Throwing old batteries and used oil in the trash? Do this instead

Did you know that batteries, leftover paint, pesticides and even kitchen oils are classified as household hazardous waste?

It is illegal to dispose of these materials as if they are regular waste, as improper handling or storage of hazardous waste can result in fire, explosion, injury and even death. Improperly disposed hazardous waste can release chemicals into the environment that can contaminate our air, water and possibly the food we eat.

Many common home items are classified as hazardous waste, including various cleaners, aerosol sprays, polishes, medications, automotive fluid and fluorescent bulbs.

“It’s important to properly dispose of these items,” said Jesa David, media and communications specialist for the Recycling and Solid Waste Division. “Even a solitary battery has the potential start a fire, so we don’t want it mixed in with other waste.”

Other hazardous waste items include electronic waste, needles, motor oil, antifreeze, pool chemicals, solvents and most products with a warning label (e.g. Caution, Flammable, Danger). Residents can check how to dispose of waste by using the Waste Wizard guide on the City’s website.

Where Can You Bring Hazardous Waste?

There are several options for Sacramento residents to dispose of their hazardous waste, including free drop-off, or for used oil, door to door pickup. Many retailers who sell batteries, bulbs, paint, and other items have return programs for their hazardous materials.

City residents can drop off their hazardous waste at one of several Household Hazardous Waste facilities located in Sacramento and Elk Grove. City residents can show their ID or utility bill and dispose of most materials for no fee.

  • Sacramento Recycling and Transfer Station, 8491 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA 95826
  • North Area Recovery Station, 4450 Roseville Road, North Highlands, CA 95660
  • Kiefer Landfill, 12701 Kiefer Blvd, Sloughhouse, CA 95683
  • Elk Grove Special Waste Collection Facility, 9255 Disposal Lane, Elk Grove, CA 95624

Hours of operation, materials accepted and other information can be found here.

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