Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Information

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"GOT DRUGS?"
DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative | Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Drug Enforcement Administration partners with local law enforcement agencies nationwide, aiming "to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications."

For a list of participating agencies/drop off locations, please visit the National Take Back Initiative Collection Site Search.

 

Update: The next quarterly Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be on Saturday, October 18th, at the Highway 59 Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Please click on the following for more information.

 

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any leftover household product that contains ingredients that are: corrosive, toxic, ignitable (flammable) or reactive.

 

Any product that contains one or more of these ingredients should NEVER be put into any of the curbside containers, down any drain, or thrown on the ground.

To keep these items from contaminating our water, land and air, they need to be disposed of properly.

(In case of emergency, please call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 or dial 9-1-1.)

Examples of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW):

Household Hazardous Waste picturesRecyclable HHW (Accepted at both landfills during operating hours)

  1. Antifreeze
    Batteries
    (automotive and household batteries)
    Latex, liquid paint
    Used motor oil and used filters

  2. Universal Waste (U-Waste), such as:
    Compact-fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
    , fluorescent tubes, mercury-containing thermometers, and other items that contain mercury;

    Electronic Waste (e-waste), such as:
    Cell phones, calculators, computer monitors, computer towers and accessories, handheld electronics and games,microwaves, printers, fax machines, telephones, televisions, and other electronics.

Other HHW (Accepted only during Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events)

  1. Pesticides, fungicides and herbicides
  2. Pool chemicals
  3. Non-empty aerosol cans (empty ones can be placed into curbside recycling containers)
  4. Fertilizers
  5. Oil-based paint
  6. Other examples of Household Hazardous Waste can be found when clicking on the flyer at the top of this page.

Special HHW (only accepted at specific locations; please click the links for more information)

  1. Medically-prescribed hypodermic needles or "Sharps"
  2. Prescription medication (the DEA has Take Back days in April and October for medications. For a list of participating law enforcement agencies, please check:
    http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback)

Where to take HHW:

1. Highway 59 Landfill

7040 North State Highway 59, Merced | (Map It)
Phone: (209) 723-4481

(Please use the main Landfill entrance, pull up to the scale, and tell the scale house clerk which materials you have in your vehicle)

Accepts only:

. Antifreeze

. Batteries (household and automotive)

. Electronics

. Fluorescent light tubes/bulbs and CFL's
Note: these lights must be delivered intact, not broken.

. Latex, liquid paint (must be in the original container)

. Mercury-containing thermostats

. Used motor oil and used oil filters

 

(Other forms of Household Hazardous Waste that is not listed will be collected during scheduled events. See top of page for the next upcoming collection event)

Monday-Friday: 7 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday: 8 AM - 12 PM
Closed Sundays and most holidays.


2. Billy Wright Landfill

17173 South Billy Wright Road, Los Banos | (Map It)
Phone: 209-826-1163

Accepts only:

. Antifreeze

. Batteries (household and automotive)

. Electronics

. Fluorescent light tubes/bulbs and CFL's
Note: these lights must be delivered intact, not broken.

. Latex, liquid paint (must be in the original container)

. Mercury-containing thermostats

. Used motor oil and used oil filters

 

(Other forms of Household Hazardous Waste that is not listed will be collected during scheduled events. See top of page for the next upcoming collection event)

Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 3:30 PM
Saturday: 8 AM - 12 PM
Closed Sundays and most holidays.

 

Resident of Merced County may take the above "Recyclable HHW" to the landfills at no cost.

Businesses must register and there are costs associated. To register as a "Conditionally Exempt Small-Quantity Generator" please contact the County Division of Environmental Health at 209-381-1083.

Not Accepted: Agricultural waste, compressed gas cylinders, explosives, medical waste, munitions, or radioactive materials. (Partially-filled, portable propane tanks will be accepted during the scheduled collection events; please see the current schedule at the top of this page.)

 

For more information on Household Hazardous Waste, please contact:

Merced County Regional Waste Management Authority
7040 N. State Highway 59, Merced, CA 95348
Phone: 209-723-4481 ext. 24
E-mail: mercedrecycles@mcrwma.org

More information

CFL Recycling – places that will accept the energy-efficient CFL bulbs

Electronic “E-Waste” Recycling – places that will accept electronics

Household Hazardous Waste- informational flyer on HHW

Medically-prescribed hypodermic needles or "Sharps" - information and drop off locations

 

Mercury Thermostat Collection sites (at no cost):
(Information about the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act of 2008)

  1. thermostatJohnstone Supply # 328
    1755 Grogan Ave., Merced, 95341
    209-386-1000; www.johnstonesupply.com

  2. Highway 59 Landfill
    7040 N. Hwy. 59, Merced 95348
    209-723-4481

COLLECTION BOX:
HVAC contractors and wholesalers
- click here to sign-up for a collection box from the Thermostat Recycling Corporation

Pharmaceutical (prescription) Drug Waste Disposal Guidelines

Rechargeable batteries are accepted at no cost for recycling at the following locations nationwide:

Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe's, Ochard Supply Hardware, Radioshack and other locations.

If you are interested in recycling rechargeable batteries at your place of business, the Call2Recycle Program offers a collection box (at no cost) for rechargeable batteries and mobile phones.

Used motor oil and used filters - used oil and used oil filter collection centers within Merced County