Toxics Management Division
Toxics Management Division

Residents Topic Listing

 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from Residents - If you have a chemical emergency, please dial 9-1-1. [more...]

 Household Hazardous Waste   - Many common products we use in our homes or at work contain hazardous components.  If these products are handled or disposed of incorrectly, they can pose a threat to human health, animals, and the environment.  When these products are discarded, they become "household hazardous waste" or HHW.  In California, it is illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste in the trash, down the drain, or by abandonment.  Household hazardous waste needs to be disposed of through the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program.  The county facilities will attempt to reuse, recycle, treat, or dispose of the HHW. [more...]

 Community Right-to-Know and File Reviews - The City of Berkeley Toxics Management Division (TMD) maintains documents related to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA).  EPCRA was designed to improve community access to information about chemical hazards and to facilitate the development of chemical emergency response plans by state/tribe and local governments. The reporting requirements established under Community Right-To-Know laws provide the public with important information on chemicals that can be hazardous in their communities.  Being aware of chemical hazards within a community will help facilitate emergency planning and public disclosure of toxic chemicals.   To learn more about EPCRA, please visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPCRA website, or see the Community Right-To-Know Guide from the California Office of Emergency Services. [more...]

 Odor Complaint - The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) is the lead agency to investigate and control odors in the city. It is important to report foul odors immediately to BAAQMD to begin an investigation and trace odors. It is this process that determines sources and starts corrective actions. Inspectors interview the observer, track the odor source and provide advice to modify operations as needed. They may also issue violation notices if appropriate, and will coordinate with enforcement agencies to enforce odor control requirements. [more...]

 Recycle Used Oil - In California, used oil is a hazardous waste.  It can contain such contaminants as lead, magnesium, copper, zinc, chromium, arsenic, and chlorinated compounds.  Motor oil poured onto the ground or into storm drains, or tossed into trash cans (even in a sealed container) can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams, and rivers (and it's illegal!).  The oil from a single oil change (1 gallon) can ruin a million gallons of drinking water – a year’s supply for 50 people.  Recycling your used motor oil reduces this pollution threat. [more...]

 City Of Berkeley Wood Smoke Nuisance Ordinance -
On October 7, 2008, the Berkeley City Council adopted Ordinance No 7063 - N.S.  This ordinance added Chapter 15.16 to the Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) defining standards and a process for establishing a nuisance condition for wood smoke for the immediate and confronting neighbors of an indoor wood burning device.  [more...]

 Biodiesel Regulations and City of Berkeley Biodiesel Use Policy - Effective June 1, 2009 - New State Regulations for Biodiesel Storage in Underground Storage Tanks [more...]

Commissions: Community Environmental Advisory Commission Homepage - Subscribe to this page to receive e-mail notification when new information is posted [more...]

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