County to accept household hazardous waste at Temecula event

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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 will collect household hazardous waste, free of charge, this Saturday in Temecula.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Temecula Valley Entrepreneur’s Exchange, 43200 Business Park Drive, Riverside County residents will be able to drop off things like “used motor oil, paint, antifreeze, household and automotive batteries, pesticides, cleaning products, sharps (that is, needles, syringes or lancets), unused medication (except controlled substances), fluorescent lamps, and electronic waste such as televisions, computers, VCRs and telephones,” according to the Waste Resources Department.

It’s an opportunity for local residents “to keep hazardous waste out of the county landfills and ensure it is properly managed,” the department said.

Only residentially-generated hazardous waste will be accepted at the event — that means no waste from businesses or nonprofits will be taken. There will also be restrictions on what kinds of hazardous waste can be dropped off.

“The collection will not accept explosives, radioactive material, ammunition, asbestos, compressed-gas cylinders over 40 pounds, or infectious or medical waste other than sharps,” the Waste Resources Department said.

The event is open to all Riverside County residents.

The Waste Resources Department asked anyone seeking more information to contact them at 951-486-3200, 800-304-2226 or rcwaste.org/hhw.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com