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Railroad Ties, Treated Posts And Lumber - Proper Disposal Locations
serving Stockton, Tracy, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Lathrop, Escalon and San Joaquin County

How do I recycle or properly dispose of...

Railroad ties, telephone poles and treated posts contain creosote.  Creosote is a wood preservative used for commercial purposes only; it has no registered residential uses. Creosote is obtained from high temperature distillation of coal tar (itself a mixture of hundreds of organic substances), and over 100 components in creosote have been identified as hazardous. Creosote is used as a fungicide, insecticide, miticide, and sporicide to protect wood and is applied by pressure methods to wood products, primarily utility poles and railroad ties.

Railroad ties and treated posts can not be thrown in the trash.  These materials must be disposed of in special landfills that are designed for this type of hazardous material. 

There is NO COST for San Joaquin County residents to drop off these materials at the  HHW Facility  for proper disposal.

PLEASE DO NOT PLACE THESE ITEMS IN THE GARBAGE!

Where Can I Take This Material For Proper Disposal?

Residents
Residents of San Joaquin County can utilize the following resources to properly dispose of railroad ties and posts:

San Joaquin Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Residents may take railroad ties and posts (total load to HHW cannot exceed 125 pounds per trip) to San Joaquin County's Household hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility for proper disposal.  Click on the "HHW Facility" link below or call (209) 468-5670  for more information.

Businesses
San Joaquin Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Businesses must deliver these materials to designated landfill sites or contact a hazardous material hauler to dispose of large quantities of railroad ties or posts.  Businesses may take small quantities (total load to HHW cannot exceed 125 pounds per trip) of these materials at the San Joaquin County's Household Hazardous Waste facility (HHW) for a fee.  Click on the "Small Business HHW" link below or call (209) 468-5670 for more information.

Household Hazardous Waste
Facility

Small Business HHW

Household Hazardous Waste
Brochure
Small Business
HHW Brochure

 


San Joaquin County Department of Public Works
Solid Waste Division

Last updated 05/26/2011

 

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