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Zero Waste Communities of San Bernadino County

Repurpose Household Items

Visit our Reuse section for great ideas on salvaging your household items and creating new functions for them.


Household Hazardous Waste




Everyday household products such as cleaners, batteries, paints, and pesticides are hazardous and can cause harm to the environment when disposed of improperly. Household hazardous waste should not be put in the trash, down the drain, into storm drains or burned. Proper disposal is necessary to protect human health and the environment.


The following household hazardous items are accepted free of charge to County residents at the designated collection sites:

  • Wood Preservatives, Paints & Paint Products, Paint Thinner
  • Auto & Furniture Polish, Chemical Drain Cleaners
  • Pesticides & Fertilizers, Pool supplies
  • Auto & Household Batteries
  • Motor Oil, Oil Filters
  • Outdated medications except controlled substances
  • Electronic Waste available throughout San Bernardino County. Call 1-800-OILY-CAT for the nearest collection facility.

*Collection Facilities Will Not Accept:

  • Business Wastes,
  • Wastes from Non-Profit Organizations,
  • Radioactives,
  • Explosives,
  • Medical Waste, or
  • Asbestos



Zero Waste Communities Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities

City Maintenance Yard
246 Willow Avenue
Rialto, CA
2nd & 4th Friday 9am - 11am
2nd & 4th Saturday 9am - 2pm

S.B. International Airport
2824 East "W" Street, Bldg. 302
San Bernardino, CA
Monday-Friday 9am - 4pm

Upland City Yard
1370 N. Benson
Upland, CA
Saturday 9am - 2pm

Redlands City Yard
500 Kansas Street at Park
Redlands, CA
Saturday 9:30am - 12:30pm
Public Service Yard
42040 Garstin Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA
Saturday 9am - 2pm
22411 Highway 18
Apple Valley, CA
Saturday 10am - 2pm

City Of Barstow Corporation Yard
900 South Avenue 'H'
Barstow, CA
Saturday 9am - 2pm

Victorville Fire Department
East of Desert Knoll Drive on Loves Lane
Victorville, CA
Wednesday & Sunday 9am - 4pm

Hesperia Fire Station
17443 Lemon Street
Hesperia, CA
Tuesday & Thursday 9am - 1pm
Saturday 9am - 3pm


For more information on household hazardous waste and additional collection facilities, please visit San Bernardino County Fire's Household Hazardous Waste or contact County Fire at 1-800-OILY-CAT (645-9228).


Before transporting household hazardous waste to a facility or event, please refer to these guidelines.

How To Compost



Yard trimmings and food scraps make up nearly 1/6 of what the average household throws into the garbage. Change your throwaway habits and opt to reuse your perishable organics for your lawn and garden. Additional benefits to composting include:

  • * Improves the quality and fertility of your soil*
  • * Conserves natural resources
  • * Reduces weeds
  • * Reduces run-off of fertilizer and pesticides into storm drains

Like any recipe, you'll get the best results if you use the right mix of ingredients to make your compost. The key materials are nitrogen-rich "greens," carbon-rich "browns," water, and air. All of these are essential, and easy to mix together for quality compost.

How to Backyard Compost

A backyard compost is perfect for any household with a yard. It is a simple practice that requires little effort and few materials. There are several methods of composting including: placing materials in open piles, burying materials in trenches or enclosing materials in bins.

Here are the Six Easy Steps of Backyard Composting:

1. Obtain a Bin

2. Gather Your Materials

  • * Waste is classified as either brown or green material. To begin, use equal amounts of green and brown materials and chop them into 1-inch pieces (the smaller the pieces, the faster they decompose).


Greens provide nitrogen, and act as a source of protein for the microbes that are hard at work in your compost pile.

  • * Green leaves
  • * Coffee grounds
  • * Tea bags
  • * Plant trimmings
  • * Raw fruit and vegetable scraps
  • * Fresh grass clippings
  • * Hair
Browns are a source of carbon, and provide energy for the microbes.

