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Posted on: January 12, 2023

Do You Know Where It Goes? Clearing up Common Contaminants

Republic Services Trash Sort Contamination

Great job, Yorba Linda! Our environmental services partner, Republic Services, recently completed 2022’s route review and container inspections as required by Senate Bill 1383. The good news is that Yorba Linda residents and businesses are making great efforts to separate their trash, recycling, and organic waste appropriately.


With the new state-mandated requirements for organic recycling changing how we separate and dispose of our waste, it’s important to remember that this is a learning process for all of us! We asked Republic Services what the top contaminants in each bin are, and the results show that we all need a quick refresher on some common items that are ending up in the wrong cart:


Black Trash Bin contaminants

(FUTURE LID COLOR REMAIN BLACK)

green recycling bin contaminants

(FUTURE TRANSITION TO BLUE LIDS)

BROWN ORGANICS BIN CONTAMINANTS

(FUTURE TRANSITION TO GREEN LIDS)

CARDBOARD
(Goes in recycling bin)
PLASTIC BAGS
(Should go in trash bin)
ANIMAL FECES
(Should go in trash bin)
YARD WASTE
(Should go in organics bin)
FOOD SOILED PLASTICS/GLASS
(Be sure to clean!)
PLASTIC/COMPOSTABLE BAGS
(Should go in trash bin)


  • All recyclables (including cardboard) should be clean, dry, and unbagged. If using trash bags to store and transport recyclables, please dump the recyclables directly into the green recycling bin and then throw the bag into the black trash bin (or reuse it if clean).
  • Flexible plastics, like bubble wrap and plastic bags, can't be recycled and should go in the black trash bin.
  • Animal feces and compostable bags do not go in the brown organic recycling bin; throw them into the black trash bin! We realize this is counterintuitive, but these materials interrupt the processing of your yard & food waste.
  • Yes, cardboard is a recyclable material! Clean cardboard goes in your green recycling bin, and food-soiled cardboard (like pizza boxes) can go in the brown organics bin.


Please visit the City's waste and recycling services page or the Republic Services Yorba Linda website for more information on what goes where!


Thank you for your cooperation and recycling efforts, Yorba Linda! 

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