HHW Collection Facilities

Household Hazardous Waste


Household hazardous waste (HHW) should never be thrown into the trash or poured down the sink, sewer or storm drains.  Improper disposal may injure refuse workers, pollute ground water, waterways, and our oceans, potentially destroying marine life. For these reasons, improper disposal is illegal.


Disposal for County Residents

The County has access to three permanent HHW collection facilities to accept HHW from unincorporated County residents.  The locations are:

Ramona HHW Facility for unincorporated residents

324 Maple Street, Ramona
(at the Ramona Disposal Transfer Station)

Appointments Required

call (877) 713-2784 for an appointment or click below for our online appointment scheduler

Appointments available 1st and 3rd Saturdays from    9:00 am - 1:00 pm.


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All waste must be transported in vehicle trunk or bed of pick-up truck

Staff will not open vehicle door or enter vehicle interior

Unlock trunk prior to check in

You must remain in your vehicle

Bring proof of residency / address

Bring a face covering in case interaction with staff is necessary


Escondido HHW Facility for unincorporated residents

1044 West Washington Avenue, Escondido
(at the Escondido Disposal Transfer Station) 

Appointments Required

call (877) 713-2784 for an appointment or click below for our online appointment scheduler

Appointments available from 12:30 pm - 2:45pm only 


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Unincorporated Area Residents use the above "Click to Schedule"-- City of Escondido residents please use link below



CALL (760) 745-3203  


MAKE AN APPOINTMENT HERE:   Appointments for City of Escondido residents only




El Cajon HHW Facility

1001 W. Bradley Avenue, El Cajon

(at the Waste Management Transfer Station)

Appointments Required
Call (619) 596-5100
 for an appt.

Appointments available every Saturday      from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Helpful hint:

If you are an unincorporated area resident, please do not enter a customer ID when asked. Wait until it asks for your zip code and address and enter those at the prompts.  Next press “1” for residential service, then press “3” for other services. State that you live in “unincorporated San Diego County” when making an appointment.    


Disposal for City Residents

If you do not live in the unincorporated areas of the County, you will need to contact your city's HHW program for disposal information. Here is a current contact list by city.

Disposal for Oil, Oil Filters, and Electronics

Used oil, oil filters, and electronics can be recycled at many local businesses.  Call the HHW Hotline (877-R-1-EARTH/877-713-2784) or search www.wastefreesd.org for a location nearest you.


  • Do not transport more than the legal limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds of HHW.
  • All container labels must be legible (no worn-off labels)
  • All containers must be sealed and not leaking
  • Do not mix different products into one container
  • HHW must be transported in the trunk of the car or in another area away from passengers and pets
  • For qualified elderly or disabled unincorporated County residents only, a pick up service is available upon approval (call 877-713-2784 for an appointment).