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Free household hazardous waste collection event in Indio

The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources has scheduled a free household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, hosted in the City of Indio at the Indio Water Authority/Corporate Yard, 83-101 Avenue 45, Indio, CA  92201.

This event is open to all Riverside County residents, whether one lives in one of the county’s 28 cities or in one of the communities that are unincorporated.

“People might not know where to take items such as paint, pesticides and batteries for proper disposal and so they end up in the garage,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “These temporary household hazardous waste collection events offer a great service in accepting these items. They protect the environment by keeping hazardous waste out of landfills and from harming people, pets and wildlife.”

Items that are accepted for disposal are: used motor oil, paint, antifreeze, household and automotive batteries, pesticides, cleaning products, sharps (needles/syringes or lancets) in a sharps container, unused medication (except controlled substances), fluorescent lamps, and electronic waste items such as televisions, computers, VCRs and telephones.

Items not permitted for disposal here are:  explosives, radioactive material, ammunition, asbestos, compressed-gas cylinders over 40 pounds, or infectious or medical waste other than sharps.

The Riverside County Waste Resources Department creates these events for the residents of Riverside County to keep hazardous items out of county landfills and to make sure these disposals are dealt with correctly.

In addition, to temporary sites such as this, household hazardous waste can be taken for free to the department’s permanent collection site in Palm Springs, 1100 Vella Rd. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on non-holiday weekend Saturdays from October through May. Starting June through September, the Palm Springs permanent collection facility is open from 7 a.m. to noon on non-holiday weekend Saturdays.

 In case of any inclement weather or for hazardous conditions as determined by the county this event is subejct to cancellation.

For more information, contact the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources at (951) 486-3200 or (800) 304-2226, or www.rcwaste.org/hhw.

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