HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT
Many products used in our homes contain hazardous chemicals. The
average family has more than 60 hazardous products at home,
including such common items as disinfectants, pesticides, toilet
cleaners, oil-based paints, and motor oil. You can identify
hazardous products by reading the labels. Products labeled
Danger, Warning, or Caution warn of potential hazards if the
chemical product is misused, spilled, or disposed of improperly.
It is important to handle these products with care to prevent
harm to yourself, other living things, and our environment.
At the time of disposal, these products are called Household
Hazardous Waste (HHW). When hazardous materials are thrown
into the garbage, onto the ground, or down storm drains, they
can contaminate our air and water and pose a threat to human
health and wildlife.
Waste oil, antifreeze, vehicle batteries, pesticides, oil-paints,
gasoline, cleaners and other household hazardous materials are
accepted at the following disposal sites in the household
hazardous materials area, no charge:
Valley Transfer Station - 3941 North Sullivan
North County Transfer Station - 22123 Elk-Chattaroy Road
Waste-to-Energy Facility - 2900 South Geiger Blvd.
Materials should be in leak-proof containers with the contents
labeled on the outside. No containers greater than 5 gallons. If
you would like your gasoline, waste oil or antifreeze container
returned, just ask the attendant. Sorry, other waste containers
cannot be emptied and returned.
Hours of operation at all three sites are:
8:30 a.m. till 4:00 p.m., Seven days a week except major
Reuse: Each site has a re-use table were you may take items for
FREE. Just sign a waste exchange form.
Paint: Oil-based paints may be taken to the household hazardous materials
areas OR just thrown in with your regular solid waste. Check
with your solid waste collector to see if full cans of paint are
What happens to the household hazardous waste?
Those items that cannot be re-used are either recycled, like
antifreeze and vehicle batteries, or disposed of at a licensed
hazardous waste disposal facility.
Household Hazardous Waste Areas at Waste To Energy Stations:
The Waste to Energy plant and the two transfer stations each
have a recycling/household hazardous waste (HHW) facility which
is open to the public during the same hours as the disposal
sites. These recycling/HHW facilities are accessed without
crossing the scales and materials are accepted without charge.
Household Hazardous Waste Handling:
The adjacent household hazardous materials area in the Recycling
Centers at the Transfer Stations and the Waste to Energy plant
accepts household batteries, automotive batteries, motor oil,
paints and solvents, and other household hazardous waste. Items
are placed in a designated drop-off area for the public and
transferred to a secure storage building by a trained employee.
Specially trained personnel sort and package the material for
shipment to a hazardous waste landfill or incinerator. In some
cases, the materials (such as oil, vehicle batteries,
button-cell batteries, etc.) may be prepared for recycling
Refrigerant Recovery Program:
Refrigerant containing appliances, such as refrigerators,
freezers and air conditioners, are accepted at both transfer
stations and the waste to energy plant. Disposal fees are based
on the weight of the appliance and the current disposal rate.
Once the units are dropped off, the refrigerants are recovered
and reclaimed while the remains are sent to a local