Ag Pesticide Containers
American Avenue Disposal Site accepts triple-rinsed containers. Call American Avenue Disposal Site at (559) 600-4259 for rules and disposal charges.
Appliances – Major
As of January 1, 2006, state law prohibits landfills and scrap dealers from accepting discarded major appliances without a “Certificate of Recycling,” proving that all hazardous materials have been removed by a Certified Appliance Recycler (CAR). Please contact the County at (559) 600-4259 for the most current information on where major appliances may be taken for disposal by a CAR or access this information in our Turning It Around directory.
Appliances – Small
Small appliances that contain toxic materials (e.g., mercury switches, heavy metals and/or lead solder) have been banned by the state from landfills in California. Please contact the County at (559) 600-4259 for the most current information on where small appliances may be taken for disposal or access this information in our Turning It Around directory.
Ammunition, Gun Powder, Fireworks, Other Explosives
Call the business office of your local fire station, police department, or sheriff’s station for information on how to handle these materials. Fresno County Sheriff's Department: 559-600-3111. For incorporated cities in Fresno County, please visit our Other Weblinks page.
Batteries are considered hazardous waste. Rechargeable batteries include nickel cadmium(NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Litium Ion (LiION), and small-sealed lead batteries weighing up to 2 pounds each. Please visit www.call2recycle.org for more information.You may also call 1-800-8-BATTERY (1-800-822-8837) to find a location near you. The Fresno County Regional Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility accepts all types of batteries for recycling. Click here for a list of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Network Sites that accept batteries.
It is illegal to place any cell phone into a landfill or your trash. Return the phone to the purchase location or donate it to charity. Cell phones are accepted at the Fresno County Regional Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility. For more information on the HHW Facility, click here.
Fluorescent Light/Ballasts (Fixtures)*
Ballasts may contain a hazardous chemical polychlorinated biphenol (PCB), and must be taken to the Fresno County Regional Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW Facility). For more information on the HHW Facility, click here. Fluorescent lights include tubes, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), and high intensity light bulbs. Fluorescent lights contain mercury, which is a hazardous chemical. It is illegal to place these in a landfill. Household quantities of fluorescent lights can be taken to the Fresno County Regional Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW Facility) or most major hardware retailers. For a list of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Network Sites that accept lamps/lights click here. For information regarding conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) programs, contact the County at 559-600-4259 or click here.
There are web sites that can help you reduce junk mail. For information, please visit www.calrecycle.ca.gov/reducewaste/home/junkmail.htm.
As of December 30, 2015 an $11 fee is added on all purchased mattresses, to collect and recycle used mattresses. Mattresses to be recycled must be clean and free of health hazards. See our Turning It Around guide for locations or visit www.byebyemattress.com.
Mattress Recyclers and Collection Centers:
|A&J Industrial||1735 Dockery Ave., Selma|
|Coalinga Thrift Shop||198 W Forest Ave., Coalinga|
|Republic Services - Rice Road Recycling & Transfer Station||10463 N Rice Rd., Fresno|
|Reedley Corporation Yard||1733 9th Street, Reedley|
|Sanger Corporation Yard||333 North Ave, Sanger|
|Pena's Disposal||12094 Ave 408, Cutler|
|Mid Valley Disposal Transfer Stations||15300 W. Jensen Ave. Kerman
| 2721 S. Elm Ave. Fresno
1255 W. Elm St. Coalinga
1535 Avenue 392 Kingsburg
Medication/Pharmaceuticals (NO SHARPS)
It is illegal for medications to be poured down sinks or placed in toilets, sewers, gutters, into any body of water, or placed in any location where the medication may end up in contact with water or ground water. There are three options currently available for disposal. Information Provided by the Lock It Up Project:
A) Best/Recommended Option: Drug Drop Boxes- Bring medications to one of the drug drop box locations listed here. The pills should be removed from the original containers and placed in a plastic bag. If the medication is liquid, leave the medication in the original container and place in a plastic bag to avoid spills. Cross out or remove all personal information.
