Mojave Desert & Mountan Recycling Authority

Recycling at Home

Let’s make reducing, reusing, and recycling part of your family’s lifestyle.

Recycling at Home

Let’s make reducing, reusing, and recycling part of your family’s lifestyle.

Why You Should Recycle at Home

Recycling helps the environment


When you recycle you conserve valuable natural resources. Using recycled materials to make new products saves energy and reduces the amount of air and water emissions produced during the manufacture of new products. Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to virgin materials production.

Recycling keeps the environment beautiful


We live in a unique and delicate ecosystem that is continuously threatened by human impacts. Returning high-quality recycling to redemption centers reduces litter in public places and helps keep our environment healthy and beautiful.

Recycling diverts from landfills


Californian’s throw away about 5 pounds of trash per day. Proper recycling keeps valuable material out of the garbage stream and lowers the amount of waste sent to landfills. We all benefit from slowing the growth of landfills and conserving that limited space.

Recycling creates jobs


Recycled materials make up a significant and growing portion of our nation’s resource base. By recycling, you provide industry with the raw materials it needs to make new products. This, in turn, supports business and jobs. Recycling creates at least 10 jobs for every one created by sending the same amount to landfills.

The 4 Rs

Consider creating less waste by reducing your purchases, repairing what you already have and reusing items through donation or reselling.

3 Rs Reduce

Reducing is simply about creating less waste in the first place. Conscientiously purchasing less is a powerful tool in combating waste and reducing your overall environmental impact. 

Before you buy, consider if you really need that new item. Could you borrow one? Could you use something you already have? Is it something you’ll be able to use for a long time? Can you repair it if it breaks? Can you resell or donate it when you no longer need it?  

3 Rs - Repair

Keep manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean and maintain appliances, tools, and consumer electronics. User manuals may provide telephone numbers for technical assistance to help you with minor repairs.

Repair classes are offered through adult or continuing education programs on a wide range of subjects such as auto repair, bicycle maintenance and PC troubleshooting. Contact your local community colleges and adult education centers for courses offered.

3rs ReuseMany items remain useful long after you replace or abandon them. Consider donating or selling them rather than tossing them into your recycling container or trashing them in a landfill.

3 Rs - Recycle

We love recycling!

But we want to reduce the amount of material that makes it to the recycling stage.

If you’ve exhausted the three previous options, then recycling is your best choice. Just make sure that the item you’re considering is made of recyclable materials. You may need to break it apart to separate the recyclable material.

Residential Recycling is as Easy as 1-2-3


It’s extremely important that we keep our recycling streams free of contaminants (things that don’t belong there). See the “What You Should Recycle” below for guidelines about what material belongs in recycling.


Make recycling in your household easy and convenient. Put a recycling bin in any location you might need it so it’s always on hand. Put one in your kitchen next to your trash can, one where you sort your mail, one in your office… You get the picture. Make it easy!

Your recycling bin can be a plastic basket, or box, a wicker basket or even a plain old recyclable paper bag.


When you have something to recycle, drop it into a recycling bin. When the bin gets full, empty it into your curbside recycling container or take it to the nearest community drop-off location.

Recycling Bins In Your Kitchen

Make Recycling Easy with Bins

The more recycling bins you have around your home, the easier it is for your family to recycle right.

Recycling Tips

  • Empty all cans and bottles.
  • Place your recycling container out in the street, with the wheels up against the curb by 6 a.m. of the collection day. Place the container at least two feet away from your trash bin or any other obstructions like fire hydrants or cars.
  • Soiled or wet paper belongs in the trash container.
  • Keep the recycling loose in the container, not bagged.
  • Make sure you’re following the rules of your curbside recycling service.
Indoor Recycling Bins

Download our Recycling 1-2-3 Guide

Download our handy printable residential recycling guide.

Got Kids?

Lead by example. Your children are probably learning about recycling at school, and may even know more about it than you!

But the best practices start at home, so lead by example. Get the whole family involved in making better choices that will improve our environment for generations to come.

Visit our Schools page for some activities get your kids excited about recycling.

5 Simple Things for Parents

What to Recycle

Watch Our Recycling Video

This video explains what you can recycle in your curbside recycling bin in the San Bernardino County Desert and Mountain communities. 

