Trash/Recycling & Bulk Pickups

Waste Management Trash & Recycling Information

Trash & recycling collection is included in our HOA's monthly assessments.  Do not contact Waste Management to open a new resident account.  Instead, read the following information below.

Trash & Recycling Pickup Schedules

Individual Trash & Recycling Toters:  For those residents who have the trash & recycling toters, trash & recycling collection is every Friday.  The toters must be set out by the street curb Friday morning (or Thursday night), and removed before the end of the day after pickup.  See where you can place your toters for pick-up

Trash & Recycling Dumpsters:  For those residents who use our trash & recycling dumpsters (which are mostly our stack condo residents), the trash and recycling dumpster collection is also every Friday (except for the Lago Norte dumpster which is every Tuesday and Friday).

Holiday Pickup Schedule

For the following holidays below, Waste Management will delay our pickup service to Saturday -- unless the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, in which case there is NO delay.  I.e., if there's a holiday during the week (it DOES NOT fall on a Saturday or Sunday) then the trash and/or recycling pickup day will be on the following day.

  • New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (4th of July), Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

Trash & Recycling Do's and Don'ts

Watch a 30-minute recorded video from our HOA townhall meeting with Waste Management in which they go over what's allowed and what's not in your trash and recycling toters and our HOA dumpsters:

In short:

  • DO NOT bag your recycling items when tossing them in the dumpster or toter. All recycling must be loose items in the dumpsters and toters. If bagged, WM will assess our HOA a "contamination" fee.
  • DO NOT toss trash into the recycling dumpsters and toters, or else WM will assess our HOA a "contamination" fee
  • Plastic containers & items with the recycling triangle symbol #1-7 are acceptable in recycling
  • Make sure your plastic containers and other items are clean and dry. Clean off any food material in the containers.
  • Do not place plastic bags in recycling -- including grocery & produce bags, ziplock bags, and plastic shopping bags, which interfere with WM's sorting machines
  • Do not toss packing materials into recycling such as styrofoam inserts/popcorn, polystyrene foam inserts, and bubble wrap
  • FLATTEN all cardboard boxes(!!) before tossing them in the recycling dumpsters. If left whole, it will fill up our dumpsters more quickly and add to our trash costs with WM assessing our HOA with “overage” fees.
Read more about our HOA trash & recyling rules

Help us by following these guidelines for disposing of your trash & recycling.  Failure to follow these guidelines will result in Waste Management assessing "contamination" fees to our HOA, which drives up our trash collection costs for ALL homeowners!

Do not use our dumpsters for renovation projects and personal businesses

Do not dispose of any contruction debris from a renovation project such as old sinks, toilets, appliances, cabinets, large boxes, wood, and drywall.  Instead see Renting a Temporary Dumpster for more information.

Also, do not use our trash & recycling dumpsters for your a personal business, such as construction debris, old auto parts, and commercial food boxes.  Instead, you may use an offsite location or other appropriate disposal location.  Go to to find a disposal location near RSJ

Trash/recycling from renovation projects and personal businesses fills up our dumpsters more quickly and drives up our trash expense for all homeowners. 

Still unsure what's allowed in the trash and recycling bins?

Visit these helpful resources:

Request New Toter Service or a Different Size/Replacement Toter


Requesting a Different Size Trash or Recycling Toter Or a Replacement Toter

RSJ residents who currently are using trash & recycling toters may contact WM to request a different size toter or a replacement toter. 

Toters come in 3 sizes:  32 gallon, 64 gallon, and 96 gallon  (View larger size image here)

Follow these steps to make your request:

  1. Call WM's Customer Service at 949-642-1191 Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

  2. Wait for a live WM representative and tell the representative your townhome address++ so that they can look up your sub-account that exists under our HOA's main account, which is Customer ID 24-29202-23001.
  3. Tell the representative you would like to exchange one or both of your toters for a different size, or that you need to replace one of your toters for a new one.
  4. Follow the representative's instructions to leave out your old toter(s) on the specific day mentioned by the representative.  Please leave your old toters at your usual location for trash & recycling pickups so that the WM driver can locate them.

