May 2018
Mt. San Antonio from Rancho Cucamonga: photo by Amanda Walker
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Go Green With These Spring Cleaning Tips

Clean your cupboards and shelves without dirtying the planet.

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Spring is the perfect time of year to clear out clutter. Before you toss anything, please think about the environment and check to see if the items you are cleaning out of your home need special disposal. Here are some disposal options that can help make your spring cleaning easier:

Say Goodbye to Bulky Items: The Bulky Item Pick-up Program can help you properly dispose of that worn-out couch, or other large items that can't be reused and are too big for your trash barrel. Rancho Cucamonga residents that have residential barrel service with Burrtec Waste Industries are eligible for four free bulky item pick-ups per calendar year. Bulky items include furniture, appliances, rimless tires, and televisions. Many stores offer free removal of your old appliances and furniture when your new ones are delivered, so be sure to ask. Vehicle parts, construction materials, and hazardous waste are not eligible. For more information and to schedule a pickup, call Burrtec Waste Industries at (909) 987-3717.

Put Your Yard to Work: Your green waste is not wasted; it's recycled into compost or mulch. Excess seasonal prunings can be hauled away with your regular green waste at no additional charge. Tie them into bundles no larger than 18 inches in diameter and four feet long, and place them next to your green waste barrel on your regular pick-up day. Remember, the green waste barrel is for grass clippings, brush, prunings, leaves, twigs, weeds, livestock manure, and small branches less than six inches in diameter. Residents may place excess seasonal green waste out for pick up at no additional charge up to two times per year. If you consistently have more green waste than can be stored in your barrel, call Burrtec Waste Industries at (909) 987-3717 to request an additional green waste barrel for a nominal monthly fee.

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Safe Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste: Don't forget your garage during your spring cleaning. Did you know that you can safely dispose of many of your unused household cleaners, paint, used motor oil, and electronics at the City's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility? Some of the acceptable items include used motor oil, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, television sets, and computers. The service is free, but proof of residency in San Bernardino County is required. Business waste is not accepted.

The collection facility is open Saturdays only from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The collection facility is located at 8794 Lion Street, between Vineyard and Hellman, off of 9th Street. Please note that the facility will be closed on the following holiday weekend: Saturday, May 26th. Visit the City's website www.CityofRC.us or call the Environmental Programs Info Line at (909) 919-2635 for a complete list of acceptable items, transportation guidelines, and holiday closure info.