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Household Hazardous Waste

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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.

TRANSPORTATION LIMITS: The maximum amount you can transport to the HHW is 15 gallons liquid or 125 pounds solid of hazardous materials per vehicle trip.  These requirements are due to storage capacity limits, state regulations, and for your safety.

ATTENTION: Place HHW in a plastic bin or box lined with a plastic trash can liner. This will keep them from tipping or leaking.  As you pack your container, do not mix solids with liquids. (Containers will not be returned) EACH CONTAINER SIZE MUST BE 5 GALLONS OR LESS

Latex &oil-based paints
NO Latex or oil based paint greater than 15 gallons per visit. Visit PaintCare's take back program for additional locations.
Motor oil, oil filters& antifreeze
limit of 5 gallons per visit

NO Motor oil greater than 5 gallons per visit. Visit CalRecycle's oil take back program for additional locations.

Fluorescent tubes & bulbs
limit of 25 tubes/bulbs per visit
NO Medicines or sharps.
Visit Med-Project to safely dispose of medicines and sharps.
Cleaning products
NO Reactive wastes
Solvents & flammable liquids
NO Radioactive materials
Emergency road flares NO Explosives or ammunition (includes marine flares)
Non-empty aerosols
NO Compressed gas cylinders over 1 lb
Automotive products
Pesticides and herbicides
NO Infectious wastes
Pool, hot tub, & spa chemicals
Photo chemicals
Thermometers & other mercury-containing devices

For information on proper disposal of hazardous items not accepted at the HHW Facilities, please contact County of Santa Cruz Environmental Health Services 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.

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

Household Hazardous Waste Brochure -PDF

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