Indian Wells



Residential Basics

Service Specifics: Backyard service provided.  Trash and recyclables may not be placed at the curb.  The drivers will collect the material from the customer's container storage location.  Residents may use as many containers and/or bags as they wish. Recyclables do not have to be separated by type. Glass bottles/jars, paper, plastics, tin, aluminum, and cardboard are commingled in the recycling container.

Multi-unit complexes (apartments, condominiums) may have different service structures.  Residents may call Burrtec at (760) 340-2113 for specifics.

Container Specifics:
Trash cans are provided by the resident (maximum can size allowed is 35-gallon, maximum weight allowed is 75 lbs. per container).  Recycling containers are provided by Burrtec.  The resident may choose from 18-gallon crates or 32-gallon wheeled carts.

Collection Schedule: Trash and recyclables are collected between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., once a week. Residents should have both trash and recyclables available for collection by 7:00 a.m. on service day.  Burrtec collects trash and recyclables 52 weeks per year.

Billing Method
: Residential services are charged via tax roll billing.  Newly-built homes will be billed directly by Burrtec until tax roll billing can be established.

More Service Features…

Free Residential Services
The following services are free for residents; however pick-up of these items is not automatic. Please call Burrtec at (760) 340-2113 to schedule a pick up. Burrtec requires 48 hours notice in advance of the resident’s regular pick-up day. Residents may call for this service as needed. Please be prepared to list the items that you wish to have picked up. These items should be placed near your waste cans for collection, not at the curb. 

Bulky Item

Electronic Waste

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) 

Used Motor Oil

Special Collection Events

Other Ways To Be Kind To Your Environment

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s Recyclable?

Bulky Items

Includes unwanted large items that cannot be disposed of in a regular trash container (limit of 4 items per pick-up).  These items include:

  • Furniture
  • Bundled wood
  • White Goods (washers, refrigerators, dryers, etc.)
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Barbeques and patio furniture

Additional items will be collected at $12.50 each.

If items are in good condition, residents should consider donating them to a local charity or thrift store. Some organizations offer free pick-up of items in good shape. Regular household trash and household hazardous waste cannot be collected through this process.

Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
Electronic items are considered hazardous because they often contain mercury and other materials that are harmful when disposed of through traditional methods. Residents may call Burrtec at (760) 340-2113 to schedule this free service. These items include:

  • Televisions
  • Phones
  • Computers, printers, monitors, modems
  • Small appliances
  • Radios / music players
  • DVRs / DVD players
  • Power tools
  • Anything that has an electrical plug or operates by battery

Limit of 4 items per scheduled pick-up. Additional items will be collected at $12.50 each.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
Items include:

  • Paint
  • Oils
  • Pesticides
  • Cleaners
  • Solvents
  • Medications
  • Sharps (syringes and lancets)
  • Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
  • Household batteries
  • Auto batteries
  • Pool chemicals
  • Toner cartridges

Motor Oil

Please follow these instructions:

1. Pour motor oil into a clean, opaque or clear, leak-proof plastic container (such as a milk jug or juice bottle) with a lid.
2. Do not mix motor oil with water or other fluids.
3. Place the oil containers(s) next to your trash cans for collection on your service day.
4. Place oil filters in a leak-proof, zip-lock style plastic bag and set next to motor oil.
5. Call Burrtec at (760) 340-2113 at least 48 hours in advance of regular pick-up day to schedule this service.

Never dump oil down a storm drain, pour it on the ground, or bury it.

Special Collection Events

No reservations needed for these events

Christmas Trees
From December 26th through the second week of January, Burrtec will collect Christmas trees on the resident’s regular trash collection day. Trees must be cut into four-foot lengths or smaller, bundled, and placed next to the trash containers. Flocked trees must also be cut into four-foot lengths and placed next to the trash containers. Unfortunately, flocked trees cannot be recycled and are destined for the landfill.

Document Shred Events

The City of Indian Wells offers four annual document shred events. These allow residents the opportunity to securely dispose of financial records, medical papers and other sensitive documents. These items are destroyed on-site by a mobile shredding unit.

Events are held on the last Saturday in January, April, July, and October.  Upcoming event dates are listed below:

January 30, 2021

January's Shred Event will be held at the following location:

City of Indian Wells
44950 Eldorado Drive
Indian Wells, CA  92210

Shredding starts at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m. Limit of four (4) banker boxes.

Other Ways To Be Kind To Your Environment

Coat Hangers
Wire coat hangers are almost always re-useable. Ask your dry cleaner if they will take them back to use again.

Packing Materials

Many postal/mailbox/shipping retail shops will accept packing material such as boxes, “peanuts,” and bubble-wrap to be reused.

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags may not be placed in your recycle container. Although a plastic bag may be marked as recyclable, there are no processing plants in the immediate geographic area to process them. Local grocery stores will accept used plastic grocery bags and recycle them. The City also collects plastic bags that are donated to local food banks for use by their clients to transport weekly supplies (the city collection bins are located in the citrus collection area adjacent to our community gardens. Local grocery stores will accept used plastic grocery bags and recycle them.

Plastic bags are damaging to our environment for a variety of reasons. Burrtec and the City of Indian Wells strongly urge residents to employ reusable bags when shopping. Reusable bags are durable, inexpensive, and may be used many times over.

Telephone Book Recycling

Gerald Ford Elementary School at Fred Waring & Warner Trail accepts phone books as part of an on-going recycling program that raises funds for school projects. Residents may also dispose of phone books in their household recycling containers.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am starting a home improvement project and I expect to generate a lot of extra trash? How can I get rid of it?
Please contact the Indian Wells Recycling Coordinator at (760) 674-1032 for an evaluation of your project. This free assessment will help you decide what containers/services are best suited for your job. For guidance on larger projects, please contact the Indian Wells Building Department at (760) 776-0230.

I will be moving soon. What do I do with my containers?

Please leave your recycling containers in place for the next occupant to use.

My recycling containers are badly worn. What can I do?

Please call Burrtec at (760) 340-2113 and your containers will be replaced at no charge.

How can we reduce the amount of trash we generate?

There are many small changes we can make to reduce our impact on the environment. Cal Recycle has some useful tips at

Additional ideas can be found at

I like doing my own gardening. How can I dispose of my “green waste” in an environmentally-friendly way?

Backyard Composting
Composting harnesses the natural process of decomposition by turning organic matter into a useful product for your landscape or garden. Composting can also improve hard, depleted soils so that flowers, vegetables, and fruit trees can thrive in a nutrient-rich environment. Composting also improves the soil by boosting its fertility and moisture-holding capabilities. By composting, you return the earth's nutrients back to the soil, where your plants absorb them, thereby becoming healthier. Healthy plants are more resistant to diseases and pests.

Many organics make great compost such as leaves, grass clippings, fruit & vegetable waste, egg shells, coffee grounds, and food scraps (no bones). You can even compost food-stained paper such as paper towels, pizza boxes, coffee filters, and paper napkins.

Anyone with a little extra room in a garden, a little extra time, and a continual source of compostable materials can produce good, high quality compost in as little as 4 weeks. Instead of throwing away your organic waste, compost it! You will be doing your part to divert this material from our landfills.

For additional information on backyard composting go to    Brochures with composting information are available at Indian Wells City Hall.


Portable restroom rental is not available in all areas.  Please contact your local customer service center for more information on portable restroom service.

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