Household hazardous waste collection event

January 19, 2000
Santa Paula News
Itís time to clean out those garages! A one-day collection event will be held for residents of Ojai, Fillmore, Santa Paula and unincorporated communities on Saturday, January 22. Bring in your hazardous materials such as paints, solvents, pesticides, cleaners, antifreeze, oil, filters and batteries. Items NOT accepted are explosives, ammunition, fireworks, compressed gas cylinders, radioactive waste, tires, and bio-medical wastes. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the County at 653-5014 or 654-5032. Residents from these areas may also use the new Heritage Valley Collection Facility, located at 743 Sespe Ave. in Fillmore. This site is open on a monthly basis and accepts recyclable hazardous materials, which are antifreeze, automotive and household batteries, oil, oil filters, latex paint and fluorescent light tubes. No other materials are collected at this site and waste may not be left unattended. Upcoming dates are January 14-15, February 11-12 and March 10-11. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and no appointment is necessary.An additional facility will open in February in the Ojai Valley. This site will accept recyclable hazardous materials and will operate the fourth Saturday of each month. Appointments can be made by calling 653-5014 or 654-5032.When purchasing products, the public should keep in mind the high cost of disposal for hazardous materials. The average cost per participant at local hazardous waste collection events was between $60 and $100 last year. Local governments must pay for these operations with public funds generated by trash hauling fees or state grants. By using less hazardous products, consumers can reduce disposal costs as well as protect the environment and the health of their families.
These collection opportunities are provided by the cities and County of Ventura Solid Waste Management Department through a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board. For more information on household hazardous waste disposal programs or oil recycling facilities in your area, please call the County Solid Waste Management Department at 654-2889 or the Environmental Hotline at 1-800-CLEANUP.



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