Two-Cart Waste Collection

Effective January 1, 2022, all California residences and businesses are required to separate organic waste from other trash and non-organic recyclables, and participate in an organic waste collection program. For more information on the legislation, visit the Irvine SB 1383 webpage.

The City of Irvine's organics/food waste recycling program for residents commenced April 1, 2023. This program includes new solid waste services to collect organic materials – including food waste – from all residential properties. If your residence has a two-cart collection system – which includes a trash cart and a recycling cart – see the information below. 


HOA Communities with two-cart collection have two options to comply with SB 1383:

  • Addition of a 3rd cart (organics waste cart) to each dwelling unit if storage and curbside space permits.
  • Communal/shared location(s) for a food waste-only collection program.

HOAS and/or their property management companies must notify WM or the City of their selected organic waste recycling program by or before June 30, 2023.

If your community has not selected an organic waste recycling program option yet, your waste rate will continue to remain the same for two-cart services. For the time being, continue to dispose of your food waste along with your regular trash. If you have input on a preferred program option, please reach out to your HOA. 

Cart Color System:

Maintaining your Kitchen Pail: 

For information on sorting your household waste, visit the Household Recycling page. If you have additional questions, please email or call the Irvine Recycle Hotline at 949-724-7669.

Downloadable Materials

Commercial Properties & Multi-Family Apartment Complexes Food Waste Recycling Poster (8.5x14")

New Organic Waste Recycling Information Flier (8.5x11'')

FAQ: Two-cart Residential Organics Recycling Program 

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Helpful Links

CalRecycle SB 1383

Waste Management Exclusive Hauler Agreement | Amendment to Agreement