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SCV locals get second chance to dump hazardous waste

Posted: April 6, 2009 6:20 p.m.
Updated: April 6, 2009 4:00 p.m.

Santa Clarita Valley residents who missed last weekend's Los Angeles County hazardous household waste collection event have another opportunity to dispose of hazardous waste Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station hosts its "Safe and Secure" pickup event at College of the Canyons.

Acceptable items include old computers, televisions, VCRs, appliances and other electronic devices. Up to five boxes of personal papers, including credit cards, computer disks and empty binders, may also be shredded at no cost to the resident.

This year, for the first time, the event will accept expired medications for proper disposal. Take outdated medical prescriptions to the event. Sharps (used needles) will not be accepted. For more information, visit

Tired of tires?
Residents who want to get rid of old tires may take them to L.A. County's free Waste Tire Collection Event, also Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. but at a different location -- 17931 Sierra Hwy. Tires will be accepted and recycled free of charge.

Participants will receive a 15 percent discount coupon on their next purchase of Bridgestone or Firestone tires.

For more information on the event, visit

Year-round haz-mat pickup
The city of Santa Clarita's ongoing hazardous household waste collection program offers city residents free door-to-door collection of limited amounts of antifreeze, batteries, motor oil and filters, and oil and latex paint. Some types of e-waste are also accepted.

Pickups are limited to one per household every 12 months and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To schedule a free collection of the items listed above, contact Curbside, Inc. at (800) HHW-PKUP (800-449-7587).

Bulky items pickup
All city of Santa Clarita households who have trash service are entitled to four bulky-item pickups per year, with a maximum of three items per pickup, at no charge to residents. 

Bulky items include chairs, sofas, mattresses washers, dryers, water heaters, small household appliances, electronic equipment or any other type of solid waste that won't fit within a trash cart or dumpster.

Contact Blue Barrel/Waste Management at (661) 259-2398 to schedule a free pickup.

City residents may also drop-off unlimited bulky items at Blue Barrel/Waste Management's facility located at 25772 Springbrook Road Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., also at no charge. For a full list of items that are accepted for drop-off, contact Blue Barrel/Waste Management.

Fix leaks & conserve water around the home
While cleaning out the house, take a few minutes to inspect your interior plumbing and outside irrigation system for water efficiency to help save money on your water bill.

When putting in any new plants this spring, visit your local nursery for advice on drought-tolerant "California-friendly" plants to save water and money. You may also visit CLWA's Conservatory Garden to see examples of water-efficient plants and irrigation methods.

For more tips on how to conserve water at home, and receive rebates, visit:
* Newhall County Water District:
* Castaic Lake Water Agency:
* Valencia Water Company:

To get more ideas for saving water around the home, you can also visit the "Virtual Home" Web site at

When performing your irrigation inspections, make sure the sprinklers are not watering the driveway or sidewalk, and be sure to turn them off when it rains.

If you have questions, call the city's Environmental Services Division at (661) 222-7222 or e-mail


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