Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste, or HHW, is any material that is corrosive, toxic, reactive, or flammable and therefore poses a safety and environmental hazard if not properly handled. It is illegal to throw HHW in the trash, wash it down the drain, or pour it onto the ground. Instead, you must dispose of HHW at an HHW facility.
What Is Considered HHW?
Many common household items are considered HHW, including but not limited to:
- Automotive fluids (antifreeze, fuels, motor oil)
- Batteries (home, car, cellphones)
- E-Waste (televisions, computers, printers, etc.)
- Fats/Oils/Grease (FOG)
- Fertilizers and Pesticides
- Household Cleaners
- Light Bulbs
- Medicines/Prescription Drugs/Needles & Sharps
- Paint Products
- Polishes and Waxes
- Pool and Spa Chemicals
- Propane Cylinders (must be smaller than 5 gallons or 20 pounds)
- Small appliances
Click here to find a list of all HHW items accepted at San Joaquin County's Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Consolidation Facility.
Where Can I Safely Dispose Of HHW?
You can drop off your HHW for free at San Joaquin County's Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Consolidation Facility.
7850 R.A. Bridgeford Street, Stockton, CA 95206
Thursday Through Sunday
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(Closed Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.)
For more information, call (209) 468-3066
Click here for more information and directions to the Facility.
The Facility does NOT accept explosives, radioactive materials, medical waste, sewage, solar panels, controlled substances, ammunition, refrigerating units, gas powered tools, air conditioning units, tires, large appliances, large compressed gas cylinders, or treated wood waste (TWW).
Safely Handling HHW
While you are buying, using, or storing your HHW products, follow these tips to keep yourself, your family, and the environment safe:
- Carefully read and follow all instructions on the packaging.
- Never leave hazardous products within reach of children.
- When possible, only buy the amount of product that you need to use to avoid having leftover HHW lying around your home.
- Store any leftover HHW product in its original container. Make sure it is sealed tightly.
- If you have leftover HHW products no longer in use, consider donating them or finding friends or family who have use for them.