The Regional Solid Waste Association (RSWA) is a Joint Powers Agency (JPA) comprised of the cities of Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, National City, Poway, Solana Beach and Vista.

The primary purpose of the RSWA is to provide stable, long-term, environmentally responsible, cost effective options for all aspects of solid waste disposal including recyclables and hazardous waste.

Common Household Hazardous Wastes

Common Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) can create a tremendous detrimental effect on our delicate environment if it is not disposed of properly. HHW can pollute our local waterways, harming marine wildlife and making us sick. That is why the City has developed a very successful HHW Program to ensure the proper disposal of HHW to ensure that it does not enter our local waterways. The HHW Program has a couple of disposal options, all aimed at making it easier and efficient for you to dispose of the waste properly. These include: •Door-to-Door Home Collection •Two Permanent HHW Collection Facilities Located in Poway and Vista

The Door-to-Door (or home) HHW collection service is offered to any Solana Beach resident for a small co-payment of $10.00 (the City subsidizes the disposal cost). To set up an appointment, please call (800) 714-1195. The Door-to-Door (or home) HHW collection service is available to qualifying homebound or senior residents (age 65 and over) at no charge.

In addition to the Door-to-Door collection service, there are two regional permanent collection facilities that are open every Saturday (except holiday weekends) from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Residents can bring their HHW to these facilities free of charge (the City subsidizes the disposal cost). The Vista facility is located at 1145 East Taylor Street at Laguna Lane. The Poway facility is located in the South Poway Business Park at 12325 Crosthwaite Circle at Stowe Drive.

The following is a list of common HHW materials:

Household Batteries
All Purpose Cleaners
Latex Paint
Oil and Filters
Auto Batteries/Fluids
Lighter Fluid
TV/Computer Monitors
Oil Based Paint
Pool Chemicals
Furniture Polish
Oven Cleaner

It is dangerous and illegal to discard HHW into the trash, storm drain, or down the sewer. To reduce the amount of HHW you generate, please buy only what you need and use it up. Choose less toxic alternatives and recyclables. For more information, please contact the City’s Sr. Management Analyst at (858) 720-2477.

The facilities accept:
•Used motor oil and filters
•Pool cleaners
•Automobile fluids (antifreeze, gasoline, brake, transmission)
•Household cleaners
•Landscaping chemicals
•Mercury thermostats
•Mercury thermometers
•Non-empty aerosol cans
•Lamps with fluorescent tubes, sodium vapor lamps, etc.
•Paint •Mercury switches (automotive or non-automotive light switches)
•Novelties such as some singing greeting cards or flashing athletic shoes

The Poway facility is located at 12325 Crosthwaite Circle. The Vista facility is located at 1145 E. Taylor Street.

Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

E-Waste is a popular name referring to electronic products that are at the end of their “useful life.” Computers, televisions, monitors, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines are common electronic products that must be recycled/disposed in a special way, separate from the trash stream. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled. Unfortunately, most people are unsure of the proper way to handle these products that are no longer useful. For this reason, the City of Solana Beach has developed a few different options for residents to utilize to properly dispose of their E-Waste.

The following options are listed below:

•Residents can utilize the HHW Program listed above. Residents can dispose of their E-Waste through the same program as common HHW products, with the same parameters applying to both programs. There is a $10 co-pay for home pick-ups (free for residents over 65 years of age or homebound) and it is free of charge to drop off at permanent facilities in Poway, Vista and Escondido.

•Residents can now recycle their computers and televisions (working or not) to Goodwill at local drop-off locations. Goodwill Industries accepts all computers, televisions and computer related equipment and electronics free of charge and provides a receipt for tax purposes. These drop-off sites are located at the following areas and are open 7 days a week:

•The donation center in the Park and Ride at I-5 at the Carmel Valley Road/Sorrento Valley Road exit
•The donation center at the 805 and Mira Mesa Blvd exit
•The donation center in the Park and Ride at I-5 and La Costa exit

SHARPS Needle Disposal

As of September 1, 2008, it is illegal to dispose of used needles in the trash and recycling bins. All used needles must be disposed of at an approved facility, which include household hazardous waste facilities, medical waste generator facilities and facilities managed as part of a mail back program. SHARPs can be properly disposed of through the City’s HHW program listed above, however, residents of Solana Beach have another option for proper disposal. Waste Management’s offers these facilities for SHARPS needle disposal:

Buyback Centers – (redemption centers) • Waste Management North County 2880 Industry Street, Oceanside Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Accepts: All CRV material from aluminum, glass and plastic, cardboard, mix paper, newspaper, other plastics, used motor oil, anti-freeze, used oil filters, e-waste, household batteries, and Sharps needles.

• Coast Waste Management 5960 El Camino Real, Carlsbad Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM – closed for lunch 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM Accepts: All CRV material from aluminum, glass and plastic, cardboard, mix paper, newspaper, other plastics, e-waste, household batteries, and Sharps needles.