Costa Mesa Sanitary District to Host Town Hall Meetings for New Waste Collection System

Beginning August 2024, Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) will host town hall meetings to share more about the District’s upcoming three-cart waste collection system rollout. The meetings will take place on the following dates:

  • August 7, 2024 at 6 p.m. – CMSD Headquarters (290 Paularino Ave., Costa Mesa)
  • August 10, 2024 at 9 a.m. – CMSD Headquarters (290 Paularino Ave., Costa Mesa)
  • October 2, 2024 at 6 p.m. – Norma Hertzog Community Center (1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa)
  • October 5, 2024 at 9 a.m. – Norma Hertzog Community Center (1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa)

Customers are encouraged to attend to learn how the new system will affect them and how they can properly sort their waste. Attendees will also have the opportunity to receive personal guidance on implementing waste-sorting practices. The town hall meetings on August 7 and 10 will be livestreamed on YouTube.

This new system is the result of California Senate Bill (SB) 1383, a statewide effort to combat climate change. This law requires all jurisdictions with a two-cart system to transition to a three-cart system if their waste is not processed at a high-diversion facility. CMSD’s new system ensures that the District meets State regulations, increasing diversion from landfills and supporting the District’s commitment to sustainability.

With this new system, one of the existing Mixed Waste Carts will be exchanged for a new Recycling Cart (blue lid) to dispose of recyclables such as clean paper, cardboard, glass and plastic. The second Mixed Waste Cart will become a Landfill Cart (black lid) used for landfill waste. Customers will continue to use their Organics Cart (green lid) for food scraps and yard trimmings. 

For more information about the town hall meetings and to learn more about the three-cart waste collection system, visit