The City of Thousand Oaks Public Works Department's "GoGreen" website has hundreds of conservation tips relating to composting, energy conservation, hazardous waste disposal, recycling and trash, reuse programs, water conservation, living green advice, and much more. Check it out at www.toaks.org/GoGreen.
Like me, you may have a lot of junk lying around the house that you'd like to get rid of but are not allowed to place in the trash. For years, the City has hosted monthly hazardous waste collection events at its Municipal Service Center.
But here's some great news! Effective May 30, 2014, The City announces a permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility located next to the Service Center at 2010 Conejo Center Drive, Newbury Park.
Residents of Thousand Oaks and unincorporated areas of Ventura County may sign up to drop off items at this NEW facility EVERY Friday/Saturday from 9am to 1pm, except certain holiday weekends, at www.toaks.org/government/depts/public_works/environmental/residential/hazardous_waste. Advance registration is required.
Items accepted at these monthly collection events include acids, motor oil, antifreeze, asbestos, nail polish/remover, automatic switches, oil filters, batteries, paints, cement, paint thinners, chlorine, fertilizers, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights, propane cylinders, fire extinguishers, rodent poison, garden chemicals, smoke detectors, gasoline, solvents, used frying oil, household cleaners, weed killers and more. They do not accept tires, medications. business waste and other items.
One person's hazardous waste is another's gold! The City's Material Reuse Program allows residents to take away certain items previously disposed of, such as cleaners, paint, pool chemicals, motor oils, adhesives, etc. Selection obviously will vary. No appointment needed. Just stop by on Friday/Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the weekly collection events described above and check out the selection.
There are also convenient hazardous waste disposal for other items as follows:
Batteries: T.O. Teen Center, Community Centers at Borchard Park, Dos Vientos and T.O., Home Depot, Goebel Senior Center, T.O. Libraries, City Hall and more.
Electronic Waste: Best Buy, Goodwill Industries, PC Recycle, Waste Management and Gold Coast
Pharmaceuticals: Various locations - click link.
Fluorescent Lights/CFL's: Home Depot Newbury Park
Note: This information is current as of May 2014. Visit toaks.org/GoGreen for updates.