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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.

Homebound Pickup

The Household Hazardous Waste team will pick up hazardous wastes from residents who are physically unable to bring their waste to a collection facility. To arrange for pickup at no charge, please leave a message on the Household Hazardous Waste Hotline: (831) 454-2606 Option 13. The team will contact you to schedule a pickup.

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 What Not to Bring
Fluorescent tubes & bulbs
Paint & stains
Solvents, degreasers & cleaners
Flammable liquids
Pesticides & herbicides
Art & hobby supplies
Outdated medicines
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
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, oil filters, 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.

Recycling and Solid Waste

Main Contact
(831) 454-2160

Household Hazardous Waste
Information Line

(831) 454-2606

HHW Locations and Hours

HHW Facility at Buena Vista Landfill
Open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
(1 Mile South of Highway 1)
1231 Buena Vista Drive
Watsonville, CA

(831) 454-2430

HHW Facility at Ben Lomond Transfer Station
Open every Thursday, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.
(1 Mile North of Glen Arbor Road)
9835 Newell Creek Road
Ben Lomond, CA

(831) 454-2430

HHW Facility at 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