Hazardous Waste

HHW event

Many products found in your home are considered hazardous substances. Because of their chemical make up, they can poison, corrode, explode or ignite easily if not handled properly. When these products are discarded, they are considered household hazardous waste (HHW). They can cause a threat to human health or to the environment. They must be disposed of properly. It is illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste in the trash, down storm drains or onto the ground.

These types of waste should be disposed of at special HHW Events set up by the City and County. These events are held throughout the year at the City Yard located at 15670 Perris Blvd.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Many products found in your home are considered hazardous substances. Because of their chemical make up, they can poison, corrode, explode or ignite easily if not handled properly. When these products are discarded, they are considered household hazardous waste (HHW). They can cause a threat to human health or to the environment. They must be disposed of properly. It is illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste in the trash, down storm drains or onto the ground.

These types of waste should be disposed of at special HHW Events set up by the City and County. These events are held throughout the year at the City Yard located at 15670 Perris Blvd.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

No events are scheduled at this time.

Used Tires

Note: Waste tires are now collected curbside,by appointment. Please call Waste Management of the Inland Empire at 800.423.9986 .

For more information about proper disposal of household hazardous waste, please contact the City of Moreno Valley Public Works Department at 951.413.3109 or Riverside County Waste Management Department at 800.304.2226.

Common Household Hazardous Waste Items

  • Paints and stains
  • Pool and spa chemicals
  • Pesticides and poisons
  • Mercury (thermometers and thermostats)
  • Automotive products (motor oil**, antifreeze)
  • Thinners and solvents
  • Household cleaners and disinfectants
  • Batteries
  • Art and hobby chemicals
  • Aerosol spray products
  • Sharps (medical syringes)
  • Propane tanks

Resources

For more information about household hazardous waste, see these resources:

Universal Waste

Old CRTs

Universal waste is low risk high volume hazardous waste generated by a variety of people. This waste has three categories: CRTs, thermostats, batteries and lamps (fluorescent tubes, discharge lamps, mercury vapor lamps, batteries (not auto), and mercury thermostats. This waste must be disposed of properly.

More examples of universal waste are:

  • Mercury thermostats
  • Mercury switches
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Batteries (single use and rechargeable)
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Sodium vapor lamps
  • Non-empty aerosol cans
  • Pressure or vacuum gauges
  • Dilators and weighted tubing
  • Rubber flooring that contains mercury
  • Novelties (singing greeting cards, flashing athletic shoes, flashing jewelry)
  • Consumer electronic devices
  • Cathode ray tubes (CRTs)

How to Dispose of Universal Waste

Under California’s Universal Waste Rule, beginning February 9, 2006, residents must dispose of these wastes at a household hazardous waste facility or take them to an authorized universal waste handler.

The City of Moreno Valley and the Riverside County Waste Management Department host Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Events that will accept universal waste at the City Maintenance Yard located at 15670 Perris Blvd. in Moreno Valley. These events are held throughout the year and are free to all Riverside County residents. Learn more about hazardous waste collection events...

Universal Waste Disposal Guidelines:

  • Take all universal waste to an authorized facility for disposal
  • Do not dispose of universal waste in the trash
  • Label or mark universal wastes containers to identify their types

Resources

For more information on universal waste disposal, see these resources:

Electronic Waste

Old cell phones

Electronic hazardous waste (e-waste) is generated by almost every individual, institution and business. Many types of electronic products used in the workplace and homes contain hazardous substances like lead and mercury. When these products reach the end of their usefulness or become obsolete, they may be considered hazardous waste.

Hazardous waste may not be discarded in the regular trash. It must be sent to a facility that has a permit for treatment (including recycling), storage or disposal. Wastes are hazardous waste when they exhibit one or more of the following characteristics: if they are toxic, ignitable, corrosive or reactive. Many electronic wastes exhibit toxicity characteristics due to the presence of lead:

  • automatic shut-off irons
  • cell phones
  • DVD players
  • electronic games
  • fax machines
  • microwaves
  • copiers
  • computers, monitors
  • VCRs
  • stereos
  • televisions

Electronic Waste Disposal Options

Residents may dispose of electronic waste at for FREE , at the Waste Management Transfer Station, located at 17700 Indian Street.

