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CA Goes Door-To-Door To Collect Hazardous Waste

New California law allows residential collection of batteries, paint, pesticides and more.

The Golden State is moving forward with a bold plan to crack down on illegal dumping, while also diverting more hazardous material from landfills.

California State Senate Bill 456 allows for the door-to-door collection of all hazardous waste.  The bill also makes it possible for waste collectors to consolidate and transport the collected hazardous waste to an appropriate larger facility.

California State Senator Bob Huff

Illegal dumping has become an increasing problem for California.  Senator Bob Huff (R), author of the measure, has suggested that one of the major problems with hazardous waste collection is inconvenience.

Until now, it was necessary for residents to drive a long distance to an approved HHW collection facility, leading many residents to illegally dump items like batteries, paint and pesticides.  The law is seen as a way to encourage residents to take legal routes of disposal by making it more convenient.

To take advantage of the new law, residents simply make an appointment for residential collection.  And by all accounts the law is having a positive and immediate effect.  The current average for a door-side pick-up is about 85lbs her household, resulting not only in less illegal dumping, but also a significant move toward zero waste going to landfill.

Either way, the environment benefits.  And that––as Martha would say––is a very good thing!

About Sebrina Zerkus Smith

Professional writer, foodie. Lupus survivor. Loves pugs, wine, days at the beach and good movies. Takes recycling seriously, but not much else. Sebrina Zerkus Smith is a Southern Gal that has been scratching the writer’s itch for nearly 30 years. Her career began in Washington, D.C., in 1987, fresh out of collage and full of ideals. While plying her trade by day on congressional reps and senators, at night she burned the candle writing features for local newspapers and national magazines. She quickly realized that her southern upbringing gave her a unique and humorous voice that resonated with her readers. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles where she pursued her dream of becoming a novelist and screenwriter. She paid her bills by working as a freelance writer for major marketing projects from studios such as CBS, NBC and Disney. Realizing that the future of writing lay with the internet, she was bitten by the blogging bug back in the 90’s, back before it was even called “blogging.” Then it was still just writing and trying to make a living. Through those early blogging years, Sebrina found passion and purpose. Over the past 10 years she has written articles for clients such as LightCues.com, MatterMore.com, Greenopolis, MacAddict, Yahoo, CNN and more. Today, Sebrina writes about a variety of topics including the Southern Experience, sustainability, clean water, food, gardening, sleep and her obsession with pugs. She is a regular paid contributor to WildOats.com as well as other entities. She now lives in Houston with her husband Jeff and their pug Newton. She hopes one day to complete her opus, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed.


One thought on “CA Goes Door-To-Door To Collect Hazardous Waste

  1. Way to go, lets get this programa implamented out here in the Midwest.

    Posted by Grisel Romero | November 7, 2011, 3:42 am

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