Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is the unused or leftover portion of any hazardous chemicals or materials. Any leftover household product that is labeled with DANGER, WARNING, TOXIC, CAUTION, POISON, FLAMMABLE, CORROSIVE, or REACTIVE is considered a household hazardous waste.

Click the links to find information for Universal Waste, Pharmaceutical Waste, and Safe Disposal of Home Sharps.

Examples of HHW:

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Automotive Fluids
  • Batteries (auto, household, and rechargeable)
  • Computer, Monitors, and Televisions
  • Fertilizers
  • Fluorescent Lamps, including tubes and Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
  • Household Cleaners


  • Mercury Items (including thermometers and thermostats)
  • Motor Oil and Oil Filters
  • Paints and Stains (latex and oil)
  • Pesticides
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Propane
  • Solvents
HHW Disposal Event


HHW Disposal Locations or Contacts:

Upcoming One-Day HHW Collection Events

None scheduled at this time.


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce the number of hazardous products that you purchase. Reuse the materials that you have on hand. Recycle your waste and dispose properly at collection sites.

Read product labels to learn about product uses and dangers before you purchase a product.

  • Choose safer, less toxic alternative products.
  • If you must purchase hazardous products, buy only the amount you need for the task and use it all so you can help eliminate HHW.
  • Always store all your household chemicals in a protected and secure area away from children, pets, and appliance pilot lights to prevent poisonings and home fires.

Safe and Legal Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste

  • Protects you and your family's health
  • Keeps our water clean and reduces stormwater pollution
  • Preserves our environment

Paint Stewardship Program: PaintCare

Recycle your leftover paint with PaintCare, an industry-sponsored, non-profit paint stewardship program established to manage the reuse, recycling, and proper disposal of unused architectural paint. PaintCare has established hundreds of drop-off sites at paint retail stores, government-run household hazardous waste facilities, and other locations across California. These sites accept program products (primarily latex and oil-based paint) in containers of 5 gallons or less from all residents and certain businesses.

Participating retail take-back centers in San Diego County


Check out our online database to locate the closest disposal/recycling location for a particular item nearest to you at:

I Love A Clean San Diego

Hazardous Materials Division


  Household Hazardous Waste Hotline: (877) 713-2784 Se habla español