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Garbage & Green Waste Fees

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


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.

Rates were last updated on May 2, 2022.

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]
  • 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.

We accept loads of all sizes.

Pala Transfer Station Rate Sheet



GREEN WASTE LOADS MAY NOT CONTAIN ANY TRASH[/lsvr_accordion_item][lsvr_accordion_item title=”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. – $55
801 lbs. to 2,000 lbs. (1 ton) – $85*
2001 lbs. to 4,000 lbs. (2 ton) – $170*
     *one ton = 2,000 lbs., $85/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 – $85 each*
Surcharge for 12 ft. to 20 ft. items- $100 each*
     *plus the weight at $85/ton

Up to 800 lbs. – $55
801 lbs. to 2,000 lbs. (1 ton) – $85*
2001 lbs. to 4,000 lbs. (2 ton) – $170*
     *one ton = 2,000 lbs., $85/ton after 2,000 lbs.

Tree Stump Surcharge – $85 each*
     *plus the weight at $85/ton

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.

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.[/lsvr_accordion_item][lsvr_accordion_item title=”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.


Download the Pala Transfer Station Disposal Rates Sheet.