Recycling is Not Dead, but It Needs Your Help!
America's recycling infrastructure is undergoing significant changes. While there are strong markets for some recyclable materials such as metals, cardboard, and some plastics (types 1 and 2 in particular), other markets are struggling. Please don't stop recycling! Consult the Palm Springs Disposal website for the latest information on what is and is not recyclable.
The landscape continues to change, so be looking for more messages from the City and from Palm Springs Disposal Services so that you can stay current on our local recycling practices.
Read on for more information about our recycling programs and special events.
Single-Stream Residential Recycling
Palm Springs residents should place all their recyclables in the blue, 64-gallon carts supplied by Palm Springs Disposal Services (PSDS). On your collection day, roll your cart to the street with the handle facing away from the street. Keep at least four feet from cars, light poles, mail boxes, etc. PSDS uses clean-burning, CNG-powered vehicles to pick up the recyclables and haul them to a central material recovery facility where they are sorted and shipped to be processed into new products. It is important to keep in mind that only recyclables should be placed in the carts – no garbage or trash. And, please wait until the carts are full of recyclables before putting them out at the curb on your collection day.
Here are some highlights of what can be placed in the blue bins to be recycled:
Metal – steel and aluminum beverage, food and aerosol cans. Clean aluminum pie plates, dinner trays and foil.
Paper – newspaper, magazines, catalogs, phone books, bulk mail, office paper, computer paper, envelopes, gift wrap, cardboard, food boxes, shoe boxes, paper towel and toilet paper tubes, paper egg cartons.
Glass – any color of beverage bottles, food jars
Plastic – any bottle, jug, or container.
IMPORTANT: Please do not place recyclables inside of plastic bags inside of your recycling bins. Plastic bags are not recycled in our mixed recycling stream, and they clog sorting equipment.
Please do not put the following in the carts: animal waste, bubble wrap, cactus, concrete, diapers, dirt, food waste, garden hoses, Kleenex, light bulbs, lumber, mirror glass, motor oil, padded envelopes, paper towels, plastic wrap, plastic bags, rocks, sharps, trash or window glass. Carts containing these or other contaminates may be tagged and left uncollected.
More information about the program is available from Palm Springs Disposal Services at either its Web site, www.palmspringsdisposal.com
When it’s Time to Pull the Plug
Want to get rid of broken computers, TVs or cell phones? If it has a plug, it
most likely can be recycled.
The City of Palm Springs E-Waste Program sponsors a twice-annual event and residents will be notified by postcard of upcoming E-waste recycling events.
Here’s what homeowners and businesses can recycle:
- Computers and monitors
- TVs and radios
- Cell phones and telephones
- Printers and Personal Assistant Devices (PDAs)
Please call the City’s Recycling Coordinator at 760-323-8248 for annual E-waste Program event dates.
The Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) is a non-profit stewardship organization that facilitates and manages the collection and proper disposal of mercury-containing thermostats. Originally founded in 1998 by Honeywell, White-Rodgers and General Electric as a voluntary venture, we established our mission to promote the safe collection and proper disposal of mercury-containing thermostats. Today 29 manufacturers support the program. Our members' continuing financial support demonstrates their commitment to a cleaner environment. Our collective goal is simple: keep mercury out of the waste stream in order to protect the environment.
Have an old Thermostat containing Mercury? Here's how to dispose of it properly. Click below to find a recycling collection site.
Protect Your Privacy
Identity theft is on the rise. The City of Palm Springs has free community shredding events three times a year where you can destroy documents containing confidential and sensitive information. After the community-wide shredding events, all materials are recycled to make products such as compost, tissue and other paper products. Check our website for details on the next shredding and e-waste event.
Palm Springs Disposal Services also provides shredding services. Collection crews come to your house to pick up shreddable waste and take it to its facility. Please call 760-327-1351 for more information.
Items not accepted: metal clips, brackets, binders, cardboard, trash, hazardous waste, transparencies, food and beverages, paper towels, tissues or glass, aluminum or plastics.
Looking For a Fresh Start?
Want to get rid of an old couch or refrigerator? Just bring them down to the parking lot of City Hall on designated household cleanup days twice a year and we’ll take them off your hands. Cleanups occur each April and October.
Or, bulky waste such as furniture, carpeting and appliances will be picked up twice a year curbside by Palm Springs Disposal Services at no charge.
Call 760-327-1351 for the schedule and what materials apply to this service.
Hazardous Waste Drop-off Facility
The Palm Springs Regional Permanent HHW Collection Facility will accept household hazardous waste from residents at the facility located at 1100 Vella Road. The facility is open on Saturdays, regular hours (October - May): 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and summer hours (June – September): 7:00 am to noon. Closed on holiday weekends.
