Trash & Recycling

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In 1991, the City of Cypress implemented a curb side recycling program. This program was started in response to state legislation which mandated all California cities and counties to divert 25% of trash generated by 1995 and 50% by 2000. Valley Vista Services of Orange County, the City's franchise trash hauler, picks up recycling containers in accordance with a recycling schedule. The following is a listing of items that are recyclable and and non-recyclable:

Black Cart - Trash Blue Cart - Recycling  Green Cart - Green Waste 
Bamboo  Aluminum trays and plates
Branches (less than 4ft. long and 4 inches in diameter)
Bagged pet waste & litter
Bleach bottles (#2 plastics)
Broken glass
Brown paper bags
Flower cuttings
Broken dishes  Can (metal food and drink cans)
Cactus  Cardboard boxes (corrugated)
Garden trimmings
Ceramic  Catalogues
Cereal liners
Cereal boxes (without liners)
Chip bags
Cigarette packages
House plants
Dirty or Soiled paper  Computer paper
Lawn clippings
Disposable diapers
Cream bottles
Drycleaner bags
Detergent boxes (laundry)
Egg cartons (Styrofoam)  Dish soap bottles (#2 plastic)
Empty motor oil & antifreeze containers
Egg cartons (paper)
Food waste  Envelopes
Tree Twig (less than 4 ft. long and 4 inches in diameter)
frozen food boxes Gift wrap (non-metallic)
Garden hoses
Glass bottles & jars & lids
Wood chips
Incandescent & halogen light bulbs only Juice bottles (#1 plastic)
Yard waste
(no fluorescent tubes or bulbs)  Junk mail
No palm fronds/Ivy/or Bamboo
Invasive plants
No plastic bags
Newspapers and fliers
No Rocks or Dirt
Juice cartons and boxes
Office paper
Milk cartons
Paint cans (empty)
Paper towel tubes
Photocopy paper
Palm fronds
Pizza boxes (clean)
Plastic bags
Plastic containers
Plastic bakery trays
Prescription bottles (empty)
Stretch wrap
Salad dressing bottles (rinsed)
Styrofoam & packing peanuts
Shampoo bottles (#1 & #2)
Tissue paper (Kleenex, etc.)
Shoe boxes
Toys (plastic)
Telephone books
Take-out containers
Tissue boxes
Wax & plastic-coated cardboard
Toilet paper tubes
Window glass
Tub container (#1-#7)
  Water Jugs

E-Waste and Other Hazardous Waste Disposal Options for Residents

Household Hazardous Waste should never be placed in Valley Vista Services Trash, Recycling, or Green Waste Carts. The County of Orange has four locations that collect hazardous and electronic waste. The closest to the City of Cypress is located in Huntington Beach at 17121 Nichols Street (at Rainbow Disposal, off Warner Ave. between Beach Blvd. and Gothard Street, use Gate 6). For more information call (714) 834-6752 or
For example but not limited to:
Abrasive Cleaners
Fluorescent tubes or bulbs
Motor Oil
Prescription Drugs
Transmission Fluid
Contaminated Carts will be tagged and not serviced.

The State of California recently adopted new laws to simplify the management of common hazardous wastes that are generated by a wide variety of the public and businesses, and pose a lower risk to people and the environment than otherhazardous wastes.

The following items should no longer placed in the trash, but taken to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for proper disposal:

  • Mercury Thermometer
  • Batteries (carbon-zinc and alkaline [AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt, rechargeable [nickel-cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium ion, and small sealed lead used in security system alarms, computers, and toy vehicles], Mercuric Oxide and Silver Oxide [button-type used in watches, calculators, and hearing aids])
  • Fluorescent Lamps (tubes and compact types)
  • Novelty items that contain batteries (singing greeting cards, flashing athletic shoes, jewelry)
  • Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs such as televisions, computer monitors)
  • Consumer Electronic Devices (flat-panel TVs and monitors, computers (CPUs), keyboards, cell and cordless phones, game consoles, stereos, microwaves, etc. - all items containing circuit boards). It is the responsibility of residents to remove or destroy any personal and valuable information from the hard drives. The County of Orange will be responsible for the proper disposal of these items but will not insure the security of information.

The hours of operations at the Centers are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Centers will continue to service households only, no business waste is accepted. Businesses are encouraged to call the State of California Department of Toxics and Substance Control at (800) 72TOXIC or visit the website at or the County of Orange Integrated Waste Management Department website at Residents may also contact the County of Orange at (714) 834-6752

hazardous_waste3Goodwill also offers a safe and easy way to dispose of your electronics, working or non-working. As, a state certified collector, Goodwill accepts and recycles all electronics. Computers, Printers, Keyboards, Cell phones, Televisions, Radios and more!

If the donated computers can be fixed, Goodwill collects and refurbishes the computers and peripheral equipment, then sells them at valuable prices. Complete systems and accessories are featured at Goodwill Computer Works in Santa Ana, 800-4GOODWILL.

Many common products that we use in our daily lives contain potentially hazardous ingredients and require special care when disposed of. It is illegal to dispose of hazardous waste in the garbage, down storm drains, or onto the ground. Chemicals in illegally 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.

The bottom line is that we must keep hazardous materials out of the trash by bringing them somewhere to be recycled or safely disposed such as a household hazardous waste collection facility. call the City of Cypress at (714) 229-6680.

Recycle Your Used Batteries - Cypress Residents Only

batteries2The City of Cypress is pleased to participating in a curbside battery recycling program. This program is designed so batteries that would otherwise be disposed of into the trash are collected for recycling.

Residents can dispose of the following batteries:

  • NiCad - rechargeable
  • Alkaline/Zinc/Carbon - one time use
  • Nickel Zinc - one time use
  • Silver Oxide - one time use (hearing aid, etc.)
  • Nickel Metal Hydride - rechargeable (used in cell phones)
  • Lithium Ion - rechargeable (used in computers, cell phones)
  • Mercury batteries
  • one time use (hearing aid, watches)

Used Oil Recycling Information

Used Oil Recycling Locations in Cypress

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) provides grant funding to support local government programs promoting used oil recycling. Take your used oil to one of the many CalRecycle Certified Used Oil Collection Centers throughout Orange County. All Certified Centers will accept uncontaminated used oil from the public absolutely FREE during normal business hours. Orange County Used Oil Recycling Program.

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