Household Hazardous Waste
Just open your cupboards and closets or check the shelves in your garage and hobby area and count the number of products that have the words caustic, corrosive, danger, explosive, flammable, poison, toxic or warning on them.
Thousands of common household, automotive, lawn, garden, hobby, cosmetic and home improvement products are toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reactive. These items should not be thrown out with your regular trash or garbage. They are hazardous to waste collection workers and to the environment.
Additionally, keep items identified as dangerous out of the reach of small children and pets. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, 60% of all poisonings are of children under six years of age. The most common products involved in these poisonings were household and chemical products, drugs (prescription and over-the-counter), and cosmetics.
Use this guide to survey your home room by room. Identify all hazardous products, their expiration date, location and the likelihood of your using them again. Recycle or properly dispose of those that you will not use again. When purchasing products, such as pesticides and paint, only buy what you need and look for non-toxic alternatives.
Room by Room Survey
Effective February 9, 2006, Recology Yuba-Sutter cannot collect debris boxes, bins, or carts (garbage, recycling, or green waste), which contain ANY:
Prohibited Electronic Waste Includes:
134 Burns Drive, Yuba City (off of Garden Highway in South Yuba City)
Items NOT accepted at the Facility
Proper Disposal & Transportation
Improper handling, storage, transportation and disposal of hazardous products may cause extreme danger to you, your family, pets, property, water supply or wildlife. Always follow the manufacturer's directions when using these products.
Limit disposal by only buying what you need. Never mix products -- the fumes could be toxic. Bring surplus household chemicals (household hazardous waste) to the Yuba-Sutter Household Hazardous Waste Facility where it can be placed in the Reuse Center, recycled, or disposed of properly. Do not dispose of household hazardous waste in collection carts, dumpsters, burn barrels or street drains.
Bring products in their original containers and check that all containers are closed and in good enough condition to survive the drive. If the product label is missing, clearly list the contents on the container, or what it was used for, if known. Used motor oil and oil filters should be placed in a clean spill-proof container. Transport all hazardous wastes in sturdy containers, packed upright into cardboard boxes or plastic tubs and in your trunk or truck bed. DO NOT transport household toxics in the same airspace as you, your children, or pets. Call Recology Yuba-Sutter at (530) 743-6933 for directions on transporting leaking or damaged containers to the facility. If empty and dry, paint cans and other containers which used to hold household hazardous waste can be disposed in your gray cart. Aerosol cans which are empty of BOTH product and propellant can go in your blue (recycle) cart — please remove the cap and nozzle before recycling.
The Reuse Center at the Yuba-Sutter Household Hazardous Waste Facility has products such as recycled paint, gardening supplies, automotive fluids and cleaning products. Every item in the Reuse Center is FREE! Product availability varies from week to week.
For more information, call:
Empty HHW Containers
Empty containers of HHW which are 5 gallons or smaller are garbage (gray cart) when completely empty and dry. Aerosol paint cans can be recycled in your blue cart only if completely empty of product and propellant. Do not recycle empty aerosol cans of cleaners or pesticides. Drums and other containers larger than 5 gallons which are empty but originally held a hazardous material require special handling. Call the Environmental Department at Recology Yuba-Sutter at (530) 743-6933 for assistance.
Why Recycle Batteries?
In an emergency and for all those electronic products we've come to depend on, batteries are an essential part of modern life. They help us hear, work, play, communicate, capture an image, be mobile, and alert us to danger conveniently and inexpensively.
From cell phones and computers, watches, smoke alarms, toys, and hearing aids, to flash lights and power tools -- our demand for batteries has grown dramatically and is likely to continue to increase as technology finds new uses for this handy, portable energy source. Over 3 billion industrial and household batteries are purchased each year. That's enough to fill 600 full-size school buses annually!
Unfortunately, many batteries contain toxic metals, such as mercury, cadmium and lead, which are a potential threat to people and the environment if not disposed of properly. Mercury, for example, is a nerve toxin that can impair the way people see, hear, walk and talk. When mercury gets into the environment, it builds up in the tissue of fish and wildlife and people who eat those fish. And, recycling saves resources because recovered plastic and metals can be used to make new items.
