Pleasanton residents to find it easier to dispose of hazardous waste starting today

Drop-off facility in Livermore adds more hours, now accepts electronics

It will be easier for Pleasanton residents to drop off their household hazardous waste in the new year beginning today.

That's because the household hazardous waste drop-off center in Livermore has added more regular hours and added acceptance of electronic waste. In addition, it will host mobile one-day drop-off events later in 2015.

County officials said the changes are designed to make disposing of household hazardous waste more convenient and increase the capture of such toxic materials for proper disposal.

The improvements include keeping the Livermore facility open every Friday and Saturday.

Among the new materials that will be accepted at the drop-off center are electronic waste such as computers, radios and televisions.

In addition, multi-family property owners can now bring hazardous waste from property maintenance work or from their tenants to the drop-off center free of charge. Dropping off waste for single-family residents already is free.

County officials said their household hazardous waste program provides safe, legal, environmentally sound collection and disposal services for residential household hazardous waste such as paint, varnish, cleaners, herbicides and pesticides.

Improper disposal of such wastes is illegal, often dangerous and can detract from residential property values, county officials said.

The Livermore drop-off facility is open to county residents and no appointments are needed for single-family residents.

However, multi-family property owners must make an appointment and follow guidelines available at

The Livermore facility is located at 5584 La Ribera St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Still unclear
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 2, 2015 at 10:32 am

Strange treatment of this story. Header is an out-of-focus picture enjoining us NOT to dispose of spent household batteries in the trash...and then the story mentions now accepting "electronic waste such as computers." No mention of batteries! Are we to INFER that batteries are included in this? If the impact of proper disposal is so important, why is there no mention of batteries, after using a picture of them? BTW, Oakland has accepted batteries for years, if placed in a separate container with weekly curbside pickup.

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Posted by Staff Reporter Amanda Aguilar
a resident of another community
on Jan 2, 2015 at 10:46 am

Staff Reporter Amanda Aguilar is a registered user.

Still unclear,

The facility is accepting batteries. If you visit the StopWaste website, there's a list of items accepted and not accepted: Web Link

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Posted by J Flack
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jan 2, 2015 at 11:05 am

I believe all City of Pleasanton buildings that are open to the public (City Hall, operations center, and the fire department buildings) have battery drop of stations just inside their entrance.

The recycling transfer center also accepts TVs, CFL and fluorescent lights at no charge.

The article could have been more informative, but thanks for the update on open hours. I have driven all the way to Vasco Rd to find that center closed....

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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm

I got excited when I saw your note J Flack, but I just checked with Pleasanton Garbage and unfortunately, e-waste is *not* accepted for free at the Pleasanton Transfer Station. From the website:
"Electronic waste such as televisions, computers, monitors, VCR, printers, fax machines are accepted for recycling at our Pleasanton Transfer Station. The gatekeeper will direct you to a separate drop-off area. Fees are based on the item(s) brought to us." Web Link

According to the very helpful lady I talked to at the facility, the fees for a TV, for example, can be quite pricey since they're based on the screen & TV size. She suggested watching the city's website for the date of the annual city sponsored E-Waste event.

I'm glad to know the Livermore facility is now accepting e-waste.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 2, 2015 at 5:14 pm

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This new policy may help or serve to eliminate some of the illegal dumping that is and has become a part of our Pleasanton city landscape and surrounding community landscape.

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Posted by Why on earth...?
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Jan 2, 2015 at 5:53 pm

I don't think I'll be using this new service. If it is not illegal, I'll just continue flushing 'em down the toilet. Why on earth would I go out of my way to do something for our already doomed environment? Ya ya, save the earth, blah blah hippie liberal blah blah pollution blah blah ... ... I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT ANYMORE.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 2, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

@Why on earth...?

Your blabbering comment speaks for your ignorance.
This subject matter concerns the quality of life for
all people and the quality of life for all animals.
Obviously your are simply another ignorant moron troll
without a life.

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Posted by Why on earth...
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Jan 2, 2015 at 7:52 pm

"You agree to be respectful of others, be truthful and be solely responsible for all postings you make." PW- Mikey is once again breaking the terms of use. Delete the true troll.

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Posted by Easier Way
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 2, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Various charitable and for-profit groups routinely solicit electronic items for recycling. All you have to do on the pickup day is place the item at the end of your driveway with their flyer attached. Note that not all such groups will accept electronic item, but many will.

Why not have the Pleasanton Garbage recycling center accept more recyclable items via our "blue" trash cans? Even batteries are not likely to burst during compression and transport.

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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 3, 2015 at 11:04 am

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@ Why on earth... At least Austin is registered and has correctly (in my humble opinion) pointed out the folly of your comments.If you're not simply a troll, why not register?

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Posted by Not great!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 3, 2015 at 8:56 pm

It's about as remote as it could be, and still be in the county. There must be someplace (city hall or dump) where we could at least drop off batteries and ink cartridges !!! otherwise ? ? ? After decades, my spray paint cans, cleaners, garden chemicals, etc, are about to push me out. Can't small things be dropped off on Busch Road??

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