Trash & Recycling

CR&R Incorporated provides trash and recyclables collection services in Lake Forest using a fleet of natural gas vehicles which will lower emissions and be more environmentally friendly, as well as new lightweight commercial recycling trucks reducing wear and tear on City streets. Lake Forest residents and businesses will continue to benefit from lower trash rates. Lake Forest residential and commercial ranked the 7th and the 5th lowest rate respectively among cities in Orange County.

Residents with questions can call the City's Public Works Department, visit CR&R's website, or contact their customer service at (949) 625-6735.

CR&R Services


Collection Day

  • Trash schedules will remain the same.
  • Carts should be placed at curbside no later than 6:30 a.m. on collection day.
  • Place carts side-by-side approximately 1' foot apart and at least 3' feet from any obstruction (e.g. fire hydrant/trees).
  • Place your carts with the handles and wheels facing away from the street.
  • Please remove your carts from the curbside area within 12 hours after service.
  • Items not in carts will not be collected.

Holiday Schedule

If the holiday falls on a day during the week, collection will follow one day behind.
  • New Years Day
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Container Information

 Residents may order the following size(s) of containers:
  • 35-gallon automated cart 28.50"H x 19.25" W x 24.25"D
  • 65-gallon automated cart 41.75"H x 24.25" W x 31.75"D
  • 95-gallon automated cart 43.25"H x 29.75" W x 35.25"D
If you generate more recyclables and green waste on a consistent basis you may order up to two (2) additional recyclables and two (2) green waste carts at no additional charge. Charges will apply for the 4th recycle or green waste cart. 

Household Hazardous Waste

CR&R will hold HHW collection events twice annually for the collection of items listed below as part of your regular service at no additional cost. Examples
:HHW Fact Sheet
  • Auto Fluids
  • Cleaning Products
  • Paint and Solvents
  • Pesticides/Herbicides
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Non-Empty Aerosol Cans

Bulky Items

CR&R will provide up to two (2) bulky item collections per calendar year. A bulky item consists of up to four (4) items per pick-up or up to 20 bundles or bags of green waste. The service is provided at no additional cost. In addition, you may schedule a free pick-up of pure recyclable materials such as flattened cardboard boxes or paper.

Common bulky items include:
  • Chairs
  • Couches
  • Desks
  • Excess Green Waste
  • Mattresses
  • Range
  • Sleeper Couches
  • Tables
  • Washer/Dryer

Electronic Waste (for a nominal fee)

  • Computer Peripherals
  • Computers/Laptops
  • Digital Cameras
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave Devices
  • Printers/Scanners
  • Televisions
  • VCRs/DVD Players

Universal Waste (for a nominal fee)

  • Batteries (Other than Automotive)
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Heat Lamps Containing Mercury
  • Thermostats Containing Mercury
Refrigerators and Appliances that contain Freon and other chemicals requiring special handling. CR&R will collect these items from your curbside for a nominal charge.

Special Services
Customers with disabilities may request pull-out service at no additional charge, proof of disability required.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas tree recycling will occur annually for a full two (2) weeks following December 25th. Leave your undecorated tree at the curb near your trash cans on your regular pick-up day. Be sure to remove all decorations such as ornaments, tinsel, lights, and the tree stand. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half.  Residents can also cut their trees and  place them in the green waste bin during or after holiday tree collection. Flocked trees will be collected but cannot be  recycled. For more information, visit

OC Waste & Recycling - Disposal Services

Sharps Disposal

 Types of Sharps
  • Hypodermic Needles
  • Pen Needles
  • Intravenous Needles
  • Lancets
  • Other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications

It is unlawful to dispose of sharps in your waste receptacles.  California Health and Safety Code require that all sharps waste be disposed of in an approved collection container.  Discarded needles may expose waste workers to potential needle stick injuries and risk of infection.  For information regarding proper disposal of sharps, visit the County of Orange’s website at

Medication Disposal

Types of Products
  • Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs
  • Pharmaceutical Over-the-Counter Medications
  • Pharmaceutical Veterinary Medications
It used to be a common practice to flush medications down the toilet.  However, due to the serious risks posed by pharmaceuticals, medications are considered Household Hazardous Waste and are prohibited by state law to be thrown away in the garbage.  For information regarding the proper disposal of medications, visit the County of Orange’s website at