SANTA MONICA—On January 3, Santa Monica announced that the city will provide a service to residents called the “Household Hazardous Waste Door-to-Door Collection Pilot Program,” which is to begin on February 1.
The program is an experimental service in which technicians will conveniently visit Santa Monica residents at their homes to collect household maintenance materials that could potentially cause long-term health hazards. The collection service will be available to residents through June.
The Santa Monica Hazardous Household Waste Center, which will be available to residents only on Saturdays, accepts the following household consumer materials:abrasive cleanser, aerosol spray cans, adhesives, air fresheners, batteries (all types), drain cleaners, florescent light tubes, furniture polish, kerosene/propane (fuels), lighter fluid, liquid cleaners, mercury thermometers, mercury thermostats, metal polishers, mothballs, nail polish remover, oven cleaners, personal care products, photo processing chemicals, rug and upholstery cleaner, rust removers, shoe polish, spot removers and toilet bowl cleaners.
Haz Mat will accept the following automotive products: antifreeze, batteries, degreasers/cleaners, fuels, motor oil and oil filters, refrigerants, solvents, transmission fluid and window washing fluid.
Haz Mat accepts the following gardening and pool products: fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, pet care, pool chemicals and “weed ”˜n’ feed.”
Lastly, Haz Mat accepts the following paint items: latex paint, oil-based paint; solvents and thinners; stains and varnishes; strippers and wood preservatives.
The program’s objective is to boost levels of service for residents while also decreasing costs, and will be available to both home owners and renters. If the pilot program proves effective, it will advance into a long-term pick-up system in June.
Haz Mat’s new service, which is in development by the Office of Sustainability and the Environment/Curbside Inc., will operate in the following phases:
1) Reserve collection service by contacting 1-800-HHW-PKUP (1-800-449-7587), Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email@example.com
2) Receive collection kit via mail; (kit will include detailed instructions with collection day reminder)
3) Leave prepared collection kit at your doorstep at a designated location on collection date
4) Leave prepared materials and Haz Mat will take care of the rest.
For further information or feedback visit sustainablesm.org/hhw or call Andrew Basmajian at 310-458-2213.