Recyclables Accepted Curbside

Here is a list of general items that can be recycled in most curbside recycling programs or dropped off at a local recycling facility.

It’s important to follow your town or county’s recycling rules, check with your hauler to make sure you’re recycling right.

Paper and Cardboard Recycling at Work


Paper and Cardboard Recycling Tips
  • Clean, dry, and free of food waste
  • Flatten boxes
  • Remove liners from cereal/food boxes
  • Plastic window envelopes and staples are okay
  • No spirals from notebooks


  • Rigid containers (#1, #2, #5)
  • PET (#1) plastic bottles
  • HDPE (#2) plastic bottles
Recycle Plastic Containers
Plastic Bottles & Container Recycling Tips
Recycle Metal Cans and Trays


  • Tin cans
  • Aluminum cans and foil
Metal Cans & Trays Recycling Tips
  • Clean, dry, and free of food waste
  • Aerosol cans must be empty of pressure and product


  • Glass bottles and jars of any color, shape or size
Recycle Glass Containers
Glass Bottles & Jars Recycling Tips

Recyclables Not Accepted Curbside

Below are items that can (and should) be recycled, but are not accepted in most curbside recycling programs, therefore you will need to make special arrangements for proper recycling.
Plastic Bag Recycling

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags and plastic film wrap

Soft, flexible plastic film packaging such as grocery, bread, zip-top and dry cleaning bags or the wrap around such products as paper plates, napkins, and bathroom tissue CAN be recycled, but not in your curbside recycling program.

Plastic bags are rapidly becoming the widest-spread litter issue in America. Because of their composition and extremely light weight, plastic bags and film plastic require special handling. Most materials recovery facilities, or MRFs, aren’t equipped to handle them. When tossed in a trashcan, the bags frequently escape and are blown about by the smallest breeze. Occasionally, the bags are even blown out of trash disposal trucks.

In order to keep plastic bags from cluttering streets, clinging to the Joshua trees, and jamming up recycling equipment in the MRF, take them back to the grocery store for proper recycling by the manufacturers.

California supermarkets and large retailers with a pharmacy must accept plastic bags for recycling. You should readily find a recycling container in those stores. If you can’t find the container, ask a store employee.

If you can’t find a store that accept plastic bags, please call 1-888-URECYCLE or use the button below to find a nearby drop off location.

Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban

In November of 2016, California voters upheld the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags (Single-Use Carryout Bags SB 270), aligning state law with ordinances passed by a growing number of local governments in California to reduce plastic waste. For more information please visit CalRecycle’s Plastic Bag Page and their Frequently Asked Questions

As a result, most grocery stores, retail stores with a pharmacy, convenience stores, food marts, and liquor stores will no longer be able to provide single-use plastic carry-out bags to their customers. Instead, these stores may provide a reusable grocery bag or recycled paper bag to a customer at the point of sale at a charge of at least 10 cents.

What Can You Do to Avoid Plastic Bags
  • Reuse your reusable or paper bags.
  • It’s okay not to take a bag if you are only buying a single item.
  • Use a fabric bag. They are stronger than thin plastic (or paper) bags, and reusable hundreds of times. Remember to wash fabric bags regularly. Take them with you when you shop.
  • Paper bags are easily recyclable in your curbside program. 
  • Take single use plastic bags back to the store. Use them again if they are not torn. When a bag is torn or worn out, recycle it in the store’s container.
E-Waste Recycling


Televisions, Computers, Cell Phones and Electronics

Ask your retailer for recycling options or drop these items off at your local Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. There are 14 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities throughout San Bernardino County all run by the San Bernardino County Fire Department.


Don’t trash that mattress!

Many of the cities in our area provide municipal pickup services to remove bulky waste – including mattresses – from your home.

Follow the link below to visit the Mattress Recycling Council’s site where they provide a list of local municipal pickup providers in the High Desert area. 

Mattress Recycling
Recycling Frying Oil

Frying Oil

Deep fried turkey tastes great, but what do you do with all that leftover oil? Don’t put it down your drain or in your trash, instead take it to the household hazardous waste drop off facility.


You can take your unused paint to your nearest household hazardous waste drop off facility. Most locations accept all paints, thinners, and other solvents. Be sure to call first because a few locations only accept latex paint.

