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*2020 Updates* - Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events

Do you need to dispose of Paint, Automotive, Electronic Waste, Lawn and Garden, Household and Health Care Products? The City of La Quinta will be hosting temporary facilities at the South City Hall parking lot on Saturday, NOVEMBER 21, 2020, event will take place from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Please review the following materials that provide further details on how to transport the Household Hazardous Waste you plan to bring here. Additionally, there are permanent facilities listed that you can always visit, with the closest being in the City of Palm Springs, located at 1100 Vella Road, Palm Springs, 92264. Call (951) 486-3200 or go to for further information. 

Waste & Recycling Services

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.





Low Impact Living

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 

You may also recycle clean wood efficiently by taking it to the Coachella Valley Compost facility, located at 87011 Landfill Rd, Coachella, CA 92236, open 6:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday, and 7AM to 3PM on Saturdays, (closed on Sundays). Call (760) 863-4364 for additional information, or click here

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., October through May, and 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, June through September. 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 Household Hazardous Waste Collection events will be held for La Quinta residents at the La Quinta City Hall south parking lot located at 78-495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, just west of Washington Street.  For the next collection event, please check the calendar tab located at the top of this webpage.

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 all other Riverside County residents, click here for additional information on the "Safe Free Sharps Disposal"  Program.

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

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has announced that it will resume the collection of leftover household drugs in its National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. For more information, see the DEA website:  As the site states, "If you do not find a collection site near you, please check back frequently, sites are added every day."

The public may find authorized collectors in their communities by calling the DEA Office of Diversion Control's Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539. You can also visit http// to find out how to dispose of unwanted medication by mail.

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

Mandatory Commercial Recycling

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

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: 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

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:  

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: 

For additional information please contact:  Gilbert Villalpando at (760) 777-7094. 

Additional Resources

Cal Recycle - State Solid Waste Info

Department of Toxic Substances Control - Solid Waste Info

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