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Health Advisory

Last updated: October 16, 2017, 1:40 pm

How to help North Bay Wildfire Victims:

Wildfire relief organizations prefer monetary donations at this time. For safety reasons, and to avoid blocking emergency traffic, please don’t bring donations to areas affected by wildfires.

Places to donate in Contra Costa:

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared a health advisory due to heavy smoke from the North Bay Fires. For more information visit http://www.baaqmd.gov/

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


  1. Sewage, swimming pools, restaurants/mobile food preparation vehicles, monitoring wells, groundwater testing, drilling, biohazard/needle disposal:
    • Please contact the Environment Health Office at 925-692-2500
  2. Garbage strewn about, bags of garbage, debris. Depending on incorporated or not incorporated county property, call local garbage company or county public works
    Garbage companies:
    • BFI (Antioch, Pacheco, Rodeo, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, bay Point, Benicia, Clyde) 925-685-4716.
    • Bayview Refuse (Kensington0 925-237-4617
    • Brentwood Disposal (Brentwood) 925-634-6900
    • Valley Waste Management (Alamo, Danville, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Moraga, Orinda) 925- 603-1144
    • Richmond Sanitary District (El Sobrante, Hercules, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo) 510-235-2212
    • Pacific Rim (Clayton) 925-372-8524
    • El Cerrito 510-215-4359
    • Concord Disposal (Concord, Pittsburg, Oakley, Discovery Bay) 925-682-9113
    • County Public Works 925-313-2000
  3. Bad smell in air
    • Bay Area Regional Air Quality Board Complaints: 800-334-6367
  4. Rats, Mice, Raccoons, Bats, Skunks, etc.
    • Mosquito and Vector Control District 925-685-9301
  5. Mold problems
  6. Where can I take my paint cans, fluorescent light bulbs, used motor oil, batteries, antifreeze, pesticides, etc.
    Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sites:
    • East County (Bay Point, Antioch, Pittsburg, Oakley, Discovery Bay, Brentwood) 925-756-1990
    • West County (Rodeo, Hercules, Pinole, El Sobrante, San Pablo, Richmond, El Cerrito, Kensington, Crockett, Port Costa) 888-412-9277
    • Central County (San Ramon, Blackhawk, Danville, Alamo, Orinda, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Clayton, Clyde, Martinez) 800-646-1431
  7. Disposal Of Household Medications
  8. Where can I take my TV, computer, stove, microwave, hot water heater, air conditioner, etc?
    • Contra Costa Transfer and Recovery Station: 925-313-8900 (possible fee)
    • Community Development Dept. Solid Waste Hotline: 800-750-4096 (possible fee)
  9. Where can I dispose of creosote and pressure treated wood?
    • Altamont Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility (Livermore) 925-455-7300
    • Stockton 209-466-5192
  10. Where to take Household Hazardous Waste
    There are main locations:
    • East County - 2500 Pittsburg/Antioch Highway, Antioch, CA 94509, 925-759-1991
    • Central County - Central Sanitary District, 4797 Imhoff Place, Martinez, CA 94553, 800-646-1431
    • West County - 101 Pittsburg Avenue, Richmond, CA, 888-412-9277
  11. What are my rights as a renter regarding mold, chemicals, etc?