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Press Contact: Matthai Chakko, City of Berkeley, (510) 981-7008

FREE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DROP OFF ON SUNDAY JUNE 19
Register Online to Reserve a Time

Berkeley, California (Friday, June 17, 2016) - Berkeley residents can make their homes safer and cleaner by taking advantage of a free household hazardous waste drop-off day at Golden Gate Fields.

On Sunday June 19, residents can dispose up to 15 gallons or 125 pounds of household hazardous waste, which can range from pesticides and poisons to paint, construction adhesives and e-waste such as old computers and electronics.

Drop-off is by appointment only, people must register online for times between 9am and 1pm. They must bring identification. The event, which is being coordinated by StopWaste.org in partnership with the City of Berkeley Zero Waste Division and the City of Albany, is open only to Alameda County residents. Businesses can take part in other programs.

To speed up the drop-off, fill out the Waste Delivery Form and bring it with you to the drop-off location, which is accessed only from the Buchanan Street Off-Ramp from Interstate 80.

Untended chemicals can pose a danger to people, animals and your property. Dispose of hazardous waste before it becomes a danger. Berkeley residents should take advantage of this opportunity close to home.

If you cannot make the one-day event, find a drop-off location that's convenient to you.

What's OK to bring:

  • Paint: Stain, Shellac, Solvents, Thinners, Additives, Oil Paint, Latex Paint
  • Auto: Fuel, Waxes, Batteries, Additives, Motor Oil,    Oil Filters, Antifreeze
  • Garden: Sprays, Fertilizers, Ant Traps, Pesticides, Herbicides, Rat Poison, Gopher Bait
  • Adhesives:   Putty, Caulk, Epoxy, Mortar, Stucco, Uncured Cement Powder, Wood Glue
  • Electronics:  Televisions, Computers, Telephones, Stereo Equipment, Microwaves, Thermostats, Ballasts for Fluorescent Lamps, Digital Clocks, MP3 Players, Digital Cameras, Cathode Ray Tubes
  • Miscellaneous: Fluorescent Bulbs, Household Batteries, Needles & Other Sharps
    Most Prescription Medicine & Drugs
    , Acids & Caustics, Bleach & Cleaners, Photo Chemicals, Pool Chemicals, Propane

Items that require special packaging:

  • Needles & Other Sharps - must be packaged in FDA-approved sharps disposal containers that
    are made with puncture and leak-resistant plastic. 
  • Medicine & Drugs -  old, expired or unneeded prescription and non-prescription drugs (Due to legal restrictions 
    WE CANNOT ACCEPT CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
    ). Pills should be poured out into Ziploc bags (it protects your privacy and lowers our cost ). It's ok to mix all your pills in one bag (except
    for controlled substances - leave them in the original containers with the drug name visible - see below). Liquids and creams: leave in their original container and secure caps/lids, black out
    any personally identifying information.

What's NOT OK to bring:

  • Explosives, radioactives, most compressed gases.
  • Asbestos, railroad ties or treated wood. For disposal options search Recycle Where? or call Altamont Landfill (925) 449-6349.
  • Due to legal restrictions 

    WE CANNOT ACCEPT CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
    . These can be taken to
    the Alameda County Sheriff's Eden Township Substation at 15001 Foothill Blvd, San Leandro (self-service drop box in lobby) MAP.

Questions? Call 800-606-6606

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