California’s PaintCare program is an industry sponsored product stewardship solution to properly manage leftover consumer paint. You can bring leftover paint to one of these participating locations. Please call first to assure they have storage capacity.

Recycling Paint

Motor Oil

Did you know that used motor oil never wears out? It just gets dirty and can be recycled, cleaned, and used again. Recycling used motor oil conserves a natural resource (oil) and is good for the environment too!

Motor oil poured onto the ground or into storm drains, or tossed into trash cans (even in a sealed container) can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams, and rivers. Recycling your used motor oil reduces this pollution threat.

When you take your used oil to a certified center for recycling, you are protecting the environment, conserving a valuable resource, and getting paid for it. That’s a winning combination!

Recycle Carpet


Doing some remodeling? Remember to recycle carpet and carpet padding. 

The best place to start is by asking your retailer about recycling options. 

You can also find drop-off locations from the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)  site. CARE is the manufacturers’ stewardship organization dedicated to increasing landfill diversion and recycling of post-consumer carpet. 

The CARE California Drop-off Site map at the button below will help you find a place to take your old carpet to be recycled. Enter a drop-off site’s name, city or zip code, or simply zoom into your location on the map to find the best site for you.

CalRecycle has helpful information for consumers, retailers and manufacturers on their Carpet Materials Management page.

Download our Recycling Flyer

Download our handy printable flyer and post it on your refrigerator or near your recycling bins to remind everyone about what belongs there.

Where Does Our Recycling Go?

Most communities in the High Desert and Mountain area are served by the Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

How Recycling Works at the MRF

The MRF is an intermediate processing center— sorting mixed recyclables into separate categories: newspaper, cardboard, other mixed papers, glass, steel cans, aluminum cans, PET plastics, HDPE plastics, and more. Once the recyclables are sorted (and compacted into bales), they are then ready to be shipped to businesses to be made into new products.

The MRF is the “middleman” between residents who separate recyclables, and the industries which use recyclable materials to make new products.

The MRF is owned by the Town of Apple Valley and City of Victorville; administered by the Mojave Desert and Mountain Recycling Authority; and operated by Burrtec Waste Industries.

Get the Victory Valley MRF Guide

This guide introduces you to the MRF and how recycling materials are processed at the facility.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Victor Valley MRF


Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)

17000 Abbey Lane, Victorville, CA


Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm

Saturdays 8am – 12pm

Phone: (760) 241-1284


Recycling Drop Off Center

Recycle Alley is a community drop-off site open to all residents and businesses of the High Desert.

Visit Recycle Alley before you go to the landfill!

Recycle Alley is a community drop-off site at the Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility. You can bring clothes, plastic bags, electronics and scrap metal as well as traditional recyclables (bottles and cans, paper, rigid plastic). Check out the buy-back pricing for bottles and cans, newspaper and cardboard.

By recycling these items at the MRF, residents and businesses reduce the amount of trash going to the landfill. This helps reduce landfill disposal costs and saves valuable resources.

Free Drop-Off Items

  • TVs,Computers,Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Mattress & Box Springs**
  • All Scrap Metal— except car parts
  • All clean, dry Papers
  • Cardboard* & Newspaper*
  • Glass Bottles & Jars
  • Mixed Plastic
  • CRVs*
  • Clothing & Shoes

Buy Back Redeemable Items

  • CRV Aluminum*
  • CRV Glass*
  • CRV PET Plastic*
  • CRV Water Jugs*
  • HDPE—Milk Jugs (CRV only)*
  • Newspaper*
  • Corrugated Cardboard*

Call for current pricing.
(760) 241-1284

*Indicates buy-back redeemable item
** Free to residents—businesses pay $5 each piece to accept

Recycle Alley

17000 Abbey Lane in Victorville

Just off Stoddard Wells Road heading north toward the Landfill.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm 
Phone: (760) 241-1284

Download the Recycle Alley flyer: English | Spanish

Recycling for Cash: California CRV

California Refund Value

You pay a deposit every time you purchase eligible beverage containers, don’t you want that back?

Every time you purchase an eligible beverage container from a retailer in California, you pay a nickel or dime deposit on that container. The California Redemption Value, or CRV, is the deposit return system that allows you to return those empty bottles and cans to a recycling location to get back the deposit you paid.


