Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste Properly

Common household hazardous waste can be harmful to the environment unless properly disposed of at a hazardous waste facility, such as those operated by Santa Clara County.

Don't dispose of household hazardous waste in the sewer system. The substances are potentially harmful and expensive to remove from wastewater. Treatment plants are not designed to process and safely dispose of them.

How to Dispose of Your Hazardous Waste

To schedule a drop-off at one of the facilities operated by Santa Clara County,

HOURS: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
DETAILS: You are asked to bring the materials in their original, labeled, and sealed containers whenever possible, and never mix chemicals together. Box or bag all wastes for quicker removal from your vehicle and sort materials by the following categories: 1. Aerosols; 2. Paints, flammables and automotive fluids; and 3. Cleaners, and yard or garden products. No containers will be returned to you.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Santa Clara County also offers other hazardous waste programs. For more information, call 408-299-7300 or Click here to visit the Santa Clara County Hazardous Waste Recycling & Disposal website.

Examples of Common Household Hazard Waste

In the Home

• Ammonia cleaners
• Oven cleaners
• Aerosol sprays
• Polishes
• Nail polish/removers
• Pharmaceuticals
• Cell phones
• Light bulb and tubes
• Batteries

In the Garage

• Antifreeze
• Motor oil/filters
• Gasoline
• Waxes and Polishes
• Engine cleansers
• Brake fluid

In the Workshop

• Paint and thinners
• Wood finishes
• Glues and adhesives
• Solvents

In the Garden

• Pesticides/fungicides
• Weed killers