Household hazardous waste, or HHW, is made up of materials generated during operation of an ordinary home that cannot be disposed of in landfills. Many materials that are relatively safe to use alone can become toxic or reactive when combined with other substances. Ammonia, for instance, combined with types of scouring powder can produce chloramine, a toxic gas. Your home does not need this type of reaction -- but neither does the landfill. The solution to proper disposal of household hazardous waste is to drop it off at the Town's HHW facility.
The Town of Apple Valley HHW facility is open to the public for free drop off of household hazardous waste every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. excluding the following dates:
April 30, 2016
July 30, 2016
October 29, 2016
December 31, 2016
The facility is located in the Public Works Yard at 13450 Nomwaket Road, south of Powhatan.• HHW Flyer
Types of materials accepted without charge include:
pesticides · wood preservatives · auto batteries · photographic supplies · medications · paint thinners · auto and furniture polish · household batteries · herbicides · medicines · drain cleaners · antifreeze · fertilizers · poisons · chemicals · oil and latex paints · TVs · used motor oil · used oil filters · hobby/art supplies · computer monitors · aerosol cans · oven cleaner · batteries · fungicides · stump remover · rodent poisons · diesel · gasoline · fuels · transmission fluid · pool chemicals · adhesives · sealers · solvents · electronics · home-generated medical sharps
Many common materials such as televisions, computer monitors, small electronics (hair dryers, toasters) batteries, and so forth, have been banned from disposal in landfills. Improper disposal of these items may leak a hazardous material such as lead, polychlorinated biphenyls, cadmium, etc., when tested by the Department of Toxic Substance Control. As a result, these materials may no longer be disposed of in landfills but must be handled separately. Apple Valley also accepts electronic items (e-waste) from residents during HHW collections.
NOTICE: Household-generated medical sharps (syringes, lancets, etc.) may no longer be disposed of in the trash. These can also be turned in to the HHW facility during the normal hours of operation. Sharps can only be accepted in "approved containers" designed for medical sharps. Sharps containers are also available free of charge at the HHW facility. Also, check with your local pharmacist for other disposal alternatives.
Tires are another common item that may NOT be disposed of in landfills. The Town periodically provides free Tire Amnesty Days for residents to allow for proper disposal of tires. Information regarding the next scheduled Tire Amnesty tire collection days will be posted on the main page of this website.
Bulky items such as mattresses, large appliances or furniture can be disposed of by calling AVCO/Burrtec at 760-245-8607 and also at our Community Clean Up events held in April and October. If you have any questions concerning recycling specific materials, please call 760-240-7000 x 7521.
Note: Materials may only be accepted from households. No business waste is accepted. Also, no biohazardous waste or radioactive waste may be accepted.
To learn more about how to handle hazardous business waste, contact the San Bernardino County Fire Department at 1-800-OILY CAT.