Antonio Lovato

Antonio Lovato


12802 Highway 76
Pala, CA 92059
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
*(loads only accepted until 3:45 pm)

NEW RATES will be in effect starting Monday, July 15, 2019. 

One of the most important things the Pala Environmental Department does is manage solid waste on the reservation. We’re talking about everything from household garbage to hazardous waste, old tires, food waste, yard trimmings, construction debris, and more.

We have several grant-funded programs that give us the resources we need to keep trash from polluting our community.

  • 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 (MAXIMUM OF 9 PER MONTH)
    • Household hazardous waste (old paint, motor oil, cleaning products, etc.)
    • We hold FREE quarterly HHW drop-off events for members of the Pala community! 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 determined by load composition and weight
    • Prices are non-negotiable
    • Please separate the loads
    • 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 – See Pala Transfer Station Rate Sheet for prices
    • E-Waste Collection Site – TVs, monitors, laptops, ANYTHING ELECTRONIC (takes batteries or uses a cord); disposal prices start at $1/item
    • White Goods Collection Site – See Pala Transfer Station Rate Sheet for prices
    • Clothes Donation Site – No Charge
    • Periodic Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events for the Pala community (second week of January, April, July, and October)
    • 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.

    Pala Transfer Station Rate Sheet




  • Household Garbage & Green Waste Fees (text)

    The Pala Transfer Station is open Monday – Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm (loads accepted until 3:45 pm).

    Pala Transfer Station Disposal Rates

    Up to 800 lbs. – $50
    801 lbs. to 2,000 lbs. (1 ton) – $80*
    2001 lbs. to 4,000 lbs. (2 ton) – $160*
         *one ton = 2,000 lbs., $80/ton after 2,000 lbs.

    Household Appliances – $30 each
    Refrigerators – $40 each
    Sofas – $20 each
    Large Chairs/Recliners – $10 each
    Mattresses – $10 each

    Car tires – $5 each
    SUV tires – $10 each
    Truck tires – $15 each

    Surcharge for 12 ft. items – $80 each*
    Surcharge for 12 ft. to 20 ft. items- $100 each*
         *plus the weight at $80/ton

    Up to 800 lbs. – $50
    801 lbs. to 2,000 lbs. (1 ton) – $80*
    2001 lbs. to 4,000 lbs. (2 ton) – $160*
         *one ton = 2,000 lbs., $80/ton after 2,000 lbs.

    Tree Stump Surcharge – $80 each*
         *plus the weight at $80/ton

  • Recyclables

    Recycling is Easy at the Pala Transfer Station!

    You’d be surprised what you can recycle with our commingled recycling program! You can put all your recyclables in one container. Here is what you CAN and what you CAN’T put in your blue bin.


    • Writing paper
    • Computer paper
    • Newspaper
    • Flattened cardboard
    • Flattened boxes
    • File folders
    • Junk mail
    • Phone books
    • Magazines
    • 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”
    • Cartons


    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.


  • Hazardous Household Waste

    Have you heard of household hazardous waste? Do you know what it is or how to get rid of it? Well, the Pala Environmental Department is here to help! Household hazardous waste is products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances or that are corrosive or toxic. These items along with universal wastes (batteries, pesticides, thermometers, and lightbulbs) cannot be thrown away in the regular trash or recycling. It is important to store these items safely until they can be properly disposed of. Products should be stored in their original containers whenever possible –  they have been designed to keep the hazardous materials contained. Also, check the product labels for proper storage. If you are not sure if a product is hazardous look for these words on the label: danger, warning, toxic, caution, poison, flammable, corrosive, or reactive. Make sure to keep these products away from children!

    Examples of household hazardous waste include:

    • Aerosol cans
    • Automotive fluids
    • Batteries
    • Light bulbs
    • Car oil filters
    • Pool chemicals
    • Nail polish
    • Paint/turpentine
    • Pesticides
    • Cleaning products
    • Printer ink
    • Antifreeze
    • Solvents
    • Propane

    The Pala Environmental Department is going to be starting curbside household hazardous waste pick up in June! Bins will be provided to store your waste until pick up. All you need to do is make sure the waste is properly contained, in a secure container (no leaks!), not mixed with other chemicals or cleaners, and put in your new red bin! These bins will need to be placed curbside with your recycle bins to be picked up by the Pala Transfer Station.

    It is also a good idea to try to reduce the number of hazardous chemicals in the home. You can choose safer, less toxic alternatives or make your own. For example, if you need a good general purpose cleaner, mix one tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice with one quart water. You can always reach out to us if you need some more ideas.

    We will be providing more information on when and where you can get your bins and when the program will be officially starting. Until then keep your household hazardous waste properly stored and out of the trash!

    Questions? Contact Pala Environmental Department, Pala Transfer Station, or come see us at the Pala Administration Building.

    Pala Transfer Station
    For more information contact the Pala Transfer Station:
    760-742-1781 | |

    Pala Environmental Department
    For more information contact the Pala Environment Department:
    760-891-3510 | |

  • Pala Residents

    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.

Pala Band of Mission Indians Pala Transfer Station Disposal Rates