Thu. Oct 29th, 2020

hazardous-wasteOn Saturday, September 10, 2016, the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority will sponsor a one-day Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event at the Del Norte County Transfer Station from 9 AM until 2 PM.

This service is free to Del Norte County residents only, and is not intended or available for commercial hazardous waste disposal.

What are Hazardous Wastes?

Household hazardous wastes are materials discarded from homes that may pose a human or environmental hazard when improperly handled, stored or disposed.

LIST OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS THAT ARE RECYCLED FREE EVERY DAY:

Household fluorescent tubes and bulbs

Non aerosol latex and oil based paints, stains, laquers and waterproofing – NO THINNERS OR SOLVENTS

Cooking fats, oils and grease

Televisions and computer monitors

Home Sharps Container

Used motor oil

Drained oil filters

Old antifreeze

Lead and batteries

All household batteries (remember to tape one terminal

LIST OF HAZARDOUS WASTES TO BRING IN ONLY TODAY UNTIL 2 PM:

Pesticides

Old gasoline

Mixed paints, stains

Bleach

Drums of stuff with a skull and crossbones on it

Plus, FREE Mattress and Box Spring Collection – up to 4 units per household

 

What are the hazards?

  • Children and pets can be seriously harmed by eating, drinking, touching or breathing toxic chemicals.
  • Garbage workers can be injured by exploding cans, splashing chemicals and poisonous fumes.
  • Water using for drinking or irrigation is contaminated when such hazardous wastes seep into the ground.
  • Bacteria needed to break down sewage waste can be killed by these hazardous wastes when they enter you septic tank or the sewer system.
  • Tips for proper storage:
    • Never leave hazardous products within reach of children.
    • Never mix chemicals.  They can produce deadly gases and possibly explode.
    • Do not dispose of hazardous materials in the trash, sewer, storm drains, bodies of water or in the ground.
    • Do not refill empty containers unless the label states that this is OK.
    • Never remove products labels and always leave products in original containers.
    • Purchase only what you will need.  If you have extra, share with a neighbor.
    • Store in original containers away from food, pets and children until a household hazardous waste event is held.

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