B) Good Option: Mail-In Program - Many types of medication can be mailed to disposal companies for a fee. Contact your local pharmacy or visit the California Department of Public Health website at www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/medicalwaste/Pages/MailBack.aspx.
C) Acceptable Option: Place in Garbage - Follow the guidelines listed below BEFORE placing in garbage.
- DO NOT FLUSH OR POUR unused medications down the toilet or drain.
- Put medications into a sealable bag or disposable container with a lid.
- Add water to dissolve the medication then mix with something like dirt, cat litter, or coffee grounds. Bag it or wrap the mixture and place in the trash.
- Conceal or remove any personal information on drug containers before placing in the trash.
In July 2007, most large supermarkets and stores with pharmacies are required to provide a bin in which clean plastic carryout bags may be collected for recycling, and to make reusable bags available to customers for purchase. The County of Fresno encourages all residents to shop with reusable bags whenever possible.
Railroad Ties/Telephone Poles/Treated Wood
Wood treated with creosote, arsenic, lead paint, preservatives, and other chemicals is considered a hazardous waste, and is not accepted at landfills. For disposal options, contact the County at (559) 600-4259.
Some composite shingles may contain asbestos. Special testing, packaging and noticing may be required before you can dispose of this item. Call the County at (559) 600-42559 for details before you start this kind of project. For asbestos disposal options, click here.
Pharmaceutical Drug Drop-off Program
Please see the medication/pharmaceuticals section of this page for locations on where to dispose of old medications or review more option through the Lock It Up Project.
Sharps (Needles/Lancets - Home Users Only)*
As of September 1, 2008, state law prohibits the placement of sharps in your trash or landfills; however, they can be taken to the Fresno County Regional Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW Facility). Contact the County for information on proper disposal of these items. State law requires sharps to be transported in certified sharps or locally approved containers. For a list of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Network Sites that accept Sharps, click here.
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) considers smoke detectors universal waste, which is prohibited for disposal in the regular trash or area landfills. There are currently three types of smoke alarms on the market: ionization, photoelectric/optical and combination ionization/photoelectric. The ionization and combination types contain a very minute amount of radioactive material. Currently, Fresno County does not have the ability to accept or handle these smoke detectors for “end of life” management. Residents need to contact the smoke detector’s specific manufacturer for take-back of the used product. If the manufacturer will not take back the used smoke detector, contact the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) at (800)728-6942 for recycling/disposal options. Another option is to contact Curie Services at the following URL https://www.curieservices.com/smoke-alarm-recycling/curiepack/ for residential recycling/disposal options.
The State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) currently considers used or spent solar panels as Hazardous Waste unless they are specifically tested and proven otherwise. Currently, Fresno County does not have the ability to accept, test, or handle solar panels in this condition for “end of life” management. The State of California passed legislation authorizing the DTSC to adopt regulations to designate used or spent solar panels as universal waste. The DTSC is in the process of adopting new regulations for proper “end of life” management of these solar panels as a universal waste. Until these regulations are adopted, and County plans are put in place, the County suggests that residents with spent or used solar panels that need to be disposed, contact the installers or manufacturer of their specific solar panels to determine if they are hazardous and for proper disposal options.
Thermostats/Thermometers (Containing Mercury)*
Many manufacturers will take back their own products for recycling. The Fresno County Regional Permanent HHW Facility accepts thermostats and thermometers for recycling. Please contact the County of Fresno at 600-4259 for additional information. Also, please see the thermostats and thermometers section here.
Please reference our Used Tire page for details on tire amnesty collection, disposal, and other recycling options.
Vehicles - Abandoned
City of Fresno – Code Enforcement 559-621-8400 or California Highway Patrol 559-441-5400.
*Items marked with an asterisk are accepted at Fresno County Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW Facility) located at the American Avenue Disposal Site at 18950 W. American Avenue, Kerman, CA 93630. For more information, please see our Household Hazardous Waste page
Please call the Resources Division at (559) 600-4259 if you have any questions or need information about the topics listed above. You can also email staff at email@example.com, or reach us by FAX at (559) 600-4552.