What's an Environmental Compliance Center?
The Environmental Compliance Center (ECC) is a facility currently in developmentin partnership with the County of Fresno and the 15 cities of Clovis, Coalinga, Firebaugh, Fowler, Fresno, Huron, Kerman, Kingsburg, Mendota, Orange Cove, Parlier, Reedley, San Joaquin, Sanger and Selma to provide all residents of Fresno County with a location to recycle hard to handle or special wastes such as batteries, fluorescent bulbs, motor oil, pesticides, paint, and other items commonly referred to as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). In addition, the ECC will also include educational opportunities to help residents learn about and develop a more sustainable and environmentally friendly understanding of our finite resources.
What is Household Hazardous Waste?
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any product that is labeled as harmful, toxic, poisonous, combustible, corrosive, flammable or irritant. A typical home can contain an array of household hazardous products for cleaning, painting, beautifying, lubricating and disinfecting the house, yard, workshop and garage. These items should not be placed in the regular trash can and need to be disposed of in a safe environment. These items commonly found around the home include but are not limited to: Auto fluids, Gasoline, Diesel, Kerosene, batteries, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, nail care products, household cleaners, thermostats, thermometers, BBQ tanks, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, pool chemicals, and paint products.
Why is this needed?
The current Household Hazardous Waste Facility is located inside the American Avenue Landfill at 18950 W. American Avenue. This is in-between the cities of San Joaquin and Kerman. This site, which opened in 2014, served only as a temporary location until the American Avenue Landfill required use of the area The landfill staff notified HHW Facility Staff in December 2017 that they will need to begin preparing the site for landfill use no later than June 2021. If an alternate site was not found and ready for use by June 2021, the HHW Facility would be closed and the County of Fresno and its residents will be left without a location to safely deposit HHW items. In addition, this would be a violation of state law resulting in potential fines and sanctions imposed on Fresno County and its residents by CalRecycle.
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