Mountain lake property secrets helps Big Bear Real Estate buyers learn what they need to know in order to make the transition a smooth one. Unlike urban areas, mountain living has some unique requirements that can make life confusing for the unaware buyer.
Our last discussion concerned utilities but another related challenge faced by new home owners in the Big Bear Valley involves trash disposal. Most areas of southern California take their trash services for granted. However, depending on the high altitude neighborhood you choose, arrangements have to be made for disposal services.
Owners of mountain lake properties and houses will need to make arrangements for street pick-up service. Some locations might have to dispose of household trash, yard debris, and other garbage at one of the local disposal yards, known as Clean Bear Sites, while others may need to haul things over to the landfill area.
Of course, your Big Bear Realtor can help you avoid any confusion over such services. In the meantime, we thought it would be useful for you to learn about the different options throughout the Big Bear Real Estate area.
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Solid waste in Big Bear Lake neighborhoods is handled by the City of Big Bear Lake’s Public Works Waste Management Division. Big Bear Disposal, partner to the city, handles trash pick-up, manages the trash drop off sites, and also facilitates hazardous waste disposal and recycling.
Hazardous waste such as batteries, propane tanks, mercury filled thermometers can be disposed of at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility located at 42040 Garstin Drive in Big Bear Lake. (Hours are Saturdays from 9 am until 2 pm.)
The San Bernardino County Fire Department also manages the hazardous waste disposal for the entire valley but for those who want to get rid of a number of items all at once, a free valley wide clean up is held twice a year (spring and fall) and is announced in the local media.
The Big Bear City Community Services District’s (CSD) service area covers communities outside the City of Big Bear Lake.
When it comes to appliance disposal, most will need to be taken to the county dump (aka transfer station) but if you have trash service, you can call to see what other options available. For instance, Big Bear Disposal will pick up an appliance with 24 hours notice while the CSD will help disabled and elderly with appliance disposal.
All residents in the Big Bear Valley who think they might need to toss a large number of items can also obtain a transfer station card that is valid for up to 52 visits to the local landfill site. The transfer station charges a nominal fee for disposal and is open Monday through Saturday (8am to 4:30pm). Those property owners who are assessed a tax each year to pay for the disposal site are issued an annual access card.