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Hazardous Materials Division - Household Hazardous Waste


Mission Statement

The San Bernardino County Fire Department Household Hazardous Waste Program is committed to providing safe and efficient hazardous waste management services.  The ultimate objective is to protect health, natural resources and the environment.  Staff is devoted to the provision of fast and friendly service to County residents and small businesses.

San Bernardino County Fire Dept
Household Hazardous Waste Program
2824 East "W" Street, Bldg. 302
(San Bernardino Intl Airport)
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0799
Phone:  909.382-5401
1.800.OILY CAT (645.9228)
Fax:  909.382.5413

Household hazardous waste is "any hazardous waste generated incidental to owning or maintaining a place of residence.  Household hazardous waste does not include any waste generated in the course of operating a business concern at a residence. " (California Health and Safety Code Section 25218.1 (e)) The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has additional information about household hazardous waste management.

Hazardous wastes discarded from homes may threaten human health or the environment when disposed of improperly.  Many people don't realize it, but there are a lot of common household items that are considered hazardous. These include medications, paint, motor oil, antifreeze, auto batteries, lawn care products, pest control products, drain cleaners, pool care products such as chlorine and acids, and household cleaners. Some household cleaners may be harmful separately or when combined, such as ammonia and bleach.

Collection Facilities And Special Events

San Bernardino County offers numerous options for residents to dispose of household hazardous waste.  These include:

Collection Facilities  Will Accept Household Generated:

  • Motor Oil, Oil Filters
  • Auto & Household Batteries
  • Outdated Medications
  • Weed Killers, Cleaners, Gasoline, Antifreeze
  • Auto & Furniture Polish, Chemical Drain Cleaners
  • Pesticides & Fertilizers, Pool & Hobby Supplies
  • Wood Preservatives, Paints & Paint Products, Paint Thinner
  • Electronic Waste Collection available throughout San Bernardino County. Call 1-800-Oily Cat for nearest location. View E-Waste flyer here.

Collection Facilities Will Not Accept:

  • Business Wastes,
  • Wastes from Non-Profit Organizations,
  • Radioactives,
  • Explosives,
  • Medical Waste, or
  • Asbestos.

Call 909.382.5401 or 1.800.OILY CAT (1.800.645.9228) for disposal options.

ABOP Facilities are limited to accepting antifreeze, batteries (automotive and household), oil & oil filters, and latex paint

Special Events - Household hazardous waste roundups are often held in conjunction with community cleanup days. 

These services are FREE for San Bernardino County residents only. For non - San Bernardino County Residents, click on www.1800cleanup.org

Note:

  • Proof of residency may be requested.
  • Residents of other Counties should call your local solid waste authority for information.

Numbers for nearby Non-County and Fontana Residents:

Riverside County Residents 1.800.304.2226
Los Angeles County Residents 1.888.CleanLA (253.2652)
Fontana Residents 909.350.6789

For sharps (e.g. needles & syringes) disposal, residents can call the County or their specific city of residence below:

SHARPS DISPOSAL
Sharps disposal available countywide as follows:
County of San Bernardino 1.800.OILY CAT (645.9228)

For residents within the following city limits, contact:
City of Barstow     760.255.5126
City of Fontana 909.350.6789
City of Rancho Cucamonga 909.477.2740
City of Redlands 909.798.7600
City of Upland 909.931.4180

SHARPS DISPOSAL BY MAIL SYSTEM
Sharps Brochure

Before transporting household generated hazardous waste to a Collection Facility or ABOP Facility, be sure that . . .

  1. The amount of waste transported does not exceed 15 gallons or 125 pounds.  Container volume must not exceed 5 gallons.
  2. The containers are sound, not leaking and sealed.
  3. The waste is in its original container or is properly labeled as to its contents.
  4. Wastes are placed securely in the vehicle for safe transport.
  5. The contents of the container are the same as stated on the label.  If not the same, cover up the label and write the name of its contents.
  6. Place items in a cardboard box.  Wrap glass bottles in cloth or newspaper so they do not break while transported.
  7. Place the cardboard box in the trunk of your car or in the bed of your pickup truck.  Keep items away from passengers.
  8. Follow directions once you reach the collection site.
  9. At the site, staff will unload the chemicals from your vehicle.  You will be asked to stay inside your vehicle.

Collection Facility Locations

What happens to the items collected?

  • Recycling companies will recycle the used motor oil, oil filters, batteries and antifreeze.
  • Useable paints will be mixed and reused or recycled.
  • Unusable materials will be disposed of properly.

Useable products are available at the material exchange program. Call 1.800.OILY CAT 645.9228) for site participation information. Non-profit organizations, residents, and neighborhood cleanup groups can use these materials, including recycled paint. See bucket label (pdf) for basic instructions on using recycled paint. The 5-gallon buckets are available for $7.00 and the paint is free.

Safer Alternatives

The Household Hazardous Waste program also educates residents about safe management of household chemicals,waste reduction, and recycling. The optimum solution is to minimize the generation of hazardous waste through the adoption of safer alternatives.