CRV containers

Glass, aluminum, bimetal and plastic containers including: 

  • Beer and Malt Beverages
  • Wine Coolers
  • Carbonated Fruit Drinks, Water, or Soft Drinks
  • Noncarbonated Fruit Drinks, Water, or Soft Drinks
  • Coffee and Tea Beverages
  • 100% Fruit Juice less than 46 oz.
  • Vegetable Juice 16 oz. or less

TIP:  To get the full refund value for your containers, they must be sorted and clean of contaminants. Make sure the containers are dry and clear of any food debris prior to returning them for CRV.

How much money can I get back?

If you have less than 50 containers of one type, your refund will be a nickel or dime (depending on size) for each container. If you bring more than 50 containers of a particular type, your containers are weighed and converted for refund value.

CRV for bottles and cans less than 24oz is 5 cents

CRV value 10 cents

CRV determined by weight

How many containers can I redeem at one time?

You may bring up to 100 pounds of aluminum and plastic or 1,000 pounds of glass on a single visit to a Recycling Center.

Find a Recycling Center

To find a certified Recycling Center near you, use the searchable Beverage Container Recycling Centers database from CalRecycle below. You can also visit the CalRecycle website to find it.

Find a Retailer

If you can’t find a nearby Recycling Center, try searching for retailers that redeem in-store. Thousands of grocery stores and other retailers statewide have pledged to accept empty beverage containers and provide deposit refunds. If your store is not included ask about their plans to redeem containers. Some stores have elected to pay a $100 daily fee to become exempt.

What if there isn’t a recycling redemption center near me?

  • Got curbside recycling service? Put containers in your curbside recycling bin for pickup.  
  • Save your CRV containers and drop them off next time you’re traveling by a Recycling Center.
  • Get your community involved. Try reaching out to your neighbors to combine efforts. Gather containers, take turns delivering to a recycling center and share refunds.

Buy Recycled

Close the Loop

Let’s close the loop and put our purchasing power to work!

If you are sending your waste to be recycled, but you are not looking for recycled content in the products that you buy, then, in theory, you are not completing a cycle, and are not truly recycling.

CalRecycle provides the following directories that can help you source recycled content products:

  • Recycled-Content Product Manufacturers (RCPM)
    May include products of any business in any country that manufactures or produces with recycled material. This directory is intended to be used by all types of buyers: government, business, and consumers.
  • RecycleStore
    This database for consumers lists only products of businesses that are located in one of California’s Recycling Market Development Zones (RMDZ). The RMDZ program provides attractive loans, technical assistance, and free product marketing to businesses that use materials from the waste stream to manufacture their products and are located in a zone. The zones cover roughly 88,000 square miles of California from the Oregon border to San Diego.

Household Hazardous Wastes

Proper Hazardous Waste Disposal

Household hazardous waste (HHW) is any chemical-based material discarded from homes which may threaten human health or the environment when disposed of improperly.

You might be surprised at the number of items in your house that are considered hazardous waste and require special disposal. It is important for the health and safety of our community that the items listed below are disposed of properly at a hazardous waste collection facility.

Household Hazardous Waste Items

Household Hazardous Waste Items

  • household generated motor oil & oil filters
  • auto & household batteries
  • antifreeze
  • cooking oil
  • pesticides
  • fertilizers
  • paint products
  • chemical cleaners
  • pool supplies
  • personal medications (excluding controlled substances; must separate solid & liquids)

Where to Take Your Hazardous Waste

San Bernardino County residents may use any of the collection facilities in the areas listed below.

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities in San Bernardino County are run by the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Call 909.382.5401 or 1.800.OILY.CAT (645.9228) to verify operating hours prior to visiting a collection center.

Collection Facilities that only accept antifreeze, batteries, oil and oil filters, and (Latex) paint are called ABOP facilities and are noted as such.

Apple Valley

13450 Nomwaket Road, Apple Valley, CA 92308

Sat, 10–2

Also accepts e-waste & sharps

Big Bear Lake

42040 Garstin Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Sat, 9–2

Also accepts sharps

Big River ABOP

150260 Capistrano Way

Call to verify, 909.382.5401

1st Saturday of the month, 8-12

ABOP facilities accept the following household items only:

  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries (automotive and household)
  • Oil & Oil Filters
  • Paint (latex only)


900 South Avenue H, Barstow, CA 92311

Sat, 9–2

Also accepts sharps


5050 Schaefer Avenue, Chino, CA 91710

2nd & 4th Sat, 8–1

Also accepts e-waste

Havasu Lake ABOP

County Fire Station 18
148808 Havasu Lake Rd.

