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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 for reporting and monitoring for organic waste, along with the requirement of SB 1383 to provide "curbside" collection of organic waste. At a minimum, the District must require 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 and will be solely responsible for meeting diversion (recycling) requirements. 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. 

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. Due to unprecedented supply chain and employment disruptions, this goal may be pushed out to January 1, 2024.

What will collection cost? 

At this time, CR&R, the District's franchised hauler, is unable to provide a rate schedule for service implementation that is still over a year away. The rates will be based on CR&R's costs and tipping fees and will be provided to residents through the Proposition 218 notification process. Each affected parcel will receive a notice of hearing for proposed rates.

How many containers will I have? 

The compliance plan filed with the state outlines 3 separate containers: 1 gray, 1 blue, and 1 green, to match the state's color coding requirements. It is possible there will only be 2 bins at the time of implementation, depending on where collected materials are eventually hauled to. The District is in the process of looking for the most economical outlet to send waste in order to keep costs down. 

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

District staff is working with the county on removing the dump card fee from the tax rolls. Removal will coincide with when collection service begins so that residents are not paying for collection and the dump card fee.

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. You will have to pay the tipping fees since you will not longer have a dump card.

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.

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 recycling and organics (through a permitting process that is still in development). You will not be allowed to self-haul trash. The District must monitor trash for contamination as well as keep data on the tonnage collected. This is not feasible without collecting trash. As long as you apply for a permit (process to be determined), and are providing receipts for recycling and organics disposal, you will be able to self-haul those materials only and not need to have collection service for recycling and organics - just trash.

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 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? 

he 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. The District has determined the best compliance option is residential collection service in order to comply with not only SB 1383 but also AB 939 and the myriad of reporting requirements imposed by the state. 

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