Document Shredding & E-Waste Collection

Rancho Mirage hosts several document shredding and e-waste collection events for residents.  The event is free and open to Rancho Mirage residents only with proof of residency. Shredding is limited to six (6) 12’’ x 17″ x 9″ boxes of documents (normal file box size) per resident. This helps residents dispose of sensitive documents safely and securely, and there is no need to remove staples, clips, or binders. All documents are shredded on site and then recycled. E-Waste (electronic components) such as old televisions, computers, cell phones, printers, and facsimile machines is also collected and recycled free. Residents may also bring in household batteries (e.g. “AA”, or “D” flashlight & laptop batteries) for recycling.

The next Document Shredding & E-Waste Collection will be from 8:00 am. to noon on Saturday, January 19, 2019.  This event is for Rancho Mirage residents only, who must show proof of residency at the event. This Document Shredding & E-Waste Collection event will be held in the west parking lot of the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory located at 71-100 Highway 111 from 8 a.m. until noon. Household hazardous waste will NOT be accepted at this event.

Rancho Mirage residents can also bring old electronics (e-waste) to the Burrtec Waste and Recycling Center located at 41800 Corporate Way in Palm Desert, Monday thru Friday from 9am to 4pm, and Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Residents must show proof of residency to the clerk at the recycling center to take advantage of this free service. Large or bulky electronics such as TVs or computer monitors are also picked up under the City’s Bulky Item Pick-up program (requires an individual, residental account). Simply call the City’s trash and recycling contractor (Burrtec) to set up an appointment for a free pick-up of large/bulky electronics on your regularly scheduled trash day. Burrtec may be reached at (760) 340-2113.

Energy Utilities Incentive/Conservation ProgramsHousehold Hazardous Waste(HHW)

Rancho Mirage residents can have HHW collected by appointment at their home. Call (800) 449-7587 to schedule a free collection.  HHW is comprised of household items such as paint, pesticides, fertilizer chemicals, cleaning solutions, automotive products (e.g. antifreeze, brake fluid, motor oil), gasoline, swimming pool chlorine and acid, etc.  If a pickup is scheduled for these items, a resident may also add certain e-waste (e.g. TV, Computer, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs, DVDs, VCRs, etc.).

Click here to find out how the program work

Click here for instruction on pickups

Mandatory Commercial Recycling

The State Governor signed legislation in 2011 (AB 341) that requires mandatory commercial recycling for businesses that generate 4 or more cubic yards of waste weekly. The legislation also requires recycling for multi-family dwelling units of five or more units, regardless of the amount of waste generated.

The City periodically contacts businesses and multi-family property owners to help educate them on the law. Owners should have a recycling program in place. See More

Please go to: for more information on mandatory commercial recycling.

Paint Recycling
Rancho Mirage residents may recycle paint by taking it to any of three paint stores in Cathedral City, all on Perez Road.  There is no fee to drop off paint but please contact stores for specific details, drop off hours, etc.

Dunn-Edwards Paint
68955 Perez Road
Cathedral City, CA  92234

Sherwin-Williams Paint
68743 Perez Road
Cathedral City, CA  92234

Vista Paint (this store is the closest to Rancho Mirage and just west of Date Palm Drive)
68956 Perez Road
Cathedral City, CA 92211

Rancho Mirage residents may also contact WM Curbside at 1-800-449-7587 for free curbside pickup of paint (and other household hazardous waste) subject to program limitations.

Prescription Drug Disposal Program

In 2009, the City instituted a prescription drug disposal program which allows residents to properly dispose of old or unwanted medications in a bin at City Hall during normal business hours. This program provides an avenue for residents to properly dispose of non-controlled prescription medications (the medications are ground up and incinerated) as opposed to ending up in the water table or landfill.

Residential Recycling Guide

Residential recycling “wheels” are available at City Hall and the Rancho Mirage Public Library. These handy guides describe what items can or cannot go into recycling containers. Please contact City Hall at (760) 324-4511 to request your recycling wheel.

Sharps Program

Rancho Mirage residents can also dispose of sharps (needles) directly from their homes. Call (800) 449-7587 for more information about this free program.