Recycle for the Holidays!

Start 2019 off right with recycling! We’ll take those holiday cards and trees off your hands and make sure they don’t end up in the landfill.


You can bring in your old Christmas cards to the Pala Administration Lobby.  There’s a red wrapped box by the downstairs front desk where you can drop off your cards.  We donate all cards to the children of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children for arts and crafts.

Pala Environmental Department will remove any writing/names/information from each card before sending them, so you do not have to worry about privacy (or you can do so before dropping off your cards).

Where:  Pala Administration Lobby; Pala Environmental Department Office

                When: between now & the end of January

 RECYCLE YOUR USED GIFT CARDS (leftover after you use your Christmas presents):

After you use up all of those Christmas gift cards you received this holiday season, remember that they can be recycled.  This also includes old library/ID cards, etc.

Where:  Pala Environmental Dept.

                When: anytime


If you live on the reservation, you can recycle your Christmas trees for free by leaving them out on trash days (next to your trash cans) or bringing them to the Pala Transfer Station.

Tribal Services will collect Christmas trees during regular pick-up times for the first 2 weeks of January.

Where:  Pala Transfer Station or curbside, next to your trash cans

                When: between now & the middle of January

 If you do not live in Pala, check this website for the best way to recycle your trees.

Spring Recycling Challenge

Join us in Pala’s Spring Recycling Challenge!  You can help fund Pala’s youth garden at the Pala Youth Center just by recycling more in your curbside blue bins and around the reservation, or by dropping it off at the transfer station.  It’s as simple as that!

We are asking the Pala Community to step up their home recycling now through June 15th – if we can increase the amount we currently recycle and reduce the amount of trash that we send to the landfill, we will give the extra revenue to our young gardeners at the Pala Youth Center for garden supplies and t-shirts for the kids.  This is money that they can use on tools, seeds, compost supplies, and anything else they might need for their beautiful garden.

Last year, the tribe spent over $267,000 on trash disposal; almost 25% of that could have been  put in your blue recycling bin (much cheaper to get rid of) instead of your trash can!  If all of our tribal members recycled just 2 bottles a day, we could divert over 670,000 bottles a year from the landfill, ultimately saving the tribe $35,000!  Keeping trash disposal costs down by recycling can help the tribe spend its valuable money on other programs.

Here’s what you can put in your recycling bin at home:

  • CANS – aluminum, steel, or tin
  • GLASS – bottles/jars, all colors
  • CARDBOARD & PAPER – all types, paper bags, magazines/newspapers, junkmail
  • PLASTIC – marked #1-7 or labeled “CA Redemption Value”
  • Styrofoam – just packing containers, not food containers

Please DO NOT INCLUDE: dishes, plastic bags, used paper plates/cups/towels, packing peanuts.

Need a handy reminder of what you can recycle? Visit the Pala Environmental Department for a magnet with a list of what you can put in your blue bin, or go to our website,, and click on “Transfer Station.” All the information you need is right there!

There’s a bunch of other stuff that you can bring to the Pala Transfer Station for recycling as well, including: old shoes/clothes, green waste from your yard, scrap metal, electronic or e-waste, old appliances, and household hazardous materials (for example: old paint cans or cleaning solutions).

You can follow along with our community’s recycling progress by checking the Pala Environmental Department website, or at upcoming General Council meetings.

Pala Environmental Department News California

Tired of Tires? Let Us Help!

Did you know that you can dispose of old tires at the Pala Transfer Station? We have waste tire clean-ups a few times a year, but you can drop your tires off with us any time! Here’s what you need to know about waste tire disposal.


Why are waste tires an issue?

There are approximately 290 million waste tires generated annually in the United States. California generates approximately 40 million waste tires annually. This large amount of waste creates unique disposal issues. Here are a few examples of common issues related to waste tires:

  • The large amount of waste tires generated annually.
  • Illegal dumping or improper disposal methods.
  • Ownership liability of waste tires exists until final disposal.
  • Stockpiling of waste tires creates environments for mice, mosquitos, and other vermin to thrive.
  • Tire fires start because the surrounding vegetation catches on fire. Residue from tires fires is a toxic mixture of chemicals.

ee0c0e26cd7e418e072e3ac34b53ac58e35b6a0aWhat should I do with my old tires?

  • There are many options available for the proper disposal of used/waste tires.
  • The general public is allowed to self transport no more than 9 used/waste tires to a landfill or transfer station for disposal.
  • If you have more than 10 used/waste tires, a registered hauler must be used. Registered used/waste tire haulers can be found at the CalRecycle website.
  • If your business generates waste tires you must obtain an ID number from CalRecycle by calling 1-866-896-0600.
  • Used/waste tires are NOT to be disposed of in the trash.

How are used/waste tires disposed?

There are three main markets for the disposal of used/waste tires:

  1. Tire Derived Fuel (TDF): Although using waste tires as fuel is not technically recycling, tires produce 25% more energy than coal and the ash residue can contain a lower heavy metal content than coal.
  2. Civil Engineering Applications: Used/waste tires are shredded and the material derived is used as light weight fill material for road embankments and landfill projects.
  3. Ground Rubber Applications: The largest market for ground rubber is the blending of ground rubber with asphalt as either part of the asphalt rubber binder; seal coat; joint and crack sealant; or aggregate substitute. Arizona and California utilize the most asphalt rubber in road construction followed closely by Florida.


Where can I take my waste tires?

To properly dispose of or recycle your waste tires, take them to your local tire retailer or recycling center. Pala residents are encouraged to drop off waste tires at the Pala Transfer Station.

  • All tire types and rims are accepted.
  • There is no fee for drop-off.
  • Will accept up to 9 tires at a time from individuals.
  • If you have more than 9 waste tires please call.
  • Will not accept any waste tires from businesses.

Need more information? Contact our environmental technician, Antonio Lovato. Help us keep Pala clean and safe by properly disposing of your waste tires!