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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
As a member of the Regional Solid Waste Association (RSWA), RSWA provides a multifaceted HHW program through a contract with EDCO, which contracts with Stericycle Environmental Solutions for the disposal or recycling of all elements of HHW.
Common Household Hazardous Wastes
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is unused or leftover portions of products containing hazardous chemicals used around your household including your garden and vehicles for example. It is dangerous and illegal to discard HHW into the trash, storm drain, or down the sewer. To reduce the amount of HHW you generate, please buy only what you need and use it entirely. Choose less toxic alternatives and recyclables. Products labeled Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison, Toxic, Flammable or Corrosive are considered hazardous. HHW can create a tremendous detrimental effect on our delicate environment if it is not disposed of properly.
The following is a list of common HHW materials:
- Household Batteries
- All Purpose Cleaners
- Latex Paint
- Oil and Filters
- Auto Batteries/Fluids
- Lighter Fluid
- TV/Computer Monitors
- Oil Based Paint
- Pool Chemicals
- Furniture Polish
- Oven Cleaner
HHW can pollute our local waterways, harming marine wildlife and making us sick.
That is why the City has developed a very successful HHW Program to ensure the proper disposal of HHW to ensure that it does not enter our local waterways. The HHW Program has a couple of disposal options, all aimed at making it easier and efficient for you to dispose of the waste properly. These include:
- Door-to-Door Home Collection
- Two Permanent HHW Collection Facilities Located in Poway and Vista
The Door-to-Door (or home) HHW collection service is offered to any Solana Beach resident for a co-payment of $10.00 (the City subsidizes the disposal cost). To set up an appointment, please call Clean Earth, Inc 800-714-1195. The Door-to-Door (or home) HHW collection service is available to qualifying homebound or senior residents (age 65 and over) at no charge.
In addition to the Door-to-Door collection service, there are two regional permanent collection facilities that are open every Saturday (except holiday weekends) from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Residents can bring their HHW to these facilities free of charge (the City subsidizes the disposal cost). Proof of residency (formal I.D. or current utility bill) is required.
The Vista facility is located at 1145 East Taylor Street at Laguna Lane.
The Poway facility is located in the South Poway Business Park at 12325 Crosthwaite Circle at Stowe Drive.
Pick-ups or drop-offs are limited to 125 lbs of waste.
The facilities accept:
- Used Motor Oil and Filters
- Pool Cleaners
- Household Cleaners
- Automobile Fluids
- Landscaping Chemicals
- Mercury Thermometers
- Non-Empty Aerosol Cans
- Mercury Switches
- Lamps with Fluorescent Tubes
- Novelties such as some singing greeting cards or flashing athletic shoes
Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled. Unfortunately, most people are unsure of the proper way to handle these products that are no longer useful. For this reason, the City of Solana Beach has developed a few different options for residents to utilize to properly dispose of their E-Waste.
The following options are listed below:
Residents can utilize the HHW Program listed above. Residents can dispose of their E-Waste through the same program as common HHW products, however, the E-Waste is free of charge to recycle, through both the home pick-up and facility drop-off programs. However, if you have other common HHW products to dispose of with E-Waste, the $10 co-pay will still be effect for the home pick-up program.
Residents can also recycle their computers and televisions (working or not) to Goodwill at local drop-off locations. Goodwill Industries accepts all computers, televisions and computer related equipment and electronics free of charge and provides a receipt for tax purposes.
These drop-off sites are located at the following areas and are open 7 days a week:
The donation center at the 805 and Mira Mesa Blvd exit
The donation center in the Park and Ride at I-5 and La Costa exit