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Residents Can Drive Through any of the County’s four free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers to Drop off materials and Score Some Free Swag

Got fries with that battery bucket?

OC residents might be tempted to ask that question if they visit one of the County’s free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers on Saturday, July 22.

That’s when OC Waste & Recycling is putting a twist on National Drive Thru Day, using the celebratory day to help increase awareness about bringing household hazardous waste to the proper place and making sure it stays out of landfills.

If they ask, the answer would be no. But if they visit a center between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 22 to drop off materials, they receive a Discovery Cube OC free child admission coupon and a battery bucket – while supplies last. The centers are located in Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Irvine and San Juan Capistrano. Residents are encouraged to use this opportunity to clear out unwanted e-waste, paint, chemicals and more, then dropping it off drive-thru style – without having to exit your vehicle. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers are open free to Orange County residents Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. year-round, excluding holidays and rain events.

"National Drive-thru Day is a perfect reminder that there are countywide collections centers offering free drop off of residential hazardous materials five day a week in Orange County," said Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. "Not only are they convenient for residents, it helps keep hazardous and unwanted materials out of the landfills and protects our environment for years to come."

Drive-thrus are the iconic, quintessential measure of convenience. People have enjoyed this service since the 1930s. Today it is most often associated with fast food convenience. Fortunately for Orange County residents, that also includes hazardous waste disposal.

For more information on OC Waste & Recycling services and the National Drive-thru Day promotion, visit