Questions about Recycling? Proper disposal of household hazardous waste? What is FOG and why is it important? Are you interested in more information about making a difference to help the environment? What should you know about water conservation? The answers to these and other environmental concerns are available here, as well as links to other resources.
Recycling is a free service offered to residents and businesses in the City of Santa Maria. Details of the City's recycling program are available here Residents are encouraged to check the City web pages, and other web page recycling resources to stay informed regarding changes in the materials which are recyclable and the laws which may affect proper disposal of recyclable materials.
Proper Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste
The Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located at the Santa Maria Regional Landfill, 2065 E. Main Street, is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and every Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hazardous Waste includes used oil, used oil filters, paint, household cleaning supplies, and many other toxins. For your safety, households my not transport more that 15 gallons (in maximum 5-gallon containers) or 125 pounds (dry weight) at one time, as caution should be taken when transporting hazardous waste. Use the original container or label the container. Also, cover securely and pack in a leak proof box whenever possible. Check here for more information, or the California Integrated Waste Management Board's web pages www.ciwmb.ca.gov for a complete list of all materials considered hazardous waste.
How to Help the Environment
"Make the Connection." Storm drains do not go to the City's wastewater treatment plant, so when surface water flows through streets from storms, any pollutants run into storm drains. Storm drains flow directly, without treatment, to the Santa Maria River or into the nearest local retention basin where the water percolates back into the groundwater. Both our river and our underlying groundwater eventually flow to the ocean. Any pollutants found in the water, stay in the water untreated, and causes ocean pollution affecting our beaches, our coast, and our ocean life.
What can I do to make a difference at home?
How should I dispose of used oil, old paint, car batteries, and other hazardous materials around the home?
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