Santa Ana continues to exceed the State of California’s recycling goals. In 1995, the first reporting year with a minimum goal of 25 percent, the City recorded 40 percent diversion. In the year 2000, with a minimum goal of 50 percent, the City reported 56 percent diversion. The most recent reporting year of 2010 shows 67 percent diversion.
The progress comes with the implementation of successful programs such as:
Residential Curbside Recycling
The City has a three-cart system where residents separate their materials into a 1) recyclables cart, 2) green waste cart, and 3) trash cart. Other programs implemented through our hauler, Waste Management, include two free bulky item pickups per year, where large items are picked up and recycled, and a Christmas tree recycling program.
Recycling services for multifamily complexes is provided with separate recycling bins, available through Waste Management.
Construction and Demolition Recycling
The City has two haulers, Waste Management and Ware Disposal, that provide recycling services for construction and demolition projects for residents and businesses.
Certified Recycling Centers
Several Certified Recycling Centers are located in the city where residents can take their bottles and cans to have them recycled, and receive cash back for doing so.
Used Motor Oil and Oil Filter Program
The California Integrated Waste Management Board provides the City with grant funding to bring used motor oil and filter recycling to residents. These items are picked up curbside by Waste Management if you live in a single-family home. Apartment and condominium residents can take their used motor oil to one of the 25 certified recycling centers in the city that will accept used motor oil for recycling. Find a location near you.
Universal Waste Program
Through a grant from the County of Orange, residents are provided collection of universal waste, such as electronics, batteries, and fluorescent tubes. These items are picked up curbside by WM Curbside if you live in a single-family home. Apartment residents can take their universal waste to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection centers located at the County landfills.
City Employee Battery Recycling
Employees recycle batteries from home and work to reduce the number of batteries going into landfills.
The City sponsors FREE composting workshops to Santa Ana residents through the Fullerton Arboretum. A $25 voucher is available to all who attend for the purchase of a compost bin from Ace Hardware at 117 West Commonwealth in Fullerton. Contact the Fullerton Arboretum at 657-278-3407 to learn more.
Household Hazardous Waste
The County of Orange offers FREE disposal for hazardous waste materials at locations throughout the County. To learn more call 714-834-6752.
The City sponsors a sharps recycling program. Those who require regular medical injections will have access to proper and safe disposal of their needles.
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, also known as CalRecycle, is working to promote tire recycling and the use of tire-derived products. It is CalRecycle’s goal to reduce the amount of tires that occupy California’s landfills by putting unwanted tires to use through its Green Roads program. Green Roads promotes the use of shredded or ground scrap tires in paving and construction projects, keeping old tires out of landfills and away from fields and alleyways. These recycled tires can be used as inexpensive backfill behind retaining walls, or as an asphalt additive with many benefits such as durability and noise reduction. Using recycled tires to build greener roads is not only good for the environment, it’s good for the bottom line. Check out CalRecycle’s website at www.PavingGreenRoads.com for information about the Green Roads campaign, recycling options and tire-derived products.
The City Buys Recycled!
In September of 2006, the Santa Ana City Council adopted a procurement policy that emphasizes the purchase of recycled goods. The adoption of this polity was important in closing the recycling loop—reduce-reuse-recycle--and is a big issue at the State level.
The City has a representative on the County of Orange Waste Management Commission and a representative on the County of Orange Recycling Coordinators group. These two groups assist cities in implementing their recycling programs and provide coordination with the Orange County Board of Supervisors.