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The City of Palm Springs has a variety of sustainability and recycling programs. Click the topics on the left for more information on each. Be sure to check out our Events Calendar also!   Below is some of the latest news on program activities . . .

Desert Community Energy Launches in April 2020

Desert Community Energy will launch in April 2020 bringing 100% carbon free energy to residents of Palm Springs. Click here to view a presentation on the topic from the January 30, 2020, Council meeting. Click on the Energy topic to the left and navigate to Desert Community Energy to learn more.

2020 Green Citizen and Student Award

The City is pleased to announce the return of its Green Citizen and Student Awards. Do you know someone that has demonstrated amazing sustainability practices and/or advanced the overall sustainability of our City? Now is the time to recognize them through our Green Citizen and Green Student Award. There will be one overall winner in the Citizen and Student (K-12) categories, although others may be recognized for their significant contributions. Download the Word form in English or in Spanish. You can also download the PDF Version here. Submit your nominations by March 16, 2020 at 5 PM. Winners will be announced on Earth Day (April 22, 2020). See the nomination form for further details. 

Community Garden Dedication December 19

On Thursday December 19th, the City of Palm Springs dedicated the Community Garden behind Demuth Community Center to honor former Sustainability Manager, Michele Mician. A full video of the ceremony can be found on the City's YouTube site at:

Single-use Plastic Food Ware Ordinance Development

The City is in the process of developing an ordinance to reduce or eliminate single-use plastic food ware. Click the Single-Use Plastics link to the left for information and updates.  

Recycling Buy-back Facility Closure

rePlanet operated recycling buy-back facilities across the valley. Unfortunately, due to changes in recycling materials markets, they were forced to close. Palm Springs residents interested in getting money for their CRV bottles and cans can take them to Palm Springs Recycling at 280 W Oasis Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262 or their Cathedral City location 36630 Sunair Plaza, Cathedral City, CA 92234.

Water Conservation Rebates Announced from Desert Water Agency

DWA recently announced new water conservation rebates for home owners and businesses interested in converting from turf to desert landscapes and for improving irrigation system performance. Visit DWA's Website today for details.  

Battery Recycling Program

The City of Palm Springs is launching a battery recycling program with support from CalRecycle that allows residents and visitors to drop off their used batteries and small electronics at one of seven convenient locations throughout the city.

This program fills an important gap in public and private recycling programs. Batteries that are in many common electronic devices such as watches, hearing aids, clocks, computer peripherals, and cameras are considered household hazardous waste and must not be placed in trash or in recycling containers. Please click on the Battery Recycling Program link to the left for more details about the program. 

FREE Electronic Waste and Shredding Event: See the flyer by clicking on this link:
April 18, 2020 at City Hall, 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs CA 92262

 Gasoline Leaf Blower Ordinance

The City has started issuing citations to those residents and businesses in violation of the leaf blower ordinance.  The Leaf Blower Ordinance link on the left will take you to the latest information about incentive programs if you still need to switch to electric.

Below are direct links to the residential and commercial incentives for moving to electric equipment.

Click here to download and share our latest enforcement flyers!

Ordenanza del soplador de hojas de gasolina 

La Ciudad ha comenzado a emitir citas a los residentes y empresas en violación de la Ordenanza del soplador de hojas.  El enlace de la Ordenanza del soplador de hojas a la izquierda le llevará a la información más reciente sobre los programas de incentivos si todavía necesita cambiar a electricidad.

A continuación, se encuentran enlaces directos a los incentivos residenciales y comerciales para mudarse a equipos eléctricos.

Haga clic aquí para descargar y compartir nuestros últimos folletos de cumplimiento! 

Professional Landscapers

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has released their 2019 Lawn and Garden Equipment Incentive and Exchange Program. You can exchange your gasoline-powered leaf blower for an electric blower at a reduced price! Follow this link for more information.