  • * Dried grasses, leaves and some weeds
  • * Straw
  • * Woodchips
  • * Twigs and branches
  • * Sawdust
  • *Shredded newspaper
Avoid these items:

  • * Diseased or infected plants
  • * Meat (including fish) and meat by-products, grease, dairy products
  • * Pet food
  • * Glossy or treated paper
  • * Seeds from tomatoes, cantaloupes, watermelon,etc
  • * Pesticide and herbicide treated plant materials
  • * Pet feces and litter
  • * Invasive weeds
  • * Charcoal ash
  • * Corncobs and stalks

3. Dump Your Materials Evenly Into Compost Bin

  • * Start with approximately 1 cubic yard of yard waste materials. Shred yard waste to less that 1" in size. Use equal amounts of green and brown materials and mix thoroughly.

4. Turn or Stir Your Compost Every 7 to 10 Days

  • * Stir the bin and add more water every 7 to 10 days. Remember to keep the bin full by adding fresh material regularly.

5. Keep Your Compost Hot

  • * Keep your compost between 120 to 140 degrees to help the materials break down properly

6. Harvest Your Compost

  • * Your compost is ready to use when it's dark brown, crumbly and smells like fresh-turned earth, generally within 2-6 months. You also should not be able to identify anything that was used to make it. To harvest your compost, remove the finished compost from the bottom of the bin (the finished material naturally collects there) and screen it using a simple 3/8" size screen.

Master Your Compost Skills

The County's Master Composter Program has excellent resources for home composting. Visit the site for any additional information including training classes to be an expert composter.

Contact Zero Waste Communities of San Bernardino County




Below are the phone numbers and links for the Zero Waste Communities members. Click on your city to find out information specific to your location.
There are also links for Other Important Conservation Agencies and Organizations.



Community Contact Phone Number
Adelanto Josie Vargas (760) 246-2300
Apple Valley Joseph Moon (760) 240-7000 x 7610
Barstow Belinda Barbour  (760) 255-5126
Big Bear Lake Engineering Department (909) 866-5831
Colton Dennice Raygoza (909) 370-5193
Fontana Tony Mata (909)350-6531 x 6772
Grand Terrace Matt Wirz (909) 430-2255
Hesperia Julie Ryan (760) 947-1589 
Highland Melissa Morgan (909) 864-8732 x230
Loma Linda Lynette Arreola (909) 799-4402
Rialto Amy Crow (909) 421-7221
San Bernardino County Special Programs Unit (909) 386-8701
Twentynine Palms   (760) 367-6799
Victorville Dana Armstrong (760) 955-8615
Yucaipa Jennifer Shankland (909) 797-2489 x236
Yucca Valley Jessica Rice 760-369-7207 x227
Other Contacts    
Beverage Container Recycling   1-800-RECYCLE
CALRecycle   916-922-4027
Earth 911   1-800-CLEAN UP
San Bernardino County   1-800-OILY CAT
Household Hazardous Waste    

About Zero Waste Communities of San Bernardino County



Zero Waste Communities works to develop and produce cost effective programs that both educate the public on reducing waste and provide outlets for diverting the waste from the landfill. This website not only promotes the efforts of the group, but also the individual members.

Our Zero Waste goals include:


  • * Educating consumers to buy products made of recycled materials, and products that can be reused and repaired.
  • * Making manufacturers take greater responsibility for the proper disposal of their products.
  • * Improving product design for easier reuse, repair and recycling.
  • * Promoting waste prevention, recycling and composting.

Homepage Content

The Zero Waste Communities of San Bernardino County is made up of 15 cities and the County of San Bernardino. They have partnered to educate their residents and businesses on waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. Reducing waste helps save valuable resources and decrease disposal at our landfills, ensuring a better quality of life.

