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Residents Take Advantage of the County’s Four Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers to Drop Off E-waste, Chemicals, Paints and More

About 1,000 Orange County residents took advantage of a different kind of drive-thru experience for National Drive-Thru Day, celebrated by OC Waste & Recycling (OCWR) on July 22. 

Instead of placing an order and getting fries, residents drove through the County’s free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers to drop off unused paint, old pesticides, used car oil, cleaning supplies and more without leaving their vehicle. And as a reward for keeping the waste out of the landfills, they received a free child admission coupon to Discovery Cube and a free battery bucket for recycling. The day’s collection tally was 28 tons of waste.

Many visitors asked questions about the type of waste they could bring to the centers, and how often they could drop off. In addition, some first-timers dropped off their waste and parked to see what free materials were available at the Material Exchange Program (MEP). Residents are allowed a weekly limit of up to five free items of recycled cleaning supplies, unused paint, solvents, automotive supplies and more.

The drive-thru 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. They are located in Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Irvine and San Juan Capistrano.

OCWR hosts a permanent Eco Challenge Exhibit at Discovery Cube OC to help raise awareness about the ever-changing rules of recycling and proper disposal of hazardous materials. The year-round exhibit offers a hands-on educational experience in a fun learning environment.

For more information on OC Waste & Recycling services, visit Photos from the event can be accessed here.

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