Sustainability event includes compost exchange, paper shredding, oil, e-waste and used tire drop-off

INDIO – The city of Indio will host its first Sustainability Collection event of 2021 on Saturday, March 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Indio Corporate Yard/Indio Water Authority.

This sustainability event combines a number of highly requested environmental services, including:

  • old tire collection
  • used oil and oil filter collection
  • electronic waste (e-waste) disposal
  • paper shredding (four boxes free for Indio residents)
  • compost exchange

“This ‘super’ sustainability event provides a one-stop shop for the community to unload items that would be unsafe or unhealthy to put in your regular trash,” said Sara Toyoda, Indio’s Environmental Programs Coordinator.  “We are appreciative of the efforts of so many people to allow these events to all take place in one place, eliminating the need to make multiple trips to dispose of items like used tires or oil.”

Indio to Hold Super Sustainability Event in MarchIndio residents can drop off up to nine passenger car and truck tires at a time.  Tires must be removed from the rim and trailer or tractor tires will not be accepted.  “Providing a place to get rid of these tires helps reduce the amount of waste dumped in the desert,” added Toyoda.  Anyone who brings in used oil or oil filters will also receive a new oil pan and oil filter container.

A paper shredding truck will also be on site. Up to four boxes of shredding are free for Indio residents.  Residents of other cities can drop off shredding for a small fee. E-waste, including televisions, desktop monitors, and LCD screens, will also be collected. Other household hazardous waste will not be accepted at this event.

Residents who bring small amounts of food waste to the Sustainability Event in a container that can be emptied and returned, will be given a 3.5 gallon reusable bucket of compost in return. “The Compost Exchange is designed to educate residents about food and that it should not be wasted,” said Toyoda, noting that in the near future, SB1383 will become effective, and food waste will not be accepted at the landfill because it creates powerful greenhouse gases.  Food waste will be taken to a local compost facility where it can be processed into a healthy soil.

The Indio Corporate Yard/Indio Water Authority is located at 83101 Avenue 45.


Image Sources

  • Oil exchange: City of Indio
  • Compost exchange: City of Indio