County collects hazardous household waste for safe disposal

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Riverside County Department of Waste Resources personnel assist residents in collecting hazardous waste at a collection event at the Anza Transfer Station Saturday, Aug. 24. Valley News/Diane Sieker photo

The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources conducted a free household hazardous-waste collection event Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Anza Transfer Station.

Residents arrived with used motor oil, pesticides, medical sharps, leftover paint, unidentified containers and more and were guided to the dirt field just east of the main transfer station.

The hazardous household waste materials were transferred to a sheet of plastic, and Waste Resources personnel attired in safety suits and protective footwear took precautions in putting it into secure containers.

The event accepted residentially generated household hazardous waste from Riverside County residents. Waste from businesses or nonprofits was not accepted.

Typical hazardous household waste included used motor oil, paint, antifreeze, household and automotive batteries, pesticides, cleaning products, medical sharps such as needles, syringes or lancets, unused medication, fluorescent lamps and electronic waste such as televisions, computers, VCRs and telephones. Tires were not accepted at this event.

Explosives, radioactive material, ammunition, asbestos, compressed-gas cylinders over 40 pounds, or infectious or medical waste other than specified were not accepted.

The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources provides an opportunity for Riverside County residents to keep hazardous household waste out of the county landfills and ensure it is properly managed and recycled when applicable.

Additional events are held at the Anza Transfer Station every second Saturday of the month. Antifreeze, household and automotive batteries, used oil and filters and household latex and oil-based paints are accepted at these monthly collections.

For more information and to learn about upcoming events, contact the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources at (951) 486-3200 or (800) 304-2226, or www.rcwaste.org/hhw.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at anzaeditor@reedermedia.com.