Organics Recycling Best Practices

Here are some reminders on how to make the organics recycling process easier, reduce bin odors and keep your community cleaner.

  • Click here to view/download a CR&R flyer for guidance on use of the organic carts (what is and isn’t considered organics recycling materials). 
  • Compostable bags are preferred for disposing of organic items, but paper bags and newspaper are acceptable.
  • For assistance locating your nearest organics cart, please click here to access an interactive map or click here to access a printable map. Do not move organic waste recycling carts from their intended locations, as carts will not be serviced in areas where they are not assigned. If you find a cart that has been moved, please email
  • Please do not place garden clippings in the organic recycling bins. The Village offers a weekly service to pick up your garden clippings. See below for more information.

Use Compostable Bags

Compostable bags can simplify the organics recycling process, help keep the appropriate bins cleaner and reduce odors emanating from the bins. Compostable bags degrade to humus (the organic component of soil, formed by the decomposition of leaves and other plant material by soil microorganisms), CO2 and water within 180 days when placed in a standard compost pile.

Simply dispose of your organic waste in a compostable bag and place the bag in your organics recycling bin within three days (an especially important step when disposing of high acidic/alkaline organic waste).

Organics Recycling Best Practices

  • Keep organic waste recycling carts in their intended locations. Carts will not be serviced in areas where they are not assigned. If you find a cart has been moved, please email
  • Use compostable bags (preferred), paper bags or newspaper to dispose of organic waste. Plastic bags are not accepted. Find various compostable bags at or
  • Close the lid to the organics carts completely after use to prevent rodent access.
  • Consider storing your organics in the freezer and disposing on Thursday, right before the Friday pickup, to minimize odors.
  • Garden clipping pickup: Email or call Resident Services at any time before noon on Thursday, and your garden waste will be picked up on Friday morning. Just provide your address. Place clippings or garden waste close to the curb, but not until Thursday evening. 
  • Visit to access an interactive or a printable map and locate your nearest organics cart.
  • Email CR&R at or call 949-625-6735 with trash, recycling and organics recycling questions, concerns or requests. 

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