Refuse & Recycling
Notice of Solid Waste Rate Increase
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Colton City Council will hold a public hearing on or after 6:00 PM on December 20, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter, in the City of Colton Council Chambers - 650 N. La Cadena Drive, Colton, CA 92324, to consider adopting increases to the rates for the collection and handling of trash, recycling, and organic waste services within the City (collectively, “Solid Waste Services”). Said public hearing will be held to consider all oral testimony and written protests to, and the adoption of the proposed rate increases. If the Colton City Council decides to conduct the hearing remotely in the interest of public health and safety pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 361 (Chapter 165, Statutes of 2021), information will be posted on the City’s website as soon as possible, and will also be included in the published agenda for the December 20, 2022 Colton City Council meeting.
City of Colton Waste Hauler Agreement
- The city contracts exclusively with CR&R for trash, green waste/organic and recycling disposal.
- Learn more about CR&R.
- Get the latest CCR&R environmental news.
- To establish new service residential customers must contact the City of Colton Customer Service Department at 909-370-5555.
- To establish commercial services businesses must contact CR&R directly at 909-370-3377.
- Pay Your Residential Trash bill.
- Pay your Commerical Trash bill.
- View the current refuse and recycling rates (PDF).
- View commercial business legislation information (PDF).
- For current information on Colton’s oil filter exchange events click here-
Bulky item pick up
Bulky item service is available for Free 4x per year.
Bulky items are picked up by CR&R at the curb of your home by appointment only:
Customer Service: 909-370-3377
Example of Bulky items:
Couches, Mattresses, tables, chairs, desks, dressers and large appliances.
Free Mattress Disposal
The City of Colton waste hauler CR&R has joined the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress program collection as a site participant. Residents can now bring an unlimited amount of mattress to the City’s Disposal site located at 2059 E Steel Rd. CR&R will accept old mattresses and box springs from Colton Residents for free.
A mattress recycled through the Bye Bye Mattress program is broken up into four main components – steel, foam, fibers and wood. These components are used to make hundreds of new products such as carpet padding, construction rebar, insulation, filters and mulch.
Free Carpet Disposal
CR&R now offers carpet and padding disposal at 2059 E. Steel Road (Monday-Friday 8am-4pm). No charge for Colton residents for the first two rolls with proof of ID. Colton businesses will receive a reduced rate. For more information, click here
Community Dump Days
Community dump days are offered twice a year as a drive by event for residential customers only
Dates: 2nd Saturday in April and October (subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Details available via social media, channel 3 or utility bill)
Time: 8 am to 12 noon
Location: Gonzales Community Center located at 670 Colton Ave, Colton, CA 92324
**No tires, construction or household hazardous waste accepted.
The following items are considered hazardous waste and CR&R cannot collect household hazardous waste as part of your regular garbage or recycling collection.
- Insect sprays
- Rust removers
- Swimming pool chemicals
- Wood preservatives
- Chlorine Bleach
- Drain openers
- Corrosive chemicals (non-commercial)
- Muriatic acid
- Household Electronics
- Hobby chemicals
- Used motor oil
- Used transmission fluid
- Gear oil
- Paint products including oil, latex, spray, and stripper
- Paint thinners
- Automotive chemicals including waxes, polish, carburetor cleaner, brake fluid, gasoline, and antifreeze
- Hypodermic needles/Sharps for proper disposal click here (ENG) or Spanish thank you.
Colton residents can dispose of household hazardous waste at the following locations at no cost. Commercial customers have to pay a disposal fee:
San Bernardino County Fire Department
Household Hazardous Waste Program
2824 East W Street, Building 302
(San Bernardino Intl Airport)
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0799
Toll-Free: 800-OILY-CAT (800-645-9228)
City of Rialto Maintenance Yard
246 S. Willow Avenue
Rialto, CA 92376
2nd & 4th Friday & Saturday from 8 am to Noon
Visit the San Bernardino County Fire website for more information on hazardous disposal.
View additional household hazardous waste collection facility locations. English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF)
For the convenience of Colton residents, the city offers two locations for sharps drop-off.
Note: Free drop-off must be in a container 1-gallon in size or smaller.
Mandatory Commercial Recycling (AB341)
With the passage of Assembly Bill 341, businesses and public entities that generate four cubic yards or more of waste per week and multifamily complexes with five or more units are required to recycle.
Please contact the City of Colton Recycling Coordinator at 909-264-2321 for more information to get your business into compliance with AB 341.
Benefits of a having a Commercial Recycling Program:
- Opportunities for Colton businesses or Colton multifamily complexes to save money.
- Be more efficient and more ecologically sensible
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Keeping valuable materials out of landfills
- Creating a healthy environment for the City of Colton and future generations by recovering natural resources.
Mandatory Commercial Organic Recycling (AB 1826)
On or after April 1, 2016, a business that generates eight cubic yards or more of organic waste must recycle that material. This will decrease to four cubic yards of organic waste in 2017. In 2019 all businesses with 4 or more yards of solid waste per week will be required to participate in organic waste recycling.
California law (SB 1383, Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016) targets a 50 percent reduction in the landfilling of organic waste in 2022. If you are a commercial business producing organic waste in search of donation locations, please click here.
Please contact the City of Colton Recycling Coordinator at 909-264-2321 for more information to get your business into compliance with AB 1826.
Grass Cycling and Organic Composting
Grass Cycling is a popular trend in home lawn care that refers to leaving grass clipping to sit on top of grass after lawn mowing and uses as a natural fertilizer.
Organic compost is Organic matter that has been broken down by microbes. compost is a key ingredient in all soils. It improves sandy soils, encourages beneficial microbes and earthworms, increases nutrients, and improves soil texture.
To learn how to build your own compost bin click here (PDF).