Monday – Saturday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (loads only accepted until 3:45 pm)
Waste and Recyclables
The centerpiece of our solid waste program is the Pala Transfer Station. At the Transfer Station, you can drop off:
- Household garbage [see fees below]
- Recyclables [see requirements below]
- Green waste [see fees below – free for Pala tribal members] (yard trimmings and grass)
- Old tires (during designated drop-off days)
- Household hazardous waste (old paint, motor oil, cleaning products, etc.)
- We hold FREE quarterly HHW drop-off events! Each week-long event starts on the second Monday of January, April, July, and October.
- We charge a fee starting at $1.00/item during all other times.
- Electronic waste (old TVs, computers, cell phones, etc.)
- Reusable clothes/household items [we make sure these items find new homes]
Rules and Regulations
- All prices are subject to change based on materials being disposed (e.g. heavier materials such as construction debris will be charged at a higher rate than what is listed on the fee schedule)
- Prices are non-negotiable
- CASH ONLY
- Please separate the loads – Co-mingled Trash Discounts Available (Subject to our discretion)
- No Bartering/Trading/Selling or Exchanges
- No scavenging through waste storage areas including Scrap Metal, Waste Tires and Green Waste Collection
- California Recycling Center – Plastic (CRV); Aluminum and Glass
- Waste Tire Collection Site – Prices for waste tires = $5 PASSENGER /$10 SUV / $15 TRUCK
- E-Waste Collection Site – TVs, monitors, laptops, ANYTHING ELECTRONIC (takes batteries or uses a cord)
- White Goods Collection Site – Disposal Costs for W/D = $5; Fridge = $10-20; Sofas/Mattress = $5-$20
- Clothes Donation Site = No Charge
- Periodic Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
- You can also buy mulch at the Pala Transfer Station. We take green waste and run in through a chipper and a screen to produce a mulch that is great for orchards and gardens.
Household Garbage & Green Waste Fees
We accept loads of all sizes. Our pricing starts at a minimum of $40 per load and goes up from there based on a rate of $60/ton, which we estimate based on the volume and composition of the load. A truckload of typical household trash may be relatively inexpensive, while the same truck full of construction waste will cost more. COMING SOON: we will be installing a scale for precise load weights and pricing.
RATES ARE NOT NEGOTIABLE
WE DO NOT ACCEPT PALM TRUNKS OR FRONDS
GREEN WASTE LOADS MAY NOT CONTAIN ANY TRASH
You can put all your recyclables in one container. Here is what you CAN and what you CAN’T put in your blue bin.
MIXED PAPER & CARDBOARD
- Writing paper
- Computer paper
- Flattened cardboard
- Flattened boxes
- File folders
- Junk mail
- Phone books
- Shredded paper
- Paper packaging
- Paper bags
- Styrofoam packaging (NO packing peanuts)
- Aluminum cans
- Glass bottles & jars (all colors)
- Steel (tin) cans
- All plastic bottles, jugs, & containers marked through or labeled “CA Redemption Value”
Disposable plates or cups, paper towels, tissue, carbon paper, plastic bags (NO plastic grocery bags, newspaper delivery bags, or chip/snack bags), ceramics, drinking glasses, mirrors, Styrofoam packing peanuts, batteries, light bulbs, clothing, or shoes
- Plastic grocery bags can be returned to grocery stores for recycling or they can be reused.
- Batteries and light bulbs need to be disposed of properly and not placed in trash or recycling containers. Visit our website to learn about proper disposal for these and other Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) items.
- Reusable items like clothes, shoes, and furniture can be donated.
Green Waste Regulations (for Pala Tribal Members)
As a courtesy, Pala tribal members are allowed to dump green waste (tree branches, cut grass, yard trimmings, etc.) from their homes and yards at the transfer station free of charge. Because some tribal members are abusing this privilege, the following rules will apply, WITHOUT EXCEPTION.
- Tribal members MUST bring their green waste themselves.
- Tribal members MUST show their Tribal ID.
- Tribal members are PROHIBITED from allowing others to use their Tribal ID to dump green waste. Doing so will result in losing the privilege of free dumping.
Tribal members will be allowed to dump a maximum of ONE TRUCKLOAD per week.
If you employ a gardener to tend the landscaping at your home, you must make arrangements with the Transfer Station staff for your gardener to dump the green waste from your yard. You will be allowed to designate your gardener to dump on your behalf no more than ONE TIME per week by calling the Transfer Station in advance and giving your Tribal ID number.
THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THESE RULES.
If you want help cleaning up your yard, disposing of old electronics or appliances you no longer want, or those household chemicals you no longer need, feel free to call the transfer station at 760-742-1781.
If you live on the Pala Reservation, we can help you get rid of all of that stuff, for little to no cost.