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Hazardous, electronic waste collection coming soon

Two-day event planned for Placer residents
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Looking for a free and convenient way to dispose of hazardous wastes and/or electronic wastes that are collecting in your house or garage? E-waste and products labeled DANGER, CAUTION, WARNING, FLAMMABLE, or POISON are considered hazardous waste and should not be disposed with regular garbage. Placer County residents can dispose of these items free on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 through 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, in the parking lot adjacent to Fairgate Road. The event is sponsored by the Western Placer Waste Management Authority and is open to Placer County residents only. ID is required. Placer County businesses may also dispose of hazardous materials on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 3 to 4 p.m. for a fee and with an appointment. Appointments can be made by calling (800) 207-8222 before Oct. 9. Acceptable hazardous waste items include: used motor oil/filters and other automotive fluids, paints, varnishes, solvents, antifreeze, household cleaners, unused medicines, gasoline and other flammables, herbicides, pesticides, vehicle and small household batteries, compressed gas cylinders (smaller than 5 gallons), and used hypodermic needles (sharps). Acceptable e-waste items include: TVs, computer monitors, CPUs, CD/DVD players, VCRs, radios, telephones and cell phones, PDAs, video equipment, and answering machines Unacceptable items include: ammunition/explosives, PCBs, medical waste (other than sharps and meds), appliances, and radioactive materials. A complete list of acceptable items, transport tips and techniques, and a map to the event is available at WPWMA.com. There is a limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds of waste per vehicle. For more information on the event, call (916) 543-3960. Placer County residents can also dispose of hazardous household wastes at the Western Placer Waste Management Authority’s Permanent HHW Collection Facility located at 3033 Fiddyment Road (entrance on Athens Avenue), two miles west of the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln. The facility is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The maximum amount that is accepted at this facility is 15 gallons or 125 pounds per visit. ~Staff report