Debris & materials from a tear-down or haul away project may be hazardous or very heavy & require experts with professional grade equipment.
Piles of junk, including wood, furniture, & other useless items need to be properly disposed of. These places offer a paradise home for infestations of rodents & insects & a hazard for employees & customers.
Cleaning out your office can feel like such a relief; however, some materials are unable to be hauled away to the nearest dump. If you are unsure of what may & may not be hauled away here are some tips & tricks to help you. Aerosol cans containing hazardous products can not be recycled, but empty aerosol cans can be recycled in your curbside recycling barrel. Asbestos, batteries, pharmaceuticals, electronic waste, compact fluorescent light bulbs, motor oil, propane/helium tanks, syringes, needles, & vehicle tires cannot be hauled away to the dump. However, there are places to take all of these substances (though in some situations, like tires, there is a fee for disposal/recycling).
Most city’s HHW programs will take aerosol cans, batteries, TV’s, monitors, electronic waste, compact fluorescent light bulbs, syringes, & needles. There are other places that take these materials as well:
Asbestos can be taken away by the State Department of Toxic Substances Control.
Asphalt & concrete can be taken in by Cemex, Vulcan & the Simi Valley Landfill Recycling center.
TV’s & monitors can be given to your local HHW location, like Gold Coast Recycling in Ventura.
Motor Oil & filters can be disposed of at businesses like Firestone, Jiffy Lube, O’Reilly Auto Parts, & Good Year.
Toner & Ink Cartridges can be recycled at your local Staples or Office Depot.
Vehicle Tires can be disposed of at America’s Tire Company.
We know that properly recycling of household items can be an inconvenience, but it is worth it to divert hazardous waste from our natural world like the streams, oceans, & lakes in Southern California for future enjoyment & the health of our local ecosystems. Let’s all do our part.