Refuse & Recycling

Disposal Services

The following items are considered hazardous waste and CR&R cannot collect household hazardous waste as part of your regular garbage or recycling collection.

  • Pesticides
  • Insect sprays
  • Herbicides
  • Rust removers
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • Wood preservatives
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • Drain openers
  • Corrosive chemicals (non-commercial)
  • Lye
  • Muriatic acid
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Lubricants
  • 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
  • Batteries
  • Hypodermic needles /Sharps

Colton residents can dispose of household hazardous waste at the following locations at no costs. 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

Phone: 909-382-5401

Toll Free: 800-OILY-CAT (800-645-9228)
Fax: 909.382.5413

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.

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.

Hutton Center
660 Colton Avenue
Monday through Friday
8 am to 2 pm

Luque Center
292 East O Street
Monday through Friday
10 am to 1 pm

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.

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 to 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, increase nutrients, and improves soil texture.