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Palm Springs residents can take various materials to select locations in the area for recycling or disposal.

COVID 19 UPDATE

The Riverside County Household Hazardous Waste Collection dropoff centers, including the Palm Springs Household Hazardous Waste Collection facility on Vella Road, will reopen June 6th for their regular summer Saturday hours 7 AM-12 PM with new rules:

1) Residents must remain in their vehicles at all times and wear face coverings while at the facility.
2) Waste must be away from the passenger space (in the trunk or bed of your vehicle). Staff will not open vehicle door and enter vehicle cabin to retrieve waste.

For vehicles with integrated trunk space such as Jeeps, Vans, and SUVs, it is fine as long as the waste is in the designated cargo space where a contractor can access it without the need to open passenger doors.

For a vehicle that does not have an auto trunk mechanism, residents either need to unlock the trunk right before they get to the facility or they can provide a key to the contractor so they can open the trunk. Residents need to remain in the vehicle at all times.

Palm Springs Disposal Services has a self-service dropoff bin for electronic waste at the corner of Mesquite and Williams Road that is available during their normal operating hours. 

Recycling centers that normally provide payment to residents for their bottles and cans were closed based on guidance issued by Riverside County. As of May 1, recycling centers can reopen. Please see information below for local recycling centers in the CRV Bottles and Cans section. We recommend calling to ask about operating hours. Palm Springs Recycling that operated in Palm Springs and Cathedral City has closed permanently. VONs has not yet restarted their buy back service.

Household Hazardous Waste 

The Palm Springs Regional Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility will accept household hazardous waste from residents at the facility located at 1100 Vella Road. The facility is operated by Riverside County. It 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. It is closed on holiday weekends.

Bring your used syringes in SHARPS containers or other plastic containers for disposal.

Residents can bring up to 125 pounds or 15 gallons of chemical waste per trip. Individual containers should be no more than 5 gallons or 50 pounds. 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.

Until further notice, residents must follow the following drop-off procedures:

1) Residents must remain in their vehicles at all times and wear face coverings while at the facility.
2) Waste must be away from the passenger space (in the trunk or bed of your vehicle). Staff will not open vehicle door and enter vehicle cabin to retrieve waste.

For vehicles with integrated trunk space such as Jeeps, Vans, and SUVs, it is fine as long as the waste is in the designated cargo space where a contractor can access it without the need to open passenger doors.

For a vehicle that does not have an auto trunk mechanism, residents either need to unlock the trunk right before they get to the facility or they can provide a key to the contractor so they can open the trunk. Residents need to remain in the vehicle at all times.

CRV Bottles and Cans

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 the following locations: 

VONS  at 4733 East Palm Canyon Drive - Call ahead to let them know you are coming and take your materials to the entrance behind the store. Recyclables should not be taken into the front of the store (760-324-4502).

Ponce Recycling Center (619-587-9876) behind Ralphs at Smoketree is a new recycling center that will pay you for your CRV bottles and cans and other recyclable materials. Open Mon-Sat 9-5. 

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Medical Waste

SHARPS Container

The City of Palm Springs offers free sharps containers for residents to use when storing needles and other items. Full containers can be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste facility at 1100 Vella Road.

Used medications can be dropped off at the Reception Desk at Palm Springs City Hall, 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way and Fire Station #2, 300 El Cielo Road. (Note: We cannot accept controlled substances.) Read our flier for more information.

E-waste

E-waste such as computers, TVs, and other corded items can be dropped off at Palm Springs Disposal Services facilities at the corner of Williams and Mesquite during normal business hours. Bins are located on Williams Street just north of Mesquite. 

Household Batteries and Small Electronics

The City of Palm Springs operates a recycling program for batteries and small electronics. These items are not accepted in the curbside recycling or trash collections. Take your used batteries and small electronics to any one of eight locations throughout the City. For more information, check out the Battery Recycling Program website.

Larger batteries such as car batteries should be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off center.


Mattresses

If you have an old mattress you no longer need. You can arrange for a bulk item curbside pickup with PSDS or take your mattress to Burrtec's Edom Hill Transfer Station at 70100 Edom Hill Road
Cathedral City, CA 92234. 

Cars

There are a variety of car donation services that will provide you with donation credit for your used car. They either recycle the parts or repair vehicles for use by those in need. The City does not necessarily endorse any particular service. Consumers should research the options available in this area.