COVID-19 Update

In light of the COVID-19 situation, RCDWR is taking precautions in our department to keep employees healthy and help prevent illness in our workplace and the community. We are monitoring the impacts of the situation and will adjust accordingly. If changes are made, we will post notifications on the RCDWR home page and via social media.

Although the situation could change as new information is obtained, at this time, the following RCDWR activities remain active, following all safety and health guidelines:

  • Landfill operations, with the exception of Saturdays closures at the Oasis landfill as noted below.

Among precautionary measures at this time:

  • Effective March 25, 2020, the Oasis landfill will be closed on Saturdays.  Alternate Saturday only disposal locations can be found HERE.
  • Effective March 25, 2020, Badlands, Lamb Canyon, and El Sobrante landfills will no longer accept cash payments.  Credit cards, debit cards and deferred payment business accounts are still accepted.
  • The Department's Moreno Valley Headquarters is closed to in-person visits effective 03/18/2020.  The public can contact the department through its website or call 951-486-3200.
  • Community Cleanups are cancelled through April 2020
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection events cancelled through April 2020.
  • Drop & Shops will be closed through April 2020.
  • Community Outreach Classes have been cancelled through April 2020.
  • Lamb Canyon education center visits have been cancelled.
  • Moreno Valley resource garden visits have been cancelled.
  • Community exhibitor attendance has been cancelled.
  • Speaking engagements have been cancelled.
  • Requests for speaking engagements, community exhibitor attendance, and education center and resource garden visits will continue to be accepted and RCDWR will contact requestors when scheduling resumes.

Resource Garden Tour 

in 2017, the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources redeveloped a portion of its property to include a resource garden to provide hands-on demonstrations of composting, vermicomposting, and green cleaning. The garden has respite areas for staff, as well as walking paths. The amphitheater area hosts classes for residents and community groups.

The design also incorporates reuse materials from the site, landfill, and other county department's waste and unwanted materials such as usable sign posts, broken pallets, or ground up tree trimmings. The simple design hosts drought tolerant, low maintenance, low waste plant material that can be composted easily on site. This practical demonstration garden showcases various methods of composting organic waste that can accommodate various lifestyles and abilities. 

A worm propagation area is used to demonstrate vermicomposting and highlights the ease of composting for those that may have physical or space limitations. Finished compost from both methods are used to grow food crops that highlight the benefits of using compost to grow stronger plants with robust fruits and vegetables from soil improved from composted organic waste that is diverted from the landfill.

The herb garden feature compliments the Green Cleaning class with sustainable herbs to encourage employees and residents to learn a less-toxic method of making their own household cleaning products that can be easily enhanced with natural herbs instead of heavy perfumes and chemicals found in over-the-counter products. 


Attend a Garden Talk

Join us in the Resource Garden for a Garden Talk with a UCCE Master Gardener. Garden Talk is FREE and no registration is required. Check the Class Schedule for the topic that interests you. All Garden Talks are Saturday morning at 10am; however on February 29, April 25 and September 26 you can join us for a 9am Green Cleaning class too. It's all free and everyone is welcome!