycling carpet please call 949-654-1562 or visit

Used Oil Recycling

Do you change your car's motor oil? Did you know that State-certified used oil collection centers will take your used motor oil and will even pay you 40¢ a gallon? When you take your used oil to a certified center for recycling, you are protecting the environment, conserving a valuable resource, and getting paid for it. That's a winning combination! There is one catch. Certified collection center managers will not accept used motor oil that has been contaminated with other fluids such as antifreeze, solvents, gasoline, or water. So please, don't mix your used oil with anything.

If you change your own motor oil, you’re likely changing your oil filter at the same time. Take the last step and recycle the oil filter along with the used oil. Many used oil collection centers are now accepting oil filters from the public. Call ahead to find out if filters are accepted.

To find the closest used oil collection center, please visit the CalRecycle used oil recycling website or call 1-800-CLEANUP.