Palm Desert prides itself on maintaining a beautiful, clean city while being great stewards of the environment. In 1989, the State of California passed legislation known as the California Integrated Waste Management Act (AB939). The Act mandates waste diversion programs and was put into effect in 1990 for the purpose of having cities and counties divert 50% of their waste from landfills by the year 2000, and to develop a comprehensive plan for this reduction. The City of Palm Desert has implemented many programs within the community as well as within its own organization to serve this purpose. Through such efforts, as of 2008, the City has achieved a 72% diversion rate.

The City of Palm Desert contracts with Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services to provide regular trash, recycling, and green waste pickup. In addition to basic services, Palm Desert residents and businesses benefit from having access to many other disposal and recycling programs, some of which include:

 For more information on the City of Palm Desert’s Waste Management and Recycling Programs, please contact the Public Works Department at (760) 776-6450, or for more information.

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