Waste Management of Alameda County -- San Ramon’s outgoing waste service provider -- has discontinued its “At Your Door Special Collection" program for the disposal of household hazardous waste and electronics as of Jan. 1, but city officials have informed residents that they will still have the ability to dispose of these items through other avenues.
San Ramon city officials are currently working on the development of a new plan for the disposal of hazardous waste and recycling of electronics, but in the interim, residents can safely dispose of items such as used paint and pharmaceuticals in a few different ways.
San Ramon Valley residents and some businesses will still be able to dispose of their materials at the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District/Mt. View Sanitary District Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, located at 4797 Imhoff Place, in Martinez.
Materials will be accepted from all residents in the central Contra Costa County area at no charge and no appointment necessary; businesses however will need to call ahead and schedule a time by calling 800-646-1431. There are no limits to the number of times a resident can visit the facility in a day, but state regulations limit the transportation of household hazardous waste to 15 gallons or 125 pounds per vehicle per visit.
The facility is open to residents Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday for businesses by appointment only.
For used paint, up to 20 gallons of all types can be disposed of at the Kelly Moore paint store, 2050 San Ramon Valley Blvd. The paint recycling bin does have limited space so residents are encouraged to call ahead, 743-0293, prior to bringing their recyclables.
Kelly Moore is open Mondays through Fridays 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
San Ramon officials also provided a list of areas specific items can be disposed of on their website. Areas include:
* Unused or expired pharmaceuticals can be disposed of with the San Ramon Police Department in the pharmaceutical disposal bin located in the SRPD lobby, 2401 Crow Canyon Road.
* Medical sharps such as needles can be disposed of with in designated bins located in front of the San Ramon Valley Fire District office, 1500 Bollinger Canyon Road.
* Used batteries should be placed in a bag and left on top of a recycling bin on a users regularly scheduled waste pickup day.
* Residents seeking to remove motor oil will need to call ahead to schedule a pick up by calling Waste Management at 837-3356.
Waste Management will no longer provide garbage service to the city as of Oct. 1, with the City Council opting not to renew its contract in favor of a replacement company, Alameda County Industries of San Ramon, Inc.
Any questions regarding the disposal of hazardous items can be directed to David Krueger, San Ramon’s solid waste and recycling program manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available on the city’s website under the garbage and recycling section.