Residents may dispose of their E-Waste for FREE at the next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event.

The City of Moreno Valley and the Riverside County Waste Management Department host Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Events at the City Maintenance Yard located at 15670 Perris Blvd. in Moreno Valley. These events are held throughout the year and are free to all Riverside County residents. Learn more about hazardous waste collection events...

E- Waste is also accepted at the Badlands Landfill; charges apply.

Cell Phone Recycling

Residents can recycle cellphones at the following City facilities:

  • City Hall
  • City Corporate Yard
  • Public Library
  • Senior Community Center
  • Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center
  • Moreno Valley Animal Shelter

Funds from the cellphone recycling program are used to improve recycling program and outreach.

Sell Your Electronics

Residents now have the option to sell their electronics to WM, Inc. Please visit www.wmpaystorecycle.com/ for more details.

Used Needle, Syringe (Sharps) and Medical Disposal

needles

People with diabetes and other medical conditions must use syringes, needles and lancets every day to control their condition and stay healthy. Also, individuals who own pets or reside on farms or ranches vaccinate and treat their animals to keep them free from illness. After the syringes, needles and lancets (sharps) are used, they need to be disposed of properly. Improper disposal of used sharps can injure children, sanitation workers and pets through accidental “sticks”. These sharps can be contaminated with hepatitis, HIV and other infectious diseases. The spread of these diseases can be lessened by ensuring that sharps are disposed of properly and do not end up in places like streets, parks or playgrounds.

Dispose of syringes, needles and lancets (sharps) at our Household Hazardous Waste Collection events. These services are available to Riverside County residents only. Place sharps in a rigid–plastic bio-hazardous sharps container provided by the County or purchased at a pharmacy. When your sharps container is ¾ full, exchange it for a new one at one of our Household Hazardous Waste Collection events. Sharps containers are available to Riverside County residents at these events at no charge, while supplies last.

The City of Moreno Valley and the Riverside County Waste Management Department host Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Events at the City Maintenance Yard located at 15670 Perris Blvd. in Moreno Valley. These events are held throughout the year and are free to all Riverside County residents. Learn more about hazardous waste collection events...

Sharps Collection Safety Tips

If you have any questions regarding the disposal of syringes and needles, please contact the Riverside County Waste Management Department at 800.304.2226. Here are some simple safety tips:

  • Do not use glass containers to collect sharps (they can break).
  • Do not put sharps containers in your trash or recycling bin.
  • Do not throw loose needles or lancets into the trash or recycling bin.
  • Do not flush needles or lancets down the toilet.

For more information on sharps disposal, see these resources:

 

CESQG/Business Waste

Business recycling

A CESQG is a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator, which is a business that generates 27 gallons, 220 lbs or less of hazardous waste per month. Businesses that generate less than 2.2 lbs or less of extremely hazardous waste are also considered to be a CESQG. The most common CESQGs are painters, print shops, auto shops, builders, churches, schools, non-profit groups and property managers. These businesses are required to use a licensed hazardous waste hauler to manifest and transport their waste.

"Cradle to Grave” Responsibility: The RCRA Act

The most important regulation governing hazardous waste is the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). This Act was set up to protect human health and the environment from potential hazards of waste disposal by reducing the amount of waste generated and ensuring that the waste is properly managed. It set up guidelines whereby hazardous waste generators must track waste from the moment it enters the disposal site as hazardous material, to its eventual treatment and disposal. The generator’s responsibility may go beyond the grave if the waste is not handled properly and pollutes the environment. He may be held responsible (in part) for the cleanup.

The Riverside CESQG Program

The CESQG program is a hazardous waste pick-up disposal service for eligible businesses/non-profit organizations in the County of Riverside. This program provides an affordable way to legally dispose of this waste.

To arrange an appointment or request further information, contact the Riverside County Waste Management Department at 800.304.2226.

 

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