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Household Hazardous Waste

Toxic Household Products

Household Hazardous WasteGot Household Hazardous Waste?
Toxic household products can lurk in many corners of our homes - pesticides in the garden shed, motor oil in the garage, paint cans in the basement, worn out fluorescent bulbs and chemical cleaners under the sink... the average household contains 3 to 10 gallons of household toxics! When these products are left over, unwanted or unusable, they turn into potentially harmful waste, also known as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW).

Obvious Toxics
It is easy to imagine why certain household toxics - for example a bottle of weed killer or a canister of diesel fuel - might pose a danger to our families and the environment. Inhaling fumes and skin contact can damage our health, especially that of our children. Throwing these products into the trash or pouring them down the sink or into a storm drain pollutes our soil, groundwater, rivers and bay, and can harm wildlife.

Hidden Toxics
Other household hazardous waste is less obvious in its toxicity. For example, electronics such as computers and cell phones, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and thermostats are safe while in use, but turn into toxic waste when discarded. The reason is that they contain heavy metals like mercury and cadmium, and other harmful chemicals that are released into the environment when these products are crushed in the landfill.

Never dispose of Household Hazardous Waste in the garbage, sink or a storm drain! Instead take these items to one of SVSWA's facilities for safe disposal or recycling.

Protect yourself and the environment: avoid hazardous products and choose less toxic alternatives instead!

Safe Disposal and Recycling

Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) are leftover, unwanted, unusable or spent household products that contain toxic ingredients. These products must be disposed of properly to protect the health of our families and the environment.

The items listed below can be dropped off free of charge at SVSWA's HHW collection facilities. Additional drop-off locations exist for highlighted items - click on the link for that information.

Household Hazardous Waste and Where to Take It

Other paints, thinners and solvents

Solvents

Cleaners such as bleach, drain openers and toilet cleaners

Pesticides

Fertilizer, pesticides and other garden chemicals

Antifreeze

AntifreezeAntifreeze contains toxic chemicals that can cause serious health problems and even death. It is especially dangerous to animals and children because of its sweet taste. Two tablespoons of antifreeze can kill a small dog!

Never dispose of spent antifreeze in the garbage, toilet, sink or storm drains. Please take it to one of the drop-off locations listed below for recycling.

Gonzales:

"ABOP" station at Johnson Canyon Landfill
31400 Johnson Canyon Road
(831) 675-2165


King City:

"ABOP" station at Jolon Road Transfer Station
52654 Jolon Rd
(831) 385-6213


Owens Chevron
1 Broadway Circle
(831) 385-5291


Prunedale:

Prunedale Lube & Auto Care
8485 Prunedale Rd. North
(831) 663-9400
  Salinas:

"ABOP" station at Sun Street Transfer Station
139 Sun St.
(831) 424-5535


Dick Adams Automotive
242 Griffin Street
(831) 758-8277


Household Batteries

BatteriesHousehold batteries - the kind used in flashlights, toys, electronics etc - contain small, but very potent amounts of heavy metals and corrosive chemicals. These toxic substances can contaminate our soil and water if they end up in the landfill. It has been illegal to put household batteries into the garbage since 2006.

Please buy hand-operated items whenever possible and use rechargeable instead of single-use batteries. Rechargeables have a much longer life span: up to 800 charge-discharge cycles before they have to be replaced.

Please drop off your used household batteries at the following locations:

Greenfield:

Greenfield Library
315 El Camino Real
(831) 674-2614


Rite Aid
650 Walnut Ave.
(831) 674-5565

Gonzales:

Russ's TV
34 4th Street
(831) 675-3393

Johnson Canyon Landfill
31400 Johnson Canyon Road
(831) 675-2165
Drop off at ABOP Facility

King City:

Rite Aid
540 Canal Street
(831) 385-0886

Jolon Road Transfer Station
52654 Jolon Road
(831) 385-6213

Drop off at ABOP Facility

  Prunedale:

Ace Hardware
8055 San Miguel Canyon Rd
(831) 663-9999

Salinas:

HHW Collection Facility
139 Sun Street
(831) 424-5520


Ace Hardware
1215 S. Main Street
(831) 775-0523

Soledad:

Soledad Branch Library
401 Gabilan Drive
(831) 678-2430

Additional drop-off locations for rechargeable batteries ONLY:
Rechargeable batteries can be dropped off for recycling at any store that also sells them, e.g. Radio Shack, Best Buy, Lowe's, Office Depot and Staples Office Supply. To find a participating retailer in your zip code call the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation at 678-419-9990 or visit www.rbrc.org.

Tip: Get a free battery bucket from the SVSWA or use an empty jar to collect spent household batteries at home or at work.

