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Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection at City Hall Scheduled for Sat., March 14

Residents looking for a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose household hazardous waste are encouraged to make an appointment for a special collection in Daly City on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the main parking lot at City Hall, 333 90th Street, near the intersection of Sullivan Avenue. Appointments are available in 15-minute increments throughout the morning and may be made online at www.smhealth.org/hhw.  

The service is free and available to all San Mateo County residents. Typical household hazardous waste items include acids/bases, aerosol cans, automotive supplies (car batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid), cleaning products, fertilizers, pesticides, flammable liquids, fluorescent lights (compact and tubes), paint, inks, and photo chemicals.

All waste collected is reused, recycled, or stabilized for proper disposal to achieve zero waste being landfilled. Materials that will NOT be accepted include electronic waste (televisions, computers, and cell phones), radioactive, explosive, medical or commercially generated waste.

To participate, you must schedule an appointment at San Mateo County’s HHW Program: www.smchealth.org/hhw or by calling (650) 363-4718, select option 3.

It is unlawful to dispose many types of common household waste into landfill-bound residential and commercial garbage receptacles. Materials that are classified as hazardous include paint, motor oil, mercury thermometers, and fluorescent lights. Materials banned from California’s landfills must be disposed of properly. The household hazardous waste collection event at City Hall on Saturday, March 14, is the least expensive way for residents to properly dispose of hazardous items.

Unwanted and expired pharmaceutical products should never be flushed down the drain or deposited into the garbage. Daly City residents can safely discard unwanted medicines in a secure drop-off box at the Daly City Police Department inside City Hall, 333 90th Street, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

If you have unwanted latex paint, you may be able to bring it to paint retailer in Daly City.  Visit http://www.paintcare.org/paintcare-states/california/ to find a latex paint drop-off center near you.  PaintCare is an industry sponsored paint stewardship non-profit program established to manage the reuse, recycling and proper disposal of unused architectural paint.