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 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
Pesticides & herbicides
Art & hobby supplies
Hypodermic needles and other medical sharps transported in a red sharps container
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.