Do I need to be home for my household hazardous waste (HHW) to be picked up?
No you do not need to be home. Please put the HHW out by your garage door by 7:30 AM on your appointment day.
What if I would like to drop off my household hazardous waste (HHW) today?
The City of Folsom Permanent Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility can accept residential HHW on an emergency basis. Our program is designed to make it as convenient as possible to dispose of HHW by picking up waste at your residence. You do not have to carry hazardous chemicals in your car. We are one of the most comprehensive door to door collection programs in the nation and to keep program costs down we cannot have our facility staffed at all times to accept waste.
However, if you are moving or have some other emergency where you need to get rid of household hazardous waste right away, call 355-8350 to find out if and when you can drop off. Please do not come to our facility without having made arrangements for us to receive your waste.
Additionally, there are numerous local businesses that provide opportunities for residents (and in some cases businesses) to drop off used oil, paint, household batteries, fluorescent lamps and sharps. Listed below are Folsom's certified used oil collection centers which accept oil during regular business hours.
Jiffy Lube SpeeDee Oil Change and Tune Up
709 East Bidwell St. 6604 Folsom-Auburn Road
916 983-1960 916 988-0531
O'Reilly Auto Parts AutoZone #5916
1191 Riley Street 429 Blue Ravine Road
916 983-9884 916 983-4779
For other retail drop-off locations for additional household hazardous wastes in Folsom click here for the current list. Always call ahead to these facilities to verify hours and receipt of wastes.
Is there a limit to the amount of Household Hazardous Waste that residents can put out for pick up?
Our door to door collection program is primarily available for residential customers and ONLY for household hazardous waste generated within the Folsom city limits. We will pick up unlimited amounts of residential HHW. However, the capacity of our collection vehicle is limited in order to maintain its safe operation. Therefore, we request that residents only place "reasonable" amounts of HHW out for pick up.
Should it become necessary, quantity limitations may be implemented. If you have a question about a specific waste type or quantity please don't hesitate to call us at 916-355-8350.
Please note: If a resident is disposing of waste that appears to be generated by a business, either by quantity, waste type or characteristic, we reserve the right to refuse to pick up the waste, with or without prior notice.
What types of consumer electronics are considered household hazardous waste?
February of 2006 consumer electronics and batteries generated by residences and businesses were banned from being disposed in the regular trash. Unfortunately, the state has not defined specifically what is meant by “consumer electronics.” Until they do, we have defined the consumer electronics that we will collect through our program as electronics that contain a circuit board. We will collect VCRs, stereo amplifiers, DVD players, microwaves, cell phones, printers, computer CPUs, TVs, monitors, projectors, projection TVs, and other electrical products that contain a circuit board.
As a guideline and to keep program costs down we are asking residents to not create a pickup appointment (for the pickup of only electronics) unless they have a total amount of electronics of over 10 lbs. If you have more than one type of waste to dispose (e.g., paint and electronics or fluorescent lamps and electronics) then there is no minimum amount of waste recommended before you should make an appointment. Saving your consumer electronics and household batteries for when you have paint, pesticides, or other HHW to dispose will reduce the cost of our program.
If you are disposing of computer equipment, we will take the cables, keyboard, old circuit boards and other peripherals.
What types of consumer electronics do you pick up?
The following are some of the consumer electronics we pick up:
Computers (tower CPU, monitor, cables, peripherals, and old boards)
Televisions (LCDs, Picture tube, Plasma, Flat Screens, Projector, and Projection)
Telephones and Cell phones
The State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) defines hazardous electronics (so called Universal Waste) through a list examples. Our examples above are from DTSC's list. What one can extrapolate from the examples (of what DTSC thinks is hazardous) is that the hazardous components in electronics are concentrated on the circuit boards. Old circuit boards have lead solder, mercury and other heavy metals. So if you have an electronic device that has a significant circuit board then it is probably a hazardous waste.
I noticed that pharmaceuticals are on your list of HHW. In the past, I was told to flush pharmaceuticals down the toilet. Why the change in recommended handling of waste pharmaceuticals?
