The City of Big Bear Lake contracts with Big Bear Disposal for residential and commercial trash service. To review the Franchise Agreement with Big Bear Disposal, click HERE.

Curbside Pick-up

Curbside pick-up service is available through Big Bear Disposal for all Big Bear Lake homeowners/residents and vacation homes and weekend rental.

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 (The City prohibits leaving trash cans at the curb for more than 12 hours as the trash can be alluring to local wildlife) please utilize one of the two Clean Bear Drop-Off Sites for trash disposal and recycling.

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.

Clean Bear Sites

As of December 1, 2022 the Clean Bear Sites (41970 Garstin Drive and the Site directly across City Hall at 39690 Big Bear Blvd) are now checking for proof of eligibility to dump trash at the Sites.

Users of the Clean Bear Sites will be asked to provide proof of eligibility by:

  • Photo ID
  • Property Document (Mortgage Statement, Lease, Property Tax Bill)
  • Utility Bill
  • Car Registration
  • For visitors, a rental contract or other document associated with a City of Big Bear Lake residential property address

Clear Bear Site(s) User Guide and additional information.


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Big Bear Disposal, Inc. is committed to protecting the pristine environment of the Big Bear Valley. Everyone can help Big Bear Lake reach the goal of being a "zero waste" community! Big Bear Disposal, Inc. offers three easy ways to recycle!


Recycling Tips - Reduce and Reuse

Use the following tips to reduce your trash, save money, and help to preserve our valuable resources.

  • Avoid disposable items whenever possible.
  • Choose durable products that can be used over and over.
  • Use the blank side of scrap paper for notes before recycling them.
  • Save plastic produce bags and paper or plastic grocery bags for reuse.
  • Switch to reusable cloth and string bags when you shop.
  • Buy in bulk whenever possible and bring your own bag or container when possible.
  • Pack lunches in reusable containers to reduce waste and save money.
  • Choose products with minimal packaging that can be recycled easily.
  • Use a reusable mug or cup for beverages, to avoid using disposable cups.
  • Repair broken or damaged items rather than replacing them.
  • Purchase quality used items such as furniture, sports equipment, toys and books at second-hand stores, garage sales or through classified ads.
  • Compost leaves and grass clippings in a home compost pile, and kitchen scraps in a worm bin.  Use the compost to improve your garden and feed house plants.
  • Buy recycled-content products whenever possible.

By supporting the efforts to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, we are able to maintain that commitment to our community.  Learn more about Reduce, Reuse and Recycle at:

For questions about what is trash and what can be recycled: What Do I Do With It?
For information about where to recycle: Where can I recycle in Big Bear Lake?



Big Bear Disposal Main Office
Phone: (909) 866-3942
Website: Big Bear Disposal
41974 Garstin Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Recycling/Buy-Back Center
41970 Garstin Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Tues/Wed/Fri: 8 a.m. - 5p.m.              
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.            
(closed 11:30-12:30 all days) 
Clean Bear Site #1
41970 Garstin Rd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Open Daily 
Clean Bear Site #2
39690 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Open Daily