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Santa Clarita offers free waste collection, conservation services

Posted: April 1, 2009 7:47 p.m.
Updated: April 1, 2009 5:03 p.m.
 
The city of Santa Clarita is offering free services to assist residents with Spring Cleaning. Hazardous waste, electronic waste and bulk item collections are just a few services the City will offer both in the coming months and throughout the year.

All residents can drop off paint and other hazardous waste items for free at the L.A. County's HHW Collection Event at College of the Canyons on Saturday, April 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents can visit www.ladpw.org/epd/hhw/ for a list of accepted materials and more.

Community members unable to attend the HHW Collection Event can utilize the city's own HHW Collection Program. The free door-to-door service collects limited amounts of antifreeze, batteries, motor oil, filters and oil or latex paint for city residents. Some E-waste items may also be collected and one HHW pickup is available per household per year. Residents interested in this free City service can contact Curbside, Inc. at (800) 449-7587.

Residents looking for a place to safely destroy E-waste, medication and confidential documents can attend the Santa Clarita Sheriff's SAFE & SECURE event on Saturday, April 25 at College of the Canyons from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At the event, residents can drop off up to five boxes of personal papers, including credit cards, computer disks and empty binders to be shredded for free. The SAFE & SECURE event will also accept prescription, over-the-counter and veterinary medications from community members for free.

Another spring cleaning scheduled for Saturday, April 25 is L.A. County's free Waste Tire Collection Event, held at the County facility at 17931 Sierra Highway. At the event, residents can drop off tires to be recycled free of charge and participants will receive a 15 percent discount coupon for their next Bridgestone or Firestone tire purchase. For more information on this event, please visit www.dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/TireRecycling/collection.cfm.

In addition to the collection events held on April 4 and 25, the city also offers collection services to assist residents with waste pickup throughout the year. The city's Bulky Items and E-Waste Pickup service entitles community members who have trash service to four bulky item pickups per year, with up to three items per pickup, per year.

With this service, the city will remove chairs, sofas, mattresses, washers, dryers, small household appliances and more for free. Community members interested in receiving this service can contact Blue Barrel/Waste Management at (661) 259-2398 to schedule a free pickup.

Community members considering putting in new plants this spring can visit local nurseries and Castaic Lake Water Agency's Conservatory Garden to see examples of drought tolerant, water efficient plants and irrigation methods.

Residents can also find more tips on how to conserve water at home, and receive rebates, at Newhall County Water District (www.ncwd.org/residential.asp), Castaic Lake Water Agency (http://clwa.org/residents) or Valencia Water Company (www.valenciawater.com/conservation).

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