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Unusual Items that Don’t Go in the Trash Bin

My Local Household Hazardous Waste Facility Won’t Accept It, So Now What?

TiresPicture_0600Do you remember a past garage or storage shed cleanout? The one when you came across some odd or obscure items? You knew you couldn’t legally throw them in the trash or recycling bin, so you looked up the Thousand Oaks Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHWF) to see if they could accept it and learned that we couldn’t take your material. “So now what?” is probably what you asked yourself.

When it comes to properly disposing of your household hazardous waste (HHW) it doesn’t get much easier than having a state-of-the-art permanent collection facility in your own town. This is the case for Thousand Oaks and unincorporated Ventura County residents who have a safe, no-cost, and convenient way to dispose of their hazardous wastes

For some residents, however, the solution to their special waste disposal needs that are not accepted at the HHW Facility is not so simple. If the above situation sounds familiar you may find the quick guide below helpful:

  • Business waste – only qualifying businesses may utilize our HHWF. For more information, please visit our Hazardous Waste for Businesses page.
  • Medications - City of Thousand Oaks’ residents can safely and confidentially dispose of expired or unwanted pharmaceuticals or vitamins for both pets and humans. A Medicine Collection Drop-Box is located in the lobby of the East Valley Police Station and is available during normal business hours. City of Thousand Oaks residents only (no medical office, commercial or business waste accepted). We also offer a Pharmaceutical Mail-In Program for residents who are homebound, disabled, or otherwise unable to travel to the East Valley Police Station (Kaiser Permanente’s 365 East Hillcrest Medical Offices has a pilot medicine mail-in program in place for Kaiser members – please visit their pharmacy for more information). For more information about medication disposal, please visit our Medicine and Sharps Disposal page.
  • Explosives/ammunition – Call the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s non-emergency dispatch number at 805-654-9511 to schedule a home pickup.
  • Tires – Although they are not considered hazardous waste, waste tires still have certain disposal restrictions per CA law. While most tire shops and service centers recycle your used tires automatically when you get a new set of tires, you may still have a need to dispose of waste tires at some point. The Simi Valley Landfill accepts tires for an additional charge.
  • Appliances (and anything with freon) – Residents are encouraged to utilize the bulky item pickup program for large appliances such as stoves, water heaters, washers, and dryers. Refrigerators and freezers may incur a freon service fee. For items in good, working condition the Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a great, local resource for those of you looking to give back and benefit the community. For smaller appliances, Goodwill is a great resource who will accept just about anything with a power cord regardless if it is working or not.
  • Don’t see it on this list? Still stumped? Call us at 805-449-SAVE (7283) and a member of the City of Thousand Oaks GoGreen Team can assist you.

spilled paint in carWe want to remind you to use caution whenever transporting your hazardous waste. Pack materials securely to prevent tipping and spilling - you don’t want your car to look like this one.  It is against the law to transport more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste at any one time in your vehicle. Never mix chemicals! Many chemicals react negatively together if mixed, such as ammonia and bleach which, when mixed together, create toxic chemicals in liquid and gas forms. Strive to keep chemicals in their original containers to not only avoid mixing chemicals, but to lessen confusion as to what is in a container that you may be unmarked. Place loose materials in sturdy, non-leaking containers with secure lids (original containers are preferred).

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