Current sewage treatment processes only reduce certain water pollutants such as pathogenic bacteria, biological oxygen demand, and particulates. There is evidence that chemicals within pharmaceuticals survive the sewage treatment process and ultimately end up in waterways. Obviously, a significant source of pharmaceuticals and their metabolites is urine. Nevertheless, current thinking is that it is better to dispose of pharmaceuticals through HHW programs where they are destroyed than through the sewer or landfills where they can get into the environment. We will collect pharmaceuticals with our door to door household hazardous waste service.
In order to keep costs under control, we ask that you to do a semiannual cleanout of your HHW rather than calling each month for a pickup of one or two bottles of pesticides or pills.
Sorry, we cannot accept pharmaceuticals that are controlled substances. If you have controlled substances please make an appointment with the City of Folsom Police Department (FPD) and then take them to the FPD headquarters located at 46 Natoma St. Drug drop-off appointments can be made by calling FPD Property division at 916-355-7239.
Just because a drug is issued as a perscription drug, the perscription does not exclude it from being a controlled substance. Here is a list of controlled substances from the US. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Can you take my pharmaceuticals that are controlled substances?
Sorry, we cannot accept pharmaceuticals that are controlled substances. If you have controlled substances please make an appointment with the City of Folsom Police Department (FPD) and then take them to the FPD headquarters located at 46 Natoma St. Drug drop-off appointments can be made by calling FPD Property Division at 916-355-7239.
About 10% of pharmaceuticals (prescription drugs) are controlled substances. Just because a drug is issued as a perscription drug, the perscription does not exclude the drug from being a controlled substance. Go here to see a Federal list of controlled substances current as of March 2014.
Current sewage treatment processes only reduce criteria water pollutants such as pathogenic bacteria, biological oxygen demand, and particulates. There is evidence that chemicals within pharmaceuticals survive the sewage treatment process and ultimately end up in waterways. Obviously, a significant source of pharmaceuticals and their metabolites is urine. Nevertheless, current thinking is that it is better to dispose of pharmaceuticals through HHW programs than through the sewer or landfills. We will collect pharmaceuticals with our door to door household hazardous waste service.
In order to keep costs under control, we ask that you to do a semiannual cleanout of your HHW rather than calling each month for a pickup of one or two bottles of pesticides or pills.
Do I make a household hazardous waste pickup appointment for the empty containers of hazardous waste such as pesticides or paint? If not, what do I do with them?
Completely empty containers with no substantial free liquid in them (e.g., less than a tablespoon) are considered non-hazardous and should be disposed in the trash or recycling bin depending on the container material type. Leave the lid or caps off. Call the recycling hotline 355-8393 to find out if a particular container type (glass, plastic, metal or fiberboard) can go in your blue recycling cart.
Do you pick up household hazardous waste from apartments? If so, where should the items be put out?
Yes, we do pick up HHW from apartments. Items should be placed near your apartment in a place where Folsom Hazmat staff can locate it. Please ensure that the location is safe for your apartment neighbors too.
Do you take tanning bed UV lamps? Are they hazardous?
Yes we take tanning bed lamps from residents through our Door to Door Pick Up appointment system. Lamps generated from businesses are accepted on a case by case basis. Call 916-355-8350 for details. Tanning bed lamps are fluorescent lamps so they contain a small amount of mercury. Please prepare them for pickup in a manner that prevents them from breaking. Please wrap the ends with tape and bubble wrap before placing them out on your driveway.
Does Hazmat pick up large appliances?
Folsom Hazmat does not pick up large appliances. The Neighborhood Cleanup Program picks up large items such as lawn mowers, dishwashers, BBQs, water heaters and furniture. Folsom Residents can have three pickups per year. To schedule a pickup, contact the Solid Waste Department at 355-8367. You can learn more about this program at Folsom Solid Waste Division Neighborhood Cleanup page.
Does the information on hard drives get wiped out in the recycling process?
Folsom Hazmat does not wipe the hard drives clean. Even though most electronics recyclers have security processes in place and some shred hard drives as part of the recycling process, it is highly advised that you wipe your hard drives clean before submitting them to anyone for recycling.
How can I help spread the word about your HHW program to my neighbors?
