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Fire Extinguisher Disposal 

How to Recycle fIRE EXTINGUISHERS
  1. Never Throw in the Garbage: Even if you are certain there is no remaining pressure, never throw a fire extinguisher in the garbage. It could explode in a garbage truck.
  2. Check Regularly: Check your fire extinguisher every month to make sure that it is safe to use. The needle should point to the green area of the pressure gauge. If the needle points to the red area, you must replace your extinguisher or have it refilled. Most fire extinguishers only last 5 to 10 years, even if they have never been used.
  3. Release Pressure for Proper Disposal: First, check your fire extinguisher’s pressure gauge. If there is still pressure, shoot a small amount of the contents into an open area. Let the canister sit for a few days to release the excess pressure before disposing as hazardous waste.
RECYCLING LOCATIONS

Hazardous waste must be disposed of at designated locations and times. There are six household hazardous waste facilities in San Luis Obispo County. All household hazardous waste facilities accept up to 15 gallons or 125 pounds of waste materials free of charge.

Chicago Grade Landfill
2290 Homestead Road, Templeton, CA | For more information call: (805) 782-8530
Hours:  Saturday 11 am-3 pm
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Cold Canyon Landfill
2268 Carpenter Canyon Road, San Luis Obispo, CA | For more information call: (805) 782-8530
Hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm 
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Heritage Ranch Community Services District
4870 Heritage Road, Paso Robles, CA | For more information call: (805) 782-8530
Hours: Friday 12 pm – 2 pm
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Morro Bay Household Hazardous Waste Facility
160 Atascadero Road, Morro Bay, CA | For more Information call: (805) 782-8530
Hours: Saturday 11 am – 3 pm
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Nipomo Household Hazardous Waste Facility
509 Southland Street, Nipomo, CA | For more information call: (805) 782-8530
Hours: Saturday 11 am – 3 pm
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Paso Robles Landfill
9000 CA Hwy. 46 East, Paso Robles, CA | For more information call: (805) 238-2028
Hours: Saturday 11 am – 3 pm
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These facilities accept all household hazardous waste but can not accept radioactive, medical waste, or explosives.  The IWMA has separate programs for the proper disposal of batteries, CFLs, fluorescent tubes, mercury thermostatsmedicineneedles and sharps, and paint. Empty containers may be discarded with your trash. For more information on proper disposal, call (805) 782-8530 or click on the links above.

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