City of La Quinta: Gem of the Desert

Waste & Recycling

Waste & Recycling Services

The La Quinta Community Development Department's Planning Division is responsible for coordinating waste management and recycling services, operations, and events throughout the City. If you have any question or concern regarding these services, contact the City of La Quinta Planning Division:

email:    planning@la-quinta.org
phone:   760-777-7125

The City of La Quinta contracts with Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services for residential and commercial trash collection. For additional information regarding Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services click here.

Find Your Trash and Recycling Container Pick-Up Day

For a map showing Burrtec waste and recycling container pick-up days for your area, please click here.

Services Available to La Quinta Residents

For more information on residential waste and recycling services offered to La Quinta residents please click here.

Services include bulky item pickup, residential and business recycling, green waste, used motor oil curbside pickup, managing buy-back recycling centers, providing backyard composting information, and administering household hazardous waste collection events.

La Quinta residents may also drop off the following items free of charge at the Burrtec Waste and Recycling facility at 41800 Corporate Way in Palm Desert during the following hours:

    • Batteries, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, all electronics, oil and oil filters: 
       9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays 

    • Green Waste (up to 500 pounds per trip): 
       9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Palm Springs is available to all Coachella Valley residents to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) every non-holiday Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is located at 1100 Vella Road, Palm Springs, just south of East Mesquite Avenue. For a listing of permanent and temporary collection sites with HHW event dates, click here.

Special Events/Programs

The City also participates with Burrtec, CVAG and other agencies to provide for several special collection and recycling events throughout the year: 

    • Document Shredding Days – 5/4/2013 and 11/2/2013
    • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events - 3/29/14 and 12/20/14
        For 2013 events, the load limits have been increased, from 5 Gallons or 50 lbs. (per trip) to
        15 Gallons or 125 lbs. (per trip).
    • Riverside County's Backyard Composting Workshops – Schedule - FREE events
    • Hidden Harvest – Generally runs January through April each year 
        Due to quarantine in effect on certain Citrus fruits, the 2013 “Got Citrus” collection program
        has been suspended.
    • Used Oil and Filter Recycling Event – 6/1/2013
    • Used Tire Collection Event – Next event date TBD

Medical and Prescription Drug Disposal

For information regarding the free "Sharps" program for La Quinta residents which safely disposes of used needles, click here.

For information on self-disposal of medicines in the home, click here.

OR

The next Prescription Drug National Take-Back event, sponsored by the DEA's Office of Diversion Control, is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2013. For more information on this and other upcoming dates and events, please CLICK HERE.
(Check back often for updated date and location information.)

NOTE: Sharps will NOT be accepted at National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Mandatory Commercial Recycling - New

The Governor of California signed legislation in 2011 known as Assembly Bill 341 (AB 341), which requires mandatory commercial recycling for businesses that generate 4 or more cubic yards of waste weekly. The law also applies to apartments and condominium complexes of five or more units, regardless of the amount of waste generated. The new law became effective on July 1, 2012.

The City has been contacting businesses and multi-family property owners, primarily through Burrtec, to help educate and advise them on compliance with AB 341. Owners of businesses and multi-family residential complexes need to be working toward compliance with this new law by locating areas for recycling bins, and advising their tenants of the new law. For information on compliance with this recent recycling legislation, contact Burrtec directly at 760-674-1040.

For more information about the Mandatory Commercial Recycling requirement, please go to http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/climate/recycling/

Recycling Requirements for New Construction

The California Green Building Standards Code (Cal Green) applies to all cities in California, and mandates that all new building construction develop a waste management plan that includes diversion of at least 50% of construction and demolition material from landfills, through recycling and/or reuse. For construction and demolition debris recycling program information and diversion plan requirements, please click this link: Construction & Demolition Debris

Other Useful Waste & Recycling Links including Household Hazardous Waste:

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website provides information on used oil management.

CalRecycle (formerly California Integrated Waste Management Board) promotes a zero waste California. For information on how to stop receiving junk mail, visit their site. For other State sites promoting zero waste, visit:
http://zerowaste.ca.gov/AudioVideo/ or CALMAX

The City supports Riverside County's Backyard Composting Programs.  This link will provide you with more information on recycling and composting at home.  For a link to scheduled home composting workshops, refer back to the Special Events/Programs section on this page.

Retail Stores Accept Waste Paint - New

You can now recycle your leftover paint with PaintCare, an industry sponsored paint stewardship non-profit program established to manage the reuse, recycling and proper disposal of unused architectural paint. PaintCare maintains drop-off sites at retail paint stores, government-run household hazardous waste facilities, and other locations across California. They will accept program products (primarily latex and oil based paint) from all residents and certain businesses. This service is in addition to the Riverside County Waste Management Department's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Programs.
For more information and drop-off locations: http://www.paintcare.org/california/search-ca.php  


Going “Green”

Visit the City’s Going Green webpage to learn more about the Green and Sustainable La Quinta Program. The City works with its conservation partners Burrtec, Coachella Valley Water District, Imperial Irrigation District, and Southern California Gas Company to find ways to educate and assist La Quinta residents with conservation programs and rebate incentives.

For tips on how to apply green practices to specific areas of your life, take a look at this series of 13 one-minute teaching videos at: http://earth911.com/outreach/videos 

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