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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to have trash service? 

The District is responsible for complying with all state laws governing trash, recycling, and organics (food and green waste). There are new regulations regarding reporting and monitoring of organic waste, along with the requirement of SB 1383 to provide "curbside" collection of organic waste.

Additionally, the District is required to meet the 50% diversion (recycling) requirement, with a goal of 75% diversion, per AB 939. Currently, the District is recycling at a rate of 3% (three percent) District-wide.

Until SB 1383, the District fell under the County of San Bernardino's umbrella for meeting state goals and reporting (recycling) diversion which meant District residential and business recycling percentages were subsidized so-to-speak by other jurisdictions with higher recycling rates. Now, with the passage of SB 1383, the District must report directly to the state.

With the reporting and monitoring requirements for recycling and organics, and for ensuring trash is properly sorted, as well as the requirement to have "curbside" collection of organic waste, the District has determined it is necessary to require all residents and businesses to have trash, recycling, and organic collection service. 

For those desiring to self-haul trash, recycling, and organics, a program is being developed in coordination with the county. Certain types of service may also be eligible for a "de minimus" exemption; the requirements and process for the exemption are still in development.

When will collection service for residents begin? 

The District filed a Notice of Intent to Comply with state that outlines a goal of implementation for residential service on July 1, 2023. 

What will collection cost? 

On March 22, 2023, the Board will review the proposed rates and authorize mailing of the notice of proposed rates for solid waste collection service to all property owners and current CR&R customers.

The proposed rate schedule can be viewed by clicking here

How many containers will I have? 

The compliance plan filed with the state outlines 3 separate containers: 1 gray/black, 1 blue, and 1 green, to match the state's color coding requirements. The colors of the containers may vary at the time of implementation depending on container availability, however the containers will be labeled accordingly. 

What about the "dump card" fee I pay? What will happen to that? 

The District was considering removing the dump card fees from the tax rolls, coinciding with when collection service begins so that residents were not paying for collection and the dump card fee. Because a viable self-haul is now likely available, the dump cards will remain for the time being.

After recent conversations with county staff, the District is coordinating with the county to keep the dump card in place and for the county to assist with data collection and compliance for self-haulers. For customers with collection service through CR&R, an offset on the rate will be provided since the dump card might not be utilized by customers with collection service in-lieu of self-haul.

Can I still go to the dump? 

Yes - even with collection service, you can go to the transfer station (dump) to dispose of trash that will not fit in your containers or once you have exceeded your bulky item pick-up amount. 

Can I still collect the CRV for my bottles and cans? 

Yes - you absolutely can still collect and turn in cans and bottles for CRV. 

Can I still compost? 

Yes - you can still compost. If you compost, you may eligible for a "de minimus" exemption.

What if I do not have any organic waste since I compost? 

 You may qualify for a minimal producer exemption for organics collection only. The process for this is still being determined. Because of the level of reporting to the state required, you will likely need to provide information on your composting activity and volume to the District.

What if I want to haul my waste (trash, recycling, and organics) myself rather than have collection service? 

You will be allowed to self-haul your waste through a permitting and tracking process that is still in development. As long as you apply for a permit (process to be determined), and are providing receipts for  disposal, you will be able to self-haul and not need to have collection service.

What can I put in my organics bin? 

Until the District's hauler has determined where the end point for organic waste will be, such as which digester or composting facility, a definitive list of what can go in the organics container is not available. Each jurisdiction is different so what one CSD, city, or county allows will vary. In general, yard waste will be allowed. We are hoping all food waste and anything that can be composted will be able to go in the organics container.

What if I disagree with this requirement? 

The District encourages you to reach out to the legislators who voted for SB 1383. You can view the voting record HERE. None of our high-desert representatives voted for SB 1383. The District has no choice but to comply in order to avoid $10,000/day/violation fines. 

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