Toxic household materials like motor oil, oil filters, anti-freeze, paints, solvents, cleaners and old batteries are too hazardous to throw in the trash. Once in a landfill, they can contaminate ground water and other waterways.
Be aware that household hazardous waste is labeled with the following words: toxic, caution, danger, warning, poison, corrosive, flammable, combustible or irritant. For this reason it must be handled and disposed with care in order to avoid polluting the environment and its potential health hazards. Other materials that may not be labeled, such as batteries, are also too toxic to trash and must be disposed of properly.
How to Recycle Your Household Hazardous Waste
Take your unwanted household hazardous waste to one of the four household hazardous waste collection centers in the Mojave Desert area.
•A maximum of 15 gallons or 125 pounds may be transported per vehicle, per trip.
•Materials should be in original containers.
•Place your items in a sturdy box, preferably in their original, labeled containers. All
containers should have lids, not leak and be protected from breakage.
•Do not combine types of waste or mix oil-based paint with latex paint.
•If you want a container returned, like oil containers and boxes or crates used to
transport materials, please notify the collection attendant in advance. Some
containers may not be returnable.
Acceptable Materials at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers
•Automotive fluids (antifreeze, motor oil)
•Batteries (home and car)
•Personal care products
•Polishes and waxes
•Pool and spa chemicals
•Propane barbecues tanks
•Unused road flares
Unacceptable Materials that Cannot Be Recycled
•Ammunition and explosives
•Compressed gas cylinders
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Locations
22411 Highway 18
Hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Barstow-City of Barstow Corporation Yard
900 South Avenue ‘H’
Hours: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hesperia-Hesperia Fire Station
17443 Lemon Street
Hours: Tuesday and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Victorville-Victorville Fire Department
East of Desert Knoll Drive on Loves Land
Hours: Wednesdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For additional information call (800) CLEAN UP or visit http://www.cleanup.org
You can also recycle used motor oil and oil filters at one of the many certified collection centers throughout the County, including most auto parts stores and gas stations.
Use this link to visit the California Integrated Waste Management Website to find a certified collection center near you. http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/UsedOil/Centers/