Used batteries are a hazardous waste and must be handled separately. IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO PUT USED BATTERIES IN ANY OF YOUR COLLECTION CARTS.
Battery Recycling Locations
Batteries can be recycled by properly sorting them and taking them to the appropriate facility as listed below. Several local retail stores collect rechargeable batteries for recycling. Automotive batteries (lead-acid) are also rechargeable batteries, but they require special handling. All batteries -- rechargeable, non-rechargeable, and automotive batteries -- are accepted at the Yuba-Sutter Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn)
Lithium-ion (Li-ion) (For proper storage and transport, isolate each contact with tape.)
Small Sealed Lead-Acid (SSL)
Rechargeable batteries can be dropped off for recycling at these locations:
Carbon Zinc, Alkaline & Rechargeable Alkaline
Silver (button cell batteries)
Safe Storage & Transportation of Batteries
A "dead" battery may appear to be no longer useful, but many still contain a residual charge. Even a battery that acts "dead" can short circuit if it comes in contact with metal, including another battery. If the short circuit occurs in the presence of paper or other combustibles a fire could result! To protect your property and health take these simple precautions:
Lead Acid Batteries (automotive):
Car, truck, motorcycle, boat and other motorized equipment use lead-acid batteries which require special handling and disposal. It is illegal to abandon or place lead-acid batteries in garbage cans or dumpsters. Retailers are required to accept spent lead-acid batteries as a trade-in with the purchase of a new one.
Always remember to:
How to Get the Most Out of Batteries
Rechargeable Batteries and Alternative PowerProducts
Rechargeable Batteries and a Battery Charger -- Devices powered by ordinary AAA, AA, C, D, and 9 Volt batteries can be powered by rechargeable batteries of those sizes. For a complete explanation, see Waste Prevention and Recycling Tools.
Look for Portable Electronic Devices that Do Not Use Batteries -- There are a few that use no batteries at all, but instead use a capacitor that is recharged, typically by shaking the device or by normal use. See Alternative Power Products for details.
The Regional Waste Management Authority and Recology Yuba-Sutter have implemented an Electronic Waste Recycling Program for Yuba and Sutter County residents and businesses. Electronic waste items can now be recycled at two locations -- the Recology Yuba-Sutter Transfer Station in Marysville and, effective April 14, 2007, at the Yuba-Sutter Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Yuba City. Televisions, monitors and other electronic waste must be packed, transported and unloaded so as to avoid breakage. Please contact the Recology Yuba-Sutter Environmental Department at (530) 743-6933 for assistance in disposing of equipment with broken screens or broken cathode ray tube (CRT) glass.
Examples of recyclable electronic waste items:
Disposal of these items in garbage or recycling containers is prohibited.
Recology Yuba-Sutter Transfer Station
Electronic waste items can be recycled at the Recology Yuba-Sutter Transfer Station located at 3001 N. Levee Road off of Highway 20, just east of Marysville. (Get a map.) Consumer electronic materials are accepted at this facility 7 days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Electronic waste items are accepted free of charge, however disposal weight charges will be assessed on the entire load if other non-electronic waste items are included in the load. (Residents and businesses must be able to unload and carry their own equipment.) Businesses, schools, non-profits and government agencies must complete an Electronic Waste Delivery/Collection Tracking Form or a bill of lading certifying that the electronic waste is from a California source. Businesses and other entities with large numbers of electronic waste items must also call Recology Yuba-Sutter at (530) 743-6933 in advance to schedule a drop off. Collection of electronic waste can also be arranged for a fee.
Yuba-Sutter Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Beginning April 14, 2007, there is new collection location for electronic waste recycling for Yuba and Sutter County households -- the Yuba-Sutter Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 134 Burns Drive off of Garden Highway, in South Yuba City. (Get a map.) Consumer electronic materials from households are accepted at this facility on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Electronic waste items are accepted free of charge.
Electronic waste from businesses, schools, local agencies and non-profit groups is not accepted at this location.
140 Epley Drive, Yuba City, CA 95991 (Get a Map)
Sharps, including hypodermic needles, syringes and lancets, generated by residents and stored in puncture resistant containers (DO NOT use plastic milk jugs or soda bottles) can be dropped-off at one of the following two facilities:
Yuba-Sutter Household Hazardous Waste Facility. The Yuba-Sutter Household Hazardous Waste Facility is located at 134 Burns Drive off of Garden Highway, in southern Yuba City. (Get a map.) Home-generated sharps in puncture resistant containers with sealed (taped) tight fitting lids are accepted only on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We cannot accept sharps from businesses, clinics, or veterinarians.
