Free Disposal for the Household Hazardous Waste Lurking in Your Home

March 15, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Buchholz
Phone: 619.704.2781
Free Disposal for the Household Hazardous Waste Lurking in Your Home
SAN DIEGO COUNTY – Did you know the average American household purchases more than 120 items
that are considered hazardous each year? The number of items in your home banned from landfills due
to their hazardous properties may surprise you: items such as paint, household cleaners, automotive
fluids, as well as pool and garden chemicals. As we prepare for spring cleaning, many of these harmful
chemicals are often thrown in the trash because people do not know the risks that they pose. If these
hazardous items are not properly disposed, they can end up contaminating groundwater, rivers,
beaches, and the oceans. It’s best to use up your products, but if you do need to get rid of unused
portions, proper disposal is a must. Luckily, there is a free local resource available.
The Ramona Household Hazardous Waste Facility is a convenient way for residents of unincorporated
communities to get these items out of their homes and disposed of properly at no-cost. The Ramona
Household Hazardous Waste Facility is located at the Ramona Disposal Services Transfer Station located
at 324 Maple Street, Ramona, CA 92065. The facility is open on the first and third Saturday of each
month by appointment. Call 1-800-R-1-EARTH (1-800-713-2784) to make your appointment today.
The County’s Ramona facility collects and properly recycles or disposes of household hazardous waste
from unincorporated residents, including:
Aerosol Spray Cans*
Brake Fluid
Used Motor Oil
Fire Retardant Chemicals
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Fluorescent Light Tubes
Hair Dye
Household Cleaners
Lighter Fluid
Nail Polish
Nail Polish Removers
Syringes / Needles
Paint Stripper
Paint Thinner
Photographic Chemicals
Pool Chemicals
Propane Tanks
Smoke Detectors
Transmission Fluid
Wood Stain
Treated Wood
*empty aerosol containers can be recycled in your blue bin at home.
There are other household hazardous waste collection facilities and services available in San Diego
County. To find the closest drop off location and to get other recycling questions answered, visit the
County’s Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste database at or call 1-877-R-
1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784).
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