Friday, July 13, 2007

What To Do With Your Household Hazardous Waste

Letter to the Editor published in July 13, 2007 Laguna Beach Independent.

Johanna and I have used some compact fluorescent bulbs long enough that we had one burn out the other day. It lasted about five years, new ones are expected to last longer. Over the years, I have tossed many burnt out light bulbs, batteries, etc. into the trashcan and into our landfills. I wanted to make sure your readers knew there are Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers that we all should use.

See Orange County’s Integrated Waste Management Department at

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center in Irvine is at 6411 Oak Canyon which is off of Sand Canyon Avenue just south of the 5 freeway. They are open to Orange County households Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. It’s free.

Particularly with the compact fluorescent bulbs containing some mercury, it is important to properly dispose. I understand that Integrated Waste Management makes an effort to recycle whatever materials they can.

We have set up a corner of our garage where we collect batteries, burnt out light bulbs, old paint cans, and electronic products that would be too costly to repair. They take much more including: Antifreeze, Brake Fluid, Car Batteries, Transmission Fluid, Used Motor Oil, Used Oil Filters, Computer Monitors, Computers, Electronics, Office Machines, Televisions, Adhesives, Degreasers, Fertilizers, Fire Extinguishers, Fungicides, Gasoline and Unwanted Fuels, Herbicides, Household Cleaners, Insecticides, Mercury Containing Items, Paint Thinners, Pesticides, Photographic Chemicals, Pool Chemicals, Smoke Detectors, Solvents, Propane Tank Recycling and even Unwanted or Outdated Medications,.

Every time I have gone, the line is short. They ask you to stay in your car and pop your trunk. You fill out a short form, and they do the unloading taking only a minute or two.

I haven’t taken advantage of it, but they encourage all to visit the Stop & Swap section where you can get partially-used home, yard and automotive care products for FREE!


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