There are many ways that you can help promote the availability of our service. We have staff members who are available to make presentations at neighborhood parties, community groups, or schools. We have brochures that can be passed out to your neighbors, or you can e-mail links to our Web pages.
How do I dispose of unused fireworks? What about ammunition?
State law prohibits HHW facilities from accepting any explosives. Therefore, we cannot accept ammunition or fireworks including marine flares. For disposal information, please contact your local law enforcement agency. In the meantime, you can reduce the hazard of fireworks by soaking them in water.
How do I make an appointment to have Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) removed?
I am a business or organization (non-residential). How do I dispose of my hazardous waste?
The City of Folsom household hazardous waste collection program operates under permits issued by the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department. Unfortunately, our current permit does not allow us to accept or collect hazardous waste generated by businesses or non-residential entities.
However, we can accept, at no charge, so called Universal Wastes (televisions, monitors, computers, electronics, fluorescent lamps, batteries, etc.) from Folsom businesses and non-residential entities. Click here for information about making arrangements to dispose of Universal Wastes in the City of Folsom.
The Sacramento County Department of Waste Management and Recycling will accept hazardous waste generated by businesses which qualify as Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQG's). A CESQG is defined as a business that, in any one month period, generates less than 220 pounds (approximately 27 gallons) of hazardous waste or 2.2 pounds of extremely hazardous waste. You must have an EPA ID number issued by the state, make an appointment with Sacramento County, and pay them a fee to dispose of your waste. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 916-876-9458.
Click here for more information about Sacramento County's CESQG program. Click here for information about obtaining a California EPA ID number.
I am about to move. How should I prepare to move my HHW?
Unfortunately, too many residents learn about the proper disposal of HHW immediately before they're about to move. Most movers cannot transport HHW. Consequently, residents are faced with having to dispose of HHW a few days before moving or leaving the waste behind for new residents. But this is not always possible. The obvious solution to the problem is to be aware of the difficulty of moving HHW and to plan ahead by making an appointment to have your HHW picked up. That way, our program can clean out whatever HHW needs to be disposed of prior to moving. But if you get caught at the last minute, give us a call at 916-355-8350 to see if you can arrange an emergency drop off at our HHW facility.
I am concerned about putting a large amount of cooking oil in my trash. Do you pick up fryer oil?
Cooking oil should not be put in the trash or down the drain. We will be glad to pick up your waste fryer oil or other food related oils and grease. They are not considered hazardous waste, however fats, oils, and grease, so called "FOG", are a significant problem if disposed in the sanitary sewer system. Therefore, we are pleased to be accepting them for recycling into bio-diesel, soaps and cosmetic products. We ask that you store up more than a quart of oil or grease before making an appointment to have it picked up.
I have an odd blob of strange looking stuff in my flower bed. Is it hazardous?
If it is growing on organic matter (wood chips, shredded bark, or other mulch) then it is likely slime mold (see pictures below). Slime mold is a common name for a whole variety of organisms in the same life classification as plants and animals (eukaryote because they have nucleus). They are simple single cell or multicelluar organisms not really fungus or bacteria or animals. However, in nature they serve the same function as fungi, recycling organic matter, fungus, and bacteria. Slime molds are in no way hazardous. Some slime molds actually move like amoeba finding cellulose (woody material), bacteria, and fungi to consume. They have an eating phase of life cycle that is featured in our pictures. Like fungus slime molds produce spores to spread.Rather than worry about it, education your kids about this wonder of nature. Go to the following links for more information on slime molds.
I have put HHW in my trash for years and have never had a problem. Why should I use your service?
The City is responsible for preventing the discharge of pollution into area rivers from storm drains. The City enforces city ordinances and state laws regarding illegal dumping of HHW. Trash cans and garbage trucks are not leak-proof. So when HHW leaks, it is easy to track it back to the resident who disposed of it.Also the city offers a clean boating program for boaters who use Folsom Lake.
The City's HHW collection program is a door-to-door collection program. It is one of the most convenient services for the disposal of household hazardous waste in California. Most other cities require residents to package their HHW and drive it to often distant permanent collection facilities. We have developed a convenient program to make it as easy to dispose of HHW as it is to dispose of trash.
