New Residents

Welcome to the Costa Mesa Sanitary District!


Standard Trash Service

The District collects residential trash from your curbside trash carts once per week. To find out when your trash day is and how trash is collected, please visit our Solid Waste Collection Day webpage. Your standard service includes the following trash carts:

  • Mixed Waste Carts: Up to two (2) 64-gallon Mixed Waste Carts (smaller carts are available upon request)mixed waste cart
    • Accepted items: plastics, glass, aluminum, tin, paper, cardboard, Styrofoam, and miscellaneous landfill waste
  • Organics Recycling Carts: Up to two (2) 64-gallon Organics Recycling Carts (smaller carts are available upon request)organics cart
    • Accpeted items: grass, leaves, weeds, prunings, flowers, small branches, fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, bread, dairy, coffee grounds/filters/tea bags, cooking fats/oils/grease, and compostable bags/products
    • Note: Some properties are exempt from the Organics Recycling Program if they lack sufficient space for Organics Recycling Carts and/or have minimal landscaping. For more information, click HERE.
 Two-Cart Recycling System Flyers:
  pdf English Flyer   pdf Spanish Flyer 
 two cart system flyer english 2020  two cart system flyer spanish 2020

Holiday Collection Schedule

There is no trash collection on the holidays listed below:holiday banner delayed

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independency Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Collection is delayed by one (1) day for the remainder of the week following the holiday. For example, if Monday is a holiday and Monday is your trash day, your trash will be collected on Tuesday. If Tuesday is your trash day, your trash will be collected on Wednesday, and so on.


Special Collection Programs

In addition to the weekly curbside collection services, District solid waste customers are eligible for the following special collection programs: 


Green Guide For Green Livinggreen guide updated 8 29 17

The Green Guide is a resource for residents that are looking to reduce waste, increase household recycling, and safely dispose of different types of waste. We encourage you to download the guide by clicking on the links below.


Questions or Requests?

If you have any trash related questions or requests, please use the following resources:

  • For service requests, such as reporting a missed pickup or requesting a large item pickup, please submit a request online.
  • To find answers to commonly asked questions, please visit our Solid Waste FAQs page.
  • If you're unable to find an answer to your question, please contact District staff at (949) 645-8400 during our business hours or email us.