++ A few stack units who also opted to use toters, instead of the dumpsters may call WM to request a different size or replacement toter.


Requesting New Trash & Recycling Toter Service

Any RSJ homeowner who currently use our trash & recycling dumpsters may switch over and use individual trash & recycling toters.

If you are a homeowner and would like to switch from using the dumpsters to your own trash & recycling toters, visit our Request New Waste Management Toter Service webpage.


Food/Organic Waste Program  New!

As part of the city of Irvine's compliance with CA Senate Bill 1383 in which residents are to separate their food and organic waste from the trash for composting, Waste Management has placed food/organic waste barrels in the following dumpster enclosures:

  • Arboles: dumpster enclosure #4
  • Cerrito: dumpster enclosure #18
  • Lago Sud: dumpster enclosure #9
  • Palos: dumpster enclosure #6
  • Verde: dumpster enclosure #23

Click here to view larger map version


NOTE: Food waste may be collected at home in a clear or see through plastic bag – such as a grocery store produce bag – before disposing the bag in a WM food/organic waste barrel.

DO NOT toss trash or recycling items in the WM organic waste barrel, or else our HOA will get assessed a contamination fee, which will further drive up our HOA's trash expense!


Learn More: How To Dispose Of Your Food & Organic Waste


Request a FREE Kitchen Food Waste Pail

The city of Irvine has provided RSJ residents a Kitchen Food Waste Pail at no charge to help you separate your food scraps from your trash at home.


For More Information and Questions


How to Dispose of Household Hazardous & Electronic Waste

DO NOT dispose of hazardous and electronic waste in the trash & recycling toters and dumpsters!  Otherwise, Waste Management will assess our HOA a "contamination" fee, which will drive up our trash expense for all homeowners.

RSJ residents can drop off household hazardous waste (maximum 15 gallons and/or 125 lbs) per vehicle and electronic waste at Waste Management's Household Hazardous Collection Site at:

Household hazardous items that are accepted:

  • Batteries; paints; garden chemicals; household cleaning chemicals; automotive products such as motor oil, waxes and antifreeze; computers, TVs and other electronics; light bulbs including fluorescent bulbs; "sharps" including syringes, needles and lancets; mercury containing products such as thermometers and thermostats
Electronic items that are accepted:

  • TVs, computer monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, circuit boards, lamps, clocks, flashlights, calculators, phones (including cell phones), answering machines, digital/video cameras, radios, VCRs, DVD players, MP3 and CD players

FREE Bulk Item Pickups by Waste Management

Waste Management will pick up bulk items at no charge, such as:

  • Old appliances, mattresses, furniture, leftover wood from remodeling projects, electronics (e.g., old TVs, computers, and printers), and large amounts of flattened cardboard boxes

READ THIS FIRST:  Requirements for certain bulk items

  • Mattresses:  Mattresses must be wrapped in plastic or placed inside a large plastic bag, which can be purchased at a local hardware store.  See mattress bags on and
  • Auto parts and construction debris are not accepted:  Auto parts such as hoods, tires, rims, bumpers, and truck campers, and debris such as drywall, concrete, and tile are not accepted.
  • Hazardous waste is also not accepted:  See How to Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste
  • Green waste: Green waste such as tree debris must be broken down into stacked piles no bigger than 4 feet by 2 feet.  Each stacked pile must be bound together with twine or tape.
  • Glass and mirrors:  All glass and mirrors must be taped in an “X” shape across as well as covered in cardboard to prevent it from shattering.

Stack Unit and Townhome Residents Who Use the DUMPSTERS:

Stack unit residents (and townhome residents without toters) may submit a request via the online form below for Waste Management to pick up their bulk item, which is scheduled once-a-month.

