Riverside County residents can dispose of their household hazardous waste for free this Saturday in La Quinta.

Paint, pesticides, motor oil and fluorescent light bulbs are among the items that can be dropped off at the collection event set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at La Quinta City Hall, located at 78-495 Calle Tampico.

“These events offer a great service in accepting these items,” Supervisor Manuel Perez said. “They protect the environment by keeping hazardous waste out of landfills and from harming people, pets and wildlife.”

Certain materials, including explosives, ammunition and asbestos, will not be accepted.

The is hosted by the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources and is open to all county residents, but only waste from households, not businesses, will be accepted.

Loads are limited to 15 gallons, or 125 pounds, per vehicle. Individual containers should be no larger than five gallons, nor weigh more than 50 pounds, organizers said.

Anyone who misses the dropoff event can take hazardous waste to the county facility in Palm Springs, 1100 Vella Road, which is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

La Quinta has also partnered with Burrtec to provide document shredding for La Quinta residents and businesses only, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the same location. Loads are limited to two file boxes per vehicle, and proof of residency must be provided.

Additional information is available at rcwaste.org or by calling 951-486-3200.

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