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: 

  • 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.
  • Recycling centers,which were closed by the County at the end of March reopened 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 late fees, credit card fees or water shutoffs through September 15 for residents that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents 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 has reopened 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 sepaate 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.
  • The City will begin enforcing its ban on single-use plastic bags in August following a similar action at the State level. Customers will be able to use recycled paper bags, buy reusable bags from the store, or bag their own groceries using reusable bags consistent with safety protocols. 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.
  • While City facilities are closed, residents can drop off household batteries at the Household Hazardous Waste dropoff site on Vella Road on Saturday mornings.

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.

Stakeholder Sessions on Disposable Food Ware Scheduled

A the July 9th City Council meeting, Council members expressed support for the full scope of a disposable food ware and plastic waste reduction ordinance following additional stakeholder input. Three stakeholder sessions are being scheduled for August 25 at 8 AM, August 26 at Noon, and September 1 at 6 PM. The agendas have been posted to the Sustainability Commission's web page. More details will be posted on the City's Single-use Plastics web page.

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 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. 

While City facilities are closed due to COVIC 19, residents can drop off household batteries at the Household Hazardous Waste Dropoff site on Vella Road on Saturday mornings.


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 July 21, 2020 - 5:30 PM (Note new 5:30 start time) -Zoom Meeting - Check back for details

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

Standing Subcommittee on Solar and Green Building:

Tuesday, August 4,, 2020 - 10:00 AM
via Zoom

/ call +16699006833,,85171242183#  - Meeting ID: 851 7124 2183

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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