SAN DIEGO — For those planning to dump unwanted items for free this weekend in Kearny Mesa, Caltrans has postponed “dump day” due to Hilary.

The decision was made after a Tropical Storm Watch was issued for parts of San Diego County Friday morning. Hilary intensified to a Category 4 hurricane Thursday night and is expected to bring excessive rainfall and possible flooding to the region over the weekend.

Out of precaution, the Kearny Mesa “dump day” will be rescheduled to a later date. Caltrans says maintenance crews will also be busy clearing culverts and prepping maintenance equipment in the wake of the storm.

Finishing up those summertime cleaning and clearing projects may now take you a little longer as the new date has not yet been determined.

When the event is rescheduled, Caltrans says the public is welcome to bring non-hazardous, unwanted household items to dispose of for free.

Officials say staff will be on-site at the Caltrans Kearny Mesa Maintenance Yard to accept approved waste and debris. That address is 7179 Opportunity Rd. in San Diego.

The “dump day” event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, or until capacity is reached at the site.

San Diegans are asked not to bring hazardous waste like batteries, paint, oils or flammables. Other undesired items include e-waste like televisions, computers, microwaves, stereo equipment and electronics, or construction debris like concrete, dirt, asphalt and asbestos.

More information on prohibited items can be found here.

According to Caltrans, four mattresses and four tires separated from the rims will be accepted per household.

Officials have also encouraged motorists to ensure they properly secure and tarp all cargo loads ahead of traveling. Loads that are not tied down, enclosed, or secured by tarps or other means, may not be accepted, said Caltrans.

This “dump day” event is part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Clean California initiative, a cleanup effort led by Caltrans to keep the Golden State’s roads and waterways litter free while also promoting beautification efforts for public spaces.