1st Saturday of the month, 8-12

ABOP facilities accept the following household items only:

  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries (automotive and household)
  • Oil & Oil Filters
  • Paint (latex only)


17443 Lemon St., Hesperia, CA 92345

Tues & Thur, 9–1 and Sat, 9–3 

Also accepts e-waste & sharps

Joshua Tree

62499 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252


January 2021 – August 2021

1st & 3rd Saturday, 9–1


Also accepts sharps

Lucerne Valley ABOP

Behind Fire Station 8
33269 Old Woman Springs Rd.

Call to verify, 909.382.5401

3rd Saturday of the month, 9-12

ABOP facilities accept the following household items only:

  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries (automotive and household)
  • Oil & Oil Filters
  • Paint (latex only)


112 Robuffa Street, Needles, CA 92363 

call 1.800.OILY.CAT (645.9228) to verify dates and hours

Also accepts e-waste & sharps


1430 S. Cucamonga Ave, Ontario, CA 91761

Fri & Sat, 9–2

Also accepts e-waste & sharps

Rancho Cucamonga

8794 Lion St, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Sat, 8–22

Also accepts e-waste


500 Kansas St at Park Ave, Redlands, CA 92374

Sat, 9:30–12:30

Also accepts e-waste & sharps


246 South Willow Avenue, Rialto, CA 92376

2nd & 4th Fri & Sat, 8–12

Also accepts sharps

San Bernardino

2824 East “W” Street, Bldg. 302,
San Bernardino, CA 92408


Mon–Fri, 9–4

Also accepts e-waste & sharps


83732 Trona Road, Trona, CA 93562

2nd Sat in Mar, Jun, and Dec, 8–12 (call for Sept)

Also accepts e-waste & sharps


1370 North Benson, Upland, CA 91786

Saturday, 9–2

Also accepts e-waste and sharps


East of Desert Knoll Drive on Loves Lane
14800 7th Street, Victorville, CA 92392

Wed & Sun, 9–4

Also accepts e-waste & sharps

Get the San Bernardino County Hazard Waste Location Brochure

For more information download the HHW Brochure.

4 Household Hazardous Waste Tips for Your Home

Follow these four steps to protect you and your family’s health and environment.

Always  dispose of leftover hazardous products properly at a San Bernardino County Household Hazardous Waste Collection site in your community.

Hazardous Waste Poison

Avoid household products marked Poison or Danger

By law, hazardous products must have warning labels. There is a hierarchy to the labels that relates to their level of hazard. Choose products that don’t require a warning label or those marked Caution or Warning.

​Reduce your need for yard and garden pesticides

Pesticides are poisons. Besides killing bugs and weeds, they may also poison children and pets, irritate eyes or skin, cause skin cancer, or kill birds and fish.

  • Build healthy soil by adding compost or aged manure and using slow-release organic fertilizers.
  • Buy plants that will grow well in this climate and in your yard.
  • Try non-chemical products to control pests, such as Teflon tape for root weevils or soap and water solutions for aphids.

Cleaner Cleaners

Use less-toxic cleaners!

Some cleaners contain very hazardous ingredients that can burn your eyes, skin or lungs.

Look for safer, name-brand substitutes at your grocery store, or use simple alternatives. Some such non-toxic alternative manufacturers are the Sun & Earth Company, Seventh Generation, Ecover, and Simple Green.

Here’s an idea: try making your own All-Purpose Cleaner. It’s easy to do with products you may already have, and it works. Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) of water.

Motor Oil and Oil Filter

Recycle Used Motor Oil

Take your oil to a San Bernardino County Household Hazardous Waste Collection site, or a certified collection center in your neighborhood.

For a location nearest you, contact 1-800-OILY CAT (645-9228).

Free Material Reuse Products Available

Upcycle with FREE Material Reuse Products available from the San Bernardino Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Product availability not guaranteed, but the more we can reuse and repurpose, the better.

Call 909.382.5401 or 1.800.OILY.CAT (1.800.645.9228) for more information.


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