Jardineros profesionales y paisajistas

El Distrito de Administración de la Calidad del Aire de la Costa Sur (SCAQMD, por sus siglas en inglés) ha lanzado su Programa de Incentivo e Intercambio de Equipos para Césped y Jardín 2019. ¡Puede cambiar su soplador de hojas a gasolina por un soplador eléctrico a un precio reducido! Siga este enlace para más información.

Palm Springs Residents

Follow this link for information on a residential electric leaf blower rebate exchange program. 

Residentes de Palm Springs

Siga este enlace para obtener información sobre un programa residencial de intercambio de reembolsos de soplador de hojas eléctrico.


 Enforcement Begins 

June 1st


La aplicación comienza el 

1 de Junio! 


To report Gasoline-Powered Leaf Blower violations, call the
Code Enforcement Hotline: 760 778 8434.

Para reportar violaciones de soplador de hojas con motor de gasolina, llame al Línea directa de aplicación de código: 760 778 8434.


 Logo - Office of Sustainability 2016 Round Line


Patrick Tallarico, Manager

Daniel DeGarmo, Sustainability Coordinator

3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
P.O. Box 2743

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Phone: (760) 323-8214

Fax: (760) 322-8325

Facebook: Healthy Planet, Healthy You




Next Sustainability Commission Meeting:  

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 5:00 PM 

City Hall, Large Conference Room
3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way 
Palm Springs CA 92262


Standing Subcommittee on Solar and Green Building:

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 10:00 AM 

City Hall, Economic Development Conference Room 
3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way 
Palm Springs CA 92262

Standing Subcommittee on Waste Reduction: 

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 2:00 PM

City Hall, Economic Development Conference Room
3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way 

Palm Springs CA 92262

Standing Subcommittee on World Environment Day: 

To be determined

City Hall, Economic Development Conference Room 
3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way 
Palm Springs CA 92262


You can bring them to City Hall for proper disposal. Follow this link for more information. 

You can learn about Riverside County Programs and Resources here.

RC Waste Logo            Riverside County Fair Logo

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 is #WasteWednesday at the Riverside County Fair.
Bring in your small used E-Waste (Electronic devices) for Recycling and get into the Fair for FREE!  

Traiga sus electrónicos pequeños  usados para reciclir y entre a la feria GRATIS el miércoles. 




 Bike Map Palm Springs Cover

 Learn more about 2019 Energy Code Building Energy Efficiency Standards

SolSmart Solar

The City of Palm Springs has been given the SolSmart Gold Designation for encouraging Solar Energy growth.

What is Zero Net Energy and When will it become effective?  

Drop off Hazardous Household Waste and Pick Up Free Building Materials:

Drop and Shop Flyer

  Recycling Questions? Contact our Resource Consultant Gary Calhoun, Phone Number 760 574 2582

Recyclilng Questions

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Information 

Coleccio'n de Descehos Peligrosos del Hogar




Check out the Public Service Announcements for Bike Safety in the City of Palm Springs: 

 Bike Safety 60 second spot    

Bike Safe

     Bike Safety 30 second spot        

Click here for a Bike Routes & Trails Map

  City of Palm Springs Tree Inventory:



The Sustainability Plan for the City of Palm Springs.
View the adopted 30 steps to a Sustainable City here! 

What is the Sustainability Plan?  Check out a quick review Here.


  Do You Need SHARPS Containers and Information on How to Dispose of Them?


    SHARPS Containers

    SHARPS Container


    New, Empty SHARPS Containers are available at
    City Hall
    3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way or
    Fire Station #2
    300 N El Cielo Road
    Palm Springs CA 92262

La Ciudad ha extendido la fecha de aplicación de la prohibición del soplador de hojas con motor de gasolina hasta el 1 de junio de 2019. Aunque los operadores (residentes o compañías de cuidado del césped) no serán multados hasta junio, ¡la ley está vigente ahora! El enlace de la Ordenanza de sopladores de hojas a la izquierda lo llevará a la información más reciente sobre los programas de incentivos.

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