Marysville Transfer Station (Recology Yuba-Sutter). The Marysville Transfer Station (Recology Yuba-Sutter) is located at 3001 N. Levee Road off of Highway 20, in Marysville. (Get a map.) Home-generated sharps in puncture resistant containers with sealed (taped) tight fitting lids are accepted at the Container BuyBack Tuesday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We cannot accept sharps from businesses, clinics, or veterinarians.
Please note that the entire container of home-generated sharps must be left at the facility; containers cannot be returned; and loose needles cannot be accepted at either facility.
One-quart sharps containers are now available to Yuba and Sutter County residents for the storage of home-generated sharps. Containers may be picked up at the following locations:
California Senate Bill 1305
California Senate Bill 1305 (SB 1305) established a ban on disposal of home-generated sharps effective September 1, 2008. Please click here to view a presentation by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery staff about SB 1305.
The Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs collection program at the Yuba City Police Department office has been SUSPENDED indefinitely due to regulatory and operational constraints. If the program resumes in the future, it will be promoted through the Recology Yuba-Sutter newsletter, by local press release and on this website.
The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration is now sponsoring two “Take-Back” days per year when local law enforcement can hold special collection events. The Take-Back days are usually in April and October. Call the Recology Yuba-Sutter Environmental Department or Recycling Coordinator at (530) 743-6933 for dates and information.
There are no other alternate collection sites for prescription and over-the-counter drug disposal and these substances cannot be accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. To dispose of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs, the drugs should be removed from the original container and mixed with an undesirable substance such as cat litter or used coffee grounds. That mixture should then be placed into a disposable container with a lid or into a sealable bag for disposal with other household refuse in the gray garbage cart. It is further recommended that the drugs be placed in the gray cart immediately before the collection day to better restrict access to these substances by children and animals.
Empty plastic pill containers can be recycled in the blue recycling carts, but it is recommended that prescription labels be removed for privacy.
For additional questions, please call the Recology Yuba-Sutter Environmental Department or Recycling Coordinator at (530) 743-6933.
Many household products that contain toxic or hazardous materials have alternatives that are safer for both you and the environment and they may even save you money. Please try the following alternatives.
If you do have to use household products that contain toxic or hazardous materials, please remember the following:
Effective February 9, 2006, Recology Yuba-Sutter cannot collect debris boxes, bins, or carts (garbage, recycling, or green waste), which contain ANY energy efficient lights [Fluorescent and High Intensity Discharge (HID) light tubes, bulbs, or lamps, neon, etc.]. These items must be properly disposed of through the Yuba-Sutter Household Hazardous Waste Facility, or other programs.
For additional information, please refer to the following two Recology Yuba-Sutter information flyers:
The California Paint Stewardship Program, established by California law, requires paint manufacturers to develop a take back system for certain types of leftover paints from household and commercial consumers. Paint manufacturers, through the American Coatings Association, created PaintCare, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to administer the program, including recycling and proper disposal of certain types of unused paint products and to conduct public education about proper paint management. Funding for the program is from a Recovery Fee applied to the purchase price of paint sold in California and paid to PaintCare. PaintCare uses the fees to pay for the collection, recycling and proper disposal of unused paint from partnering drop-off sites.
For more information about the California Paint Stewardship Program, including lists of products accepted and not accepted at PaintCare drop-off sites, see PaintCare's Information for Paint Purchasers fact sheet.
To find a paint drop-off site near you, please visit: http://www.paintcare.org/california/search-ca.php
To view PaintCare's Paint Calculator for recommended paint purchase quantities, please visit: http://www.paintcare.org/calculator.php
|For more information regarding the non-toxic alternatives, call the Regional Waste Management Authority at (530) 634-6890. For more information regarding the recent landfill ban, the Yuba-Sutter HHW Facility, battery recycling, electronic waste and sharps collection, and the Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Disposal Program, call Recology Yuba-Sutter at (530) 743-6933.|