COACHELLA – The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources has scheduled a free household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, hosted in the City of Coachella at the Bagdouma Park Swim Center parking lot, 84-625 Bagdad Avenue.
The event is open to all Riverside County residents, whether one lives in one of the county’s 28 cities or in one of the communities that are unincorporated.
“People might not know where to take items such as paint, pesticides and batteries for proper disposal and so they end up in the garage,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “These temporary household hazardous waste collection events offer a great service in accepting these items. They protect the environment by keeping hazardous waste out of landfills and from harming people, pets and wildlife.”
Accepted items include: used motor oil, paint, antifreeze, household and automotive batteries, pesticides, cleaning products, sharps (needles/syringes or lancets) in a sharps container, unused medication (except controlled substances), fluorescent lamps, and electronic waste items such as televisions, computers, VCRs and telephones.
The collection will not accept explosives, radioactive material, ammunition, asbestos, compressed-gas cylinders over 40 pounds, or infectious or medical waste other than sharps.
Limit the amount of waste transported to no more than 15 gallons, or 125 pounds maximum per vehicle. Individual containers should be no larger than five gallons nor weigh more than 50 pounds.
The event will accept residentially generated household hazardous waste items only. Waste from businesses or non-profits will not be accepted.
The Riverside County Waste Resources Department offers these events as an opportunity for Riverside County residents to keep hazardous waste out of the county landfills and ensure it is properly managed. In addition to temporary sites such as this, household hazardous waste can be taken for free to the department’s permanent collection site in Palm Springs, 1100 Vella Rd. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on non-holiday weekend Saturdays.
The event is subject to cancellation during inclement weather or for other hazardous conditions as determined by the county. For more information, contact the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources at (951) 486-3200 or (800) 304-2226, or www.rcwaste.org/hhw.
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez represents the eastern two-thirds of Riverside County on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Stretching from Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs, south to the Salton Sea and east to Blythe and the Colorado River, the 4th District is the largest geographical district in the county.
Supervisor Perez’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.