What is Household Hazardous Waste and How do I Dispose of it?

A paint brush, three paint cans, three chemical bottles, a gas canister, and different sets of batteries next to each other

Chemicals accepted by the Household Hazardous Waste Program fall into one of four D.O.T. hazard categories:

DOT Hazards (flammable, corrosive, toxic, and oxidizer)

Ignitables: paints, dry or wet, petroleum based products, polishes, gasoline

Corrosives: acids, bases, batteries, drain clog remover

Toxics: poisons, pesticides, gardening chemicals, ammonia, solvents

Reactives: pool chemicals, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, perchlorates

Misc: propane, helium, small oxygen tanks, smoke detectors, fluorescent lamps, medications, sharps


Instructions for Residential Drop-off Participants

  • Please bring a proof of residency to the drop off
  • We are not able to return any containers you bring your waste in; including any plastic recycling bins, boxes, trash cans, gas cans, or paint buckets
  • In addition, please remove any valuables or non-waste products from your vehicle storage area.  Our service moves quickly, and we do not want to cause confusion
  • Please do not bring any pets to the drop off




Or call: 

(408) 299-7300

To learn about what happens to your waste after you drop it off, please click here.

Dispose of household hazardous waste. 

Recycle old batteries and fluorescent lights.

Recycle unwanted paint.

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