Did you know that just one quart of oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of water?
Help prevent water pollution by taking your used oil to a used oil collection center. Included is a list of locations that will accept up to five gallons of used motor oil at no cost. Many also accept used oil filters. Please contact the facility before delivering your used oil. This listing of companies is for your reference and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of the company. Please note that used oil filters may not be disposed of with regular household trash. They must be taken to a household hazardous waste collection or recycling center in Apple Valley. Please do not mix your oil with other substances!
Just follow these simple steps:
- Store your used motor oil in a sealed, leak-proof container.
- Do not mix oil with gasoline, automotive liquids, other liquids or debris. This contamination makes it hazardous and not recyclable.
- Take it to one of the centers during regular business hours only.
- Bring only used motor oil to a collection center. Other automotive fluids can be disposed of free at a Household Hazardous Waste collection event.
- Recycle no more than five gallons at a time.
Auto Zone #2844
Auto Zone #5605
Certified Tire & Service Centers. Inc.
Jiffy Lube #2970
Kragen Auto Parts #4116
Texaco Xpress Lube
Town of Apple Valley Used Oil
Household Hazardous Waste
Hazardous wastes discarded from homes may threaten human health or the environment when disposed of improperly. Many people don't realize it, but there are a lot of common household items that are considered hazardous. These include medications, paint, motor oil, antifreeze, auto batteries, lawn care products, pest control products, drain cleaners, pool care products such as chlorine and acids, and household cleaners. Some household cleaners may be harmful separately or when combined, such as ammonia and bleach.
Safe use, storage, and disposal practices
Many of the products found in our homes are toxic. They can cause serious human and animal health and environmental problems if used, stored, and disposed of improperly. The simple practices listed below can help keep your family, home, neighborhood and environment safe.
- Think carefully before buying a product. Do you really need it? Do you already have something similar?
- Buy just enough to do the job.
- Look for a non-hazardous label and follow use, storage, and disposal directions carefully. Watch for signal words such as caution, warning, poison or danger. If directions are unclear, contact the manufacturer or dealer before using.
- Keep all chemical products and waste out of reach of children and animals.
- Keep all leftover products with others if each product is in its original container with a label.
- Dispose of household hazardous waste properly by taking it to a collection event scheduled near you.
- Locate auto repair shops and gas stations that recycle used moter oil, antifreeze and batteries.
- Completly finish products in containers before disposal. Clean, empty containers can be put in the trash. (note: some cities will even recycle empty paint cans and aerosol containers.)
- Triple rinse all containers of water-soluble materials. Use rinse water according to label directions.
- Do not dump leftover products into the street, storm drains or ground. It is illegal.
- Do not burn used or leftover products or product containers. Burning may produce toxic fumes and contribute to air-pollution.
- Do not bury leftover products or containers in your yard or garden.
- Do not reuse pesticide or other chemical containers for other purposes.
- Do not mix chemical products or wastes.
- Do not put any household hazardous waste in the trash or sink.
- Do not repackage chemical products in containers that are normally used for food products or soft drinks. Children have died from drinking chemicals stored in soft drink and juice bottles.
- Do not store corrosives, flammables and poisons together. Separate these containers.
- Never mix household hazardous materials. Dangerous reactions can occur.
- Do not smoke, eat, or drink when handling houshold hazardous products.
Before transporting houshold generated hazardous waste to a Collection Facility or ABOP (Antifreezw, Batteries, Oil and Oil Filters, and Paint) Facility, be sure that....
1.The containers are sound, not leaking and sealed.
2.The waste is in its original container or is properly labeled as to its contents.
3.Wastes are placed securely in the vehicle for safe transport.
4.The contents of the container are the same as stated on the label. If not the same, cover up the label and write the name of its contents.
5.Place items in a cardboard box. Wrap glass bottles in cloth or newspaper so they do not break while transported.
6.Place the cardboard box in the trunk of your car or in the bed of your pickup truck. Keep items away from passengers.
7.Follow directions once you reach event site.
8.At the site, staff will unload the chemicals from your vehicle. You will be asked to stay inside your vehicle.
Household Hazardous Waste
Electronic waste (e-waste) is the most rapidly growing segment of the municipal waste stream. E-waste is a general category of electronic products including broken or obsolete televisions, computer monitors, central processing units (CPU), cordless and cell phones, cash registers, videocassette recorders, cell phones, copiers and printers, stereos and speakers, microwaves, x-ray machines, and some scientific equipment. These products may contain toxic materials such as lead, barium, mercury, and cadmium that require proper management as well as valuable resources that should be recovered.
Why E-Waste is a Problem
Though the problem of e-waste seems to have emerged only recently, it has been building since the first computer or electronic product was manufactured.
The following are just a few facts about the severity and extent of this problem. More complete information can be found on the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) website at www.ciwmb.ca.gov/Electronics/.
Following are the facts:
- Consumer electronics comprises 2 to 5 percent of the total municipal solid waste stream.
- The consumer electronics waste steam is growing three times faster than the solid waste stream.
- An estimated 500 million computers will become obsolete in the U.S. by 2007.
- More than 10,000 computers and televisions A DAY become obsolete and are put aside in California.
- Three-quarters of all the computers sold in the U.S. remain stockpiled in a garage, closet or storage space.
- E-waste presents different challenges than household hazardous waste or solid waste recycling because of its weight, volume, storage needs, and costs.
- E-waste poses a long-term threat to public health and the environment because it is the largest source of heavy metals and organic pollutants in the solid waste stream.
What should be done with old electronic products? Computer monitors, televisions and other electronic equipment should NOT be disposed of with regular garbage. Working TV's, monitors, computers and other consumer electronics can be sold or donated thereby prolonging their useful life. Non-fuctioning Tv's and computer monitors should be taken to:
Apple Valley HHW-Public Works Yard
13450 Nomwaket Road
Apple Valley, CA 92307