San Benito County and Caltrans Host Free Bulky Item Recycling Event
The event will take place on March 26 and 27.
Information provided by San Benito County
San Benito County announced a free bulky item recycling event for residents on March 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John Smith Road Landfill. The event is hosted in partnership with Caltrans and San Benito County Integrated Waste Management (SBCIWM).
The county defines bulky items as:
- Weighing over 25 pounds
- 4 car tires = 1 item
- A collection of garden waste = 1 item
- One load of wood waste pickup = 1 item
- Table and chairs set = 1 item
Other qualifying items include furniture, mattresses, appliances, hot tubs, water heaters, asphalt and concrete.
This Bulky Waste Recycling Event collection is limited to 2 bulky items per household. Proof of San Benito County residency is required. This event is offered quarterly at John Smith Road Landfill.
Items that will not be accepted include commercial waste, household waste, treated wood waste, or hazardous waste of any type. Hazardous waste includes paint, batteries, oils, acids, aerosols, household chemicals, corrosives, hazardous waste bases, etc. Mixed loads containing trash and bulky items may incur charges. For questions about proper disposal of hazardous waste in San Benito County, visit the county’s Hazardous Waste Program website.
The release says Caltrans has offered to help sponsor the March 26 event as part of its Clean California initiative. The Clean California program aims to encourage responsible waste management, fund local beautification projects, invest in waste disposal, and engage the community..
“The best way to keep our state and the Central Coast litter-free is not to throw it out in the first place,” said Caltrans District 5 Manager Tim Gubbins. “Clean California’s goal is to make sure trash never ends up on our roads, highways, and waterways and these Bulky Item Recycle/Dump Day events give area residents a chance to help make that happen. by disposing of their items safely, correctly and at no cost.”
The release adds that part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s California Comeback Plan, Clean California is a multi-year, $1.1 billion cleanup effort to eliminate waste, create thousands of jobs and engage communities to transform edges. roads and restore pride in public spaces.
“Caltrans, John Smith Road Landfill and San Benito County are kindly reminding motorists to properly secure and tarp all cargo before driving,” the statement read. “Carrying unsecured loads is dangerous, illegal and pollutes our roads and waterways. Loads that are not secured/secured with tarpaulins/nets are subject to fines.
Tips for securing your load:
- Completely cover loads with tarpaulins or cargo nets. Debris may escape from gaps.
- Remove loose materials and trash before driving.
- Don’t overload; keep materials level with your truck bed.
- Place light items lower, tie heavy items to vehicle for road safety.
“We are proud to partner with Caltrans to bring these bulk recycling opportunities to our residents. The massive recycling event scheduled for March 26-27 is a great way to kick off spring cleaning and allows us to continue our efforts to reduce litter and help prevent illegal dumping in the community,” said the San Benito County Resource Management Agency. Acting Director Steve Loupe.
“Integrated Waste Management would like to thank our partners Caltrans and John Smith Road Landfill for supporting this event and inspiring our community to recycle their bulky items,” said Celina Stotler, Integrated Waste Management Manager.