Trash and Recycling

City of Lake Forest Enviornmental Services

July 1, 2021 Rate Adjustment

The State of California passed SB 1383 in 2016. The law requires jurisdictions to have food waste recycling collection services for all residential, multi-family, and commercial properties by January 1, 2022. On April 20, 2021, the City Council approved an amendment to the CR&R Solid Waste Franchise Agreement to add the new Food Waste Recycling Program to the agreement's scope of work.  Beginning July 1, 2021, Green Waste carts became Organics carts and residents can now place food waste with green waste in this cart.  

There is a cost to provide this state-mandated program.  Accordingly, a Proposition 218 Public Hearing was held during the regular City Council meeting on June 15, 2021 and the City Council approved the adjusted rates.  A Public Hearing Notice was mailed to all property owners on April 30, 2021. It contained information regarding the public hearing and all of the proposed rates.

The rate increase for commercial and multi-family services is 16%. The rate increase for residential services is $3.53.  

The proposed residential rates are listed below:

Trash Cart SizePrior Rate
Per Month
SB 1383 Rate
July 1, 2021


CR&R Incorporated provides trash 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.


Recycling is beneficial to both your community and the environment. Not only does recycling prevent pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials, it saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change, and helps to sustain the environment for future generations.

Join the City and your neighbors in taking care of our beautiful community by recycling, reducing waste, and re-purposing older items. Head over to our dedicated commercial or residential recycling pages to learn more information about how you can contribute to keeping Lake Forest healthy and green.

It's Easy To Be Green: A Community Recycling Campaign

Check out our It's Easy To Be Green community campaign page to get the scoop on City activities, contests, and helpful information about recycling.

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