Environmental Programs News - Winter 2020



Promoting Environmental Awareness in the City of Irvine


Holiday Tree Recycling

Waste Management will collect and recycle Christmas trees, starting on December 26, for three (3) consecutive weeks at no additional charge. Trees will be collected at the curb and picked up by special flatbed truck or you may cut your tree and place the pieces in your green waste cart with the lid completely closed.

Multifamily residences without curbside service may take their trees to be recycled at no additional charge to:
Sunset Environmental
16122 Construction Circle West
Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trees will be accepted between December 26,
2020 through January 16, 2021 only. Please note
that trees will not be accepted on New Year’s Day.
Bring a driver’s license or utility bill to show
proof of Irvine residency.


Free Paper Shred Event

In partnership with the City of Irvine, Waste Management is hosting a free paper shredding event on Saturday, January 16 at the Lakeview Senior Center. Irvine residents can safely and securely dispose of up to five banker-size file boxes (dimensions 24 inches x 12 inches) at a mobile shredding unit on-site. Event is first come, first served and will end when truck capacity is reached. Due to COVID-19 there will be strict safety measures enforced, residents must wear a face mask and remain in their vehicle until attended to. Those customers who wish to watch their paper be shredded will need to pull off to a designated area on the side away from the truck and staff.

Saturday, January 16, 9 - 11 a.m.
Lakeview Senior Center
20 Lake Road, Irvine


Strategic Energy Plan & Community Choice Energy Updates

The City of Irvine developed a Strategic Energy Plan to outline actions the City can take to reduce energy consumption in municipal operations, and identify effective measures the Irvine community can implement to become energy efficient and responsibly manage energy resources.

The City of Irvine is leading the effort to launch the first Community Choice Energy (CCE) program in Orange County. The City has partnered with the Cities of Buena Park, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, and Lake Forest to form the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA), and may add other city partners in the coming months. CCE programs enable local government control over energy procurement to purchase power, set competitive rates, and collect revenue. The local utility will still maintain the electricity grid, deliver energy, and bill customers. OCPA will offer retail electricity to residents and businesses as an alternative to SCE, as well as energy and climate change related programs.  Customers will have choice over their retail electricity options and may return to SCE service at any time. More information on the Community Choice Energy initiative is available on our website.


      Turf Be Gone Workshop

Learn from Irvine Ranch Water District the steps to remove your lawn and replace it with a water-efficient garden.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This webinar workshop is on February 10 at 12 p.m. through Webex. In order to attend, you will need to create a free account at webex.com or via the Webex mobile app.


       Plastic Bag Recycling

Single use plastics such as grocery bags and plastic film can pose a serious environmental issue if not properly handled. Loose bags can be carried by the wind into storm drains and out to sea, while non-recycled bags can take decades to degrade if disposed of at landfills. As such, Waste Management and the City of Irvine strongly encourages reusable bags whenever possible. However, if you find yourself needing to dispose of plastic bags, there are recycling options. For the most environmentally sustainable method and highest recoverability rate, please return your plastic bags to a participating retail center for recycling. You can find your nearest drop-off location at plasticfilmrecycling.org. If placed in the recycling cart, please bundle plastic bags separately and keep all other recyclable items “loose” or unbagged. Please note that it is advised you return plastic bags directly to a retail center as plastic bags can break apart and degrade during mechanical processing at co-mingled recycling facilities. View additional tips regarding plastic pollution reduction.

bottles cans

Waste Management Bottle and Can Recycling Center In Irvine Remains Open

Waste Management Irvine Recycling Center is considered an essential service and will continue to operate with COVID-19 safe procedures at their normal hours

In partnership with Waste Management, Orange County Conservation Corps operates a “buy-back” Recycling Center in Irvine where the general public can redeem their bottles and cans for cash. As a nonprofit organization, the Recycling Center’s proceeds enhance and support their programs.

Green business

Support Irvine Green Business Program

The City of Irvine is offering a FREE Green Business Assistance Program, designed to help businesses operate sustainably and receive public recognition for their efforts. Becoming a Certified Green Business means implementing practices that reduce energy and water consumption, prevent pollution, diverts waste from landfills and assist staff in creating a cleaner, healthier environment for their employees.
Visit the Green Business program website to see which businesses are certified in the program, and nominate a business for certification by contacting environmental programs at: environmentalprograms@cityofirvine.org



Green Ribbon Environmental Committee

Next meeting will be on February 8.
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