A typical home can contain a vast array of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) products used for cleaning, painting, beautifying, lubricating and disinfecting the house, yard, workshop and garage.
The chemical-based household products from a single home may seem insignificant; but, when thousand of homes across the Coachella Valley use similar products — handling, storing and disposing of them improperly — the combined effect becomes a major problem. The health and safety of people and animals, as well as the health of our communities and the environment is endangered when these types of products are discarded in household garbage, sinks or stormdrains.
Examples of HHW products includes, but is not limited to:
||Workshop & Hobby
|Nail Polish Remover
||Floor Care Products
||Slug & Snail Poison
||Transmission & Brake Fluid
||Paint Thinner/Turpentine; Paint Latex/Oil Based
||Camp Propane Tanks|
|Toilet, Tub, & Tile Cleaner
||Gas, Diesel Fuel
The City of Indio, in partnership with the City of Coachella, oversees an ABOP (Antifreeze, Batteries, Oil, Filters, and Paint ) Drop-off Collection Center located at the Waste Transfer Station off Dillon Road. This Facility only accepts antifreeze, batteries, oil, filters and paint. Hours of operation are 8-5 Monday through Friday and 8-Noon on Saturday.
87-011 Landfill Road
Coachella, CA 92236
click here to view location map
Besides the ABOP collection center, Burrtec, the City's waste and recycling collection hauler, offers curbside pickup of up to 5 gallons of used motor oil to all Indio residents.
NEW!! You can now dispose of old cans of paint at various facilities in the Coachella Valley. PaintCare has launched the California Paint Stewardship Program. Click on this PaintCare link for more information about PaintCare and to find the nearest location to you.
To Dispose of other HHW Items
Riverside County operates a permanent Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility at 1100 Vella Road, Palm Springs, CA 92264. The operating hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays October through May and 7:00 a.m. to noon Saturdays June through September. This facility accepts all HHW types.
Riverside County also offers a Temporary Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection program. HHW drop-off events are scheduled at various dates and locations throughout the County. For specific locations and times for 2013, please click here, or call Riverside County at 800.304.2226. These events provide residents with an opportunity to dispose of hazardous and toxic materials, such as paints, automobile fluids, pesticides, poisons, and cleaning chemicals. The next temporary event scheduled in the City of Indio is March 9, 2013, at Riverside County Fair Grounds, Gate 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Why is it Important to Properly Dispose of HHW?
Household hazardous wastes when disposed of improperly (pouring wastes down the drain, on the ground, into storm drains, or putting them out with the trash) can effect human health and the environment. The dangers of improper disposal may not be immediately obvious, but certain types of household hazardous waste have the potential to cause physical injury to trash workers; contaminate groundwater; contaminate wastewater treatment systems if poured down drains or toilets; and present hazards to children and pets if left around the house.
For more information, please contact the City's Environmental Hotline at 760.391.4129.
|Use the least toxic product you can get.
Don’t buy toxic products if you won’t use them.
|Buy only what you need. Long-term storage of toxic chemicals can be dangerous.
||Don’t put toxics in the trash, down the drain, or in the gutter.|
|Store chemicals in safe places away from children, pets and fire sources.
||Don’t mix products! Never mix bleach with cleaners because toxic gases could |
|Recycle products when you can. Take used motor oil, anti-freeze, latex paint, and car batteries to collection centers throughout Riverside County.
||Don’t wait! Call now to make an appointment to dispose of your toxic wastes at your nearest collection center.|