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Get rid of hazardous waste for free Saturday

County, Recology host drop-off
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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Medications and sharps ? such as lancets, syringes and pen needles ? don?t belong in the trash. Whether it?s pills, tablets or liquid, medication shouldn?t be flushed down the toilet either, said Michelle White of Placer County Facilities Services. The county and Recology Auburn Placer will provide a convenient option to get rid of these items, as well as other hazardous waste, at a free drop-off event from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Colfax High School parking lot. Since the event is open to Placer County residents only, identification will be required. White said there?s a push to get medications out of people?s medicine cabinets. ?It?s a safety issue,? she said. And sewage systems that are in place don?t treat medication. Instead, even small amounts ?end up back in the waterways,? she said. Hazardous waste must be disposed of properly, White said, because ?It?s important to protect the environment, your children and your pets.? Other common items people regularly need to dispose of are used motor oil and other automotive products, which will be accepted on Saturday, White said. Vehicle and small household batteries, paints and paint products, pesticides and herbicides, camping-sized gas cylinders, fluorescent tubes, household cleaners, and most products labeled ?danger,? ?caution,? ?warning? or ?flammable? will also be accepted. There?s a per-vehicle limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds of acceptable hazardous waste. Don?t bother loading up tires, refrigerators, electronic waste, ammunition and explosives, compressed gas cylinders larger than five gallons, or medical waste other than sharps or meds because they won?t be taken at the hazardous waste drop-off. E-waste can be disposed of free of charge every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Western Placer Waste Management Authority at 3033 Fiddyment Road in Roseville. The ?MERF? will also accept tires and refrigerators, but there?s a charge. Transfer stations in Auburn (open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily at 12305 Shale Ridge Lane) and in Meadow Vista (open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 2950 Combie Road) also accept some materials such as batteries, fluorescent light tubes free of charge from Placer County residents. Businesses located in the county may also dispose of hazardous materials between 2 and 3 p.m. at Colfax High on June 16, but fees will be charged and appointments are required at least 24 hours in advance. Call (800) 207-8222 for more information and to make an appointment. To transport hazardous waste safely, if possible, keep products in their original, tightly sealed containers; label materials not in their original containers; place leaking containers in tightly sealed, labeled plastic containers; do not mix materials in the same container; sort products by type to avoid dangerous chemical reactions; pack containers upright in cardboard or plastic containers; and secure them in the car trunk or pickup truck beds.