Material Recycling Facility Tours


Curiosity Quest at The MRF


June 1, 2017
  • jpa technical committee
    Starts: 1:30 PM
    Ends: June 1, 2017 - 2:30 PM

    Location: Conference call-in number is (760) 955-5157

June 10, 2017
  • Big Bear Lake Master Composter Workshop
    Starts: 8:30 AM
    Ends: June 10, 2017 - 12:30 PM

    Location: Big Bear Lake City Hall Training Room - 39707 Big Bear Lake Blvd.


    The Free training class will teach participants about backyard composting, vermicomposting (composting with worms), grasscycing, recycling, and how to become a Master Composter. Contact Don at 951-265-8699 or for more information or to RSVP.

Business Hazardous Waste

Small Quantity Generators (CESQG)

Businesses that generate 27 gallons or 220 lbs. of hazardous waste, or 2.2 lbs. of extremely hazardous waste per month are called “Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators,” or CESQGs. San Bernardino County Household Hazardous Program provides waste management services to CESQG businesses.

The most common CESQGs in San Bernardino County are painters, print shops, auto shops, builders, agricultural operators and property managers, but there are many others.


When you call, be ready to describe the types and amounts of waste your business generates in a typical month. If you generate hazardous waste on a regular basis, you must:

Register with San Bernardino County Fire Department (909) 386-8401 as a hazardous waste generator.To obtain an EPA ID# and application form from the State visit calling (800) 618-6942

Manage hazardous waste in accordance with all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.

To arrange an appointment for the CESQG Program, call 1-800-645-9228 or 909-382-5401. Be ready to describe the type and amount of hazardous waste your business is ready to dispose of, and the types and size(s) of containers that the waste is in.

Waste Type and Costs

There is a small handling fee involved in the collection of hazardous waste from your business. Costs depend on the type of waste.

Aerosols $1.29/lb.Automobile motor oil $.73/gal.Anti-freeze $1.57/gal.Contaminated oil $4.48/gal.Car batteries $.62/ea.Corrosive liquids, solids $2.80/lb.Flammable solids, liquids $1.57/lb.Latex Paint $.73/lb.Mercury $10.08/lb.NiCad/Alkaline Batteries $2.13/lb.Oil Base Paints $1.00/lb.Oil Filters $.56/ea.Oxidizers $9.63/lb.PCB Ballasts $5.94/lb.Pesticides (most) $2.91/lb.Photofixer, developer $4.31/gal.Television & Monitors $11.20/ea.Additional Handling $138.00/hr.

*Rates subject to change without notice*

Unacceptable Wastes

Radioactives Water reactives Explosives Compressed gas cylinders Medical or biohazardous waste Asbestos Remediation wastes

Typical CESQGs

Landscape maintenance, nurseries, agriculture, golf coursesProperty management, maintenance residential care facilitiesElectronic, engineeringPublic agency, non-profit organizationsAuto repair shopsPaintersRealtorsHairdressersPhotographersBowling alley operatorsSchoolsDentistsManicure, nail shopsCraft, hobby storesPrint shops

Are There Any Other Ways To Save Money on Hazardous Waste Disposal?

Yes! First, start by reducing the amount of waste that you produce by changing processes or process chemicals, at your business. Next, examine if there is a way that you can recycle your waste back into your processes. Network with similar businesses or trade associations for waste minimization and pollution prevention solutions.

What If Your Business Does Not Qualify?

Call the San Bernardino County Fire Department Field Services Division for assistance with hazardous waste management at 909-386-8401. If you  reduce the amount of waste you generate each month to 27 gallons or less, you may qualify in the future.

What Happens to Your Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste collected by the CESQG Program is transported to a state permitted processing facility in San Bernardino. The waste is further  processed at this point and packaged for off-site recycling (oil filters, oil, latex paint, antifreeze, and batteries) or destructive incineration (pesticides, corrosives, flammables, oil based paint).