Spring Cleaning 101: Household Hazardous Waste
Spring is finally here! Spring brings sunshine, flowers, and… Spring Cleaning! Over the past year with the pandemic, many San Diego residents may have stayed home much more than usual, generating more waste and clutter. While there is no better time to freshen up and declutter your home, you might run into some items that you might not know what to do with. If you come across clothing you no longer want, toys, sports equipment, or any household items you no longer use, visit WasteFreeSD.org to find a nearby option to donate these items so they can be used rather than ending up in a landfill. You can also sell or giveaway these items through neighborhood apps and online markets like Nextdoor or OfferUP.
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
You may also come across toxic, flammable, corrosive, or otherwise hazardous materials when cleaning out your garage or shed. Cleaners, solvents, old paint, pesticides, and other chemicals must be disposed of properly. Improper disposal methods such as throwing them into the trash, pouring them down the drain or abandoning them could lead to serious accidents, contamination of our water supply, and adverse health impacts.
Common HHW Items
Aerosol Spray Cans (if they are EMPTY they can be recycled in your blue bin at home)
Cell Phones (and Batteries)
Fire Retardant Chemicals
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Fluorescent Light Tubes
Nail Polish Removers
Syringes / Needles
Used Motor Oil
The good news is that you can easily dispose of these items AT NO COST at a local Household Hazardous Waste facility. If you are a City of San Diego resident, you can dispose of Household Hazardous Waste at the Miramar Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located at the entrance of the Miramar Landfill (5161 Convoy Street, 92111, north of State Route 52). The facility is open on Saturdays from 9am-3pm by appointment only, and there is a transportation limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds (per vehicle). Call the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department (858-694-7000) to make your appointment today or schedule an appointment online.
If you are a resident living in other cities in San Diego County, or the unincorporated part of San Diego County, there are other Household Hazardous Waste Facilities and services available to you. To find the closest drop off location and to get other recycling questions answered, visit San Diego County’s Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste database at www.WasteFreeSD.org or call 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784).
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