Sunday, February 25, 2024

City offers tips on proper disposal of spent fireworks and charcoal briquettes ahead of holiday weekend

Sacramento, Calif. – As the 4th of July approaches, many Sacramento residents are getting ready for fireworks, BBQs and celebrating with their families. The City of Sacramento’s Recycling and Solid Waste Division would like to remind residents to take precautions to safely dispose of smoldering fireworks and charcoal briquettes.

When disposing of used (or unused) fireworks:

  1. Completely submerge fireworks in a bucket of water.  Allow to soak at least 15 minutes or overnight for larger fireworks.
  2. Double wrap the soaked fireworks in plastic wrap or plastic bags so they do not dry out.
  3. Place wrapped bags in the garbage container (never in the recycling or organics container).

When disposing of charcoal briquettes, they must be fully extinguished and cold before being added to the garbage.  Briquettes that are still warm can start a fire when put in the garbage container, or even inside the garbage truck.  After the BBQ is finished, spread out the coals so they do not touch.  Let the coals go cold overnight before adding them to the garbage container.

“And lastly, please remember to recycle your leftovers and food scraps, including any bones or meat,” says Jesa David of the Recycling and Solid Waste Division. “You can place all food waste into your organics container.”

City waste collection services will occur as usual on Tuesday, July 4, 2023.

More information on Recycling and Solid Waste services can be found at

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