The deadline to submit your request is the last Monday of each month. WM will schedule the pick-up on the second or third Saturday of the following month.

Townhome Residents Who Use the Trash/Recycling TOTERS:

Townhome residents who use the green individual toters may call Waste Management to schedule a free bulk pickup from their driveway -- up to 3 scheduled pick-ups each year.  Each scheduled pick-up may include up to 4 individual bulk items.

If you are a TOWNHOME resident WITH TOTER SERVICE, follow these steps to request a free bulk pick-up:

  1. Call WM's Customer Service at 949-642-1191 Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

  2. Wait for a live WM representative, then tell the representative that you would like to schedule a bulk pickup at your townhome.
  3. Give the representative your townhome's street address so that they can look up your sub-account that exists under our HOA's main account, Customer ID 24-29202-23001.
  4. Follow the representative's instructions.  Note that you must provide the representative a list of the bulk items you wish to be picked up (up to 4 items) -- e.g., refrigerator (or other appliance), TV, computer, etc.  Any item that's not specified ahead of time to Waste Management will not be picked up.
  5. Either the night before or the morning of your scheduled pick-up, place your bulk items at the end of your townhome driveway, next to the curb.  Affix a piece of paper on the bulk item(s) with the words "WASTE MANAGEMENT BULK PICKUP".

Other Ways to Dispose of Bulk Items

Paid "Junk Removal" Services

There are paid "junk removal" services available in which most will assist a resident with moving large or heavy "junk" items from your home and haul them away for a fee.  Once such company is 1-800-GOT-JUNK.

Note:  The Rancho San Joaquin HOA and its Board of Directors make no promises, warranties, or representations as to 1-800-GOT-JUNK; disclaims all warranties, express or implied with 1-800-GOT-JUNK; and disclaims any liability or responsibility for acts, omissions, or conduct of any party in connection with 1-800-GOT-JUNK.

Donate to a Charitable Organization

For bulk items such as appliances and furniture that are in good condition, you may donate these items to a local charity.  Here are a couple of options:

Surfboard Donations

Waste Management does not accept surfboards for bulk pickup due to the material that they're made of.

However, view these locations for surfboard donations/recycling, which is sponsored by

Free "Recycle From Home" Mobile Redemption Program

Recycle From Home formed a partnership with the City of Irvine in which they are an authorized mobile recycling service providing Irvine residents a way to redeem their CA CRV recyclables without leaving the comfort of their home.

They make it easy to recycle right from your driveway or doorstep -- no more loading up the car with boxes or bags of cans and bottles in search for a redemption center.


Recycle From Home provides collection bags and bar code tracking labels to you to sort your CA CRV aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles. Just schedule a pickup online and put your items out for their driver to pick up and you’re done! They will handle the rest.

For more information and to sign up, visit their website at

Renting a Temporary Dumpster for Renovation Projects

Renovation debris, such as old toilets, cabinets, sinks, drywall, wood MUST NOT be disposed in our trash & recycling dumpsters.

Instead homeowners may rent a temporary dumpster from Waste Management to dispose of debris from their planned renovation work.  Go to to learn more

Note that homeowners must contact our HOA Property Manager to prearrange a suitable location to temporarily park the dumpster while the renovation work takes place.

Otherwise, homeowners may transport their construction debris to a nearby trash disposal location.  Go to to find a disposal location near RSJ

Toter Assistance for Seniors and Disabled Residents

Waste Management offers a free "walk-out" service for qualifying elderly & disabled residents who have the individual toters and need assistance to roll out their toters for pickup.

For those toter residents who qualify, the Waste Management truck driver will help a senior or disabled resident by rolling out their toters to and from the curb for collection.

To apply for this free service, visit WM's Irvine residential web page and scroll down to "Some Helpful Resources" at the bottom and click on Irvine Walk Out Application Form.