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Recycle Fullerton - Collection Program (Residential)

Residential Collection (Republic Services)

For further information about the Used Oil Collection Program or any of the City's other recycling efforts, call: the Recycling Programs Coordinator (714) 738-6554.

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, 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. Please contact Republic Services (MG Disposal) to sign up for recycling or find out about your recycling options for compliance.

AB 1826

Recyclable organic waste accounts for about 40 percent of the material Californians dispose in landfills annually. In order for California to achieve its aggressive recycling and waste diversion goals it must recycle its organic waste. The Mandatory Organics Recycling Law (AB 1826) requires that businesses arrange for recycling services for the following types of organic waste: food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper. Multifamily complexes must arrange for recycling services for the same material with the exception of food waste and food-soiled paper. Most organic waste is recyclable through methods such as composting, mulching, and anaerobic digestion. Organic recycling services often accept a wide variety of different types of organic waste. The requirement to recycle organic waste can be met by taking one or any combination of the following actions, provided that the action is in compliance with local ordinances and requirements.

  1. Source-separate organic waste from other waste and subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that specifically includes collection and recycling of organic waste.
  2. Recycle organic waste on-site, or self-haul organic waste for organic recycling.
  3. Subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that includes mixed-waste processing that specifically recycles organic waste.
  4. Sell or donate the generated organic waste.

Businesses and multifamily complexes must start recycling organic waste by the following dates:
  • April 1, 2016 – generators of 8 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week;
  • January 1, 2017 – generators of 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week;
  • January 1, 2019 – generators of 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week;
  • January 1, 2020 – generators of 2 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week, if statewide disposal of organic waste is not decreased by half.
  • AB1826 Overview
  • Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling – CalRecycle

Construction and Demolition Diversion Requirements

California landfills are heavily impacted by over 4 million tons of C&D debris each year. By diverting C&D from landfills, it can help the City of Fullerton to achieve and maintain its diversion goals established by AB 939.

Effective January 1, 2011, CALGreen required the diversion of at least 50 percent of the construction waste generated during most "new construction" projects. Subsequent amendments have expanded upon what types of construction are covered. Please see this table to see what the current requirements are. Please remember, this does not represent a complete list of requirements, contact your local building department for more information. For more information on CALGreen, see CalRecycle’s website on CALGreen frequently asked questions.

CALGreen requires builders/owners to divert 65 percent of the waste from covered projects. This can be met through three methods:

  1. Develop and submit a waste management plan to the city’s enforcement agency which identifies materials and facilities to be used and document diversion. The plan should be developed before construction begins, and project managers should use the project’s planning phase to estimate materials that will be generated and identify diversion strategies for those materials.
  2. Use a waste management company, approved by the enforcing agency, that can document 65 percent diversion.
  3. Use the disposal reduction alternative, as appropriate for the type of project.

Household Hazardous Waste

Many common products that we use in our daily lives contain potentially hazardous ingredients and require special care when disposing of these products. It is illegal to dispose of hazardous waste in the garbage, down storm drains, or onto the ground. Chemicals in illegally or improperly disposed hazardous waste can be released into the environment and contaminate our air, water, and possibly the food we eat. And by throwing hazardous waste in the garbage, you can cause additional hazards to your garbage handler.

Regulations to protect public health and the environment have been changing. This is because we now know that some common items that have traditionally been thrown in your household's or small business' trash cannot be safely disposed in landfills (see Wastes Banned From the Trash for more information). Some of these common items are referred to as hazardous waste, such as paint, electronic devices (e-waste), and motor oil. Other household hazardous waste (HHW) items are in a subcategory called "universal waste" (e.g., batteries, compact flourescent lamps, and mercury-containing thermostats). All universal waste items were banned from the trash as of February 9, 2006.

Find Recycling Locations:

Earth 911: https://www.earth911.com

Facility Information Toolbox graphically displays the location and information about waste disposal and/or selected recycled materials processing and manufacturing activities in California and allows you to search by material type and region.

Recycling Websites

For other important recycling information, including locations of other recycling companies in the area, please check the following websites:




Revised:  ‎ 7/22/2019