(Apple Valley)–Beginning Saturday, August 27, Apple Valley residents can bring their household hazardous waste to the new collection center at 13450 Nomwaket Road between Powhatan & Ottawa roads just around the corner from its former location. The new facility will accommodate the increased use seen since it first opened in the 1990s. More than 126 tons of materials were collected last year compared to 98 tons the previous year.
Household hazardous waste is any material generated from normal household activity that may threaten human health or the environment when disposed of improperly. For example, one gallon of motor oil can contaminate a million gallons of drinking water. Left over chemicals and cleaners, medicines or hobby supplies can sicken animals or people. Dumping oil or any other chemical is a crime, both legally and environmentally.
The collection center is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting. This service is free to Apple Valley residents and proof of residency is required. No business waste is accepted. The Town contracts with San Bernardino County Fire HHW which arranges for safe recycling or disposal of the waste as well as training workers.
For safe transport, make sure the amount of waste does not exceed five gallons per container and a total of 15 gallons or 125 pounds per trip. Check that the waste containers are properly sealed. Keep the waste in its original container if possible. Otherwise, label its contents clearly. Place the waste securely in the vehicle for safe transport to the collection center.
Call (760) 240-7521 for more information or visit www.GreenAppleValley.org.