Solid Waste/Residents

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 The Solid Waste Department is responsible for implementing the City’s Source Reduction and Recycling Element and the Household Hazardous Waste Element mandated by the State of California. Through innovative, rational and reasonable management of solid and hazardous materials, the city promotes the following waste management practices in order of priority:

(1) Source Reduction
(2) Recycling
(3) Composting

When it comes to protecting the health of our environment and our community, we've packed this website with information to help all of us make our homes, our city, and our planet a healthier place to live

Bulky Item Collection

Effective June 1, 2020,  Burrtec will remove qualifying bulky items by appointment only.
Call 760-256-2730.

Thinking about throwing something away? Wait!

Can you repair it, reuse it, donate it, or recycle it?

Download the Bulky Item Recycling Information [PDF] to give new life to things you might have otherwise thrown away.

For more information, please call the City of Barstow’s Environmental Services Administrator at (760) 255-5126.

Green Waste

Green Waste [PDF]

Illegal Dumping

Bad behavior by a few, costs all of us in our community. 

Are you Watching . . . Report what you see for a reward!!

Report illegal dumping and receive a reward. The hotline number for reporting is WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME (800) 782-7463.  You can report illegal dumping anonymously on weeknights, weekends and holidays.

If illegal dumping is in progress, in the City, call the City of Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211 and in the County call the Sheriff's Department at (760) 256-4841.

When you find illegal dumping in the City, contact Code Compliance at (760) 255-5190.

Personal Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceuticals, personal care products and sharps waste find their way into our environment every day. 

As home use of injectable medicines continues to rise, the City of Barstow and San Bernardino County have implemented a safe disposal program to reduce the public health hazards that improperly disposed medications and sharps waste present. 

You can help keep chemicals out of our landfills and waterways by properly disposing of all unwanted medications and personal care products for FREE at the Household Hazardous Waste Bin.  Do Not flush them down your toilet.  Keep all medications out of the reach of children and transport to the bin for proper disposal.


What Can Be Recycled [PDF] 


Recycling & Alternatives to disposing of Textiles:
Textiles include everything from clothes to carpet.  All textiles are produced using natural resources. 


Do check with your local Humane Society which typically needs blankets and towels.               

Donate gently used textiles to thrift stores.

Re-purpose worn clothing into shop towels.

Re-think your purchasing decisions.

Buy items which contain recycled content.