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Learn how to dispose of household toxics, pharmaceuticals and sharps, and check the list below to find a disposal center near you. Together we can prevent pollution to protect our Bay.

Household Toxics, Pharmaceuticals, and Sharps Disposal

Did you know that expired medication is household hazardous waste, and needs to be disposed of properly? The same goes for paint, electronic waste, and batteries, and used motor oil. Find a disposal facility near you to keep toxic pollution out of the Bay.

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Household Toxics

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) are products that contain chemicals that can be dangerous or pollute our environment when improperly disposed of. These products include, but are not limited to, electronic waste (e-waste), many chemical cleaning supplies, paint, oils, and building materials. When disposed of in the garbage, down a household or storm drain, or left on the ground, chemicals from these products have the potential to catch fire, contaminate our water, air, or food, and pose health threats to people and wildlife. California has a full list of Household Hazardous Wastes not permitted in average trash disposal sites at CalRecycle.

Medications & Sharps

Medications and sharps (needles, syringes, or other items used to puncture skin) also present risk to people and our environment when improperly disposed of. Like HHW, pharmaceuticals should not be disposed in the garbage, down your drain, or the ground, as they can pollute waterways and expose wildlife to dangerous chemicals. Sharps are equally important to carefully dispose of. When left in landfills, or abandoned, they can put workers at risk who are sorting trash. For more information about the impact of these products see the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.

How Do You Safely Dispose of These Products?

California counties are responsible for providing safe disposal or recycling sites for residents to bring their HHW, expired or unwanted medication, and sharps. Additionally, some private groups have pick-up or drop-off programs in the Bay Area. Please visit your county page below for information about locations and hours of these sites. Products accepted vary by location, so note the details listed or check their website to confirm that your item(s) can be disposed.

Choosing safer products for use in your home is another positive way to help prevent pollution. These products are also easier to dispose of properly. Check the EPA website for additional information about safer, more environmentally friendly household product choices.

HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL CENTERS

COUNTYDISPOSAL CENTERACCEPTED ITEMS
ALAMEDA COUNTY
Hayward, Oakland, Fremont, Livermore
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facility Accepts all common household hazardous waste items, e-waste, sharps, and pharmaceuticals.
SAN FRANCISCORecologyAccepts common household hazardous waste, including e-waste. Also offers buyback services and construction/demolition debris drop-off. Check website for information about where to take specific items (some are not Recology facilities).
SANTA CLARASanta Clara County Hazardous Waste ProgramAccepts all common household hazardous waste items as well as e-waste. See website for drop-off locations for specific items and to make drop-off appointments. Cupertino and Palo Alto residents should call their city for drop-off locations.
CONTRA COSTA COUNTYContra Costa County HHW Program (main)Accepts common household hazardous waste, including pharmaceuticals and sharps.
West County HHW Collection FacilityAccepts common household hazardous waste, including pharmaceuticals and sharps.
Central Contra Costa HHW Collection FacilityAccepts common household hazardous waste, including pharmaceuticals and sharps.
Delta HHW Collection Facility (East County) Accepts common household hazardous waste, including pharmaceuticals and sharps.
E-waste Contra CostaE-waste.
SOLANO COUNTYRecology Vacaville Solano Recycling CenterAccepts all common household hazardous waste items, pharmaceuticals, sharps, e-waste and motor oil, and has a buyback program.
Republic Services, Solano GarbageAccepts all common household hazardous waste items. Appointment required.
Riovista SanitationAccepts all common household hazardous waste items. Does not accept e-waste, pharmaceuticals, or sharps.
NAPA COUNTYVallejo-Napa Household Hazardous Waste FacilityAccepts common household hazardous waste items. Appointment required.
Napa Recycling and Composting FacilityAccepts e-waste and metal.
Devlin Road Recycling & Transfer FacilityAccepts e-waste, metal, clothing, cooking oil, and other materials.
SAN MATEO COUNTYSan Mateo HHW Drop-Off ProgramAppointment required. Does not accept e-waste, pharmaceuticals, or sharps. Accepts all common household hazardous waste items.
Green Citizen, Burlingame EcoCenterAccepts e-waste. See website, fees apply for some items.
Rethink Waste (San Carlos)Accepts all common household hazardous waste items, including sharps.
MARIN COUNTYMarin Household Hazardous Waste FacilityAccepts all common household hazardous waste items, e-waste, motor oils, liquid cooking oils, and sometimes sharps. Limited items available for pick-up in San Rafael. Schedule by phone.
Renew ComputersE-waste.
SONOMA COUNTYCentral Disposal SiteTakes all common household hazardous waste items and sharps. Does not accept controlled substances.
Community Toxic Collections (PDF)Check website for specifics. Appointment required. Takes all common household hazardous wastes, does not accept e-waste.
Computer Recycling CenterE-waste drop-off.