Bring your used syringes in SHARPS containers or other plastic containers for disposal.
Residents can bring up to five gallons or 50 pounds of chemical waste per trip. Items include: household cleaners, syringes, oil- or water-based paints, chemicals, motor oil and filters, electronics, Mercury products and batteries. For more information: http://www.rcwaste.org/hhw or call Riverside County Waste Management Department 1-800-304-2226
Organics and Food Recycling
What is Organic Waste?
| Food Items
• Food Waste
• Fruits & Vegetables
• Dairy Products
• Fruits & Vegetables
• Breads & Grains
• Coffee Grounds & Filters
• Tea Bags
• Food Soiled Paper Waste
With the passage of AB 341 (Chesbro, Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011), the Governor and the Legislature established a policy goal for the state that not less than 75 percent of solid waste generated be source reduced, recycled, or composted by the year 2020.This report, as directed by the Legislature, provides strategies to achieve that 75 percent goal. California has come a long way since passage of the Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act (AB 2020, Sher, Chapter 1290, Statutes of 1986) and the Integrated Waste Management Act (AB 939, Sher, Chapter 1095, Statutes of 1989). Before these landmark bills, we were vexed by single-digit recycling rates, sparse infrastructure, and few end markets for recyclables. Today we enjoy a diversion rate equivalent of 65 percent, a statewide recycling rate of 50 percent, and a beverage container recycling rate of 80 percent.In moving away from its historically disposal-dominated approach to waste management, California developed an infrastructure for collection, sorting, and preliminary processing of recyclable materials in order to meet the state’s statutory recycling and diversion directives. This was accomplished with the hard work and dedication of all of our partners including local jurisdictions, the waste and recycling industry, and an enlightened public that embraced the new programs and changed its behavior.
By April 1, 2016, businesses generating 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week must recycle their organic waste. The law includes schools, hotels, hospitals, stores, restaurants, for profit or nonprofit organizations, as well as residential dwellings with 5+ units. These new requirements will be phased in over several years and will help California to achieve its statewide recycling goal of 75% by 2020.
Landfill gas created by decomposing organic wastes is a significant source of greenhouse gas. This law helps California achieve its aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas emission goals and address climate change. Despite the states robust and traditional recycling infrastructure, organic materials make up 30% of the remaining waste stream. Redirecting these resources to composting and digesting operations will save landfill space, generate energy, reduce emissions and restore soils.
Organic waste is defined in the bill as including food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste.
Organic recycling mandates are triggered by timelines and quantities. Here are the start dates:
- April 1, 2016 – generators of 8 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week.
- January 1, 2017 – generators of 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week.
- January 1,2019 – generators of 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week
- January 1, 2020 – generators of 2 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week (pending statewide progress)
*The 2020 provision only takes effect if CalRecycle determines that statewide organics disposal has not been reduced to 50% of 2014 levels.
Composting Made Easy
Consumers who want to turn grass trimmings and other green waste into compost can obtain low-cost compost bins from Riverside County.
Workshops are held regularly on recycling and composting for those who want to learn more. Visit http://rcwaste.org/composting/how for more information or call 800-366-7283.
Did you know it costs less to recycle your green waste materials than to landfill them. Do your part: the Palm Springs Disposal Service collects green waste each Wednesday.
- Containers or bundles must be set at curb. Green waste will not be accepted
in plastic bags
- Green waste must be tied in bundles 2-ft. by 4-ft. not to exceed 50 pounds
- Grass clippings must be placed in standard trash cans
- Christmas trees are collected anytime after the holiday on Wednesday
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
Landfill space is decreasing and disposal costs continue to increase. To this end, the City of Palm Springs is dedicated to being environmentally conscious and offers many recycling programs to protect the environment as well as the future of our City.
Did you know?
- Recycling saves you money
- By recycling, the waste you generate can be significantly reduced
Thanks For Your Participation! We thank you for joining us in this effort and for taking pride in keeping your city and community clean.
If you have any suggestions or questions about recycling in Palm Springs, please contact the City’s Recycling Coordinator at 760-323-8263.
General Solid Waste
Keep Palm Springs Beautiful
Weekly curbside service is available. Please call Palm Springs Disposal Service at 327-1351, ext. 313 for information and to order bins.
Have you wondered what to do with hazardous products such as batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment and lamps? Residents can bring these items and more to a Household Waste Collection Event.
The list below gives you an idea of eligible items:
- Fluorescent tubes and bulbs and other Mercury-filled lamps
- Certain medical devices
- Thermometric and thermostats
- Non-empty aerosol cans
- Batteries of all sizes
For more info call 800-304-2226 or visit Wasteguide.