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Environmental Programs

Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration

Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Come join us at Cordova Park as we celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  The City is offering volunteer opportunities to beautify the park with new landscaping, and there will be free hotdogs and ice cream while supplies last.  Volunteers should wear hats, gloves, boots, and sunscreen and bring a shovel for planting.   Volunteers will need to submit a registration form.  For information on planting, contact Jerry Hill at 949-470-3095 or   

There will also be a Green Expo at the park featuring environmental programs and products.  Vendors interested in participating as an exhibitor in the Green Expo must submit an exhibitor application.  For information about the Green Expo, contact Denise Matson at 949-470-3010 or

Registration will begin at 7:30 am with planting and the Green Expo beginning at 8:00 am.

Compost Workshop

Saturday, April 28, 2018
9:00 am
Kershaw Garden, 200 Civic Center

The City of Mission Viejo and Waste Management are offering a free compost workshop to Mission Viejo residents.  Participants will learn about composting and how to compost with worms (vermi-composting).  Composting and vermi-composting containers will be available for purchase or order at a discounted price to all participants.  Class size is limited, and registration is required.  For more information or to register, contact Denise Matson at 949-470-3010 or


Conservation of the Earth's natural resources is essential to protecting the environment for this and future generations.  To encourage residents and businesses to do their part to conserve our natural resources, Mission Viejo has provided a variety of information, resources, and tips to help you conserve.

Pollution Prevention

Why should you be concerned about pollution?  Because everything found in our streets and gutters will also end up in your neighborhood parks, along walking trails, in our creeks and lake, and eventually in the ocean.  Learn about the City's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program as well as what actions you can take to prevent pollution.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The City of Mission Viejo recognizes the importance of recycling, waste reduction, and reuse and has a wide variety of programs available for its residents.  Learn how you can reduce, reuse, recycle.

Residential Curbside Trash and Recycling Services

The City of Mission Viejo and its solid waste provider, Waste Management of Orange County, are dedicated to recycling and have developed a comprehensive curbside recycling program that is easy and convenient for the community.  In addition to the trash cart (blue lid), each resident has a recycling cart (gray lid) for mixed recyclables and a green waste cart (green lid) for yard waste (the green waste cart may be excluded in certain areas).