Recycle hard-to-dispose-of items Feb. 8

FALLBROOK – That old can of paint in the garage. Those leftover cleaners under the sink. Those old telephones, that broken TV, those fluorescent lights, auto fluids, pesticides and expired or unused prescription medications. Some things are tougher to properly dispose of than others. But it will be easy for people who live in Fallbrook to recycle those and other items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at Ingold Sports Park.

The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health, working with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the sports park, located at 2551 Olive Hill Road in Fallbrook, is holding a special event to collect household hazardous waste, electronic waste and unused medications.

Some things will not be accepted at the event, including tires, ammunition, explosives, radioactive materials, air conditioners, large appliances, and neither trash nor materials from businesses.

But people who live in unincorporated communities can bring almost anything else they use in and around their homes.

A list of the household hazardous waste that will be accepted includes: aerosols, all-purpose cleaners, antifreeze, auto batteries, disinfectants, gasoline (with containers), lighter fluid, used car oil and car oil filters, latex- and oil-based paints, pesticides, pool chemicals, solvents and similar items.

Electrical waste that will be accepted includes: computer monitors and televisions, telephones and cell phones, printers, scanners, stereo equipment, VCRs and DVD players, fax machines, computer components, fluorescent light bulbs and household batteries.

There are a few helpful rules:

For hazardous wastes: leave products labeled “Caution,” “Warning,” “Danger,” “Poison,” “Toxic,” “Flammable,” or “Corrosive” in their existing containers if possible. Make sure lids are fastened tight. Keep them away from people and pets when bringing them to the recycling event by transporting them in the trunk or the back of the car. Don’t transport more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds at one time. Containers should be no larger than 5 gallons.

Electronic Waste: Recycling is limited to no more than five televisions or computer monitors per car.

For more information, call (877) 713-2784 or visit San Diego County’s Household Hazardous Waste website. For more information about recycling and where and how to dispose of items, visit www.wastefreesd.org.

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