Household Hazardous Waste Program
There are many items that are considered household hazardous waste. Look for precautionary statements on product labels such as poison, danger, warning and caution to assist you in determining if an item is household hazardous waste.
Recology of the Coast's Recycling Yard, accepts household hazardous waste Monday - Saturday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Household hazardous waste is accepted from Recology of the Coast's residents only; photo ID's may be checked upon arrival.
Recology of the Coast Recycling Yard accepts the following types of household hazardous wastes:
- Water-based (latex) paint, motor oil and filters, and anti-freeze
(a five-gallon limit applies to each of the above items)
- Car batteries
- Household batteries
- Fluorescent Tubes and Bulbs
For all PAINT ITEMS (interior, exterior, primers, thinners, solvents, etc.) you may contact Paint Care for free disposal of these items. For a list of drop-off centers nearest you visit their website at www.paintcare.org or call them directly at 855-724-6809 or 855-PAINT09. *Some sites have a limit to the number of gallons per visit, be sure to view their limits before drop-off.
For all other items, contact the San Mateo County Household Hazardous Waste Hotline at (650) 363-4718 or visit the San Mateo County Household Hazardous Waste Program.
The County of San Mateo accepts the following household hazardous wastes:
- Never leave hazardous products within reach of food, pets, and children.
- Never mix chemicals. They can produce deadly gases and possibly explode.
- Do not dispose of hazardous waste in the trash, sewer, storm drains, bodies of water, or on the ground.
- Do not refill empty containers unless the label states this is OK.
- Never remove product labels and always leave products in their original containers.
- Purchase only what you will need and share extras with a neighbor.
Don't Get Stuck With Your Sharps!
State law prohibits the disposal of "sharps waste" in trash or recycling containers. All sharps waste must be transported to a collection center in an approved sharps container. Home-generated sharps waste includes hypodermic needles, syringes and lancets that are used for medical purposes. Sharps waste poses a threat to anyone it comes into contact with when disposed of improperly.
Place home-generated sharps waste in biohazard containers. Biohazard containers are available for purchase at local pharmacies and some office supply stores. You may bring your sharps to the Recology of the Coast's Recycling Yard or contact your health care provider, local pharmacies, hospitals or clinics to ask if they offer a collection program.
Visit California Integrated Waste Board for a list of companies that are authorized to provide sharps waste mail-back services in California.