Trash Disposal & Recycling

All residential and commercial trash collection is continuing to operate on a regular schedule. Collection may happen earlier or later than usual in some locations and can occur anytime between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Please be sure to set out residential containers before 7 a.m. on the regular day. 

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Rainbow Environmental Services provides a modern, automated waste collection and recycling program for residential customers with trash can service. The program is similar to those already in service throughout other Orange County cities. The program provides residents with three 95-gallon carts with the following color distinctions:

  • Blue cart for recycling
  • Brown cart for trash
  • Green cart for green waste and food waste
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Each 95-gallon cart holds the rough equivalent of three 32-gallon cans that residents have previously used. Smaller carts are available upon request, and additional green waste and recycling containers are also available for no additional charge. Additional trash containers are available for a one-time delivery fee of $75. Click cart service for more information.

10/4 Program - Large Item Pickup

For larger items, Rainbow provides 4 free collections per year where residents can put out up to 10 large items per collection. They call it the 10/4 Program. This collection system helps residents dispose of large items that don't fit in their normal carts and enables the City to comply with state waste diversion goals requiring a 50% reduction in waste disposed at landfills. Residents can call Rainbow Environmental Services at 714-847-3581 to schedule a pickup or click here for more information
Republic Services Large Item Pickup

Clean Trucks

As an added benefit, the collection vehicles run on clean burning compressed natural gas (CNG), which are much quieter than diesel powered trucks and produce much less pollution. For additional information please call Rainbow Environmental Services at 714-847-3581.

Related Information

Not sure what can be recycled? Click here for a complete list of recyclable and non-recyclable items and be sure your recyclables are empty, clean and dry before you recycle.

There is a great article on recycling facilities and their challenges from USA Today. Click here for the article.

Republic Services - Smart Phone App

smartphoneTo help schedule additional services such as bulky item disposal or replacement of damaged containers, Republic Services has developed the “With My Resource” smart phone app. You can download the "With My Resource" app at the App Store or Google Play or sign up online at


With the app, you can also report a missed pickup, and receive alerts from Republic Services. Whether you are a resident or a business, Mobile Bill Pay with My Resource is for you!

If your trash, recycling, or yard waste cart was not emptied on your trash collection day, please contact Republic Services within 24 hours of your collection day (including Saturday morning) at (714) 847-3581 to arrange for a make-up collection. Missed pickups are typically collected the next business day, depending on time of day that Republic Services was notified. Please leave the cart out at the curb so that it can be emptied.

Please remember to place carts for collection by 6:30 a.m. on your scheduled collection day. The three collection trucks can come at any time between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sometimes the trucks can run late and could arrive at your house past the time that you might normally see them there.

Franchise Agreements

City of Fountain Valley Franchise Agreement CON 06-28

Amendment No. 1 to CON 06-28

Amendment No. 2 to CON 06-28

Amendment No. 3 to CON 06-28