Making a Difference! Dumpster Diving Findings

For our follow-up waste characterization assessment, we got back into our hazmat suits for round two at the Materials Recycling Facility where we sampled and sorted through 525 lbs. of recyclables and 1,126 lbs. of trash. The contents were analyzed from the same Del Rosa Estates homes we sampled for our baseline measurement back at the start of February.

In order to compare “before” and “after” results, we wanted to measure our follow-up numbers against our baseline numbers to see if there were any substantial changes in both recycling and reducing the overall contamination rate (trash, household hazardous waste and other non-acceptable blue bin items).

Our outreach highlighting recyclables and non-acceptable blue bin items of the month sparked some tangible, successful results! In the follow-up, we found that there was a 54% decrease in blue bin contamination. This time around, 21% of recycling bin contents were contaminants, while 79% of recycling bin contents were recyclables, cutting our contamination percentage by more than half compared to our baseline measurement. Historically, the average contamination rate in the City of San Bernardino is about 40%. Our baseline assessment affirmed this, as we discovered a 46% contamination rate. Dropping that rate through a tailored outreach plan coupled with amazing community energy, down to 21% is quite an achievement.

Check out the table below that shows the amount of recyclables and contamination we observed in the recycling bin at the beginning and end of the project.

This 54% contamination reduction observed from the wrap-up assessment is meaningful because it shows us that together, we made a real difference! Del Rosa Estates, the pilot area, has been a phenomenal participant showing that they truly care about recycling right.
We want to give a special thanks to our terrific partners who’ve made this Curbside Recycling Pilot Program successful and possible: The City of San Bernardino and Del Rosa Estates Neighborhood Action Group (DRNAG)! At the end of the day, most importantly, we needed the participation of the residents – so great job Del Rosa Estates for kicking bad habits to the curb and recycling right.

Check out our photo stream to see the rest of the pictures from our assessments!

May’s Monthly Recyclable: The Lifeblood of Trees

For May, the monthly recyclable is Paper! The Curbside Recycling Program wants to extend a reminder that it accepts all paper. Paper is one of the most important materials used universally virtually every day. Paper has a very high recovery rate. If measured by weight, more paper is recovered for recycling than all glass, plastic and aluminum combined. Keep recycling right!





The monthly non-acceptable blue bin item is Electronic Waste. Electronics such as telephones, radios, TVs, computers and cell phones are considered e-waste. What do you usually do when you come across old electronics? What type of electronics become outdated quickly in your household? E-waste accounts for 70 percent of overall toxic waste found in landfills and if trashed, can leach toxic substances into the soil and groundwater. Be sure to dispose of e-waste properly at an appropriate collection center or put working items to good use by donating.

You should have received your postcard reminder in the mail last weekend.

April’s Monthly Recyclable: Through the Looking Glass

For April, the monthly recyclable is Glass!

The Curbside Recycling Program wants to extend a reminder that it accepts all glass. Glass is actually one of the most popular materials recycled. Glass containers are 100% recyclable, can be recycled endlessly without any loss of quality and recovered glass is used as the majority ingredient in new glass containers. Keep recycling right Del Rosa!



What stays out of the blue bin? Food Waste. Food scraps should stay out of the blue bin and in the trash! Food waste that ends up in the recycling bin contaminates recyclables and makes the recyclables unrecoverable.

Look for your postcard reminder in the mail in the month ahead!

Made to Stick: Recycling Reminder Magnets


You should have already received your recycling reminder magnet and hopefully it has found a cozy space on your refrigerator. The recyclables reminder magnet serves as a reference when you separate your recyclables. Are there any items on the recyclables list that surprises you? Are there any items on the non-acceptable blue bin list that surprises you?

As part of the Curbside Recycling Pilot Program with The Zero Waste Communities, City of San Bernardino and DR NAG, the program strives to increase the amount of curbside recycling materials collected and decrease the trash that ends up in recycling bins.

As such, a monthly recyclable and non-acceptable item postcard will be mailed to you to in April and May to focus on several key items that should and should not go in the recycling bin.

Keep recycling right!

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