Expanded Residential Recycling

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In 2016, the State of California adopted Senate Bill 1383, which requires all cities to reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills and improve the quality of recyclables headed for processing. The City of Newport Beach and its waste contractor, CR&R Environmental Services, are preparing to meet the new state mandates and implement other residential service improvements beginning in early 2022.  

Here's How the Changes will Affect Newport Beach Households

  • Phase 1: Mandatory Recycling Cart Separation - While more than 75% of Newport Beach households currently separate recyclables into blue-top carts, the practice has (until now) been voluntary. Under SB 1383, recycling will become mandatory for all households throughout the state beginning in 2022. This fall CR&R has been distributing blue-top recycling carts to the remaining Newport Beach residences that do not have them. Please plan to place all clean recyclables in the blue-top carts to further help your community and the environment.
  • Phase 2: Collection Route Improvements - The City is developing a new contract with CR&R to cover the expanded recycling program. The new contract, which is expected to be presented to the City Council for possible adoption in January 2022, proposes some collection route changes to increase efficiencies and reduce disruption to neighborhoods. If approved, the proposed route changes would reduce the total number of miles driven by collection trucks, reduce the total number of daily truck routes, decrease the number of left turns, and avoid high-traffic areas. This would reduce noise, traffic and air pollution from collection trucks. Some residents may have their collection days adjusted as a result, beginning around February 2022. The City and CR&R will notify residents in advance if your home will have trash and recycling collected on a different day of the week.
  • Phase 3: Yard Waste and Food (Organics) Recycling - SB1383 also mandates residential recycling of organic waste, which include grass clippings, yard waste, food and kitchen scraps, and food soiled paper. In early 2022, all Newport Beach households will receive a green-top cart for organic waste, as well as a two-gallon pail to collect organic materials in the kitchen. Please be on the lookout for green-top organic recycling carts, kitchen pails and organic recycling guides, which will be distributed after the holidays. The program is expected to collect more than 500 tons of organic materials a month, which would otherwise be sent to landfills, and convert it to high-quality compost. Because organic waste in landfills creates methane gas, the program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,200 tons every year. CR&R will use split-body trucks for alley collection on the Peninsula and Balboa Island and in Corona del Mar, which will reduce the need for additional truck trips by collecting recyclables and green waste at the same time.
  • Phase 4: Additional Charges for Extra Service - All households will be allowed one trash cart, up to two recycling carts, and one organics cart at no additional charge (trash collection fees are paid entirely by the City, and residents pay a recycling fee that offsets the City’s costs). Beginning in April 2022, any additional carts will be available for an extra charge, billed on a quarterly basis. Cart rollout service (where carts are moved to the street for collection by CR&R workers and returned empty) will also be available for an additional charge. Disabled residents will continue to receive cart rollout service for free with proof of disability. To help keep our streets and waterways clean, residents will be required to put all trash and recyclables in the proper carts without overfilling.

What Goes in the Carts?



  • Mixed Products (i.e. Plastic/Metal Combination)
  • Waxed Milk Cartons
  • Waxed Paper
  • Coated Materials
  • Ceramic/Pyrex
  • Mirrors
  • Safety Glass
  • Plate Glass
  • Pet Waste
  • Dairy Products
  • Paper Towels
  • Styrofoam
  • Non-Donatable Clothing
  • Palm Fronds
  • Plastic Bags


  • Metal
    • Empty Aerosol Cans
    • Aluminum Cans
    • Tin Cans
    • Food/Juice Cans
    • Empty Paint Cans
    • Aluminum Foil
  • Paper
    • Cardboard
    • Junk Mail
    • Magazines
    • Phone Books
    • Cereal/Cracker Boxes
    • Newspaper
    • Computer Paper & White Paper
    • Mixed Color Paper
  • Plastic
    • Drink Bottle
    • Detergent Containers
    • Water Bottles
    • Milk Containers

ORGANIC WASTE (Beginning February 2022):

  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Tree Branches
  • Plants & Weeds
  • Garden Trimmings
  • Sawdust
  • Food/Kitchen Scraps (meat, poultry, fish, fruit, vegetables)

KITCHEN FOOD SCRAP PAIL (Beginning February 2022)

The Kitchen Food Scrap Pail makes it easy for residents to collect food scraps in their kitchen before going into the green cart. Only food scraps that you would be able to dispose of in your green cart should go in the bin. Do not place pet waste in your food scrap pail. Place pet waste in the black-lid trash cart.

Compostable bags, newspaper or brown paper bags may be used to line the food scrap pail and may go into the organics cart with the food scraps. Compostable bags are available from local retailers. Other types of plastic bags should not be used to line the food scrap pail and are not allowed in the organics cart.


How to Place Materials in your Recycling Cart

Clean and dry recyclable items should be placed loose in your recycling cart. Do not bag your materials. Items will be sorted at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF).

Tips to Prevent Recycling

  • Rinse jars to remove food waste.
  • Empty liquids from bottles before placing them in your recycling cart.
  • Do not place organic material or food waste in your recycling cart.
  • Place plastic utensils, plastic bags and mixed products (containing paper/plastic or metal/plastic) in your black lid landfill cart.
  • Place pet waste in the black-lid trash cart.

Recycling Service Day

Your recycling service day will be on the same day as your trash collection. Some residents may have their collection days adjusted as a result, beginning around February 2022. The City and CR&R will notify residents in advance about any changes to home trash and recycling schedules.

If you have not yet received your new carts, would like to exchange cart sizes or have any questions about the program or your service, please contact our Customer Service Department at 949-625-6735.

Where to Place Your Carts on Collection Day

  1. The carts should be placed at the curbside no later than 6:30 a.m. on collection day and removed from the curbside within 12 hours after service.
  2. Place your carts with the handles and wheels facing your home.
  3. Place carts side-by-side approximately one foot apart and at least three feet from any obstruction (e.g., vehicles, fire hydrants, trees or mailboxes).
  4. Place all waste and recycling material in the carts. Break down cardboard boxes in your recycling cart to save space. CR&R will not pick up items left outside of the carts. Do not overfill the carts.
  5. If you have bulky items that need to be picked up or need additional carts on a regular basis, please call CR&R's customer service at 949-625-6735.

Special Cart Service Available for Residents with Disabilities

Residents with disabilities who need assistance placing their carts curbside each week can get free assistance upon request. Drivers will remove carts from your cart storage area and return emptied carts. Proof of disability and need will be required. If you do not meet the requirements for free cart pull-out service, you can request for-fee "valet" service by contacting CR&R's Customer Service for additional information and rates. The number to call is 877-728-0446.

Reschedule a Missed Pickup

Call CR&R at 949-625-6735 to report a missed pickup on the same day to arrange for a return pickup.

Learn More

Visit CR&R's website at www.crrwasteservices.com for more information about your recycling program and to opt-in to receive news and updates from CR&R.