A Success Story

Where does all the trash that people throw out go? The trash collector hauls it away and many people don’t give it a second thought. It ends up in landfills, taking up space and creating gases and liquids that can cause pollution. The San Bernardino County Public Works Department/Solid Waste Management Division works hard to reduce waste through recycling. Selected loads of waste are sorted and materials are pulled out for further processing to be reused or recycled. This program has significantly helped the County reach its state-mandated waste diversion goals. In fact, during 2018, the Solid Waste Management Division diverted 60% of waste from landfills – 145,160 tons. And since 2006, they have diverted over 1.13 million tons of materials – equivalent in volume to two Empire State Buildings full of waste.

Region is Number One in Residential Solar Power.
Green Innovation
Region Still Number One in Residential Solar Power New policies and innovations are driving a…
More Unhealthy Days of Air in 2017.
Air Quality
Air Quality Extremes in 2020: More “Good” Days and More “Unhealthy” Days Poor air quality…
Solid Waste Disposal Continues to Rise.
Solid Waste and Household Hazardous Waste
Solid Waste Disposal Reaches 10-Year High; Pandemic Contributes to Lower HHW Collections. Reducing solid waste…
Illegal Pollutant Discharges into Storm Drains Increase in 2017.
Stormwater Quality
Reports of Pollutant Discharges Down in 2020 Stormwater pollution refers to urban water runoff that…
Water Usage Rate Remains Relatively Stable.
Water Consumption
Water Usage May be Inching Up Given San Bernardino County’s arid climate, effective water management…