Free hazardous waste, mattress drop-off event set for Richmond

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By Kathy Chouteau

Great news for local residents working on garage clean-outs during the pandemic. Republic Services is holding a free, one-day “Hazardous Waste & Mattress Drop-Off Event” Sat., Aug. 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hilltop Church of Christ, 3301 Morningside Drive in Richmond.

According to Republic Services, the event is open to residents of West Contra Costa County, with the exception of Kensington residents; proper identification is required to prove residency. Residents can also bring the company’s postcard mailer as proof if they received it.

At the event, a maximum of three mattresses and box springs can be dropped off, however, excessively wet or damaged pieces—as well as air mattresses and other furniture—are prohibited.

In terms of hazardous chemicals, Republic Services will accept drop-offs of household chemicals, pesticides, automotive fluids, paints, batteries, CFLs, electronic waste with circuit boards (i.e., phones, computers and monitors) and microwaves.

Items that won’t be accepted during the drop-off event include appliances like refrigerators, stoves, washers/dryers, vacuums, toasters, coffee makers, etc. Explosives, ammunition, medical or radioactive waste, pharmaceuticals/medications and sharps will also not be accepted, per Republic Services.

All vehicle passengers are required to wear masks or face coverings during the drop-off event. Residents should have materials ready in their vehicle’s trunk or its rear portion and they should remain inside it at all times.

Republic Services notes that they may refuse service to anyone who does not follow the aforementioned guidelines and assures residents that they will be practicing social distancing.

Those who are unable to make the drop-off event can visit the Permanent HHW Collection Facility at 101 Pittsburg Ave. in Richmond Wed. through Sat. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Questions about the drop-off event? Call (888) 412-9277 or click here for additional information.