Recycle car batteries Car batteries, also referred to as a lead-acid battery, contain about 21 pounds of lead, three pounds of plastic and one gallon of sulfuric acid each! These materials pose a hazard to people's health and the environment if they're not handled properly.

Please recycle your car battery at one of the following locations, so that the materials can be reclaimed and made into new batteries.

Castroville:

Pettigrew & Foletta Auto parts
10865 Merritt St
(831) 633-2431


Gonzales:

"ABOP" station at Johnson Canyon Landfill
31400 Johnson Canyon Road
(831) 675-2165


Auto Zone
851 R 5th St.
(831) 675-8444


King City:

"ABOP" station at Jolon Road Transfer Station
52654 Jolon Road
(831) 385-6213


Auto Zone
510 Canal Street
(831) 385-0773


Kragen Auto Parts
815 Broadway
(831) 385-8430


Prundedale:

Auto Zone
17643 Vierra Canyon Rd.
(831) 663-6820


Prunedale Lube Auto Care
8485 Prunedale Rd. North
(831) 663-9400


Soledad:

Kragen Auto Parts (5 gal max)
2233 H De La Rosa Sr St.
(831) 678-3008
  Salinas:

Sun Street HHW Collection Facility
139 Sun St.
(831) 424-5535


Auto Zone
1541 N. Sanborn Rd.
(831) 772-0937


Auto Zone
1011 East Alisal
(831) 757-1904


Auto Zone
1488 North Main Street
(831) 444-0701


Bridgestone Firestone Store
150 Northridge Shopping Ctr.
(831) 449-4434


Kragen Auto Parts
989 North Main Stree
(831) 753-0829


Kragen Auto Parts
43A South Sanborn Road
(831) 758-4626


Kragen Auto Parts
1219 South Main Sreet
(831) 422-9074


Kragen Auto Parts
610 Williams Road
(831) 757-4288


Lopez Auto Repair
102 West Market Street
(831) 758-1993

Aerosol (spray) cans

Recycle Flourescent BulbsFluorescent tubes and bulbs are safe while in use but are considered hazardous waste when discarded. The reason is that they contain toxic mercury vapor and other heavy metals such as cadmium and lead. When fluorescent tubes and bulbs are broken or crushed in the landfill, heavy metals are released. They can contaminate soil and water, and harm wildlife.

Please drop off your spent fluorescent tubes and bulbs at the following locations for recycling.

Tip: Bundle and tape tubes together to avoid breakage.

Salinas:

HHW Collection Facility
139 Sun Street, Salinas
(831) 424-5520


Home Depot
1890 N Davis Rd, Salinas
(831) 444-9814


Orchard Supply Hardware
1067 N. David Rd., Salinas
(831) 422-9652

Pick-up service for
businesses and facilities:

Recyclights
(800) 884-8982
Recyclights provides special recycling containers for fluorescent
tubes and bulbs, then picks them up on-call.

Contact them for details and fees.

Recycle EwasteElectronics include computers and monitors, computer equipment, televisions, printers, VCRs, cell phones, telephones, radios, digital watches, gameboys, joysticks, game accessories and microwave ovens.

Although these products are safe while in use, they are considered hazardous waste when discarded due to their content of heavy metals and other toxic chemicals. It has been illegal to put "e-waste" into the garbage since 2006.

Your options to recycle unwanted electronics:

  1. Occasional "e-waste" collection drives held throughout the community. Watch for announcements in the local media and on our home page.

  2. Electronics may be accepted through your hauler's bulky item collection. Contact your hauler directly for details.

  3. Drop off "e-waste" at any of the following locations:
    Salinas:

    Sun Street Transfer Station
    139 Sun Street
    Salinas, CA 93901
    (831) 424-5535
    Gonzales:

    Johnson Canyon Landfill
    31400 Johnson Canyon Road
    (831) 675-2165
    King City:

    Jolon Road Transfer Station
    52654 Jolon Rd.
    King City, CA 93930
    (831) 385-6213

Recycle mercury thermometerMany older thermometers, thermostats, electrical switches, and gauges such as barometers and manometers contain mercury. To see if your thermostat contains mercury, carefully remove the front cover of the thermostat to look for a small ampoule containing a silver liquid. If you see this, you have a mercury thermostat.

Mercury is a heavy metal and extremely toxic. Just one gram - the amount in an old-fashioned mercury thermometer - can contaminate a 20-acre lake! Mercury can be absorbed by fish and other organisms and harm humans who eat the fish, causing long-term health problems such as damage to the kidneys and nervous system.
Tip: Double-bag mercury-containing items before you drop them off.

Salinas:

HHW Collection Facility
139 Sun Street, Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 424-5520



 

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