Trash Guidelines from Waste Management:

Waste Management provides three carts for automated collection of trash, recyclables and green waste.  Carts are available in three sizes: 35 gallons, 64 gallons and 96 gallons.  Trash, recyclables and greenwaste are picked up Monday. What Goes In Your Carts?

Trash Cart (Maroon Cart)

Disposable diapers
Drinking glasses
Pet-soiled paper
Window glass
Pet waste
Auto glass
Soiled/greasy paper plates or pizza boxes
Paint cans (empty)
Waxed and coated paper
Oil cans (empty)
Aluminum foil
Rubber/latex items
Microwave dinner trays
Plastic bags (grocery or dry cleaner)
Butter tubs
Potting containers
Foam padding
Steel items
Palm fronds

Mixed Recyclables Cart (Gray Cart)

Please rinse food residue from containers and flatten cardboard boxes.  All recyclables may be placed in the recycling cart together. Please set out your recycling cart only when it is full, and ensure the cart lid is able to be completely closed.

Aluminum/tin cans Coupons
Empty aerosol cans Cardboard/12-pack soda boxes
Pie tins Cereal boxes (plastic lining removed)
Cardboard egg cartons Tissue boxes
Computer/white paper Glass bottles/jars
Milk jugs Liquor bottles
Plastic containers labeled #1 - #7 Laundry detergent boxes/bottles
Juice bottles Junk mail/magazines/phone books

DO NOT place the items listed below in your recycling cart - put these items in the TRASH cart!

Disposable diapers Window glass
Pet-soiled paper Auto glass
Pet waste Mirrors
Aluminum foil Paint cans (empty)
Clothing Oil cans (empty)
Foam padding Rubber/latex items
Carpeting Plastic bags (grocery or dry cleaner)
Ceramics Styrofoam
Drinking glasses Toys
Soiled/greasy plates, napkins or pizza boxes Steel items

Greenwaste Cart (Green Cart)

Please do not place greenwaste in plastic bags.

Lawn clippings
Garden trimmings
Leaves and weeds Sawdust, wood chips and small
Tree branches and shrubs wood scraps

DO NOT place the items listed below in your greenwaste cart - put these items in the TRASH cart!

Plastic bags
Pet waste Tree stumps
Palm fronds Painted wood
Soil Treated wood

Note: Additional trash, recycling and greenwaste carts are available.  Cart size can also be changed.   Contact customer service at (714) 558-7761 for more information.

Cart Service Reminders:
  • Place all waste in the appropriate container and close the lid.  Do no overfill the cart!
  • Roll carts into the street and place them against the curb, handles facing your home. Place carts at least two feet apart from other carts and objects - it is recommended that you park cars at least six feet from the carts on collection day.

Bulky Item Collection

For items that are too large to fit into the trash cart, residents may request the free pick up of household bulky goods two times per year.  WM will retrieve up to four large items such as furniture, appliances or up to 20 plastic bags of refuse or bundles of yard waste (less than 50 pounds each) for each request.  Advance notice is required. To schedule a free bulky goods pick up, please contact Waste Management at (714) 558-7761. Additional pick ups are available for a nominal fee.

Note: Due to state environmental laws, we are unable to accept TVs or computer monitors as bulky items. See below

Temporary Bin and Roll-Off Service

Please contact Waste Management at (714) 558-7761 for information on sizes and rates for temp dumpster or bin service.

Disposal of Used Motor Oil

Before you change your oil, contact Waste Management at (714) 558-7761 to request a free oil container and oil filter bag to be delivered to your home.  Once you receive these materials, remove the oil filter from your car and drain it well for at least 24 hours - once it is drained, place it in the plastic bag.  Drain the oil from your car into the plastic container.  Secure it to avoid spillage.  Call Waste Management to schedule a pick up for your next regular refuse collection day - on the pick-up day, please place the container with the oil and the bag with the filter at the curb.  We will pick the items up and leave a clean container and bag to use for your next oil change.

Note: call early Friday for Monday pickup. They can't schedule a pickup Friday afternoon or Saturday.

Christmas Tree Recycling

WM will collect and recycle Christmas trees for the first three weeks following Christmas on your regular collection day. Trees taller than four feet must be cut in half. Please remove all decoration including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands. Place the tree at the curb. Flocked trees will be collected but cannot be recycled.

Household Hazardous Waste and eWaste

Household hazardous waste like old paint and cleaning products can't be discarded in your trash cans. It's bad for the environment and against the law. Car batteries are especially bad for land fills because of the lead they're made with. The same goes for computers, electronic equipment, computer monitors and televisions. There are several solutions for disposal of these items. See below to schedule a pickup at your home.

You can take most items to:

Anaheim Regional HHWCCrrr
1071 N. Blue Gum Street
Anaheim, CA
(located between the 91 and 57 freeways on the corner of La Palma and Blue Gum)
Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. closed on rainy days

You can also take tv's and electronic waste to (maps & details)
Sunset Environmental Transfer Station
16122 Construction Circle West
Irvine, CA  92606
(714) 558-7761 or (800) 596-7444 or
Monday - Saturday, 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Orange Transfer Station
2050 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA  92865
(714) 558-7761 or (800) 596-7444
Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The WM transfer locations accept:

  • yard waste
  • furniture
  • trash
  • construction debris
  • televisions, monitors and other e-waste
  • appliances - including those containing refrigerant

There's no charge for televisions, most other material is charged $48/ton with a $40.39 minimum. Construction debris is charged $58/ton. Neither location can accept:

  • used oil
  • batteries
  • paint
  • chemicals
  • medical waste
  • hazardous waste

Here's another hazardous waste program you may not be aware of. Waste Management At Your Door will come to your home by appointment and pick up a wide variety of electronics and waste. Here's the list. Their arrangement with the City is that they'll come out up to three times per year per resident.

Please make it worth their while, talk to your neighbors and get your waste together before calling. They'll take car batteries and old cell phones and mercury switches and microwaves, things that don't belong in landfills. No paint or liquids though. They recycle precious metals from electronics too. Got an old 386 PC in your garage? They'll get something out of it. You can call 800-449-7587 or 714 223 3937 email or fill out the form on their website. Their appointments are typically two weeks from when you contact them, so plan ahead.

Every year WSNA organizes a Dumster Day in early March where 7 large construction dumpsters are brought to our neighborhood on Saturday morning for your use between 8AM and Noon. It's a great way to get rid of old fencing, concrete, building materials, tree limbs, and stuff that didn't sell at your last garage sale. The timing of DD is usually the weekend after the Spring Santa Ana garage sale weekend. The City mails a flier to every home in Washington-Square and the WSNA membership letter is usually piggybacked with it.

Don't know what to expect at our dumpster day? Watch one 2009's dumpsters fill up for inspiration


Trash Day

In Washington Square, our trash day is Monday. The holiday schedule is:New Year's Day
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day When the holiday falls on a weekday, collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week. If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there will be NO delays. . Waste Management is the City of Santa Ana's contractor for trash pickup. Their office is located at 1800 South Grand Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705 You can contact customer service center via email or by phone at (714) 558-7761. The customer service center is open Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.