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

FREE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE, MATTRESS DROP-OFF: SUNDAY OCT. 8
Online Registration is Required

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, October 04, 2017) - Berkeleyans can make their home safer by getting rid of the hazardous waste around their home and dropping it off for free at Golden Gate Fields.

Residents, who must register online, can dispose up to 15 gallons of liquid waste or 125 pounds of solid household hazardous waste, which can range from pesticides and poisons to paint, construction adhesives and e-waste such as old computers and electronics. Individual items/containers must be no larger than 5 gallons or weigh more than 50 pounds.

Residents can also drop-off up to two mattresses and two box springs - items for which you do not need register for an appointment. The required online registration for hazardous waste will allow you to schedule a time between 9am and 1pm. Bring identification.

The event, which is being coordinated by StopWaste.org in partnership with the City of Berkeley Zero Waste Division, is open only to Alameda County residents. Businesses can take part in other programs.

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 including Controlled Substances, 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 and 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). 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.

Questions? Call 800-606-6606

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