Residential Curbside Trash and Recycling Service in Big Bear Lake

Effective July 2023 the City of Big Bear Lake will offer an Enhanced Solid Waste and Recycling Program.  
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Curbside trash pick up service is available to all Big Bear Lake homeowners/residents, vacation homes and weekend rentals.  Both trash and recycle cans are picked up once per week on a predesignated day of the week based on your address.  Please contact our office at (909) 866-3942 for pick up day information.

For residential customers, trash is paid directly through the yearly tax bill and commercial customers contract with Big Bear Disposal directly, paying per EDU (equivalent dwelling unit) based upon the business type.

Note to Part-Time Residents and Rental Tenants: All Big Bear Disposal, Inc. customers are welcome to utilize curbside service provided they are at the residence on their day of pick-up.  If you are unable to meet the 12 hour time frame, please utilize one of our two Clean Bear Drop-Off Sites for trash disposal and recycling.

The City of Big Bear Lake prohibits leaving trash cans at the curb for more than 12 hours. Trash that has been left out for an extended period of time can be alluring to local wildlife and loose pets.

For questions about what is trash and what can be recycled: What Do I Do With It?

Big Bear Lake Enhanced Cart System

Cart System

Residential customers receive Big Bear Disposal, Inc. carts:  one gray with black lid (trash) and one blue (recycling).   One each of gray, blue and green carts plus five bags of yard waste may be placed curbside each week.

Optional Items

  • Green cart for green waste is available upon request at no additional charge.
  • Additional carts, or reduced capacity carts are available for an additional cost.
  • Bear-proof cart (solid waste only) for a one time additional charge of $150. This cart has been tested and proven prevent wild life from getting into your solid waste/food waste trash container.
  • Pull-Out Cart Service:  Pull-out service is available at an additional charge for residential customers who are not on site on trash day.  We will pull out and return your carts on service day.  Limited to 100 feet from curb.

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Big Bear Lake Residential Trash Pick Up Schedule

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Seasonal Waste and Annual Clean Up Events

Seasonal Waste Pickup

Beginning December 26 through the second Friday in January, all residents may dispose of their organic, undecorated Christmas trees at their curbside for pick up during their regular service date.  Trees must be cut down to four feet in length, cannot be flocked and must have stands removed.

Annual Clean Up Events

Big Bear Disposal, Inc. will host two clean up events at Clean Bear Site #1 during May and October.  Clean up events include bulky item collection and green waste collection that exceeds weekly curbside limits of five bags.  Proof of residency required.