The Riverside County Department of Waste has scheduled a free household hazardous waste collection event Saturday (Nov. 14) in Coachella at the Bagdouma Park Swim Center parking lot. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and is open to all Riverside County residents.
The department provides an opportunity for residents to keep hazardous waste out of county landfills and ensure it is properly managed. The event will accept residentially generated household hazardous wastes from Riverside County residents only. Waste generated by businesses or non-profits will not be accepted. Typical wastes include used motor oil, paint, antifreeze, household and automotive batteries, pesticides, cleaning products, sharps (needles/syringes or lancets), fluorescent lamps, and electronic wastes such as televisions, computers, VCRs and telephones. Limit the amount of waste transported to no more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds maximum per vehicle. Individual containers should be no larger than five gallons nor weigh more than 50 pounds.
The collection will not accept explosives, radioactive material, ammunition, asbestos, compressed gas cylinders over 40 pounds, and infectious or medical waste other than sharps.
The event is subject to cancellation during inclement weather or for other hazardous conditions as determined by the county. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 84625 Bagdad Avenue. For more information, contact Riverside County Department of Waste Resources at (951) 486-3200 or (800) 304-2226, or http://www.rcwaste.org/hhw