Turf BuyBack Program

Save money and time. Save water and get paid. It’s that easy. Are you ready to remove some, or all, of your lawn? 

The Department of Water and Power (DWP) pays our customers $0.50 for each square foot of turf removed.

HOWEVER, if the same customer later decides to replant any turf they must reimburse the DWP for all turf rebates and abide by all current landscape regulations.


A grant-funded STATE program may pay you an additional $1.50 per square foot. 

You must contact us for a pre-inspection appointment to measure the existing lawn BEFORE REMOVAL. When the lawn is gone, we come back out, verify it’s been removed, verify the irrigation system has been either removed, completely disabled or adequately re-purposed and write you a check. All new landscape plans are subject to the Conservation Policy and may require approval before installation.

Turf Removal Flyer

Rebate Amount

Want to know how much you’ll get? Here are some examples:

  • You have 2,000 square feet (s.f.) of turf and remove 1,000 s.f., you would be eligible for $500 (1,000 s.f. removed, all of which is eligible x $0.50).
  • You have 2,000 s.f. of turf, and remove all of it, you would be eligible for $1000 (2,000 s.f. x $0.50 = $1,000).
  • You have 500 s.f. of turf; you would receive $250 to remove all of it.

Turf Disposal

If you are a local resident you can dispose of the turf at the Big Bear Transfer Station from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday: 38550 Holcomb Valley Road, Big Bear.

For a complete schedule of Disposal fees please visit the San Bernardino County Solid Waste Disposal Fee information page or call 909-386-8701.

Payment for waste disposal at sites is by cash, Visa, MasterCard or as otherwise provided by ordinance.

  • If possible, let the turf dry out before disposal.
  • Remove as much dirt as possible from the turf to minimize disposal weight.

Need more information? Contact the Conservation Department.

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