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Household Hazardous Waste

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Drop Off Centers

Hazardous Materials

Many common household products contain chemicals that can be harmful to humans, animals and the environment. When these products are no longer needed they become "Household Hazardous Waste." Examples include paint, solvents, pesticides, household batteries, cleaning products, and auto care products. It is dangerous and illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste in the garbage, down the drain or on the ground.

The Santa Cruz Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop-Off Site is located at the Resource Recovery Facility, 605 Dimeo Lane.  It is open on Saturdays only from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Drop off is FREE.

In partnership with the County of Santa Cruz, City residents may also call the County of Santa Cruz at 831-454-2606 for days and hours of operation at the Buena Vista Landfill or the Ben Lomond Transfer Station or visit their website at Household Hazardous Waste drop-off information.

Examples of Household Hazardous Wastes accepted at the HHW Drop-Off Sites:

Art and hobby supplies

Aerosol cans (not empty)

Antifreeze and brake fluid

Auto batteries


Diesel fuel

Engine/ car part cleaners

Fluorescent tubes and bulbs

Furniture stripper

Glue and adhesives


Herbicides and pesticides

Household batteries

Household cleaners

Paints, stains

Paint thinners and removers, solvents

Photographic chemicals

Pool, hot tub and spa supplies

For hazardous wastes that are not accepted (see partial listing below) at the County sites contact the County Environmental Health Department at 831-454-2022. Hazardous or Designated Wastes are described in CCR Titles 22 and 23 specifies Class I and Class II wastes.

Proper disposal of Medicines and Sharps is important and easy. Find more information here.

A partial list of hazardous items not accepted: 

  • Chemicals or chemical sludge which are toxic, corrosive, irritants or a strong sensitize 
  • Infectious wastes 
  • Radioactive wastes 
  • Asbestos wastes 
  • Tank cleaning sludge or sediments 
  • Contaminated soils or sand 
  • Wastes containing free liquid exceeding State regulatory limits

To dispose of explosives or ammunition contact the City of Santa Cruz Police Department at

Household Hazardous Waste brochure [PDF]


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