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August 25, 2016 (Potrero) --Residents in the  Potrero area /unincorporated San Diego East County are encouraged to use the County’s one-day household hazardous waste collection event Sept. 17 at the Old County Fire Station in Potrero.

Did you know?  Many products used in the home may be hazardous to people, pets or the environment and should not be thrown in the trash or dumped down the sewer or storm drains.  While it is always best to use up your household chemical products, the County of  San Diego’s Department of Environmental Health would like to notify you of a one-day collection event where residents living in the unincorporated county can bring their household chemicals for proper disposal or recycling—for free!

The upcoming Potrero one-day collection event, which is sponsored by the County Board of Supervisors to assist with the Border Fire recovery, will b held  on Saturday, September 17th from 8 a.m. to 2 the Old County Fire Station, located at 24550 Highway 94, in Potrero.  No appointment is necessary.  At the event, home generated sharps (syringes, needles and lancets) will be accepted.  The County cannot accept ammunition, explosive or radioactive material, large appliances or tires at this event.

What is household hazardous waste (HHW)? Leftover household products that are labeled “Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison, Toxic, Flammable or Corrosive” are hazardous waste. HHW includes common household products like paint (latex and oil based), automotive fluids (motor oil, antifreeze, solvents etc.), pesticides, aerosols, pool chemicals, batteries (household and automotive), electronic and universal wastes (computers, printers, cell phones, VCRs, fluorescent light bulbs, etc.).  These materials should be brought to a collection event such as the upcoming event in Potrero or to a facility such as the County’s Ramona HHW facility for proper disposal or recycling.  

If you can’t make it to the Potrero event, visit the recycling and waste disposal resource, for additional options based on your ZIP code. 


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