I recently used your service and I received a receipt for my waste. Is this a bill?
No, this is not a bill. State of California regulations require that hazardous wastes be tracked "from cradle to grave." These receipts are the beginning of the paper trail that demonstrates the proper disposal of your waste. When the City of Folsom collects your waste, the City becomes the generator of the waste and accepts all responsibility for its disposal.
I have more questions about properly disposing of hazardous waste in Folsom, where should I go for answers?
No, there is no charge for pickups. A portion of your monthly garbage bill goes toward our program and services.
What is the best way to prepare my household batteries for a pick up?
For most rechargeable or lithium batteries it is safer to cover the electrodes of the battery either by taping them or by putting the batteries in individual bags. The bags are not wasted because we are required to package these same batteries ourselves before we ship them.
Will you pick up a satellite dish?
A satellite dish itself is not considered household hazardous waste (HHW). However, the electronics in or on the dish and the satellite receiver is HHW.
You have minimum amount of household dry cells batteries required (5 lbs.) before an appointment can be scheduled by me. What if I have other household hazardous waste to be picked up? Do I still have to save up 5 lbs. of batteries?
No, if you have other hazardous wastes to be picked then there is no minimum amount of batteries required. Just put your batteries out with your other waste on your appointment day.
As a guideline and to keep program costs down we are asking residents to not to create a pickup appointment (for the pickup of only batteries) unless they have a total amount of batteries of over 5 lbs. If you have more than one type of waste to dispose (e.g., paint and batteries or fluorescent lamps and batteries) then there is no minimum amount of waste recommended before you should make an appointment. Saving your consumer electronics and household batteries for when you have paint, pesticides, or other HHW to dispose will reduce the cost of our program.
Thank you for your assistance on this issue.
You've suggested some alternative products to replace products that contain HHW. I have seen many lists of alternative products on the Internet. How should I decide which products to use?
Reducing the use of hazardous chemicals is a priority of state and city government. Providing accurate information about effective alternative products is key to seeing greater use within our community. The products on our list are alternatives that we know work. Effectiveness and being free of hazardous substances are essential criteria for identifying safer alternatives. Nevertheless, there may be better alternatives than the products on our list. We would encourage you to email us any information about safer alternative products with which you have direct experience.
How should I dispose of fluorescent lamps, high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, and light ballasts?
We collect fluorescent and HID lamps (high pressure sodium, metal halide, and mercury vapor) through our household hazardous waste (HHW) collection program. These lamps contain small amounts of mercury. Mercury from products, industry and historic gold mining is a significant problem for the American River.
We collect all types of fluorescent lamps: curved, straight (short or long), and compact.
It is important that you try to prevent lamps from being broken. Broken lamps are considered more hazardous than intact lamps because the mercury within the phosphor coating of the glass is more likely to escape. Keep the lamps from breaking by putting them out for us in a manner where they won't fall or roll. You can package the compact fluoresent lamps in bubble wrap. You can place straight or curved waste tubes into the packaging that comes with new lamps
Here is a video showing you how this is done.
We also take fluorescent and HID ballasts. Ballasts in these light fixtures adjust electrical current to excite the electrons passing through the lamp and hence produce light. Ballasts in the past contained hazardous substances such as PCBs or DEHD. Freestanding electronic ballasts can be recycled through our HHW programs.
Old fashion incandescent light bulbs should be disposed in the trash. They are considered non-hazardous.
Are fire extinguishers hazardous and do you collect them through your household hazardous waste collection programs?
Common charged dry chemical fire extinguishers contain compressed gas in a cylinder and a dry fire retardant such as sodium bicarbonate (normal baking soda), potassium bicarbonate (nearly identical to baking soda), or monoammonium phosphate. It is the compressed gas not the dry chemical that makes them hazardous. Hence, we collect fire extinguishers with our household hazardous waste service. When you make an online appointment to have the fire extinguisher picked up check the box on the form for fire extinguisher.
The fire extinguishers are refurbished and resold or recycled.
Do you pick up fertilizers? Can empty fertilizer bags go in the trash or do you collect them?
Yes, we do pick up fertilizers through our regular household hazardous waste pickups. Empty fertilizer bags can go in the trash.