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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

 

 

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Many common household products are legally defined as hazardous. These materials can pose a threat to human health, animals, and the environment when improperly used or disposed. The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program provides the only proper way to dispose of hazardous products when they are no longer wanted.

In case of an emergency caused by the improper use of household chemicals, call 911.

CAUTION: Household hazardous waste must be transported with extreme care in labeled, sturdy, leak-proof containers.

TRANSPORTATION LIMITS: State law limits the amount you can transport to 15 gallons liquid or 125 pounds solid hazardous material per vehicle trip.
 

HHW Facilities are open FREE OF CHARGE to residents of the unincorporated county of Santa Cruz and the cities of Scotts Valley, Capitola and Santa Cruz. This program is not available to City of Watsonville residents - call (831) 768-3133 for information.

The Santa Cruz County Household Hazardous Waste Program is sponsored by the County of Santa Cruz and the cities of Scotts Valley, Capitola and Santa Cruz.

  • What to Bring

  • Fluorescent Tubes & Bulbs
  • Paint & Stains
  • Solvents, Degreasers & Cleaners
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Pesticides & Herbicides
  • Aerosols
  • Art & Hobby Supplies
  • Outdated Medicines
  • Oil Filters
  • Hypodermic Needles and Other Medical Sharps
    (transported in a red sharps container)
  • Photographic Chemicals
  • Pool, Hot Tub & Spa Chemicals,
  • Thermometers and Other Mercury-containing Devices
  • Road and Boat Flares
  • What NOT to Bring

  • NO Containers Over 5 Gallons
  • NO Compressed Gas Cylinders Over 1 lb.
  • NO Explosives or Ammunition
  • NO Infectious Wastes
  • NO Radioactive Materials
  • NO Reactive Wastes
  • NO Waste Oil, Batteries, Antifreeze
    (take to disposal site recycling center)


For information on proper disposal of hazardous items not accepted at the HHW Facilities, please contact County of Santa Cruz Environmental Health Services at 454-2022.

Buena Vista Location

1231 Buena Vista Drive
Watsonville, CA

(831) 454-2430 or
(831) 454-5154

Santa Cruz County Landfill
Open Monday - Saturday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

BV Household
Hazardous Waste
Open every Wednesday,
Friday and Saturday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

HHW Information Line
(831) 454-2606

Ben Lomond Location 

(1 Mile North of Glen Arbor Rd)
9835 Newell Creek Road
Ben Lomond, CA

(831) 454-2430 or
(831) 336-3951

Santa Cruz County
Transfer Station
Open Monday - Saturday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

BL HHW Facility
Open every Thursday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Other Household Hazardous Waste 

City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility
Open every Saturday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

(3 miles north of Santa Cruz city limits off Hwy 1)
605 Dimeo Lane
Santa Cruz, CA

(831) 420-6270

Santa Cruz County
Solid Waste & Recycling
Main Office

701 Ocean Street, Room 410
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 454-2160

Email Public Works

Kasey Kolassa
Recycling and Solid Waste
Services Manager

Tim Goncharoff
Integrated Waste Management
Programs Coordinator

Beau Hawksford
ZeroWaste Administrative Analyst

Mike Torrecillas
Operations Superintendent

Lisa Fusco
Cashiering Facilities Supervisor