As a result of general home maintenance and home improvement projects, many of us use and accumulate products that, when no longer useful, become household hazardous waste (HHW).
Leftover household products labeled with “Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison, Toxic, Flammable or Corrosive” are considered hazardous waste, and should not be thrown in the trash or dumped down sewer or storm drains. HHW includes common household products like paint (e.g., latex and oil based), automotive fluids (e.g., motor oil, antifreeze, solvents), pesticides, aerosols, pool chemicals, batteries (e.g., household and automotive), electronic and universal wastes which include computers, printers, cell phones, VCRs, and fluorescent light bulbs.
While it is always best to use up your household chemical products, the County of San Diego’s Department of Environmental Health would like to remind you that there are several options for the proper management of unwanted HHW. The County and many local cities operate collection facilities where residents can bring their household chemicals for proper disposal or recycling at no charge.
In addition, items such as unwanted paint can be taken back to many retail locations participating in the product stewardship programs such as California’s Paint Care program.
To find drop-off locations for specific items call 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784), or visit the recycling and waste disposal resource, www.Wastefreesd.org, to search for locations based on your ZIP code. For paint recycling locations, visit www.paintcare.org/drop-off-locations.
In addition, the Department of Environmental Health HHW Program will once again be participating in the Industrial Environmental Association and Supervisor Cox sponsored Earth Day Event at the County Administration Center on April 22, 2015 by collecting household batteries and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) from County employees and the public. The event is scheduled to run from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm in the West Plaza (by the Guardian of Water statue). Hope to see you there!