Orange County is dedicated to recycling. Local Law #2 of 1989 mandates recycling in the County by municipalities, businesses and residents. The County operates three transfer stations where recycling is free to residents. Solid waste haulers, municipalities and businesses pay a fee for recycling. Orange County transfer stations don’t accept loads of solid waste mixed with recycling. The County works with the solid waste haulers, municipalities and businesses that use our transfer station facilities to educate them about County recycling policies.
Rumors are circulating that the County is not recycling, but rather treating recycling like solid waste and sending it to landfills. That is not the case. Single stream recycling at our transfer stations goes to a vendor who in turn brings it to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) to be sorted and baled into separate commodities. The County has separate recycling vendors for paper and cardboard as well as scrap metal. Resident recycling areas, located at our transfer stations, have dual stream recycling areas and we also accept car batteries, used motor oil and antifreeze. All these items are recycled. Please see link below for more information on recycling.