Animal Carcasses

Disposal Locations

Riverside County Landfills

Depending on certain circumstances, this waste may be accepted at Riverside County Landfills based on type of waste described below.

Locations & hours

Fee schedule:  Routine refuse disposal rates apply to small animal carcasses.  The Hard to Handle rate applies to Large Animal Carcasses/Large Quantities and Diseased Animal Carcasses.

Small Animal Carcasses

Individual dead animals weighing less than 15 pounds may be disposed in the general waste stream. Small dead animals must be in sealed waste containers or bags prior to arriving at the landfill. The sealed container or bag must be of sufficient strength to resist breakage under normal transportation and unloading activities. If the carcasses are from animals that have died as a result of a disease that is transferable to humans, advanced notice and approval are required (See Diseased Animal Carcasses).

Large Animal Carcasses/Large Quantities

Sources of large animal carcasses or large quantities of animal carcasses include residential farms, commercial facilities, veterinary clinics, and animal shelters. The Department recommends that facilities that generate large quantities of animal carcasses or carcass waste from meat and poultry industries contract with licensed rendering facilities whenever possible. If the carcasses are from animals that have died as a result of a disease that is transferable to humans, advanced notice and approval are required (See Diseased Animal Carcasses).

Dead animal carcasses weighing more than 15 pounds or large quantities of animal carcasses require immediate burial at Riverside County landfills. Customers must inform the landfill Gate Service Assistant that they are disposing of a large animal carcass/large quantities that requires immediate burial. All customers with loads requiring immediate burial are subject to delays while site personnel arrange burial locations.

Waste loads must be covered in a manner so that the animal carcass or load of carcasses is not visible to the general public. The cover on the transport vehicle must remain on until landfill staff directs the driver to remove the cover and unload the animal carcass waste. Alternatively, the carcasses may be sealed in containers or bags so that the carcass waste is not visible when dumped. The sealed container or bag must be of sufficient strength to resist breakage under normal transportation and unloading activities.

Diseased Animal Carcasses

Diseased animal carcasses may be accepted on a case-by-case basis and only with prior approval of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Please contact the Department directly at 951-486-3200.


This information above is offered as a public service in an effort to eliminate illegal and improper waste disposal. As the information may not be comprehensive, the Department encourages the public to research additional companies that are available for the services sought. The companies are not affiliated, endorsed or regulated by the Department. Accordingly, as with any professional service, please confirm the accuracy of the company’s information and request copies or verification of the company's license and/or permits to provide the service, prior to utilizing its services. Under no circumstances, directly or indirectly, shall the Department be held responsible or liable for reliance on this information.  If you would like to include your company on the list, please contact Waste-Approval@rivco.org or call (951) 486-3200.

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