COVID 19 Update

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the City of Palm Springs is taking precautions to keep employees healthy and help prevent illness in our workplace and across the community. We are monitoring the impacts of the situation and will adjust accordingly. If changes are made, we will post notifications on our web page and via social media.

Below are some brief updates on sustainability-related services and activities impacted by the COVID-19 response: 

  • When hiking, remember to wear a facial covering if you cannot maintain proper social distances at all times - for example, if trails are congested, please cover your face. Some of our trails are narrow, so please exercise caution when moving around other hikers and walkers. Explore the "urban trails" instead - many of our downtown/neighborhood sidewalks and roads are wide and have plenty of space for people to move!
  • Please remember - facial tissues, paper towels and disinfecting wipes are not recyclable. Please put them in the trash.
  • Curbside trash and recycling will continue to be picked up as usual.
  • Palm Springs Disposal announced Customer Relief Packages for residents who have lost employment as a result of COVID-19 measures and for eligible businesses. Contact PSDS for details 760-327-1351.
  • Recycling centers,which were closed by the County at the end of March are allowed to reopen on May 1 based on guidance from the State. Contact the facilities before visiting. See our web page for more details. 
  • Desert Water Agency has announced that there will be no water shutoffs or late fees, and processing fees will be absorbed by DWA between March 17 and mid-July. Residents that are affected by the COVID-19 epidemic can get help through Help2Others!. More information on the DWA website
  • The Riverside County Household Hazardous Waste Dropoff facility that operates at 1100 Vella Road on Saturday mornings will reopen June 6 with summer hours 7AM-12PM. See our web page for more information. The following new rules apply:  
    • People must remain in their vehicles and wear a face covering.
    • Waste should be separate from the passenger space like in a trunk or the bed of an SUV or station wagon. Staff will not open vehicle doors to retrieve waste.
  • Although the CDC indicates that surface contact is not a primary means of transmission, please wash or sanitize your reusable shopping bags after each use to help reduce the potential for spreading the Coronavirus. Some stores are not allowing reusable bags, while other stores are requiring you to bag your own groceries. Use disposable paper or plastic bags when necessary and dispose or recycle bags when done. Single-use plastics website for more details.
  • Please continue to help protect our wastewater treatment system and DO NOT flush "flushable" wipes, sanitizing wipes, facial tissues, paper towels, and other trash. Check out DWA's website for more information on what not to put down your toilets and drains.

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 the latest news on program activities.

Desert Water Agency Webinar on Water Efficient Gardening and Landscaping

Please join DWA as it provides answers to many of your gardening and landscaping questions during  its webinar on May 22 from 10:30 - 11:30 AM. Find out more at DWA's website

Desert Community Energy Launches in April 2020

Desert Community Energy launches in April 2020 bringing 100% carbon free energy to residents of Palm Springs. Click here for the latest City Mailer. Click on the Desert Community Energy topic on the left to learn more about the program.

Water Conservation Rebates Available from Desert Water Agency

DWA has 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 with support from CalRecycle has ea stablished a battery recycling program  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. 

Gasoline Leaf Blower Ordinance

The City has been 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.

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.


Patrick Tallarico, ManagerLogo - Office of Sustainability 2016 Round Line

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:  

The Sustainability Commission Meetings have been canceled due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus. Information will be posted here as it becomes available. All Subcommittee meetings have also been canceled until further notice

Tuesday April 21, 2020 - 5:30 PM (Note new 5:30 start time) - CANCELED

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

Standing Subcommittee on Solar and Green Building:

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 10:00 AM - CANCELED 

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

Standing Subcommittee on Waste Reduction: 

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 2:00 PM - CANCELED

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

Palm Springs CA 92262

Standing Subcommittee on World Environment Day: 

To be determined - CANCELED

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

  City of Palm Springs Tree Inventory:



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