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For Immediate Release

City Hosting FREE County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event!

Redwood City, CA - May 9, 2012 - Redwood City will host a free Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection event this Saturday, providing an opportunity for residents to drop off their household hazardous waste for proper and safe disposal. The collection event is sponsored and conducted by the San Mateo County Environmental Health Pollution Prevention Program.

The HHW Collection event takes place this Saturday, May 12th from 8:30 am – noon.

PLEASE NOTE: Appointments are required and easy to make by phone (650) 363-4718 (option 3), or online at www.smhealth.org/hhw.

Items accepted include: paints, solvents, cleaners, light  tubes, automotive products, garden chemicals, and hobby and pool products. This program does not accept: electronic waste, TVs, asbestos, or explosives. This is a great opportunity for community members to do some spring cleaning in the house and garage, and bring their household hazardous wastes for collection (limit of 10 pounds or 50 gallons of toxic material to be collected, per person).

The average home uses and stores more than 60 different hazardous products. Most household products like cleaners, paints, pesticides, and car products are safe if used and stored correctly. But, these same products can become dangerous when disposed of improperly. For example, if toxic household wastes are dumped into the gutter or down the drain, they will contaminate water, or disrupt the sewage treatment process. If they are thrown into the trash, they can injure or harm trash collectors. Leaving them stored for too long in cupboards or in the garage can also be dangerous to the household.

The County offers these tips for minimizing the use of toxics, using them safely, and reducing the amount that ends up in the environment:

  • Use the least toxic product you can get. Buy only what you need.
  • Use chemicals as directed by the label instruction.
  • Store chemicals in safe places away from children, pets and fire sources.  Long-term storage of toxic chemicals can be dangerous.
  • Recycle products when you can and dispose of your toxic wastes at a collection center.
  • Don’t buy toxic products if you won’t use them.
  • Don’t mix products! Never mix bleach with cleaners because toxic gases could result.
  • Don't store products in unsafe areas, near access to children, pets, fire sources, or outdoors where containers may rust and corrode.
  • Don’t put toxics in the trash, down the drain, or in the gutter

The people of Redwood City are invited to do their part in ensuring household toxics are properly and safely disposed of – it’s what’s best for the environment, and for the entire community. A lot of additional information on household hazardous wastes is online at www.smhealth.org/hhw. Information on recycling of other materials is available at www.recycleworks.org.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City’s newsletters and other City documents at www.redwoodcity.org/egov.

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Contact:
Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager
650-780-7305

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