On June 4th, the City of Thousand Oaks celebrated the opening of the new Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility. The model facility is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified and incorporates the best design features identified from a comprehensive review of 30 existing HHW facilities across the nation. The study was conducted by Dr. Eugene Tseng, UCLA Extension instructor and internationally recognized expert on solid and hazardous waste issues. Dr. Tseng also consulted with Mainstreet Architects in the design of the facility.
Among the many notable attendees were multiple UCLA Extension instructors as well as Dr. Rachel Khoshbin, Program Director for the UCLA Extension Engineering and Techno logy Department; John Trotti, Executive Editor of MSW Management magazine, the industry trade publication for the Solid Waste Association of North America; and Naoki Hara, Manager of the Americas Division of JFE Engineering Corporation who came from Japan to attend the opening and tour the facility.
An international advisory board of industry and academic experts that serve on the oversight board for the UCLA Extension program is currently reviewing the facility to confirm integration of industry best management practices into the design and operations. The facility will then serve as a teaching model for UCLA Extension students enrolled in the Recycling and Municipal Solid Waste Management Certificate Program.
A wide variety of hazardous waste materials will be accepted at the facility. These include aerosol sprays, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, cleaning products, polishes, antifreeze engine cleaners, oil and oil filters, fertilizers, pesticides, pool chemicals, weed killers, glues and adhesives, all varieties of paint and paint thinners, as well as solvents.
Additionally, this facility houses the popular City’s “Material Reuse Store,” which provides still usable materials from the HHW events to the public for free. One frequent attendee estimated that his family saves over $100 a month by using free materials from this program.
The facility is located at 2010 Conejo Center Drive in Newbury Park and will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 to 1:00 for residents and Fridays from 1:00-3:00 for businesses. California state law limits participation to businesses that generate less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste a month.
The new facility is now operating and taking advance reservations for every Friday and Saturday. To make an appointment for hazardous waste drop off, click here to register for a date and time, or call (805) 449-2400 during regular City Hall business hours.
If you are a small business looking to dispose of hazardous waste, click here to see if you qualify as a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG).
Click here to find out about which hazardous waste items are accepted at our drop off appointments.