Trash, Recycling, and Composting

Customer Service Regarding Waste Pick-Up

Waste Management of Orange Co. (949) 642-1191 or email lagunabeach@wm.com 

Reducing Waste in Your Backyard

Do you know that residential yard waste adds up to about 15-30 percent of what we send to our landfills in Orange County? Yet, leaves, grass and yard trimmings are valuable resources that we can easily recycle in our own backyards by composting and grass recycling. Also, planting water-wise gardens reduce waste and saves water and prevent urban runoff pollution.  When you practice these yard waste management techniques, you will conserve water, save money, and help preserve the environment. These simple practices do not take much time, and help you enjoy healthy and beautiful lawns and gardens.


2021 Free Composting Workshops 

The City of Laguna Beach and its solid waste contractor, Waste Management,  team up each year to host four free composting classes for residents.

Waste Management offers four composting workshops each year at no cost to Laguna Beach residents. The workshops will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on the following dates: 

June 5 and August 14 at Bluebird Park

September 18 at Bluebird Park

October 30 at Moulton Meadows Park 

For more information regarding the classes, contact the class instructor, Lisa Ryder at (310) 874-2499.  For other questions, please contact Liz Vazquez-Avila, City of Laguna Beach Public Works Department, at (949) 497-0344.  

Laguna Beach residents who attend the free composting class are eligible to enter a drawing to win a free composting bin!  

Two 20-minute instructional videos on composting are available. Click here to view easy guides to Backyard composting and Worm Composting.

Grass Recycling

Grass recycling is a simple and natural approach to lawn care. Clippings are left on the lawn after mowing to decompose quickly. That way you can save time, get a great lawn, and help the environment all at once. It will be helpful to follow these suggestions:

  • Only cut the top third of grass each time you mow.
  • Mow every 5-7 days during spring and summer.
  • Grasscycling only takes about half as long as bagging.
  • Mow your lawn when it is dry.
  • Only one inch of water is needed each week (including rainfall). Or about 10-20 minutes of watering for a healthy growth in the summer. Your lawn might require a little more or less water. A half-inch per week is enough for fall and spring. Water in the morning.
  • If you get run-off, that means you are watering too much.
  • Your lawn needs less fertilizer when you grasscycle. Your lawn naturally grows faster in the summer. If you still want to apply fertilizer, use the slow release kinds in fall and spring for a steady growth.
  • Consider buying a mulching mower when it is time for a new one.


Visit http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/organics for further information for composting.

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