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What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household hazardous waste is any hazardous waste generated incidental to owning or maintaining a place of residence. Household hazardous waste does not include business waste.

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.

What happens to the items collected?
Waste facility worker

  • 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. Five gallon buckets of recycled paint are available for free to residents of San Bernardino County, (limit 5 per month).

What are safer alternatives?

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

Visit for a list of eco-friendly cleaning recipes and alternatives.

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