Families can enter the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival for free on Feb. 20 if they recycle at the gate.

The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources is offering #WasteWednesday, a special collection day for fairgoers to recycle to increase the awareness about the importance of properly recycling hazardous household products.

Residents can bring items including small, used electronic devices such as cell phones, telephones, tablets, radios, DVD players/recorders, receivers, computer peripherals like a mouse, keyboard, driver, reader, etc., and ink cartridges to recycle.

At least one item per admission is necessary.  Materials will be collected on #WasteWednesday 2019 (Feb. 20) at the main gate and gate 6 of the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, located at 82-503 Hwy 111, in Indio.

Business waste, automotive batteries, single-use alkaline batteries and lead acid batteries will not be accepted for this recycle promotion.  No other household hazardous wastes will be accepted.

This program is provided by the Department of Waste Resources and the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program.  It is important to keep hazardous materials out of the trash to protect county landfills.  The department’s mission is to protect the general public’s health and welfare by efficiently managing Riverside County’s solid-waste system. The current Household Hazardous Waste collection schedule is available online by clicking here.

The Recycle House will be returning this year in the Junior Exhibit building for kids to have active play and learn the appropriate way to handle household items that are no longer needed/wanted.  Children will determine if items need to be landfilled, recycled, composted, reused for donation, or taken to household hazardous waste collection program.  The exhibit will be available all 10 days of the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival.

Ten Bigbelly solar-powered, compacting waste and recycling bins in the fairgrounds are sponsored by the department.  The Bigbelly units hold five times as much as traditional waste bins and electronically notify the custodial staff when they are full. They are solar-powered, enclosed, smart stations. The enclosed design keeps waste in and pests out; knowing when to collect and keeping waste contained means that the fairgrounds benefit from cleaner spaces reducing windblown and visible litter.

Riverside County Department of Waste resources is committed to sustainable waste reduction solutions and improving efforts to recycle in county facilities and public spaces.

For more information, contact Riverside County Department of Waste Resources (951) 486-3200 or click here.