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City unveils new Household Hazardous Waste facility

Original post made on Sep 20, 2013

With just a little bit of embarrassment about what is hiding in his garage, Palo Alto City Councilman Marc Berman officially opened the city's improved household hazardous waste station at a ceremony Thursday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 20, 2013, 9:47 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by Jim H., a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 20, 2013 at 10:17 am

This is a typo, right? "The facility at 2501 Embarcadero Way adds a new service where residents can pick up reusable household products such as paints, household cleaners, polishes and motor oil. It adds a new security fence and storage bins."

This is the drop off facility, not the pick up, right?????

I love this as a service. Hope they can connect the bayland trail from behind the Honda dealership to Byxbee w/o using Embarcadero. Sounds like that's the plan.


Posted by Dean, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 20, 2013 at 11:11 am

Again in the interest of full disclosure, I am a former Midtowner.

"A bit embarrassed" Really, He should not be.

He could have, as some do in every city that has a recycling program (I live in a large Mountain West city that has such programs--- our next is Oct. 19th and I'll be there with a ton of stuff from my garage), simply dumped stuff in his garbage can(s) and forgotten about it.

Not particularly "green" but more Americans are non green than are
you'll have to admit if you peak outside the confines of the Bay Area.

Here's to Councilman Berman for storing stuff to recycle in a timely manner!


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Really do not want to think about using someone else's old batteries or paint pots. Really, people are going to go there and get what they can find it and use it at home?

I doubt it.


Posted by jardins, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm

@Jim H: the new Hazardous Waste Center (HWC) is where you can do BOTH things--leave off what you don't want, and pick up what you do.

@Resident: I'm optimistic that people will get into a new habit of doing both things. After, Palo Alto Freecyclers share the most amazing items that they no longer want.

It's great that the city's now expanded the HWC program in this way.


Posted by City of Palo Alto Public Works, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm

In response to the question from a resident regarding the City's new Household Hazardous Waste Facility, "This is a drop off facility, not the pick up (facility) right??" - it is sort of both. It is fundamentally a drop off facility for unwanted hazardous waste. But with the new space, residents will be able to pick up a very limited number of useable household products as well. Many of the items received during the drop off events are still good and not even opened. To reduce waste, the City has installed two new "re-use" cabinets at the HHW Station that have household products received from residents that have been screened and are in their original container. Resident must sign a waiver before taking any household products and can take up to 5 items. Reuse is a better use of these items versus recycling or disposing of them.


Posted by Marie, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 20, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Marie is a registered user.

Great idea! This will mean I will drop off more items. I have a bunch of cleaning stuff that I haven't used but wasn't willing to throw away. If it can be used by someone else, I'm much more likely to drop it off!


Posted by Grateful, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 21, 2013 at 10:01 am

Thanx for giving us this option!


Posted by Great idea, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 27, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I've taken hazardous waste to their monthly event and it is run so efficiently and smoothly. I look forward to this new service. Thanks folks!


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